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Training Video: Cleaning for C. auris

Sponsored by the New York State Department of Health and GNYHA, this training video, which targets environmental services staff, was created to demonstrate the necessary steps in cleaning a patient or resident room that has tested positive for the fungus C. auris. The video demonstrates the process for both daily and terminal cleanings. The Spanish…

November 13, 2019
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Vídeo de Entrenamiento: Limpieza Para C. auris

Patrocinado por el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York y GNYHA, este vídeo de entrenamiento, que se dirige al personal de servicio ambientales, fue creado para demostrar los pasos necesarios para limpiar habitaciones de pacientes o residentes que han resultado positivo por el hongo C. auris. El vídeo demuestra el proceso para las…

November 13, 2019
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CMS Delays Implementation Date of Final Hospital Price Transparency Requirements

The Trump Administration has finalized its hospital price transparency requirements with few changes beyond a new implementation date of January 1, 2021 (a year later than proposed). A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Fact Sheet on the final rule is available here. GNYHA’s strong opposition to the proposed hospital price transparency requirements cited…

November 15, 2019
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DOH’s 2018 HAI Report Includes New Section on C. auris; Hospitals with C. auris Cases Identified

The New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) just-released New York State Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) 2018 Report includes a new section on facilities known to have cared for an infected, colonized, or possibly colonized patient or resident with Candida auris (C. auris). The list includes hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and hospices. The report…

November 13, 2019
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Committees Look at Health Access, Electronic Medical Records

The City Council Hospitals Committee and Health Committee, chaired by Carlina Rivera (D-Manhattan) and Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), respectively, held a joint oversight hearing on “Health Access in New York City, and the Roll Out of NYC Care” on October 31. Council members examined the NYC Care program, a bill to establish a health access program,…

November 12, 2019
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Ranked-Choice Voting Passes, Incumbents Win

New York City voters went to the polls last week. Highlights are below: Voters approved ballot measures implementing ranked-choice voting in primary and special elections, strengthening the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s oversight of police conduct, reforming the composition of the Conflicts of Interest Board, allowing the City to create a “rainy day” fund, and giving…

November 12, 2019
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Deadline to Fund Federal Government Approaching

Congress passed a stop-gap bill in late September that avoided a government shutdown when fiscal year (FY) 2020 began on October 1 by funding the government through November 21. The current belief on Capitol Hill is that Congress will now pass a short-term bill to fund the government through some time in December, giving them…

November 12, 2019
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Medicaid Spending Could Dominate 2020 Session

A multibillion-dollar Medicaid spending gap could take center stage this upcoming budget season, which starts with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State address in mid-January. After delaying $1.7 billion in payments to avoid piercing the Medicaid Global Cap that limits spending growth to the rate of medical inflation, the Division…

November 12, 2019
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Summary Table of the 2019 NYS Legislative Session

This table summarizes bills of significant interest to GNYHA members from the recently completed 2019 Albany legislative session. Bills that passed both houses of the Legislature now head to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who must either sign or veto them before the end of the year. Here are some highlights from this year’s session: Hospital Emergency…

November 12, 2019
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Waiver to Provide Detox Services in Excess of Bed/Patient Day Thresholds Extended Permanently

On November 7, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) published “Dear Administrator Letter” (DAL) 19-15, which permanently continues waivers for providers seeking to treat individuals requiring hospital-based detoxification services beyond their OASAS-certified threshold or without an OASAS operating certificate. Time-limited waivers issued in accordance with…

November 11, 2019
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