Materials explaining the role of Performing Provider Systems (PPS’s) within New York State’s new Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program are now available through the New York State Department of Health website. DSRIP is a Medicaid waiver program that aims to make healthcare delivery more efficient and more effective, largely by emphasizing preventative care and avoiding unnecessary hospital use. PPS’s are networks of service providers and community-based organizations that join together to create an integrated healthcare system under DSRIP.

The materials were rolled out at the first annual New York State DSRIP PPS Learning Symposium in September. At the meeting, hundreds of PPS representatives and other stakeholders from across the state—including representatives of the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds—discussed key elements of healthcare reform and redesign. Topics included how to engage providers in care transformation, improve and measure patient engagement, and manage care transitions to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.
DSRIP’s aim, the Department of Health reminded attendees, is to “collectively and thoroughly” transform New York’s Medicaid healthcare delivery system in order to create “a future-proof, high-quality and financially sustainable care delivery system.” In other words, the DSRIP program may last just five years, but the value-based performance system it has launched envisions a future far beyond those five years. Under that new system, healthcare providers will be reimbursed based on the value, not the volume, of the healthcare services they deliver.

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