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Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

  • Project Title: New York State Health Homes Learning Collaborative, Phase 3
  • Priority Area: Advancing Primary Care
  • Grant Amount: $14,925
  • Date Awarded: January 3, 2017
  • Region: Statewide
  • Region: Outside New York State
  • Website: http://www.chcs.org/
  • Grant Status: In Progress

Overview

The Affordable Care Act provided states with a new option to provide intensive coordinated services through health homes for Medicaid beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. A health home is a network of providers across a community with a lead provider who facilitates access to an array of medical, behavioral health, and social services for patients. In 2012, NYSHealth awarded the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) a grant to establish a statewide learning collaborative to support the new health home initiative launched by the State that same year, followed by a second grant in 2014. The Health Homes Learning Collaborative gave health home providers a forum to share their early implementation successes and challenges, engage in peer-to-peer learning, identify best practices, and guide future policymaking. The learning collaborative has been very successful in building the capacity of health home providers. For this reason, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has subsequently funded its continuation. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded CHCS a grant to further support health home member participation in the learning collaborative.

With NYSHealth funding, CHCS will support travel and lodging expenses for its learning collaborative participants to attend in-person meetings throughout the year. Learning collaborative meetings provide opportunities for participants to explore crucial implementation and programmatic issues among health home agencies and State officials. Although NYSDOH has invested in organizing and running the learning collaborative, it does not have the funds to adequately cover the travel/lodging expenses of health home representatives who wish to attend meetings in person. NYSHealth will support health home representatives who cannot afford to attend meetings without travel reimbursement. The Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York will partner equally with NYSHealth to cover learning collaborative members’ travel expenses.