Amida Care advocates for policies and initiatives that support health and social justice for the populations we serve. Amida Care’s President and CEO Doug Wirth served on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020, which produced the Blueprint to End the Epidemic, outlining plans to reduce the rate of new HIV infections in the state from 3,000 per year to fewer than 750.
Background on Amida Care’s Involvement in DSRIP Population Health Initiatives
On April 14, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a groundbreaking waiver that allows New York State (NYS) to reinvest $8 billion in federal savings generated by the Medicaid Redesign Team reforms. The resulting Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program promotes community-level collaborations and focuses on system reform, specifically with a goal to achieve a 25% reduction in avoidable hospital use by 2020. Since then, Amida Care has worked closely with NYS and with providers throughout New York to maximize the impact to the DSRIP program for its members and other Medicaid beneficiaries with complex chronic conditions.
Amida Care applied for and received a planning grant that supported efforts to develop recommendations for community-based projects aimed at meaningful transformation of the chronic illness sector (see full report below). Amida Care also conducted citywide and statewide advocacy to advance its priorities and recommendations, including focusing on statewide inclusion of HIV/AIDS projects and citywide inclusion of all five recommendations in DSRIP applications, and specifically acting as a community liaison between DSRIP and the State’s Ending the Epidemic (EtE) Task Force.
Following the planning process, Amida Care was funded by the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute to facilitate a statewide learning collaborative to support NYC Performing Provider Systems (PPSs) to implement their selected HIV/AIDS projects, and to support HIV/AIDS-focused community-based organizations’ involvement in DSRIP population health projects, including those that intersect with ETE efforts. < Read more>