Health Committee Chairs Advance HCP Priority Legislation

HCP Public Policy staff and retained lobbyists Reid, McNally and Savage (RMS) continue to engage with lawmakers and Central Staff to advance the Association’s legislative priorities. Priority legislation, listed below, continues to move through Committees, and the full list of the Association’s legislative priorities were reviewed with HCP’s Public Policy Committee on Thursday, May 18. Over the coming weeks, HCP will continue advocacy efforts and report any additional information. A full list of HCP’s legislative priorities, and their current status, is available here.

Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Service (CDPAS) Fiscal Intermediary (FI) Authorization Extension

Last week, legislation (S.5544 (Hannon-R-Garden City)/A.7216 (Gottfried-D-Manhattan)) that would amend the recently-enacted State Budget to extend the effective date for FI authorization for CDPAS was placed on the Senate Floor Calendar. Since then it has been set on the Assembly Floor Calendar for debate on May 22. This legislation would make the effective date for FI authorization for the CDPAS program January 1, 2018 provided that prior to this date, the Commissioner of Health has implemented regulations and taken other actions to implement the law. The amendment further provides that any entity serving as an FI prior to the act becoming law may operate for up to one year after the act takes effect in order to obtain authorization.

Community Paramedicine Collaborative Approach

Over the past week and a half HCP has participated in industry-wide stakeholder meetings with Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee Richard Gottfried and his key staff related to the Community Paramedicine Collaborative Approach (S.5588 (Hannon-R-Garden City)/ A.2733-A (Gottfried-D-Manhattan)). HCP supports the bill in its current form, which would authorize collaborative programs for community paramedicine services as part of the hospital-home care-physician collaboration program. The bill would allow hospitals, physicians and home care agencies, in joint partnership, to develop and implement a collaborative program with emergency medical services (EMS) whereby at-risk individuals living in the community can be served by EMS for care other than the initial emergency medical care and transportation to a hospital. HCP will continue its advocacy efforts and meeting with stakeholders and the bill’s sponsors to ensure legislation is beneficial and protective of all parties involved.

Read the full article in the May 19, 2017 issue of the HCP Insider.

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