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AHI NEWS

DOH Publishes DSRIP Success Stories Compendium, Two AHI Partners Spotlighted

Reflecting on the collective impact of Performing Provider Systems (PPSs) across the state, the New York State Department of Health has published a storybook highlighting Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program initiatives that have resulted in transformative health care change. The compendium, DSRIP Stories of Meaningful Change in Patient Health, features two AHI partner organizations in our region – Comfort Food Community in Greenwich, and SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury – that have made substantial strides in changing the health care system.

The Comfort Food Community article speaks to the organization’s efforts to eliminate food insecurity in the region by leveraging the community’s physical and social resources. Among other initiatives, the organization developed food relief services involving individuals, families, farms, schools, social agencies and local businesses coming together to improve wellbeing through resource connections, health coaching, and education and implementing strategies to increase the consumption of locally-sourced, nutritious foods.

The SUNY Adirondack piece centers on funding received to support training and education in health care occupations identified as high-priority. The article spotlights Kayla Duers of Queensbury who received wraparound services to participate in a Certified Nurses Assistance course and was hired by a nursing home in Warren County.

Read the entire compendium.

DSRIP is the main mechanism by which New York State implements the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Waiver Amendment. Its purpose is to fundamentally restructure the health care delivery system by reinvesting in the Medicaid program, with the primary goal of reducing avoidable hospital use by 25 percent over five years.

Regional Practices Attain Quality Recognition with Assistance from AHI’s Practice Innovation Solutions Team

Physician practices affiliated with Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, and Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville, have attained NYS NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. Practices that earn such recognition have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care. AHI’s Practice Innovation Solutions team assisted the organizations by providing free technical assistance. River Hospital in Alexandria Bay also attained recognition with the help of AHI partner organization, Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization.
Lewis County General Hospital is a critical care access hospital and nursing home facility that also operates five off-site health centers. “We’ve played a vital role in improving the health of the local community for many years,” stated Carol Jank, Group Practice Administrator. “We’ve contributed much-needed resources to our friends and neighbors and the PCMH recognition AHI helped us achieve is confirmation of our efforts.”
Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital and 84-bed skilled nursing home that serves a three-county region. The hospital operates eight primary care health centers, all of which received New York State PCMH recognition. “We’re extremely proud of the efforts we took and grateful for the assistance we received (from AHI) to attain PCMH status,” said Jackie Whitman, Project Coordinator. “Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities we serve. The Littauer medical staff brings amazing technical expertise and competence to the residents of Fulton, Hamilton, and Montgomery counties.”
River Hospital provides inpatient care, emergency services, and outpatient services for routine and diagnostic testing. The organization also offers a variety of primary care services, billing itself as the “Safe harbor for your health.”
PCMH, the most widely-adopted evaluation program in the country, is a model that places patients at the forefront of care, emphasizing better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams. Research shows PCMHs improve quality and the patient experience, increases staff satisfaction and reduces health care costs. Approximately 13,000 practices (with 67,000 clinicians) have received this recognition, while more than 100 payers have supported the program through financial incentives and coaching.
If your practice is considering pursuing quality recognition, visit Practice Innovation Solutions to learn more, and then contact the team at [email protected], or 518.480.0111, ext. 421 to discuss particulars.

Save the Date: 2019 AHI Leadership Summit, September 19 in Lake Placid

The 2019 AHI Leadership Summit has been scheduled for Thursday, September 19, at the Lake Placid Conference Center. This annual event typically draws more than 200 health care stakeholders from AHI’s nine-county service region and beyond. The theme for this year’s event is health care innovation and transformation. Stay tuned for more details to come. In the meantime, visit AHI Leadership Summit for a recap of last year’s conference and to watch our event video.

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