Adirondack Health Institute News

The Capital Restructuring Financing Program

The state is holding a session on the Capital Restructuring Financing Program; please see information below on the event if your organization is interested in attending.

The Department of Health and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York will hold an Applicant Conference regarding the Capital Restructuring Financing Program on Friday, November 21, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level, Meeting Room 6, Albany.

For planning purposes, the Department is requesting that anyone wishing to attend the meeting, e-mail with the subject line:  “November 21, 2014 CRFP Meeting Attendance” and provide a list of names attending the conference.

This meeting can be viewed via live webcast at the following site:

DSRIP and Capital Requests

The DSRIP Project Design Grant Application that was submitted in June of this year included a list of anticipated “Capital Needs.”  Potential PPS Partners submitted a dollar amount and a brief description of the need for the capital in relation to a specific project.  The purpose of including capital information in the design grant application was to give NYS DOH a rough indication of the need for capital directly to support DSRIP projects.  AHI gathered the information from partners and submitted it in the application. These initial “capital need projections” were not evaluated by AHI or by NYS DOH.

Going forward, NYS DOH is establishing a Capital Restructuring Financing Program — a competitive RFA is expected to be released soon.  The RFA will be open to DSRIP participants and other eligible entities that are not participating in DSRIP. Additional details can be found here:  AHI expects that the submission of a capital need projection in the design grant application from a given partner, or lack thereof, will not in any way be tied to the RFA process. There will be a strong preference for capital projects that are closely tied to the DSRIP goals.

AHI is encouraging our PPS Partners, and any organization in need of capital to fund restructuring initiatives, to look closely at the RFA when it is released.

Leaders Announced for Regional Healthcare Innovation Teams

We are pleased to announce the leaders for the Regional Healthcare Innovation Teams (RHITs). Please click here to view the RHIT Leadership.docx.

The RHIT teams include a wide range of partners from across the healthcare continuum; the teams develop project plans and budgets for their regions.  Leaders will be devoting significant time to DSRIP and will help ensure our region’s success as we continue through our DSRIP journey.

October 2014 Edition of AHInsider Newsletter Published

We have published the latest edition of our newsletter, AHInsider — October 2014.  This issue spotlights a number of AHI and partner initiatives, with a particular focus on data analysis.

VAP Exception

Instructions on the VAP Exception have changed twice in the past two weeks.  We strongly encourage you to subscribe to the Medicaid Redesign Team LISTSEV. Please follow this link and then the instructions on the webpage to enroll:  This will help you to keep abreast of the VAP Exception and other DSRIP developments. Information is changing rapidly and the LISTSERV will provide you with more up-to-date information than that which is available on the DOH website.

DSRIP Consulting Agreements

AHI is pleased to announce consulting agreements with the following vendors for services to support the developing Performing Provider System:

Consultant Services:       The Chartis Group- Kathleen McCarthy & team

Financial Services:          CohnReznick, LLP- Peter Epp

Legal Services:                Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher, & Trombley, PLLC-Susanna Piller

Project Management Services: Dan McGovern

Workforce Strategy Services: Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center-Kelly Owens; Northern Area Health Education Center-Anita Merrill

Extension Granted for VAP Exception Applications

An extension was just granted on the VAP Exception applications. You now have until 5:00pm, October 17, 2014 to complete and submit your application.

“Community Crisis Stabilization: Models to Consider and Lessons Learned” Webinar

Thank you to Craig Amoth of Behavioral Health Services North who presented the webinar “Community Crisis Stabilization: Models to Consider and Lessons Learned” for us.

Please follow this link to our DSRIP YouTube channel to watch Craig’s presentation.

Please find the slides from the presentation here: BH Community Crisis Stabilization Services.

Should you have questions you would like to ask Craig, please send them to and we will get back to you with answers.

DSRIP Vital Access Provider Exception Application

NYS DOH has released the Vital Access Provider (VAP) Exception application.

You can find it here:

If you are a Medicaid provider who needs an exception to the safety net rule you need to submit the application to DOH by 10/14/2014. There are instructions as well as the application at the link above. DOH asked if you have questions about this application for you to e-mail with your facility name and “DSRIP VAP Exception Question” in the subject line.

2014 AHI Summit Presentations

8:00am – 8:30am Registration and Breakfast

8:30am – 8:40am Welcome – Adirondack Health Institute 

8:45am – 10:40am The State of Integration
– Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, SAP, CCM, Institute for Family Health 

10:45am – 11:40am Leading Care Teams
– Tim Hoff, PhD, Northeastern University

8:45am – 9:40am Holistic Care Management – Behavioral Health and How it is Transforming with the Patient Centered Medical Home and Health
– Dr. Edye Schwartz, NYAPRS

The Primary Care Perspective on Care Management
– Jessica Fraser, Hudson Headwaters Health Network

9:45am – 10:40am Successful Collaborations Necessary to Promote Physical Health & Behavioral Health Integration in a Managed System
– Kelly Lauletta, LCSW, Community Care Behavioral Health

10:45am – 11:40am Engaging the Underserved in Care Management
– Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, SAP, CCM, Institute for Family Health

12:00pm – 12:55pm LUNCH

1:00pm – 2:00pm Opening Keynote
– Pat Roohan, Deputy Commissioner of Quality and Patient Safety, New York State Department of Health
– Foster Gesten, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Office of Quality and Patient Safety, New York State Department of Health

2:00pm – 2:30pm Adirondack Medical Home: Evidence to Date
– Dr. Dennis Weaver, Southwind/Advisory Board Company 

2:30pm – 2:45pm Afternoon Break

Breakout Sessions

2:45pm – 3:45pm 
1) Improving Outcomes through Predictive Analytics
– Dr. David Wennberg, Northern New England Accountable Care Collaborative

2) How Technological Inventions are Improving Community-Based Care
– Ken Oakley, PhD, FACHE, WNY Rural Area Health Education Center

3) Rx for Change
– John Pelizza, PhD, Pelizza and Associates

4:00pm – 4:45pm DSRIP: How did we get here?: Lessons Learned from across the US
– Barbara Eyman, Eyman Associates, P.C.

4:45pm – 5:00pm Closing
Adirondack Health Institute