New York Awarded Health Innovation Grant

Given by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the grant will support the Governor’s State Health Innovation Plan, an ambitious blueprint that works to give New Yorkers access to high quality, coordinated care.

by Tonawanda News / December 18, 2014
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Flickr/Diana Robinson

(TNS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that New York state, in coordination with Health Research Inc., has been awarded a four year, $100 million State Innovations Model Testing grant.

Given by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the grant will support the Governor’s State Health Innovation Plan, an ambitious blueprint that works to give New Yorkers access to high quality, coordinated care in every region of the state.

“Building the best possible health care system means growing our resources and taking an innovative approach to providing care for New Yorkers — and that is exactly what this grant is helping us achieve,” Cuomo said. “This funding will go a long way toward improving the quality of care for people in virtually every corner of the state. I am proud that our work on this issue has been recognized by our federal partners as we continue to lay the groundwork for safer and healthier communities for all New Yorkers.”

The grant will:

• Integrate care and services by improving access to primary care. It will also integrate primary care services into long-term care, behavioral health, specialty care and community supports.

• Create a continuum of care that links physicians and community-based resources to help promote the state’s Health Prevention Agenda and Medicaid reform efforts.

• Increase transparency to assure that patients, payers and providers have access to information that will help them make informed choices about their health care.

• Pay for the value of care received by a patient to ensure that care is high-quality, efficiently provided, and results in the best possible outcomes for the patient.

“This health innovation grant is fantastic news for New York,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who wrote a letter urging the awarding of these funds. “Our state’s health care industry works hard to achieve better health, better health care, and lower health care costs for residents, and this federal funding will go a long way toward helping them achieve that goal.”

The governor’s State Health Innovation Plan works toward the development and implementation of innovative health service delivery and payment models, which help give access to integrated care delivery systems.

These systems are premised on a strong foundation of advanced primary care that is supported by both public and private payers in all regions of the state.

Updated health information technology, quality measurement, integration with population health, and enhanced transparency will reduce costs and better enable consumers to make wiser healthcare choices.

“New York has long been a leader in health care innovation and I’m pleased that this $100 million federal investment will help forward the state’s progress towards the highest quality of care and lower costs for all,” Sen. Charles Schumer said. “The State Innovations Model Testing grant will help New York develop, support and evolve an integrated care delivery system that focuses on the consumer. I am pleased that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has recognized the importance of this funding, which will ultimately improve the quality and access to care for all New Yorkers.”

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