Wednesday, December 12, 2018
 

 
Community-based Care One of Two Missing Links in Quality Affordable Care

Albany, NY -- Two health and wellness groups will have to ramp up their efforts in New York State in order for Medicaid Redesign to result in reduced cost and better quality care. One is primary care and the other – community- based care.

Historically, New York State has put more emphasis – and dollars – on “bricks and mortar” or building facilities when it comes to health care, said Ann Monroe, member of the Gov.’s Medicaid Redesign Team and President of the Community Health Foundation of Central and Western New York. That will no longer be the case as New York state looks to reform its Medicaid program.

Monroe recently shared progress on New York’s Medicaid Redesign plan to an audience of community-based care organizations during a webinar facilitated by Laura Cameron, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NYSAAAA). The association, which represents many of the aging organizations on the webinar, is sponsoring a series of webinars on Medicaid Redesign.

A second webinar will take place Tuesday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. Mandatory Managed Long Term Care with Mark Kissinger, Director Division of Long Term Care, NYS Department of Health. To register, click here.

The goal of the series is to educate NYSAAAA members and the entire aging services network about Medicaid Redesign and keep them up to date with developments. Apparently they were successful:
“Finally, a reasonable explanation of the changes AND why,” David Drake, Caseworker, Orleans County Department of Social Services, wrote in a survey of participants.

Monroe began with the challenge, which is to improve the quality of care in New York State while lowering the price tag for that quality care. It will require a rational realignment of the workforce in health care and related fields and a coordinated approach to care, Monroe said. She covered everything from broadening the workforce to Health Homes, which are virtual organizations designed to coordinate care for high needs individuals, where historically a lot of the money has been spent.

Many of the organizations participating in the first webinar were county agencies that administer community-based services for older New York State residents. The coordinated approach to health care that the Medicaid Redesign Team is developing also attracted the interest of a law school professor who called it well organized and focused, a medical services alert service provider and an independent living center outreach specialist as well as county-based Offices for the Aging.

“It was very insightful,” said Susan Christian, Aging Services Specialist for the Niagara County Office for the Aging. “(Monroe) truly helped me to understand what is happening. Thank you so much!”

For more information, contact NYSAAAA at (518) 449-7080. To obtain the PowerPoint and audio of the Ann Monroe webinar, click here.

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