Attention HWCLI Members and Partners!

Critical Follow-up to the CBO Planning Grant Application

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend this week’s CBO planning grant follow-up meeting.  For those of you who were unable to attend, I am happy to have a follow-up conversation about the next steps.

HWCLI is applying to lead our regional application for the NYS CBO Planning grant. The state will award each of 3 regional Consortia $2,500,000 for a one year planning initiative to support CBO infrastructure and capacity building in order to participate in the State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Plan (DSRIP).

Our region includes the Island and  7 counties in Hudson area.

CBO participation in DSRIP, and in the ultimately transformed healthcare delivery system, is critical to ensure input from various communities, to implement  strategies to improve population and community health, and to address the determinants that influence health.

The purpose of the CBO planning grant is the development of financially sustainable infrastructure within community based organizations for value based contracting with performing provider systems.

The grant may only target CBOs that:

  • Have an annual budget of less than $5 million
  • Are not billing Medicaid or planning to bill Medicaid,
  • Are not directly providing health care services, and
  • focus on services to address the social determinants of health for the Medicaid and Medicaid eligible populations

We need your help!!

We are seeking:  Consortium Members.

If you are interested in being part of the regional consortium, please sign the attached MOU agreement and complete the following survey:

THIS SURVEY IS CRITICAL. IT WILL HELP TO ESTABLISH THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES for our region, based on the information that you share. 

Please note we anticipate this survey to take 20-30 minutes.

I apologize in advance for the short notice, but we really need the surveys back by Tuesday, July 26th.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO PARTICIPATE and for your quick response.

Finally: Please plan to join our orientation webinar on Tuesday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m.

No registration is necessary and we’ll follow this message with an Outlook invitation.

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Meeting number: 735 402 299

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The webinar will be a fast paced and highly informative overview— easily understood, interesting, and accessible whether you are well versed in the state’s reform efforts or totally new to the dialogue. It will contextualize the CBO Planning Grant within the context of the State’s goals for achieving and sustaining a system of health care financed by value based payment.

Our speaker, Josh Rubin from Health Management Associates, will:

  • address the national trend toward healthcare financing based on value and quality instead of volume (i.e. value based payment) and provide an overview of the goals for reform, nationally and within NYS
  • address the main elements of “accountable care” delivery and funding that underlie many NYS state initiatives, including the Delivery System Reform Incentive Plan (DSRIP) and explain what is behind changes to Medicaid funding
  • discuss how the resulting flexibility in addressing people’s needs can include flexibility to pay for CBO interventions and programs
  • describe the progression of options for healthcare financing that incentivize systems, like our Performing Provider Systems, to “do better more rapidly, in less traditional ways” and the potential for CBOs to contract directly with managed care providers as well as PPSs and others to do the kinds of things that are currently either under-resourced, lacking in the system, or available only where grants or contracts permit.
  • outline the core challenges faced by human service providers/CBOs in a value based payment system (i.e. the importance of knowing who is being served by the organization, being able to demonstrate need and document services, the importance of demonstrating evidence of CBO effectiveness, the capacity to support the cost of providing care, ability to understand and negotiate contracts, manage fiscal reporting, etc.)

We look forward to hearing from you via the survey and talking with you during the Q and A on Tuesday morning’s webinar.

We look forward to hearing from you!  Please contact us if you have any questions about this exciting opportunity to support our region’s most vulnerable communities.



Gwen O’Shea