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The Department of Health requires every Performing Provider System (PPS) to establish a Project Advisory Committee (PAC).  Each PPS partner organization is asked to identify two representatives to serve on the PAC. The first representative is a managerial representative.  The second representative is either a union representative (this is required if you have a union at your organization) or a worker representative. The PAC representative is your front line contact to help keep your organization informed about DSRIP and how the projects will impact and benefit your organization and patient care.


Who is on the PAC?

DSRIP Project Advisory Committee


What will PAC members do?  Right now we envision the managerial representative being more involved and possibly being plugged into different work groups to help with planning and organizing implementation of the DSRIP projects.  The union or worker representative is a role that will be more defined as the PPS identifies the workforce impact of various projects.  During the implementation phase, the PAC will review project progress and make recommendations.


When is the next meeting?  The next PAC meetings will be held on September 25, 2014. There will be a southern region session in Glens Falls from 8am-10am.  The northern session will be in Lake Placid from 2pm-4pm.  A Save the Date for the PAC meetings was sent out on Friday, August 22, 2014. If you believe you should have received a Save the Date and did not receive one, please send an e-mail to and we will contact you.


How often will the PAC meet?  The state advises the PAC should meet no less than once per month during the planning phase. The PAC should meet no less than once a quarter during the implementation phase.

August 2014 Edition of AHInsider Newsletter Published

AHI has published the latest edition of our newsletter, AHInsider — August 2014.  This issue spotlights a number of exciting programs and initiatives, including a grant award we received from the NYS DOH to increase the level of health care service integration necessary to better manage population health and embrace payment reform in nine Upstate New York counties, new approaches to stem childhood obesity, and an update on our health insurance enrollment assistance efforts.

Post-Star Publishes Article on AHI DSRIP Grant Award

The Post-Star picked up the new story we released earlier today on obtaining the DSRIP project design grant mentioned in our most recent blog post.  To read the article, please follow this link:

AHI, Partners Awarded $891,000 Grant For DSRIP Project

Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) and its Performing Provider System (PPS) partners have received $891,000 in grant funding from the New York State Department of Health for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program’s Project Design Grant.  Funding will be used to increase the level of health care service integration necessary to better manage population health and embrace payment reform in nine Upstate New York counties.  AHI is one of 42 grant awardees in the state.

“The North Country Health Systems Redesign Commission issued a report in April of this year describing our region’s health care system as ‘highly fragmented and centered on inpatient beds.’  To address this issue, AHI convened a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) which agreed early on that creating an integrated delivery system would be the core focus of our project proposal,” explained Cathy Homkey, CEO, AHI.  “We’re extremely pleased to receive this grant and excited to work with our numerous collaborators to develop a comprehensive and successful health care integration plan.  The award reflects the confidence that the State has in the ability of our region’s hospitals, primary care, and other providers to work collaboratively.”

Homkey went on to say that AHI continues to encourage interested organizations to join the effort.  “The PAC is growing by bringing aboard partners to represent the workforce component of this initiative, which will be coordinated by the Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center, a partner of AHI,” said Homkey.  “As we move forward, we hope to bring other key stakeholders aboard.”

“In order for the system to succeed, it needs to provide access to high-quality primary care, behavioral health services, and substance abuse treatment, and we need to better coordinate and manage care across these settings.  We also need to focus on when and where care is delivered to address the over-reliance on inpatient beds noted by the Commission,” said Colleen Florio, PhD, Director of Care Management Initiatives and Evaluation, AHI.  “As such, our project, among other areas of focus, will concentrate on integrating care and providing more community-based options and supports.  We look forward to building healthy communities and helping our partners succeed under payment reform.”

The project will be implemented by partners in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties.