A Publication of the Healthcare Association of New York Statehttp://www.hanys.org/news/http://www.hanys.org/news/http://www.hanys.org/news/images/hanys_logo_56x51.pngHANYS NewsHANYS News Innovation Spotlight—Triple Aim: St. Joseph Hospital Improves Emergency Department Processes and Patient Experience <p> St. Joseph Hospital of Catholic Health Services of Long Island aimed to improve patient satisfaction, decrease wait times, improve clinical care, and decrease lost revenue from patients leaving without treatment. To learn more about this initiative and see its results, <a href="https://www.hanys.org/tripleaim/case-studies/?a=vs&amp;s=St_Joseph_Hospital_Improves_Emergency_Department_Processes_and_Patient_Experience">read the full story here</a>. This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on <a href="http://www.hanys.org/tripleaim/">HANYS' NYS Triple Aim website</a> that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, enhancing the quality of patient care, and reducing the cost of healthcare despite fiscal constraints.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=4981 2017-10-20T14:00:00-04:00 Majority of House and NY Delegation Urges CMS to Rescind 340B Proposal <p> Two-hundred twenty eight members of the House of Representatives, including 25 of New York's 27 Delegation members, signed onto a HANYS-supported <a href="https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/AHA_MCHF/attach/September2017/340BLetterHouseFINALSigned.pdf">bipartisan letter</a> urging CMS to withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payments for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The letter was led by Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA). A <a href="https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/AHA_MR1/attach/SenateOPPSDC.pdf">similar letter</a> is currently being circulated in the Senate by Senators John Thune (R-SD), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Bill Nelson (D-FL).</p> <p> The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.hanys.org/fetch/?file=/navigator/overview/docs/340b_drug_pricing_program.pdf">340B Program</a>&nbsp;discounts enable safety net hospitals to stretch scarce resources while mitigating losses such hospitals experience due to chronic underpayments from public payers, like Medicaid. HANYS' member hospitals that participate in the 340B Program report using resultant savings to operate a variety of programs and services that otherwise may not be financially viable, including free or substantially discounted prescriptions to uninsured or low-income patients, among other services.</p> <p> Under its proposal as part of the Medicare outpatient proposed rule for calendar year 2018, CMS proposes to pay for separately payable, non pass-through drugs purchased through the 340B Program at the average sales price (ASP) minus 22.5%, rather than the current ASP plus 6%. CMS estimates that this proposal would reduce Part B drug payments for 340B drugs by as much as $900 million nationwide. Any change in funding of this magnitude would have drastic effects on safety net hospitals that access the benefits of the 340B Program to offer critical services to low-income and other patients.</p> <p> HANYS appreciates the leadership of the American Hospital Association and thanks the members of the New York Delegation in the House, as well as Senators Charles Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D), for their support on this issue. <em>Contact: <a href="mailto:eoveson@hanys.org">Elyse Oveson</a></em></p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=4961 2017-10-05T14:00:00-04:00 Government Affairs,Federal,Finance October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month <p> October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the important role that patients and families play in the delivery of healthcare. Research finds that when patients and their families are engaged members of their own care team, they:</p> <ul> <li> make more informed decisions;</li> <li> are more likely to adopt healthy behaviors;</li> <li> report more positive patient experiences; and</li> <li> achieve better health outcomes.</li> </ul> <p> HANYS recognizes our members across the state for their dedication to engaging patients and families in their care. We are committed to supporting our members as they continue this important work through our partnership with Planetree International on a <a href="https://www.hanys.org/dashboard/?action=event_view&amp;date=2017-10-11&amp;id=1492">statewide Patient Experience Collaborative</a>.</p> <p> Planetree resources are available <a href="http://planetree.org/pccam/">online</a> through the 2017 Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month Toolkit, including:</p> <ul> <li> <em>Invitation to Engage</em>, a call to action written by patient and family advocates for patients and families to describe, in everyday terms, why patient and family engagement matters to everyone;</li> <li> <em>Patient Engagement in Research: A Toolkit for Patient-Family Advisory Councils (PFACs)</em>, created by PFACs, for PFACs, as part of Planetree's Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI);</li> <li> the #InvitationtoEngage social media toolkit to support you in being part of the conversation; and</li> <li> free bite-sized, on-demand webinars to listen to at your convenience on the important ways patients and families can be a part of charting the course for the future of healthcare.</li> </ul> <p> <em>Contact: <a href="mailto:cfoster@hanys.org">Christina Miller-Foster</a></em></p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=4963 2017-10-05T14:00:00-04:00 Quality,Resources Made Available Innovation Spotlight—Triple Aim: Good Samaritan Has Dedicated Program to Treat Seniors with Fractures <p> <a href="http://goodsamaritan.chsli.org/" target="_blank">Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center</a>&nbsp;instituted the Geriatric Fracture Program (GFP) to focus on the care of patients 65 years of age and older who have sustained a fragility fracture. To learn more about this initiative and see the results, <a href="https://www.hanys.org/tripleaim/case-studies/?a=vs&amp;s=Good_Samaritan_Has_Dedicated_Program_to_Treat_Seniors_with_Fractures">read the full story here</a>. This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on <a href="http://www.hanys.org/tripleaim/">HANYS' NYS Triple Aim website</a> that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, enhancing the quality of patient care, and reducing the cost of healthcare despite fiscal constraints.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=4973 2017-10-05T14:00:00-04:00 Save the Date! Join Us September 14-16, 2018 <p> Planning for the 38th Annual Trustee Conference is already underway. Mark your calendars for &ldquo;Winning at Governance,&rdquo; September 14-16, 2018, in the new Conference location of Saratoga Springs. <em>Contact: <a href="mailto:swagner@hanys.org">Sue Ellen Wagner</a></em></p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=4960 2017-09-26T14:00:00-04:00 Innovation Spotlight—Triple Aim: Kenmore Mercy Hospital Improves Emergency Department Triage Times <p> Emergency Department (ED) wait times are a challenge for hospitals everywhere. When&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chsbuffalo.org/Facilities/Hospitals/KenmoreMercyHospital" target="_blank">Kenmore Mercy Hospital</a>&nbsp;assembled an interdisciplinary team to improve their ED triage times, their goal was to have 95% or greater compliance with an Emergency Severity Index (ESI) level assignment within 20 minutes of arrival for ambulatory patients. To learn more about this initiative and see the results, <a href="https://www.hanys.org/tripleaim/case-studies/index.cfm?a=vs&amp;s=Kenmore_Mercy_Hospital_Improves_Emergency_Department_Triage_Times">read the full story here</a>. This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on <a href="http://www.hanys.org/tripleaim/">HANYS' NYS Triple Aim website</a> that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, enhancing the quality of patient care, and reducing the cost of healthcare despite fiscal constraints.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=4946 2017-09-25T14:00:00-04:00