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  • Panel Discussion: On June 13, Tracie Robinson, along with representatives from Grassi Healthcare Advisors LLC, Greater New York Hospital Association, and New York Academy of Medicine, will participate in a panel discussion titled "How to create and manage your relationship with the healthcare system" at New York Nonprofit Media's 4th Annual Nonprofit Opcon. Learn More


  • Spending Report: The report on Medicaid expenditures for long-term services and supports (LTSS) in federal fiscal year 2016 is now available. View Report

  • Medicaid for All: An article in Governing explores the increasingly popular idea of letting people buy Medicaid regardless of how much money they make—an option that more than a dozen states have considered. Read Article

  • Accountability: CMS has released the first ever Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard to increase public transparency about the programs’ administration and outcomes. The Scorecard includes measures voluntarily reported by states, as well as federally reported measures in three areas: state health system performance, state administrative accountability, and federal administrative accountability. View Scorecard


  • ESSHI RFP: OMH has released the answers to provider questions about the recently released Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative RFP. View Q&A and Other Materials

  • DSRIP Update: New York's DSRIP passed its federal Medicaid performance review, excelling in four key areas. View Press Release

  • Request for Ideas: Through June 15, the Bureau of Social Determinants of Health within NYSDOH seeks public input in identifying innovative ideas to address the social determinants of health (SDH) for Medicaid members across the state through its "Call for SDH Innovations." Submit a Response

  • Survey: NYSDOH and SOFA have issued a survey on barriers and gaps for New York’s long term care system. They request responses by June 18. Read Background | Take Survey

  • Plan Approval: On April 13, CMS approved New York’s State Plan Amendment (SPA #17-0025). The approval of the SPA will provide Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) with the authority to provide Health Home Care Management services to people with developmental disabilities beginning July 1, 2018. Read SPA

  • Panel: As mentioned above, Tracie Robinson of HSC will be part of a panel on creating and managing relationships with the healthcare system at New York Nonprofit Media's 4th Annual Nonprofit Opcon. Learn More

  • Trainings: Throughout June, MCTAC is holding in-person trainings across the State on aligning children's home and community based services (HCBS). Register

  • Webinar - On June 11, NYSDOH will host a webinar on the new voucher demonstration program targeted at those who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and/or dementia in a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR). Register

  • Webinar - On Wednesday, June 13, NYSDOH will hold a webinar focused on The Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its relationship to the New York State Value Based Payment (VBP) program. This webinar will serve as an introduction to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) requirements and highlight the alignment between the QPP and the NYS Value Based Payment Program. Register

  • Hearing - On June 19, NYSDOH will hold its upstate public comment session on the Section 1115 waiver. The session can be viewed via webcast. Learn More

  • Trainings - MCTAC is holding in-person trainings across the state for providers that serve individuals under 21 and are designated to provide or plan to provide New Children's Health and Behavioral Health State Plan Services (SPA Services). View MCTAC Calendar

  • Training - On June 21, 26, and 27, MCTAC+ is offering a series of trainings across the State on policy changes and initiatives that will increase access to and utilization of Adult BH HCBS. The trainings will cover the updated SDE policy and guidance; the funds that the State is making available to providers and plans to support innovation, collaboration, and streamlined rapid access of Adult BH HCBS; and what MCOs are looking for in provider proposals and what is need in their catchment areas. View SDE Guidance | Register

  • Training - MCTAC+ is offering a series of trainings across the state titled "Value-Based Payment: A Guide for Direct Care Practitioners." Please note that the Syracuse (6/19), Rochester (6/20), and Buffalo (6/21) trainings have been postponed. Register

  • Training - MCTAC+ is offering a series of trainings across the state titled "Value-Based Payment: A Guide for Managers in Behavioral Health." Please note that the Syracuse (6/19), Rochester (6/20), and Buffalo (6/21) trainings have been postponed. Register

  • Webinars - Semester 2 of MCTAC's Performance-Driven Academy (PDA) will begin in July. The PDA is a year-long educational series designed to prepare organizations for value-based payment. Semester 2 will address fiscal management practices and maintaining a successful leadership team. Learn More

  • Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI): NYSOMH has issued a multi-agency RFP for the development and operation of at least 1,200 new units of supportive housing for persons identified as homeless with special needs, conditions, or other life challenges. This RFP seeks to award the third year’s commitment of funding from the Governor's plan to develop 6,000 units over five years. NYS will award service and operating funding for units of housing developed to support the needs of individuals residing in the units. Applicants must apply separately for capital funding. Projects may receive up to $25,000 per qualifying individual/unit. Applicants must respond via Grants Gateway. The webinar slides and Q&A have been released. Deadline: June 19 View Solicitation, Slides, Q&A, and Other Materials

  • Rapid Transition Housing Program: NYSDOH has released a Rapid Transition Housing Program RFA, seeking applications from CBOs to provide rental subsidies and non-medical services to Medicaid members who are either transitioning from a skilled nursing facility or are homeless. Participants in the program must be referred as homeless high-utilizers by a hospital, MCO, medical respite, PPS, or SNF. This program is in effect from 12/1/2014 through 11/30/2018. NYSDOH is seeking to fund up to three projects to provide rental subsidies and supportive housing services. The anticipated amount of funding is $7,000,000 per year, with $2.5M allocated to currently served locations and $2M allocated to one new location. Deadline: June 29 View Solicitation

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