New York’s hospital industry ranks near the bottom of two quality report cards

BY BILL HAMMOND New York’s hospitals remained near the bottom of two quality report cards issued last week. In an update to Hospital Compare, a consumer guide from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the state’s hospitals received an

State Budget

State reduced funding for public health in decade before pandemic

Sharp reductions in state funding for core public health functions over the past decade may have weakened New York’s defenses against the coronavirus pandemic, according to testimony delivered today by Bill Hammond, the Empire Center’s senior fellow for health policy.

Letter to Editor

HAMMOND: Fact-checking Mujica’s op-ed

BY BILL HAMMOND A fact-check of the newly published op-ed by state budget director Robert Mujica, defending Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid proposals, shows it to include a number of exaggerated or misleading arguments. The article, published in the Daily News, focuses on Cuomo’s


HAMMOND: Cuomo stalls on Medicaid

BY BILL HAMMOND Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to the Empire State’s big Medicaid deficit, as laid out in his budget presentation on Tuesday, was a disappointing mix of delay, deflection and delegation. In an especially concerning development, Cuomo’s budget director, Robert