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DSRIP Budget Webinar and Updated Template

A webinar to review the DSRIP budget template will be held on Friday, March 6, from 12 pm-1 pm.

To Register: DSRIP Budget Webinar Registration

This is another chance to review the template and ask questions.

Note: Minor changes have been made to the template so please use the following version:

 Deadline: Completed budget templates are now due on March 13, 2015.

Please submit your budget templates to DSRIPahi@adkhi.org using the subject line “Project Budget.”

Note: these instructions do not apply to project 2.a.ii; members working on project 2.a.ii have separate instructions for the return of their budget templates.

DSRIP Teamwork in the Adirondacks praised by New York State Medicaid Director

Jason Helgerson, New York state Medicaid director, spoke highly of AHI’s DRSIP team during the Department of Health oversight panel’s review of the AHI PPS application.

As reported by the Watertown Daily Times, Mr Helgerson’s quote states, “They have been actively involved in one of the nation’s most successful patient medical-home pilots that brought together a whole array of providers who have actively participated in the Medicaid program,” he said.

“That positions them well, because they have already been collaborating. I would say that Adirondack is one of the furthest and most advanced from an implementation standpoint.”

For more information, view the full The Watertown Daily Times article “Process begins to reshape NNY health care landscape.”

DSRIP Project Budget template available

The AHI PPS DSRIP Project Budget template is available.

We only need one Initial Project Implementation Budget Template completed for each implementation of a given Project.

  • For example, there are many Behavioral Health / Primary Care Integration implementations being planned, each project will have its own budget template.  Within a given implementation, there are usually multiple partners – we are NOT asking for separate budgets from each partner, nor do you need to specify which partner is incurring the cost on the budget at this time.  That step will come later. 

Please review the summary of the budgeting process: AHI PPS Project Budgeting Summary.

Project Teams should complete the template and submit to AHI by Friday, March 6th.

Note: There will be a Project Budget item on the agenda of the Friday, February 13th RHIT “All Team” Meeting.  There will be time for Q & A, as well as time for project teams to break out into groups and develop a plan for completing the budgets.

NYS DSRIP Independent Assessor Releases Project Scores

The Department of Health has released the Independent Assessor PPS Project Scores for each project.  The Independent Assessor noted that most Project Plan Applications submitted were of extremely high quality. These scores represent the final assessment by the DSRIP Independent Assessor on the project applications.  Bonus points for 2.d.i are not included in these scores. Scores are also viewable on the DSRIP website.

The Independent Assessor will be finalizing an Executive Summary for each PPS application that covers the overall scoring, reviewer comments, and a project by project summary. Please look for a notice in the coming days.

DSRIP CRFP Finance Process

The Finance Workgroup/HIT Workgroup and RHIT Workgroups are advancing toward a successful close to the CRFP process by the Feb 20th due date for ALL CRFP applications to the DOH.

Please review the AHI PPS CRFP Process Instructions.  It includes all PPS forms and communications as well as links to the DOH resources and forms.

Note: The schedule was recently extended to improve success of the PPS applications as a whole. Please look for changes in red.

RHIT DSRIP Materials Update

Thanks to the Regional Health Innovation Team (RHIT) members for attending last week’s all-team meeting.

Meeting slides, current timeline, and project requirements:

The next RHIT all-team meeting is Friday, February 13 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Location: High Peaks Resort of Lake Placid, McIntyre Range Room, 2384 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946

RSVP: Call 518-480-0111 ext 32019 or email: Adrienne Cross.

Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Programs

The following federal and state loan repayment and forgiveness applications are available. Also note updates to the Primary Care Service Corps (PCSC) website.

  • Applications for the 2015 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Now Open
The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program is accepting applications until February 26. Announced by the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the purpose of this program is to address nurse shortages in under-served areas, including at Critical Access Hospitals, Disproportionate Share Hospitals, public hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, skilled nursing facilities, and rural clinics. The complete list of eligible locations is available on the application website. The 2015 application cycle is expected to be very competitive and applicants are encouraged to apply early.
For more information, contact: Sherry Chorost
  • Licensed Social Work Loan Forgiveness Funds Announced
The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) announced the availability of funding for loan forgiveness for social workers in under-served areas. To be eligible, an applicant must be a legal resident of New York State, a U.S. citizen, a social worker professionally licensed to practice in the state, have an outstanding balance on a student loan, have at least one year of qualified experience, be in compliance with the terms of any service condition posed by a state award, and not be in default on any state or federal student loan. The application deadline is March 15, 2015.
For more information, contact: Sherry Chorost
  • Primary Care Service Corps (PCSC) website update
The PCSC website has changed. The Funding Opportunity Overview PPT and webinar have been added.

DSRIP Applications now posted

All submitted applications are posted on the Department of Health site.

Links include:

  • Organizational Application
  • Project Plan Applications
  • Community Need Assessment

Scale and speed will be posted tomorrow.

Rural Health Network January Educational Webinars

The National Rural Health Association Partnership Services is offering several webinars this month with topics touching upon marketing, finance, rehabilitation, human resources, and technology.

  • Post-Acute Transitional Care: Understanding the Quality and Financial Impact to your Rural Health Network
    Thursday, January 22, 2015
    12:00-1:00 pm Central Time
    Learn more and register now
  • The Use of Aquatic Therapy for Neurological Rehabilitation
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    12:00-1:00 pm Central Time
    Learn more and register now
  • Measure and Improve Employee Performance in the Revenue Cycle
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    12:00-1:00 pm Central Time
    Learn more and register now

Important Behavioral Health Grant Opportunity and Webinar

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering a behavior health grant opportunity that supports our DSRIP and Triple Aim efforts.

Organizations implementing the DSRIP project 3.a.i. Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services, are strongly encouraged to evaluate the following opportunity and consider applying.

DSRIP requires major changes in how health care services are designed and delivered, and these sustainable changes require resources.  The success of Performing Provider Systems will depend, in part, on the ability of the PPS and its partners to leverage funding opportunities, such as this one, that support their DSRIP efforts.


According to SAMHSA, the goal of its program is to “improve the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses, and those with co-occurring substance use disorders.” These adults are at risk for chronic disease and would benefit from the program’s integrated services through the co-location of primary and specialty care medical services in community-based behavioral health settings.

Application due date: Friday, February 27, 2015.

For more information, visit SAMHSA.


Hosted by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the presenters include Kristan McIntosh, LMSW, Director of Project Management and Client Relations; John Darin, CASAC, ICADC, Senior Consultant

Register online for the webinar.

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