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NYS Legislature Completes Successful Session for GNYHA Members

The New York State Legislature adjourned for the year today, ending an extremely successful legislative session for GNYHA members. Thank you for your strong support of our efforts and your diligent participation throughout the legislative session. Without your support, the session would not have ended so successfully. The year began with a critically important State…

June 21, 2018
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2017 Annual Report: GNYHA Emergency Preparedness Initiatives and Activities

GNYHA released its Emergency Preparedness Initiatives and Activities: 2017 Annual Report, which details trainings and programs covering various emergency preparedness topics; collaborative workgroups that addressed complex issues; and our monthly Emergency Preparedness Coordinating Council, during which GNYHA, government response partners, and hospital and health system emergency managers from across the region gather to discuss various…

May 30, 2018
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Governor Cuomo Calls for State-Regulated Staffing Levels at Hospitals and Nursing Homes

On the heels of a State legislative session that was very successful for GNYHA members, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement today calling for State-regulated “safe staffing levels” at New York’s hospitals and nursing homes. Here is the Governor’s full statement: “One of the issues that has not been addressed this year is…

June 22, 2018
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Important Dates for FY 2020 Medicare Wage Index; Corrections Due September 4

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released preliminary wage data for the Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 Medicare wage index. Corrections to the preliminary wage data are due to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) by September 4, 2018 (National Government Services [NGS] for hospitals in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, and Novitas…

June 22, 2018
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Summary Table of 2018 NYS Legislative Session

The attached table summarizes the bills of significant interest and importance to GNYHA members from the recently completed 2018 legislative session in Albany. GNYHA closely monitored these bills and advocated aggressively on many of them. We successfully opposed the forced nurse staffing ratios bill, a deeply flawed independent dispute resolution bill, and several damaging medical…

June 22, 2018
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Senate Judiciary Committee Advances the CREATES Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week advanced the bipartisan Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act (S. 974). The CREATES Act would drive down drug costs by increasing drug competition by 1) enabling generic and biosimilar drug manufacturers to pursue civil action against a brand manufacturer that fails to make an adequate…

June 21, 2018
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FY 2020 Average Hourly Wage Calculation and Comparison with FY 2018 and FY 2019

GNYHA has prepared the attached tool that shows how the cost report data relates to the wage index calculation and provides data comparisons to help identify potential issues or areas for improvement in the preliminary FY 2020 wage data. The file displays wage data from Worksheet S-3, Parts II and III, and provides year-over-year comparisons…

June 21, 2018
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2016 Survey Occupational Mix Factor Calculation

GNYHA created the attached comparison file to help members review their occupational mix data. Hospitals that did not submit 2016 occupational mix data last year may submit this year, but must still report data for pay periods in calendar year 2016. Hospitals may also submit revised occupational mix data if they discover errors in the…

June 21, 2018
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Limited Version of EMResource Within Sit Stat 2.0 System to Support Regional Incident Response

As the 2018 Coastal Storm season approaches, GNYHA is accelerating implementation of a component of its new Sit Stat 2.0 system, which is the successor to its Sit Stat 1.0 emergency management system. The Sit Stat 2.0 component that will be implemented immediately—on a limited basis—is EMResource, which will replace the survey-based data collection tool…

June 18, 2018
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GNYHA Calls for Including Opioid Workforce Act in Any Opioid-Related Legislation

Representatives Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Dean Heller (R-NV), sent a letter last week to Congressional leaders requesting the inclusion of the Opioid Workforce Act of 2018 (H.R.5818/S.2843) in any opioid-related legislative package that moves through Congress. The GNYHA-supported bill would fund 1,000 additional residency positions in…

June 18, 2018
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