Adirondack Health Institute News

DSRIP FAQ – 12/24/14: CRFP Application

Capital Restructuring Financing Program (CRFP) Application Questions & Answers

Regarding application question number 1, 7th bullet, MWBE (Minority or Women Business Enterprise) Certified, are you referring to the pre-qualified questions within Grants Gateway? We have previously complied with requirements for MWBE for our grants.

The full application requires that the applicant attach required MWBE forms demonstrating how the applicant plans to meet the stated MWBE goal. Please check yes if you plan to submit the required forms. This was included on the AHI Initial Capital Application because we wanted to be sure that all applicants were aware of this requirement.


In the provider category section, do you want just one response or if an applicant qualifies for more than one should they check multiple boxes?

The applicant needs to be able to check at least one box in the Applicant Category to demonstrate that it is an eligible entity. For the AHI Initial Capital Application you can check as many as apply but be aware that the DOH full CRFP instructs the applicant to “Check one.”


In the example re the capital mini-application – it mentions (as an example) a HIT related project. It is my understanding that HIT related projects were being submitted collectively and not part of this. If a project description as currently written – (e.g. Hospital to Home Care) includes necessary HIT capital, is it to be submitted at this time using the application, or deferred to a larger HIT capital? Or both?

I am looking at the capital budget template and since most of what I will be submitting is HIT related, I am looking for input from both our software provider as well as the IT Committee. Is there a mechanism that you would recommend for initiating contact with the IT Committee?

ANSWER 3a and 3b
Organizations that have HIT needs should submit the project as an AHI Initial Capital Application. AHI will be submitting a regional full CRFP HIT application, but we will be using the Initial Capital Application process to gather information about partner and regional needs. For questions and to initiate contact with the IT Committee please contact Bob Cawley, AHI Director of Medical Home Initiatives, at or 518- 480-0111 ext. 32002.


Reminder: the Initial Capital Application is due to AHI by Tuesday, 12/30, at 5 pm.

Free Health Insurance Enrollment Days! December 29 and 30

Adirondack Health Institute is hosting free health insurance open enrollment days.

Queensbury Indian Lake
When Monday, December 29 Tuesday, December 30
Where The Dome, 326 Upper Sherman Avenue, Queensbury Public Health Building, 139 White Burch Lane, Indian Lake
Time 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Please call 1-855-650-0112 to arrange a no-cost appointment with one of Adirondack Health Institute’s certified navigators.  They will help enroll you in a free or low-cost health insurance plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace.

The navigator provides guidance through the health insurance enrollment process and helps find the plan that best meets your needs.  We also help determine if you qualify for financial assistance.

Vendor booths, snacks and refreshments and fun activities for kids will also be available.

Submission! + 2015 DSRIP January dates

Our application was submitted to the New York State Department of Health TODAY!

Workgroups and committees will be convened shortly.

The next few dates to continue our DSRIP efforts to build a detailed implementation plan will begin in the New Year.

1/05 Scale and Speed of Application responses due from PPS Leads to KPMG
1/12 Final Scale and Speed Submission completed and submitted by PPS lead
1/16 PPS lead meeting in Albany

Happy Holidays and New Year!

CEO Cathy Homkey submitting the DSRIP application.

AHI CEO, Cathy Homkey, submitting the DSRIP application

Primary Care Service Corps (PCSC) program funding announced

Register for informational webinar by December 31

The Department of Health (DOH) announced additional funding for the Primary Care Service Corp program. The PCSC is a state and federally funded program that provides loan repayment to non-physician clinicians who commit to practicing in the State’s Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in return for a two- or four-year service obligation.

Eligible clinicians include general and pediatric dentists and dental hygienists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants providing primary care, certified nurse midwives, clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors. See the DOH website for program details, including an application.

A webinar for applicants will be held on Tuesday, January 6th. Interested parties must register for the webinar by 5 pm, December 31.

Please note the following important dates:

December 31, 2014 by 5:00 PM Webinar Registration email
January 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM Webinar
January 14, 2015 Questions from Webinar will be posted
January 31 through March 31, 2015 Applications accepted on a rolling basis


 For more information, contact

For the Medicaid Redesign Community: Important Web Resource

Check out the MRT Innovation eXchange (MIX), a forum for health delivery system solutions.

