AHI-Supported NYS Practice Transformation Network Receives Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award

The New York State Practice Transformation Network (NYSPTN) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative as announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. NYSPTN, led by the New York eHealth Collaborative and Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, and supported by, among other partners, AHI (Adirondack Health Institute), will administer $48.5 million over four years to provide technical assistance support to providers in the state. The initiative will help equip clinicians with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely, in support of large-scale health care transformation among practices.

“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our healthcare dollars more wisely,” said Secretary Burwell. “These awards will give patients more of the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and give clinicians access to information and support to improve care coordination and quality outcomes.”

As a Practice Transformation Network (PTN), the New York State PTN will support up to 11,193 eligible clinicians to expand their quality improvement capacity, learn from one another, and achieve common goals of improved care, better health, and reduced costs. The network will provide support for HIT utilization, workflow optimization, quality measure improvements, collaborative tools, and infrastructure to help participating clinicians meet the initiative’s phases of transformation and associated milestones, clinical, and operational results.

Members of New York State’s health care community have come together to support the initiative, including:

  • AHI (Adirondack Health Institute)
  • New York State Department of Health
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • United Hospital Fund
  • Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)
  • New York Chapter American College of Physicians (NYACP)
  • The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)
  • Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)
  • NYS Academy of Family Physicians
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Community Health Care Association of NY State (CHCANYS)
  • New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
  • Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)
  • P2 Collaborative of Western New York
  • Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)
  • Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization
  • Taconic Health Information Network and Community
  • Suffolk County Medical Society
  • MedAllies
  • Syracuse University
  • HealtheConnections

“The New York State Practice Transformation Network will build on the skills and infrastructure from the highly- successful Regional Extension Center (REC) program that assisted physicians to adopt electronic health records and use them in a meaningful way. This was instrumental in the growth of our statewide health information network (SHIN-NY). The NYSPTN will be key in our continued drive towards supporting health care transformation in New York State,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of New York eHealth Collaborative.

“The initiative will also benefit from Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency’s extensive experience helping medical practices transition to a team-based approach to care. “We know that providers are struggling under the demands of health care reform,” said Trilby de Jung, FLHSA Chief Executive Officer. “Without this critical support, it may be impossible to realize the full potential we have to improve health, both for individuals and populations.”

“A number of AHI programs, including DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment), PHIP (Population Health Improvement Program), Health Home, and Medical Home, align well with the principles of this initiative as they all have the objective of transforming the health care system and building a healthy future,” stated Bob Cawley, Director, Health System Transformation, AHI.

For more information on the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, click here.