Bassett Sponsors Effort to Reshape Medicaid in Mohawk Valley Region

August 1, 2014

A $760,000 planning grant has been awarded to Bassett Healthcare Network and over 60 collaborating partners, who together make up the Mohawk Valley Performing Provider System (PPS). The specific goal of the PPS is to improve health care delivery and quality locally, and reduce avoidable hospital visits, readmissions and similar costs tied to Medicaid.
The grant Bassett and its collaborating partners received was awarded under the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and is part of $8 billion in federal savings generated by Medicaid Redesign Team reforms. Medicaid is a government-funded program that pays the medical expenses for people unable to pay some or all of their own medical expenses.

President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network Dr. Vance Brown notes, “There is a responsibility we and our collaborating partners have in accepting this grant to develop innovative projects that focus on system transformation, clinical improvement and population health improvement. The planning dollars are essential, and the work now is to design and launch programs that will achieve those goals.”

The Bassett-sponsored collaboration includes organizations from eight counties. Among them are various county social service, public health and mental health agencies, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Catholic Charities, Springbrook, Rome Memorial Hospital, the Masonic Care Community, Charles Sitrin Health Care Center, Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Herkimer County HealthNet, and many other partners from across the health care spectrum. The programs to be developed will serve Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties. Future funding for the programs that result from the Mohawk Valley PPS will be based on performance and achievement of project milestones.

Bassett’s Chief Medical Insurance and Innovation Officer is leading the work at Bassett. Dr. Gerald Groff says, “The state’s primary goal related to reshaping Medicaid is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent over 5 years. The types of projects that can help achieve that goal could include regional integration of services, improved primary care with patient-centered medical home principles, coordination of transfers between acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, and community support for Medicaid recipients to navigate the health care system.”

The New York State Department of Health is overseeing the DSRIP program and allocating the $8 billion in savings generated by MRT reforms.

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