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Two Area Agencies on Aging Receive BIP Innovation Fund Grant Awards

The Balancing Incentive Payment (BIP) Program Innovation Fund Grant Awards were announced on August 13, 2014, and two AAAs are among them: the Erie County Department of Senior Services and the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, both of which requested funding for truly innovative projects in line with the goals of BIP.

The AAA awards are as follows:
  • Tompkins County Office for the Aging will receive $223,365 for a project that will provide in-patient Transition Support and home healthcare services after discharge via medication management, education and Telehealth monitors to reduce readmission costs.
  • Erie County Department of Senior Services will receive $738,276 that will use the ADRC model that proactively engages discharge planners to transition individuals into the community. It will prevent utilization of inappropriate levels of care and failed discharges into the community.
Fifty-four organizations in all will be awarded a sum total of $47,456,389 in Innovation Fund Grants. Click here for a spreadsheet that contains the organization names, grant amounts and a brief description of each project.

    The BIP Work Plan and NY Connects

    The Balancing Incentive Payment Program, or BIP as it’s widely known, authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional community-based long-term services and supports (LTSS). New York’s application was approved in March of 2013, awarding New York $598.7 million in grant for the grant period April 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

    The Balancing Incentive Payment Program has identified NY Connects as the no wrong door/single point of entry system for long term care.

    NY Connects is New York State's Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), a locally based point of entry system that enhances the ability of the Area Agencies on Aging to provide access to objective and comprehensive information and assistance on long term services and supports care, linking individuals of all ages needing long-term care to the most appropriate service and supports, regardless of payment source.

    NY Connects will be the “go to system” for community LTSS.

    BIP Webinar, presented by Mark Kissinger, DOH – June 30, 2014

    BIP Information Links
    • DOH web page regarding BIP view
    • CMS BIP grant award letter to DOH (March 15, 2013) view 
    • BIP Workplan, Original Document (NYS DOH, November 2013, 387 pages) view
    Affordable Care Act & BIP

    The Federal Affordable Care Act's Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) requires three structural changes -- investments -- New York State and other states would have to make to qualify for the federal funding:

    1. A statewide no wrong door-single entry point system
    2. Conflict-free case management services
    3. Core standardized assessment instruments

    Timeline of BIP activity in New York

    • February 26, 2013: NYS Department of Health submitted its revised BIP application to CMS in February 2013 view application (BIP Fact Sheet #1 summarizes the application). 
    • March 15, 2013: CMS grant award letter sent to DOH in March 2013 view 
    • November 25, 2013: DOH submitted its work plan to CMS in November 2013 (BIP Fact Sheet #2 provides a detailed summary of the workplan, BIP Fact Sheet #3 provides a short two-page summary of the work plan).
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