National Think Tanks Engage CCN for DSRIP Best Practices

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In 2014, New York State announced plans to reinvest $8 billion in federal savings to transform healthcare for the Medicaid population across the state. With a goal to achieve a 25% reduction in avoidable hospital use over five years, 25 Performing Provider Systems (PPS) were formed to drive this transformation by establishing community-level collaborative networks.

Over the past several years, best practices have been learned through the work of the PPS through the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. As the PPSs’ are gaining momentum in their transformative work, recognition has been wide-spread throughout the state and becoming increasingly recognized throughout the U.S.

“New York State has made a profound investment in healthcare transformation,” says Care Compass Network Executive Director, Mark Ropiecki. After sharing the successes that the PPS has had on a regional level, this investment by New York State is being recognized nationally.

On March 27th both Ropiecki and Care Compass Network’s Chief Medical Officer, Wayne C. Teris, MD, FAAFP, presented a teleconference hosted by the Scottsdale Institute. The teleconference, titled “Community Collaboration Address Social Determinants to Reduce Costs and Improve Health” focused on the successes of CCN’s initiatives engaging Primary Care Providers with Community-Based organizations. The 133 attendees were made up of various professionals located throughout the country holding positions from Medical Directors to Health Program Managers and Care Coordinators.

Janet Guptill, FACHE, Executive Director, Scottdale Institute shares, “It’s helpful to see real progress being done in this quest to link social determinants and medical care – we all know it is the right thing to do, but to hear about practical steps in this direction was very encouraging!”

Through the investment in healthcare transformation by New York State, CCN and their partners have developed several innovative new programs, including the Cohort Management Program, to better wrap care and services around the communities in our region.

“Outside of NY State, we typically don’t see funding for this kind of community-building program. We are all watching what NYS is doing and seeing what steps need to be taken to build this more organically,” says Guptill.

It isn’t just the Scottsdale Institute that has picked up on the success of the PPS. Earlier in March eHealth Initiative and Foundation (eHI) covered the decrease CCN has seen through the Crisis Stabilization Project. That project provides resources to emergency departments and community behavioral health providers to provide tools to monitor and observe unstable behavioral health patients.

With future speaking engagements on the horizon it’s clear that the country has its eyes on New York State and the lessons that have been learned from the DSRIP initiative.


The Scottsdale Institute (SI) is a not-for-profit membership organization of prominent health systems aimed at achieving clinical integration and transformation through information technology. SI members are made up of 50 advanced, not-for-profit health systems and academic medical centers committed to sharing best practices. Their goal is to support members as they move forward to achieve clinical integration and transformation through information technology. Knowledge sharing is facilitated through group interaction and collaboration that is scaled to provide intimate and informal forums, such as the one Ropiecki and Teris presented, embracing the Scottsdale Institute’s three pillars of collaboration, education and networking.

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