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July 14, 2014 News Headlines

Primary Care Milestone Reached by 99% of Sites; H-MH Funding to Proceed

The second year of funding for the New York State Hospital-Medical Home (H-MH) Demonstration will proceed because a key performance milestone has been achieved, the Department of Health (DOH) announced during a conference call with HANYS on Thursday. The H-MH Demonstration is a healthcare quality and safety improvement program for Medicaid services in New York State.  As part of this program, 156 of the 157 outpatient primary care sites at 62 New York State teaching hospitals became recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) by the July 1, 2014, deadline.  Having achieved this milestone, 75% of the $75 million Year 2 funding will be distributed to H-MH participants in late August/early September.  Operated by DOH and funded by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, H-MH provides up to $250 million to New York State teaching hospitals.

HANYS Solutions PCMH Advisory Services helps outpatient primary care practices develop or enhance their PCMH initiatives and achieve NCQA recognition.  For more information, contact Nicole Harmon, Director, PCMH Advisory Services, at nharmon@hanys.org or at (716) 201-1170.  Contact: Ed McGill


HANYS Joins DOH Team to Reduce Infant Mortality

HANYS is participating with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and other key stakeholders across the state on a national initiative to reduce infant mortality. The Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality is a public-private partnership organized by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Research and Services Administration, to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. 

DOH aims to work with key stakeholders in New York to build a state plan to reduce infant mortality focusing on:

  • reduce elective delivery at less than 39 weeks of pregnancy;
  • expand access to interconception care (between pregnancies) through Medicaid; 
  • promote smoking cessation among pregnant women; 
  • promote infant safe sleep practices; and 
  • improve perinatal regionalization (a geographically-targeted approach to ensure risk-appropriate care for mothers and infants).

Important to the design of the state’s plan will be aligning this initiative with other state priorities including the Prevention Agenda and the Medicaid waiver.

HANYS looks forward to helping the state design its plan and begin implementation, which is anticipated to begin next summer. Contact: Kathy Ciccone


NYS Triple Aim: HANYS Highlights Ellis Medicine

This week, HANYS is highlighting Ellis Medicine’s Care Central “health home,” which is improving the health and well-being of the community by offering patient-centered, physician-guided care that is better coordinated and more cost-effective.  To learn more, read the full story.  This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS’ NYS Triple Aim website that shares how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, enhancing the quality of patient care, and reducing the cost of healthcare despite fiscal constraints.  Contact: Shannon Hutton