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Joint Advocacy Day 2018 – Registration Open

Jan 17, 2018 — Join HPCANYS on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, as we once again gather at the Empire State Plaza in Albany to support the joint Advocacy Day sponsored by LeadingAge NY, HPCANYS and the Adult Day Health Care Council. HPCANYS will be hosting our own “conclave” within the larger meeting, to address issues specific to hospice providers. Prior... Read More

Governor Cuomo Unveils 2018-2019 State Budget

Jan 17, 2018 — On Tuesday, January 16, Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2018-2019 proposal at an executive budget presentation at the State Museum. The State is faced with a $4.4 billion deficit which Cuomo plans to reduce through cuts and spending caps, however, the governor is not proposing any cuts in state aid to “core services.” For example,... Read More

NYSDOH Conducting Disaster Simulation Drills This Winter

Dec 14, 2017 — The New York State Department of Health (DOH) will conduct webinar-based Coalition Surge Test (CST) and Interoperable Communications (IOC) drills in January and February 2018. These drills will incorporate a simulated disaster in which select hospitals must evacuate patients to other hospitals, home care and hospice providers, and nursing homes. Hospices are invited to participate... Read More

Department of Health Declares Influenza Prevalent in New York State

Dec 13, 2017 — As of December 13, 2017, New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has declared influenza prevalent in New York State. This determination is the threshold which triggers the “Regulation for Prevention of Influenza Transmission by Healthcare and Residential Facility and Agency Personnel.” This regulation (Title 10, Section 2.59) requires facilities and agencies, including... Read More

Public Reporting of Hospice Data: Preview and Correct Your Reports Now!

Dec 12, 2017 — Just a reminder that you can review your Provider Preview reports in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) system. Please review your Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from Quarter 2- 2016 to Quarter 1-2017 and your facility-level CAHPS® survey results from Quarter 2, 2015 to Quarter 1, 2017. The 30-day Preview Period runs from December... Read More

NYDOH Releases Guidance Document for Hospices Billing Managed Long Term Care Plans

Dec 6, 2017 — On November 30, the DOH posted to the Health Commerce System this document entitled “Billing and Reimbursement Guidance for End of Life Services for MLTC Enrollees.” This document has also been distributed to all Plans.   HPCANYS is pleased to note that several of our suggestions have been incorporated in the final Guidance document. Additionally, we have... Read More

Requirements for DEIP Funding Relaxed

Nov 29, 2017 — Additional Clarification on Data Exchange Incentive Program Funding for SHIN-NY As we previously reported, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) requires participation by all Article 28, Article 36 and Article 40 providers utilizing certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).  At our October Leadership Institute, representatives from NYSDOH and the NY eHealth Collaborative... Read More

New York’s 1115 Waiver Program Next Public Comment Day

Nov 10, 2017 — The NYS Department of Health has announced that the Downstate Public Comment Day for New York´s 1115 Waiver programs will be held on November 16th at the New York Academy of Medicine, Reading Room, 1216 5th Ave., New York, NY 10029, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Any written public comment may be submitted through November 29th to Please include... Read More

Deadline to Verify Data for Hospice Compare

Nov 10, 2017 — The “freeze date,” that is, the date by which Hospice Providers must submit HIS Modification and Inactivation Records (all HIS records, including modifications/corrections and inactivations) to be reflected in the next Hospice Provider Preview Reports is November 15, 2017. Records should be submitted and accepted into the QIES ASAP system by 10:59:59 pm EST in order... Read More

Update on Emergency Preparedness: Deadlines and Resources

Oct 27, 2017 — The deadline for compliance with the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule is November 15, 2017. To assist providers in compliance with the regulation, the NYSDOH has prepared a webinar, “CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Hospices,” available through the Health Commerce System. View Recorded Training at Your Convenience: Copy and paste this link in a fresh browser... Read More