GOVERNOR CUOMO RELEASES LIST OF HEALTHCARE NETWORKS THAT WILL BE IMPACTED BY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S $8 BILLION IN CUTS TO NEW YORK STATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
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overnor Andrew M. Cuomo today released a list of healthcare networks that will be impacted by the federal government's $8 billion cut to New York's healthcare system. Yesterday, the Governor delivered remarks addressing these planned cuts for New York State - the Trump Administration's latest assault on the state.
"This past Friday we learned of the Trump administration's latest assault on the state of New York - $8 billion in cuts to our healthcare system. Healthcare should be beyond politics and it is unconscionable that the federal administration is politicizing the lives of New Yorkers - primarily senior citizens," Governor Cuomo said. "The healthcare networks on this list will bear the brunt of these short-sighted cuts, and as a result some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers will suffer. Make no mistake: New York will marshal all our allies, including our congressional delegation, to fight these cuts tooth and nail until New York receives the full funding we deserve."
Below is a list of healthcare networks, known as Performing Provider Systems, that will be impacted by the federal cuts in healthcare:
New York's health care industry won't be getting a DSRIP 2.0.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the Trump administration had denied New York's request to extend the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program in two phases. Instead, it is set to end at the end of March as scheduled.
Under New York's application, the state would have extended the waiver in two phases. The first phase would have extended the waiver through March 2021 and allowed the state to use $625 million in unspent funds from its original $7.4 billion program. The second phase, stretching into March 2024, sought a $8 billion more in federal funding.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied both requests.
Kenneth Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, called CMS' decision "extremely shortsighted" and said it "is a major step backward for New York's health care providers and the patients they serve."
The decision is a turning point for the state's health care industry. New York kicked off DSRIP in 2014 by devising a way to distribute $7.4 billion to transform the delivery system and reduce avoidable hospital use by 25% over five years.
The state Department of Health said in September that the 25 Performing Provider Systems were on track to reach that goal and had lowered preventable hospital admissions by 21% as of June 2018.
Critics of the program, however, have said the state's health care system looks largely the same as it did five years ago because most of the DSRIP money went to hospitals and not community-based organizations.
"The current DSRIP waiver has been an important tool in the state's efforts to transition away from the fee-for-service payment system, which emphasizes volume over value," Eric Linzer, president and CEO of the state Health Plan Association, said in a statement. "The proposed amendment would have helped to further those efforts."
Local health officials had expected it to be an uphill battle for New York state to persuade the Trump administration to give it billions in Medicaid waiver money.
Given the verdict, Performing Provider Systems must decide whether they will continue to operate without federal support.
Somos Community Care, the Suffolk Care Collaborative and other groups already have disclosed layoffs to the state Department of Labor.
Joseph Conte, executive director of the Staten Island PPS, said he was surprised that CMS isn't allowing New York to extend its DSRIP program by one year and use its $625 million in unspent funds.
"I think there was a general expectation that the extension would go forward and the [$8 billion] renewal would be a complicated piece of business," he said.
The Staten Island PPS plans to continue operating after April 1, generating revenue by offering consulting services to health plans and community-based organizations in the areas of data analytics, the social determinants of health and workforce development.
The organization has 14 employees right now, Conte said, down from 22.
"We have been working for the past two years for this day," he said.
— Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's Health Pulse
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