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March 14, 2012

HANYS Offers Assistance for Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification

New Initiative Within Diabetes Recognition Program

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) announced it will offer assistance to member hospital-based clinics and primary care sites interested in achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. This designation recognizes clinical practices using nationally supported systematic, patient-centered, and coordinated care management processes.

The PCMH initiative builds upon HANYS’ success with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Diabetes Recognition Program, with which HANYS has helped more than 750 providers across 108 hospitals and 216 sites. Both programs receive funding through the New York State Health Foundation’s five-year Diabetes Campaign.

"The Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative allows us to assist our health care providers across the state as they continue their work to improve public health and quality of care," said HANYS President Daniel Sisto. "In collaboration with IPRO, HANYS is looking to lead more facilities through diabetes and PCMH recognition programs."

New York leads the way in NCQA’s PCMH Recognitions as the only state with more than 200 practices recognized. The PCMH model is the foundation for Health Homes and Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered systems of care that coordinate a full array of health services and the groups of doctors, hospitals, and providers that deliver those services.

By collaborating with renowned health care assessment group IPRO, HANYS will provide consulting support and assessment for hospital-based clinics and primary care sites pursuing PCMH Recognition, offer tools for project management, and review policies and procedures. HANYS will also assist with the implementation of PCMH principles, the integration of chronic care management models and patient self-management tools, team-based patient-centered care, and integration with Diabetes Self-Management Education services.

Clinics and sites that receive the recognition will be eligible for enhanced fee-for-service add-on Medicaid incentive payments.

"PCMH is an important approach to improving primary care," said IPRO Chief Executive Officer Theodore O. Will, F.A.C.H.E. "IPRO supports its tenets and is pleased to work with HANYS in helping to support its facilitation."

Questions?

William Van Slyke - (518) 431-7770

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.

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