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  • Public Comment Opportunity: The MRT has released a document titled Medicaid Redesign Team Structural Roadmap: Roles and Responsibilities in a Value Based Payment World for public comment. The document seeks to define the roles of "middle layer actors" in a VBP system and will be sent to CMS for consideration as an appendix to the VBP Roadmap. The comment deadline is April 2. View document | Comment
  • Public Comment Opportunity: The newly created Bureau of Social Determinants of Health is accepting comments regarding a planned RFI soliciting "innovative new approaches for addressing the social determinants of health" by Tier 1 CBOs, all other CBOs, and other providers/organizations. Learn more | Comment
  • Public Comment Opportunity/RFI: As part of its Regulatory Modernizaton Initiative, NYSDOH has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to determine the implications of eliminating the use of the Hospital and Community Patient Review Instrument. The RFI seeks recommendations for a replacement assessment tool, if necessary. Learn more
  • PPS Update: The results of the PPS Mid-Point Assessment Action Plan efforts are now publicly available. They include information about disbursement of funds to CBOs. View document 
  • Video: The MRT has released a new DSRIP Whiteboard video featuring Jason Helgerson discussing the DSRIP year 4 theme and goals, including the focus on performance, the move to value-based payment, and planning for the future. Watch 
  • Staff Update: Michele Griguts, DDS, is the new Dental Director in the Bureau of Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy Policy, within the NYSDOH Office of Health Insurance Programs.
  • DSRIP Evaluation Plan: CMS approved the State's DSRIP Independent Evaluation Plan on March 13, 2018. The Research Foundation at the State University of Albany is carrying out the evaluation. View plan 
  • Blog Post: Jason Helgerson, Peggy Chan, and other experts discuss the impact of the Medicaid Accelerated eXchange (MAX) on the transition to value-based care. Read
  • Webinar Materials: Resources from the March 16th BHIT webinar "Data Analytics 102" are available online. Recording | Presentation slides 
  • Conference Materials: The recording of the Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) Supervisors' Conference that was held on March 15 is available. View recording 

Payer SDH Coalition : A group of commercial health care payers and other organizations have formed a coalition to explore how addressing the social determinants of health can lower care costs and improve outcomes.
  • Webinar: On Monday, April 9, Manatt will present Enabling Sustainable Investment in Social Interventions: A Review of Medicaid Managed Care Rate-Setting Tools. Register
  • Care Coordination Forums: Throughout April, OPWDD is hosting public forums across the state on the transition to Health Home Care Management for consumers. Learn more
  • Direct Care Trainings: This Spring and Summer MCTAC will hold in-person half-day trainings for direct care staff and managers/directors. Mark your calendar!
    • May 15, 2018: NYC
    • May 16, 2018: Long Island
    • May 29, 2018: White Plains
    • May 30, 2018: Albany
    • June 19, 2018: Syracuse
    • June 20, 2018: Rochester
    • June 21, 2018: Buffalo
  • MRT Innovations in Social Determinants of Health Initiative: The newly created Bureau of Social Determinants of Health will release an RFI on May 1 soliciting "innovative new approaches for addressing the social determinants of health" by Tier 1 CBOs, all other CBOs, and other providers/organizations. Learn more
  • Rest-of-state CBO Planning Grant RFA Reissue: NYSDOH has reissued the Request for Applications to support strategic planning activities for CBOs to facilitate their engagement in DSRIP and VBP activities in the Rest of State Region. Find the RFA by clicking here, clicking on "Search Now!" and copying and pasting "Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant Reissue for the Rest of State Region" into the first search field.
  • DOHMH Harlem Health Advocacy Partners Insurance Navigation: NYC DOHMH intends to issue an RFP to provide Harlem Health Advocacy Partners Insurance Navigation (HHAP) to individuals residing in NYCHA housing developments in East and Central Harlem. One purpose of the program is "to support residents' capacity building and advocacy for improved health equity through monthly workshops in the current value based payment system." View Concept Paper
  • Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative: NYSDOH seeks proposals from training organizations to educate State agency and provider staff on person-centered practice in serving people with aging/cognitive/physical disabilities, mental/behavioral disabilities, or developmental disabilities. Learn more
factsDid you know?

States and countries with a higher ratio of social-to-health care spending rank better in terms of overall health outcomes.
Rubin, Jennifer, et al. "Are Better Health Outcomes Related to Social Expenditure? A Cross-National Empirical Analysis of Social Expenditure and Population Health Measures." RAND Corporation, 2016,
Bradley, Elizabeth H., et al. "Variation in Health Outcomes: The Role of Spending on Social Services, Public Health, and Health Care, 2000-09." Health Affairs, vol. 35, no. 5, Project HOPE: The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc., May 2016,
Bradley, Elizabeth H., and Taylor, Lauren A. "How Social Spending Affects Health Outcomes." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 17 Aug. 2016,

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