GME Data Brief – November 2022

This GME Data Brief highlights characteristics and trends in specialty and subspecialty program accreditation with data from the Accreditation Council for GME’s Accreditation Data System at the end of academic year 2021-22. This edition examines the accreditation statuses of US residency programs as well as programs in certain specialties, often referred to as primary care...
November 21, 2022
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COVID-19 Diagnosis and Testing Cost-Sharing Waivers/Vaccine Coverage Mandate Extended

The New York State Department of Financial Services emergency regulations requiring the waiver of cost sharing for COVID-19 diagnosis and testing and the coverage of COVID-19 vaccination without cost sharing will remain in effect until March 6, 2023. New York insurers will continue to be responsible for reimbursing hospitals for any applicable cost sharing.
December 8, 2022
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HHS Extends Enforcement Discretion of GFE “Convening Provider” Requirements for Uninsured, Self-Pay Individuals

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released an FAQ extending enforcement discretion for Good Faith Estimates (GFE) provided to uninsured (or self-pay) individuals that do not include expected charges for co-providers or co-facilities. This enforcement discretion will be extended indefinitely pending future rulemaking. GFEs: The Federal No Surprises Act’s (NSA) GFE provisions...
December 8, 2022
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COVID-19 ED Syndromic Surveillance Report

In collaboration, with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, GNYHA is sharing a daily syndromic surveillance report that compares median visits for COVID-19-like illness for the most recent three-day period against the same type of visits for the previous two-week period. The report includes data at the City, borough, and facility...
December 8, 2022
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State Nursing Home Quality Initiative Updates

In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved the State plan amendment for the 2021 New York State Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI), which is a long-running program since 2016 that has provided a $50 million budget-neutral pool of funding for nursing facilities that meet certain quality-related metrics and that becomes effective in...
December 6, 2022
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Guidance for Storage and Transfer of Sexual Offense Evidence Kits

The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) recently released guidance on the storage and transfer of sexual offense evidence collection kits (SOECKs). OVS’s guidance includes an intake form and training attestation. GNYHA recommends that relevant staff in your institutions review these documents at their earliest convenience and forward any questions to us. We...
December 5, 2022
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Continuing Care COVID-19 Updates

GNYHA highlights key Federal, State, and local resources as continuing care providers—faced with COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and other seasonal illnesses—continue to maintain safe and high-quality environments. Fortunately, providers can prevent infection or serious illness among residents and staff by following infection control recommendations and providing up-to-date vaccinations to residents and staff. Specifically,...
December 5, 2022
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Social Care Needs Coding and Referral Guide

This Social Care Needs Coding and Referral Guide was developed at the request of GNYHA members to support their efforts to screen patients for social care needs, document these needs in the electronic medical record, and partner with community-based organizations (CBO) to address common needs among their patient populations. The Guide also may be a helpful...
December 2, 2022
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COVID-19 Litigation Resources

During the COVID-19 pandemic GNYHA developed several tools and offered programming to assist members with managing the constantly evolving COVID-19 litigation landscape. Those resources are consolidated on this page for your convenience. COVID-19 Immunity Law Repeal Toolkit: On April 3, 2020, New York’s COVID-19 immunity law, the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act (EDTPA) was...
December 2, 2022
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DOH Highlights Transfer Regulations during State Disaster Emergency

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recently issued “Dear Administrator Letter #22-12: General Hospital Patient Transfers for Load Balancing During State Disaster Emergency,” which reiterates the current State disaster emergency declared via Executive Order No. 4. This allows the DOH Commissioner to activate the Surge and Flex Health Care Coordination System and to...
December 1, 2022
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