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GME Data Brief – September 2020

GNYHA recently released the latest edition of the GME Data Brief. Each edition of the series highlights important graduate medical education (GME) and physician workforce data findings for our members and other interested stakeholders. The September 2020 edition of the GME Data Brief focuses on the distribution of physician training across the states comprising the…

September 15, 2020
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New York Board of Medicine Considers Licensure During USMLE Step 2 CS Suspension

The New York State Board of Medicine, which advises the Board of Regents on medical licensure matters, convened this month to discuss how the continued suspension of the USMLE Step 2 CS (see article above) will impact licensure for applicants who had planned on taking it either for the first time or as a follow-up…

September 24, 2020
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ECFMG Begins Pathway Certification for 2021 Match

This month, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) began certifying international medical graduates (IMGs) through its pathway certification application portal. In June, the ECFMG announced five alternative pathways to certification for IMGs affected by the continued suspension of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Skills assessment (Step 2 CS)….

September 24, 2020
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Medicare Inpatient Final Rule Expands Definition of Displaced Resident

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the definition of “displaced resident” in the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule for Federal fiscal year 2021. In the context of Medicare payments, a displaced resident is one whose training has been interrupted due to a closure and who is seeking placement at another…

September 24, 2020
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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…

September 24, 2020
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Daily Morgue Census Report

The NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner’s Daily Morgue Census Report reflects the information from the previous day including decedent counts, morgue capacity, total numbers of claimed and unclaimed cases, and other key indicators, providing a citywide picture of in-hospital decedent volume and morgue capacity. Please note, the report only reflects information from hospital’s that completed…

September 23, 2020
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Medicare OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule for 2021

On August 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2021. The CY 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) proposed rule was released the same day, and contains provisions on new telehealth flexibilities….

September 22, 2020
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CY 2021 Proposed OPPS Impacts

On August 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2021. The CY 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) proposed rule was released the same day, and contains provisions on new telehealth flexibilities….

September 22, 2020
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HHS Releases Detailed Guidance on Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released detailed reporting requirements for providers who received more than $10,000 from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). The document includes guidance on the use of funds and requested data elements with important definitions (e.g., calculating revenue loss) and supplements HHS’s initial notice, which was released…

September 22, 2020
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Federal Funding Bill Includes Important Hospital Provisions

While negotiations on a fourth COVID-19 legislative package have stalled, House Democrats have released a short-term Federal funding bill that includes limited Medicare advance payment relief and a Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cut delay. The short-term continuing resolution (CR) would prevent a government shutdown by continuing Federal funding until December 11, 2020. The CR…

September 21, 2020
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Update on New York State Law on Domestic Violence Training for Hospital Staff

As reported in GNYHA Community Health Bulletin-2, dated July 7, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law requiring hospitals to establish policies and procedures to identify and serve victims or suspected victims of domestic violence, train staff on the hospital’s policies and procedures, and connect victims with domestic violence advocates if requested (attached). The…

September 21, 2020
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Domestic Violence Hospital Policy Resources

Identification, Assessment, Treatment, and Referral Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Victimization Assessment Instruments for Use in Healthcare Settings Futures Without Violence National Consensus Guidelines on Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence Victimization in Healthcare settings New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence New York…

September 21, 2020
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