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May 28, 2021 News Headlines

HANYS named Top Workplace for 10th year in a row; national Top Woman-led Workplace for 2021

“I am thrilled to see HANYS named a Top Workplace again in 2021 and am so proud of our organization’s longstanding reputation as a wonderful place to work,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD.

HANYS announces new diversity and inclusion leadership development scholarships

As part of our ongoing effort to improve health equity, we’re pleased to offer scholarships for the HANYS Cornell Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement and the eCornell Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. The scholarships, made possible with support from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, are open to full-time employees of HANYS member organizations and will prioritize underrepresented populations in healthcare leadership.

Apply now for new health equity learning collaborative

The Center for Health Care Strategies' 12-month learning collaborative, funded by the NYS Health Foundation, will bring together healthcare organizations looking to strengthen and implement strategies to meaningfully engage patients and communities of color to address health disparities and advance health equity. Applications are due June 11.

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure confirmed to lead CMS

The first Black administrator of CMS and a long-time health policy aide, she’ll play a significant role in overseeing and advancing major pillars of President Biden’s healthcare policy agenda. The Biden administration is expected to swiftly fill other key CMS positions that don’t require Senate approval.

State legislative activity

This week, the following bills passed both houses of the Legislature and are awaiting delivery to Gov. Cuomo:

  • Essential support persons during emergencies (A.4685-A / S.1035-A)
  • Long-term care ombudsman program reform act (A.5436-B / S.612-B)
  • Air transport ambulance service providers (A.2561-B / S.4085-A)
  • Screening newborns for certain diseases (A.4572 / S.4316)

Please see our summary chart for a complete list of bills of interest that have passed both houses this year.

CDC: Antibiotic prescribing rates decreased during pandemic

Two recent CDC publications showed the drop in rates occurred in both outpatient and nursing home settings. In outpatient settings, antibiotic prescriptions were down 33%. Among nursing home residents there was an overall decrease in antibiotic use, although prescription of certain antibiotics, including azithromycin, increased.

Spotlight on Saint Joseph’s Medical Center

Their new Family Health Center is dedicated to improving patient experience and achieving whole-person healthcare. Learn more in our Member Spotlight.

Upcoming events

Long-term care question and answer session with DOH leads
June 1

How to make the most of the Price Transparency Final Rule
June 8

Understanding human behavior to address COVID-19 health disparities
June 8

Gender and sexism
June 9

Preventing and responding to aggressive patient behavior: Standards and liability
June 10

HANYS government relations update call
June 11

Managing variability in patient flow: Strategies for improving care access, quality and safety
June 15

An overview of MCAG’s Class Action Settlement Recovery Service
June 16

HANYS 52nd Annual Membership Conference
June 16-17