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June 21, 2014

Coalition forming for Medicaid reform

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has received state approval to form a two–county coalition to help reform the state’s Medicaid system.

The state Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program, funded with an $8 billion federal Medicaid waiver, aims to transform the state’s healthcare system and ensure access to quality care for all Medicaid members. The state Health Department is selecting coalitions of healthcare providers in a competitive process to determine who will administer DSRIP in regions across the state.

The program will promote community-level collaborations and focus on system reform, with a goal to achieve a 25 percent reduction in avoidable hospital readmissions over five years. Safety net providers will be required to collaborate on projects focused on system transformation, clinical and population health improvement.

More than 100 area providers have confirmed their intent to participate, including the Niagara and Orleans county health departments, Eastern Niagara Health System, Medina and DeGraff memorial hospitals, Niagara Hospice and Hospice of Orleans, Inc.

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