Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies in Nursing Homes and Adult Homes on Senate Agenda

The New York State Senate Health Committee will consider a bill that may ultimately require nursing homes, adult homes, senior centers, and other residential health care facilities to use environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products.  Senator Diaz will introduce the bill on January 9. The bill, S.866-2013, would require the Commissioner of Health to create “guidelines […]

HIPAA: Conversion to Version 5010

As of January 1, 2012, all healthcare providers were required to transition from version 4010/4010A to version 5010 standards for submitting electronic transactions, and the failure to comply may result in claim denials or a government investigation. CMS has repeatedly postponed enforcement, but it appears the agency will begin to enforce civil monetary penalties against […]

Governor Cuomo and NY Legislature Reach Agreement on Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature reached an agreement late on Sunday, June 17, that is expected to lead to the creation of the Governor’s proposed Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (“Justice Center”).  The bill, S. 7749/A.10721, will be brought to the Assembly for a vote on Wednesday, […]

Gov. Cuomo Announces Agreement on Justice Center Legislation to Protect People with Special Needs and Disabilities

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced an agreement on legislation that will establish a new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, which will change how the state protects New Yorkers in state-operated, certified, or licensed facilities and programs. As we previously […]

NY State Seeks Medicaid Waiver to Redesign Health Care System

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday, June 5, that New York State will seek to spend $10 billion in Medicaid savings to redesign the state’s health care system. The state must ask the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) for a waiver that would allow the state to use up to $10 billion […]

Gov. Cuomo Proposes New Agency to Protect New Yorkers with Special Needs

On Monday, May 7, Governor Cuomo proposed legislation for a new agency to protect New Yorkers with special needs.  If the legislature approves of the bill, called the “Protection of People with Special Needs Act,” the proposed Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs would be up and running by April 1, […]

Healthcare Association of New York State Wins Important Victory: Federal Court Permanently Enjoins New York from Implementing or Enforcing “Union Neutrality Law”

On September 7, 2011, following several years of litigation in the federal district court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and a related case from California that was heard in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Hon. Neal P. McCurn, a Senior United States District Judge in Albany, New York, declared that New York Labor […]

Emergency Rule Making: Implementation of 1.1% Medicaid Fee Reductions for Operating Rates of Continuing Day Treatment Programs

The New York State Office of Mental Health has introduced an emergency rule to implement the 1.1% Medicaid fee reduction for operating rates of continuing day treatment programs. The reduction in rates for these programs is part of a continuation of the 1.1% reduction in State Medicaid expenditures for mental health programs, and is consistent […]

Gov. Cuomo Announces Task Force to Review Taxpayer Funded Not-for-Profits

On Wednesday, August 3, 2011, Governor Cuomo announced that he has created a new task force to “to investigate the executive and administrator compensation levels at not-for-profits that receive taxpayer support from the state.”  Although the task force will presumably review all taxpayer funded non-profits, the press release from the Governor’s office acknowledged that the […]