The MIX was developed by NY State’s Medicaid Redesign team with the goal that all interested in healthcare transformation can convene and post challenges and discussions that will help everyone achieve success.

Policy makers and the Medicaid Redesign team will be active participants. As collective solutions are developed, ideas may be turned into transformative health delivery system action.

The AHI team sees the MIX as an important resource.

How to Create an Account

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See the MIX for more information.

Timeline: PPS Capital Restructuring Financing Program (CRFP)

AHI North Country PPS Capital Restructuring Financing Program (CRFP) Timeline

12/12 AHI North Country PPS (AHINC PPS) Initial Capital Application (see below) distributed to all PPS partners
12/30 Initial Capital Application due from partners to AHI by 5 PM
12/31 AHI distributes Initial Capital Applications to the AHINC PPS Steering Committee and Finance Work Group
1/7 AHINC PPS Finance Work Group meeting, results of Initial Capital Applications financial review sent to Steering Committee
1/9 AHINC PPS Steering Committee meets to review and score Initial Capital Applications
1/13 AHINC PPS feedback sent to applicants
2/3 Full CRFP Applications due to AHINC PPS
2/6 AHI sends CRFP Applications to AHINC PPS Steering Committee
2/12 AHINC PPS Steering Committee meets to review CRFP Applications and rank for submission to Department of Health (DOH)
2/20 AHINC PPS submits ranked proposals to DOH


Please use the following three documents to develop and submit your application(s)

1.   AHINC PPS Initial Capital Application

2.   AHINC PPS CRFP Reviewer Criteria

3.   AHINC PPS Community Needs Assessment Summary



For each separate capital project, please fill out one Initial Capital Application form. For example, if an organization has multiple projects that are not directly related:

  1. A Medical Village project to reuse existing hospital space to create needed outpatient services
  2. A renovation of a satellite health center to expand access to primary care and integrate behavioral health
  3. A Health Information Technology project to link multiple providers together within an organization’s network to share patient information

The organization will submit three Initial Capital Applications so that the projects can be evaluated on individual merit.

Please be aware that there are likely far more capital needs than there are dollars available. This will be a very competitive process so be sure to put forward projects that are integral to achieving the AHINC PPS project goals and meet the DSRIP CRFP Eligible Capital Projects criteria.


 Please follow all directions on the form and return the completed form(s) to by 5:00 on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

DSRIP CRFP deadline extended

The Department of Health (DOH) has extended the deadline for the DSRIP Capital Restructuring Financing Program (CRFP).

We will be posting the AHI North Country PPS timeline and process for submitting a CRFP application by close of business TOMORROW, Friday, December 12.

Information will also be sent via email.

Please stay tuned!


Initiative to improve health, medical care and lower costs for the North Country

Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) is the recipient of a $2.44 million Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) grant awarded by the New York Department of Health (DOH). PHIP is intended to support the state’s Prevention Agenda and proposed State Health Innovation Plan (SHIP).

“PHIP’s role is integral to the state’s targeted  ’Triple Aim’ of better care, better population health, and lower health care costs,” explained Cathy Homkey, CEO, Adirondack Health Institute.  “The DOH has charged AHI with convening local stakeholders to provide a neutral forum for identifying, sharing, disseminating, and helping to implement best practices and strategies to promote better health outcomes and reduce disparities across the population in our six county region.”

“For decades AHI has partnered with providers and community-based organizations from many sectors to build healthy communities,” said Homkey.  “We are excited to bring much needed resources to address diverse needs including the social determinants of health.”

AHI is one of ten New York state regional contractors to receive the grant. The PHIP grant recipients are listed in the Department of Health (DOH) announcement.

Health Information Technologies (HIT) Updates


* TODAY (12/10), 1:30 – 3:30 pm at HIXNY (Health Information Exchange of New York)
* The next HIT Work Group meeting is Friday, December 12th and is scheduled to be a conference call.
* Kick-Off held: The AHI North Country PPS’s HIT Work Group Kick-Off Meeting was held on December 3rd via Webinar.

Work Group Co-Chairs Announced

Phil DeLeel and John Dudla will serve as co-chairs for the work group.

This work group has grown to 16 members.

Finance Workgroup Update

Finance workgroup meetings are held regularly on Wednesdays. Location: AHI, 101 Ridge St., Glens Falls.

The meeting for tomorrow, DEC 10th, is CANCELLED.

Next meeting:

* Wednesday, December 17, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm