July 2, 2021 News Headlines
- HANYS celebrates 5 years of leadership under President Bea Grause
- State legislative activity
- COVID-19 and health disparities: Webinar explores community health workers’ role
- Telehealth flexibility extended
- OSHA COVID-19 resources available
- Spotlight on Saratoga Hospital
- Upcoming events
HANYS celebrates 5 years of leadership under President Bea Grause
Among her many accomplishments are helping members navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, engaging in federal advocacy to protect the ACA, supporting the transition to new models of healthcare delivery and payment and advancing health equity in New York state as a HANYS priority.
State legislative activity
The following bills were signed into law:
- “Cooling off” law extender (Chapter 181 of 2021)
- Hospital clinical staffing committees (Chapter 155 of 2021)
- Nursing home staffing levels (Chapter 156 of 2021)
View our summary chart for a complete list of bills of interest that have passed both houses during the recently concluded 2021 legislative session.
COVID-19 and health disparities: Webinar explores community health workers’ role
Hear from New York CHWs and researchers about their role reaching underserved populations during the COVID-19 pandemic in the July 13 session of HANYS and UAlbany's Turning the Tide webinar series.
Telehealth flexibility extended
Recently released DOH emergency regulations continue to allow authorized Medicaid providers to administer in-person services via telehealth, as long as the services are appropriate and within the scope of practice. HANYS continues to engage with state officials, pressing for flexibility in winding down all suspensions, waivers and flexibilities permitted during the state’s declared emergency.
OSHA COVID-19 resources available
Full text, a sample plan and FAQ on the COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard are available on the OSHA website to help providers understand and adhere to the regulation.
Spotlight on Saratoga Hospital
After incorporating midwifery into their obstetrical care, the facility saw a reduction in primary caesarean and episiotomy rates. Learn more in our Member Spotlight.