April 22, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Financial and Administrative Relief for All New York State Hospitals

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NYS Department of Financial Services Will Direct Health Insurers to Immediately Pay Outstanding Hospital Claims and to Work with Neediest Hospitals to Provide Additional Financial Assistance

 

DFS Directive Will Also Suspend Preauthorization Requirements for All Hospital Services and Prohibit Retrospective Review of Hospital Claims

  

Confirms 5,526 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 257,216; New Cases in 43 Counties

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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services will direct health insurers to provide cash flow relief to, and ease administrative burdens on, New York State hospitals in response to COVID-19. Relief provided to hospitals during the pandemic includes insurers' immediate payment of outstanding accounts receivables, suspension of preauthorization requirements for all hospital services, and prohibition of retrospective review of claims.

 

DFS will issue a circular letter directing health insurers to:

  • Immediately process for payment outstanding hospital claims;
  • In collaboration with DFS, work with hospitals in insurers' network to provide additional financial assistance if needed and feasible, focusing on community, rural, and safety-net hospitals;
  • Suspend preauthorization requirements for all services performed at hospitals, including lab work and radiology, until June 18, 2020;
  • Not conduct retrospective reviews of hospital claims, until June 18, 2020, subject to limited exceptions; and
  • Not make medical necessity denials related to emergency department and inpatient hospital treatment for COVID-19.

 

"We are at a profound moment in this crisis where we are finally passing the apex of the curve, but if we make a bad move now it's going to set us back," Governor Cuomo said. "We're beginning to make plans on how to re-open our economy and start the return to the new normal, but in the meantime we have to ensure our health care system and our hospitals that have been so critical in combating this virus have the support they need. The Department of Financial Services is going to issue a directive to health insurers to provide financial and administrative relief to our hospitals so they can continue safely and quickly providing the care that is so desperately needed right now."

 

Finally, the Governor confirmed 5,526 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 257,216 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 257,216 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

737

33

Allegany

30

0

Broome

219

14

Cattaraugus

37

2

Cayuga

36

0

Chautauqua

26

1

Chemung

75

0

Chenango

79

0

Clinton

51

0

Columbia

117

4

Cortland

25

0

Delaware

50

1

Dutchess

2,391

60

Erie

2,233

86

Essex

22

1

Franklin

13

0

Fulton

28

1

Genesee

122

1

Greene

87

0

Hamilton

3

0

Herkimer

53

3

Jefferson

54

0

Lewis

9

0

Livingston

39

0

Madison

106

0

Monroe

1112

42

Montgomery

38

1

Nassau

31,555

476

Niagara

268

8

NYC

142,432

3,107

Oneida

301

17

Onondaga

526

12

Ontario

73

1

Orange

6,690

129

Orleans

56

3

Oswego

49

0

Otsego

49

0

Putnam

611

6

Rensselaer

186

3

Rockland

9,699

131

Saratoga

264

7

Schenectady

280

7

Schoharie

20

0

Schuyler

7

0

Seneca

18

0

St. Lawrence

123

3

Steuben

171

1

Suffolk

28,854

700

Sullivan

561

6

Tioga

39

2

Tompkins

119

0

Ulster

913

20

Warren

108

6

Washington

73

5

Wayne

52

1

Westchester

25,276

620

Wyoming

40

4

Yates

11

1

 
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