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UHS and other regional hospitals form “Performing Provider System”

Earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a program to reinvest $8 billion in federal savings generated by Medicaid redesign reforms. The program, Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP), promotes community-level partnerships in New York State and provides financial support to health care providers to implement programs to better meet the needs of their communities.

UHS is the lead in this collaboration, joined by Lourdes, Cayuga Medical Center, Cortland Regional Medical Center, Guthrie Corning Hospital and Schuyler Hospital to form a regional Performing Provider System in New York State.  Performing Provider Systems (PPS) are partnerships of regional care providers who will collaborate to better transition from traditional fee-for-service payment for their services to the new, risk-based, pay-for-performance approach.

Robin Kinslow-Evans has been leading this PPS team that has been approved to receive nearly $1 million in state grant money to develop a comprehensive plan to expand needed care to patients in the region and control health care costs. The first step in creating the plan is to conduct a Community Needs Assessment focused on local health care, an essential element of the New York state Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program (DSRIP). The Community Needs Assessment, one of the first steps in the DSRIP plan, is used to identify the most pressing needs of the Twin Tier residents and select DSRIP projects most appropriate to impact those needs.

The ten counties that comprise this Performing Provider System (Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins) is a particularly challenging geographic area in which to deliver healthcare services, experts say, because of the predominantly rural nature of the region and its limited public transportation network.