New York state funding supports IT, restructuring, and care improvements

Governor David A. Paterson today announced the award of $436 million in grants under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL NY) to further improvements to the State’s health care system.

According to the release release, this funding, approved by the Legislature during the budgetary process, will go to health facilities across the State to advance health information technology, support capital restructuring and long-term care improvements. The funds will be allocated through both the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY). Funding will occur in 3 phases:

I. $60 million of the funding will go to community-based health information technology (IT) projects to build a more streamlined approach to sharing patient information.  These reforms are based on the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model.

II. $174 million in grants to 25 hospitals across the State to enter into collaborative arrangements that promote quality and efficiency in the delivery of care appropriate to the needs of their communities.

III. $172 million in grants to 19 applicants for projects to support long-term care services in community-based settings.

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, September 29, 2009; New York State, http://ny.gov, accessed October 1, 2009)