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Finger Lakes region gets $1M grant from Department of Health

Rochester Business Journal
August 7, 2014

The Finger Lakes Performing Provider System, which includes Monroe and other Rochester-area counties, was awarded a $1 million grant by the state Department of Health as part of a program to promote community-level collaborations and focus on system reform.

The Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program aims to achieve a 25 percent reduction in avoidable hospital use over five years. The department on Wednesday announced $21.6 million in DSRIP Project Design Grant Awards for emerging performing provider systems statewide.

Emerging PPS are to use the awards to prepare project plans, which are to include a community needs assessment, final project selections, performance metrics and milestones, and organizational structure.

Some 200 providers in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties are affected, along with others in Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wyoming and Yates counties.

The department posted letters of intent, due May 15, from emerging PPS that “appear to be on the path to meeting all of the waiver's requirements.”

Letters of intent from the Finger Lakes region were posted for Greater Rochester Health Home Network, Rochester General Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital, along with Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. The Rochester area-based organizations combined listed more than 230 partner organizations.

Auburn Community Hospital received an award of $369,000. Its service area extends into the Finger Lakes region in Seneca and Wayne counties.

On April 14, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York had finalized terms and conditions with the federal government for a waiver that will allow the state to reinvest $8 billion in federal savings generated by Medicaid Redesign Team reforms, the state said.  The waiver amendment dollars will address critical issues throughout the state and allow for comprehensive reform through the DSRIP program.

The $8 billion reinvestment, the state said, is to be allocated as follows:

  • $6.4 billion for delivery system reform incentive payments, including planning grants, provider incentive payments and administrative costs;
  • $1.1 billion for other Medicaid redesign purposes, including to support Health Home development, and investments in long-term care, workforce and enhanced behavioral health services; and
  • $500 million for the Interim Access Assurance Fund--temporary, time-limited funding to ensure current Medicaid safety net providers can fully participate in the program transformation without disruption.

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