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Update on COVID-19 response

HANYS continues to be inspired by the work of our members and their healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are working around the clock to support their efforts.  

State response                         

Gov. Cuomo announced a new hospital network Central Coordinating Team this week that “will help facilitate a more coordinated and strategic approach among the state's healthcare system in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.” HANYS is a member of this team and is actively involved in coordination efforts related to capacity, supplies, staffing and patient transfers. While government agencies are determining allocation of specific supplies, HANYS continues to make specific inquiries on behalf of members experiencing delays in accessing urgently needed equipment and supplies.

HANYS was pleased to see the final state budget include language we advocated for that protects healthcare facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, and healthcare professionals from liability that may result from the treatment of individuals during the period of the COVID-19 emergency declaration, which is currently set to expire Sept. 7.

Federal response

This week, HANYS sent a letter to HHS Secretary Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma urging them to directly fund hospitals and health systems with resources allocated through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund as outlined by the CARES Act and to consider the urgent, critical needs of New York’s hospitals. As the spread of the virus continues rapidly across the state, it is absolutely essential that New York’s hospitals receive an immediate influx of funding to ensure their capacity to care for patients before, during and after the COVID-19 surge. We thank Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for speaking to our members this week and for his demands for the swift distribution of critically needed federal funding to New York hospitals.

In response to requests by HANYS, on Monday, CMS announced new waivers and flexibilities, including extensions and delays of reporting requirements to help healthcare providers meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. HANYS appreciates that CMS took our concerns into consideration in issuing these delays/suspensions during the public health emergency period. However, we still have concerns because not all reviews/audits were delayed. HANYS will continue to work with its national and regional partners and the New York congressional delegation to ensure that our members are not stretched beyond their capacity dealing with the current audits and reviews during this public health emergency.

Resources and updates

Please see our COVID-19 Member Updates for our latest news and notifications. We continue to post resources for our members on our COVID-19 webpage. Please reach out to HANYS if you have any questions, need assistance or would like to make us aware of issues you are facing to inform our work with policymakers.

Published April 3, 2020