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NY Connects is New York's No Wrong Door/Single Entry Point for LTSS and Part of BIP

BIP Fact Sheets

The Association on Aging in NY has prepared several fact sheets on the Balancing Incentive Plan (BIP):
  • BIP Fact Sheet, Part 1 (2-page summary of DOH Application to CMS 2/26/13)  view
  • BIP Fact Sheet, Part 2 (16-page summary of Work Plan prepared by Aging-NY) view
  • BIP Fact Sheet, Part 3 (2-page summary of Work Plan, prepared by Aging-NY) view 

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.


The BIP Work Plan and NY Connects


The Balancing Incentive 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.

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

BIP Fact Sheets

The Association on Aging in NY has prepared several fact sheets on the Balancing Incentive Plan (BIP):
  • BIP Fact Sheet, Part 1 (2-page summary of DOH Application to CMS 2/26/13)  view
  • BIP Fact Sheet, Part 2 (16-page summary of Work Plan prepared by Aging-NY) view
  • BIP Fact Sheet, Part 3 (2-page summary of Work Plan, prepared by Aging-NY) view 

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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