Report on Regulatory Modernization Initiative Released

February 26, 2018 - In 2017, Governor Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to launch a new process aimed at reforming the policies and regulations that govern the licensure and oversight of health care services and facilities, with a patient centered focus.  Through the Regulatory Modernization Initiative (RMI), DOH convened six workgroups to solicit recommendations from health care providers, consumers, and payers in order to streamline and improve policies, regulations, and statute.  The workgroups were: Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health; Telehealth; Post‐Acute Care Management Models; Cardiac Services; Off‐campus Emergency Departments; and Long Term Care Need Methodologies and Innovative Models.

Each workgroup was comprised of external stakeholders who are subject matter experts in their fields, spanning diverse backgrounds, as well as staff from DOH, Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Members of the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) also joined many of the RMI workgroups and, of course, members of the public participated by sharing comments and feedback on the issues that impact their lives. Together, these workgroups produced a series of recommended changes to existing statute, regulation, and policy for consideration by DOH, as well as other state agencies where appropriate.

Download the report that outlines these recommendations.