May 14, 2021 News Headlines
- Committee leaders press HHS secretary on PRF
- HHS finalizes part 2 of 2022 benefit, payment parameters
- Debt collection legislation passes through House
- State legislative activity
- Registration open for 2021 Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement
- HANYS partner Vyv announces groundbreaking inactivation and killing of viruses
- Board lessons learned during the pandemic
- Frontline nursing home staff recognized with McKnight Prize
- Spotlight on Cayuga Health System
- Upcoming events
Committee leaders press HHS secretary on PRF
Doubling down on a HANYS-supported congressional letter sent earlier this week, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders and members called on HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to extend the current June 30 deadline for providers to expend Provider Relief Fund money. Separately, members called for the protection of the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
During the HHS FFY 2022 budget hearing, Becerra acknowledged the need to support frontline providers, increase transparency in the PRF and ensure the remaining $25 billion be distributed to those in need. Contact: Elyse Oveson
HHS finalizes part 2 of 2022 benefit, payment parameters
Last week, HHS finalized Part 2 of the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022. This notice does include many HANYS-opposed topics including codifying sub-regulatory guidance interpreting Section 1332 of the ACA and increased eligibility reviews for special enrollment periods. Additional rulemaking is expected to address 2022 user fee rates, direct enrollment state option and Section 1332 waiver regulations. Contact: Anna Sapak
Debt collection legislation passes through House
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act this week, legislation that would, among other things, prohibit a consumer reporting agency from adding any information related to a debt arising from a medically necessary procedure to a consumer credit report. The legislation will now be sent to the U.S. Senate where its fate is unclear. Contact: Elyse Oveson
State legislative activity
This week, the following bill passed both houses of the Legislature and is awaiting delivery to Gov. Cuomo:
- Donate Life opportunities on state issued transactions (A.6392/S.5973)
The following bill was delivered to Gov. Cuomo:
- Chapter amendment to caregiving visitation in nursing homes (A.6966/S.6203)
Registration open for 2021 Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement
This seven-week Cornell certificate virtual program provides healthcare professionals with the skills, knowledge and expertise to effectively lead their organizations in today’s complex and changing healthcare environment. Learn more on the program website. Contact: Allison Manny
HANYS partner Vyv announces groundbreaking inactivation and killing of viruses
Vyv this week announced recent independent test results confirming efficacy of its antimicrobial white light LED technology for killing* viruses. Numerous previous studies have proven the effectiveness of Vyv’s visible light against bacteria, mold, fungi and yeast.
Join a panel of healthcare professionals for a webinar May 19 to discuss anticipated environmental wellness changes to healthcare facilities including use cases for continuous-use, UV-free antimicrobial light. Contact: Maria Sacco
*Testing on a non-enveloped virus (MS2 bacteriophage) showed a 99.985% reduction in controlled laboratory testing in 6 hours on hard surfaces. MRSA and E. coli showed 90%+ reduction in controlled laboratory testing in 24 hours on hard surfaces. Results may vary depending on the amount of light that is reaching the surfaces in the space where the product is installed and the length of time of exposure. Use of Vyv antimicrobial light is not intended to replace manual cleaning.
Board lessons learned during the pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital and health system governing boards developed crisis management strategies to ensure their organizations could provide proper care and safety, and adapted protocols to help them govern through crisis. HTNYS’ latest Trends explores key takeaways from AHA Committee on Governance members about board crisis management strategies. Contact: Kristen Phillips
Frontline nursing home staff recognized with McKnight Prize
The CDC Foundation is awarding the 2021 McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes, which encourages and rewards those who serve and protect patients from harm related to healthcare outbreaks, to U.S. frontline nursing home staff.
“The heroism of all the nursing home staff that showed up and kept showing up day after day truly captures the spirit of the award,” said Thomas and Evelyn McKnight.
Spotlight on Cayuga Health System
Cayuga Health System partnered with its local health department and community volunteers to help vaccinate residents and reach underserved and vulnerable populations. Learn more in our Member Spotlight.
See all of HANYS’ current offerings in our events listing.