The Changing Face of Long Term Care in New York State

Originally presented on July 16, 2015

Rebecca Corso, MPA
Deputy Director, Division of Long Term Care, New York State Department Of Health

Lynda Hohmann, PhD, MD, MBA
DSRIP Medical Director, Office of Health Insurance Programs
New York State Department Of Health

Debbie LeBarron, RN, BS
Senior Director, Continuing Care at Healthcare Association of NY State

A siloed approach to providing both medical and behavioral health care has contributed to a delivery system with less than optimal health outcomes, high costs and gaps and duplication in services. Coordination, collaboration and knowledge of current supports and services are key to providing quality, cost effective health care, yet busy discharge planners struggle to keep abreast of available services and resources to support patients in the community. Consequently, they may be unaware of current improvements and enhancements to community based services and supports.

The 1999 Olmstead decision, in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), ruled that states have an obligation to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Consequently, Medicaid-funded services in New York State must be assessed for “community first” service options so that every person with a disability is offered services in the most integrated setting before receiving services in a more restrictive setting.

This webcast will provide an overview of current activities driving system reform to change the way health care is delivered in New York State and support the Triple Aim of: 1) improving the quality of care; 2) improving health outcomes; and 3) reducing costs. Discharge planners and other professionals involved in the discharge planning process will learn about new and enhanced initiatives that work together to support individuals in the community, such as NY Connects, which provides information and linkage to long term services and supports, and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP), an innovative collaborative project linking hospitals and community providers and care transitions programs.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Recognize at least two of New York State’s reform efforts supporting individuals in the community;
  • Identify the DSRIP goal that pertains to hospitals; and
  • Describe two benefits of collaborating with New York Connects to improve hospital discharge planning processes.

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