Health Department announces $1 million for Managed Care Plans

Grants Will Help Fund Collaborative Projects Between Plans and Providers To Improve Services to Medicaid Recipients

Albany, October 18, 2000 – The State Health Department today announced the award of $1 million in grants to five Medicaid managed care projects that will help to expand the quality of health services to managed care recipients. The grants will improve access to preventive health for adolescents and increase physician screening of adolescents for high risk factors; and improve access to comprehensive health care for people with disabilities.

"Ensuring access to quality health care is essential as we continue to move Medicaid recipients into managed care, where they'll receive comprehensive primary and preventive health services," State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello M.D., M.P.H., Dr. P.H. said. "This funding will help improve critical health services for adolescents and people with disabilities."

New York State continues to implement the federal Medicaid managed care waiver which authorizes mandatory enrollment of approximately two million Medicaid recipients into managed care plans. The State's Medicaid managed care program provides individuals with quality primary and preventive health care, in a coordinated and comprehensive fashion.

To date, 13 counties are operating mandatory managed care programs, including Albany, Broome, Columbia, Erie, Greene, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Westchester. Mandatory managed care is also being implemented in five phases in the New York City area. The first phase of implementation occurred in southern Manhattan, southern Brooklyn and all of Staten Island. Statewide, there are 31 health plans participating in the Medicaid managed care program, and approximately 680,000 Medicaid recipients are enrolled in managed care, as of September 2000.

"Medicaid managed care is an excellent way of meeting the health care needs of manage care recipients. It not only gives individuals a medical home where their health care needs are met in a coordinated and comprehensive way, but it does so in a very informed manner," Dr. Novello said.

The following collaborative partners are awarded medicaid managed care provider grants to improve access to preventive health care by adolescents and increase physician screening of adolescents for high risk factors:

Collaborative Partners Location Grant
Awards
University of Rochester, Pediatrics Department
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Threshold Center for Alternative Youth Services
Monroe, Orleans,
Yates, Livingston,
Seneca and
Ontario Counties
$160,000
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Health First PHSP, Inc.
Maimonides Medical Center
Children's Aid Society
New York City $200,000
New York Presbyterian Hospital
The Bronx Health Plan
Community Premier Plan, Inc.
Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.
New York City $200,000

The following collaborative partners are awarded medicaid managed care provider grants to improve access to comprehensive health care for people with physical disabilities:

Collaborative Partners Location Grant
Awards
Institute for Urban Family Health
ABC Health Plan PHSP
Independence Care Systems
Beth Israel Medical Center
New York City $197,000
Center for the Disabled
Capital District Physician's Health Plan
Albany County $200,000

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