Upstate New York hospitals are experiencing some of the worst financial and workforce challenges they’ve ever faced. The Iroquois Healthcare Alliance (IHA), a regional healthcare trade organization representing over 50 hospitals and health systems, is urging policymakers to invest in and adopt key policies to support these hospitals.
IHA has been meeting with policymakers for months to convey the needs of Upstate and rural hospitals as negotiations enter the next phase. Last year’s budget included a great deal of hospital supportive funding, including the Upstate Directed Payment Template (DPT) Program/Enhanced Safety Net Program, which has been a useful program for IHA members. IHA is calling on policymakers to increase available funding for this program and ensure that a fair share of that supportive funding be specifically designated for Upstate Hospitals and Health Systems.
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