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Jan. 2020 Capitol Report Outlines Budget Proposals, Bills on the Move, Wound Care, and Workforce in the Adirondacks

The January 2020 edition of HCA’s Capitol Report for state officials responds to the Governor’s budget proposals, including his charge given to a second iteration of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) for devising $2.5 billion in savings – a venue where HCA’s “cost offsets and reforms merit a voice.”

In the budget article, HCA reasserts for legislative offices our proposals that would control utilization, allow for more flexible management of service options, and maximize coverage by other, non-Medicaid, payors which have dual responsibility.

We also highlight three HCA bills on the move in the Senate which embrace home care capabilities to provide a coordinated plan of care in conjunction with mental health providers, incorporate home care in policies and programs in public health, and involve home care in the state’s comprehensive care eating disorder program.

In addition, our monthly innovations feature spotlights UR Medicine Home Care’s in-home wound care program, and we draw attention to a recent news report on the serious home care workforce and access issues plaguing the Adirondacks, as in many regions of the state.

Archives of the Capitol Report are here.