Workshop helps local organizations that serve developmentally disabled residents


As New York State continues to redesign how Medicaid services are provided, a new non-profit organization has been created in the Southern Tier to assist with delivery system reform.

Care Compass Network received a $200 million award from the state Department of Health to assist with the initiative across 9 counties in the region.

Care Compass recently held a workshop for local organizations that serve the developmentally disabled.

The discussion focused on changes underway in Albany including new programs and new grants available.

Care Compass Executive Director Mark Ropiecki says the state wants to move from a volume-based system to a value-based one.

“The volume care would say healthcare reimburses based on fee-for-service.  So, you go to the doctor and the doctor gets reimbursed for your care.  The value-based service would say the doctor gets paid not on how many times you come to the emergency room or to the doctor’s office, but on how well you are overall,” said Ropiecki.

One initiative is called Community-Based Navigation which aims to provide support and remove barriers in order to reduce the number of avoidable hospital visits.

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