Programs Supported by HealthlinkNY

May 12th, 2015 - HealthlinkNY HIE services provide access to vital health information while simultaneously supporting various state and federal programs.

HealthlinkNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to linking together the people, places and equipment that deliver your healthcare services to increase efficiency and provide greater continuity of care.

HealthlinkNY manages and monitors the health information exchange (HIE) across an 11 county region. As a Qualified Entity (QE) and database tool, the HIE allows data from different medical records systems to be sent, consolidated, and stored together in one central database. The HIE also allows participating organizations to securely access the data stored in the database, which could include information such as lab results, reports, and images from multiple health providers across the region.

The various data sharing services that HealthlinkNY offers as a QE not only help providers deliver higher quality care but also support various statewide programs that aim to improve population health through the restructuring of the statewide healthcare system. Below are some of the programs that are supported by participating with HealthlinkNY:

Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) - This $6.42 billion statewide program focuses on how New York State will implement the Medicaid Redesign Team Waiver Amendment and restructure the health care delivery system by reinvesting in Medicaid. DSRIP’s primary goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25% over 5 years. Multiple Performing Provider Systems (PPS) were assembled across the state to identify what issues/challenges are unique to their geographical region or population. Once those issues/challenges are identified, the PPSs must develop strategies to achieve the specified goals set by the DSRIP Program. HIE plays an integral role in facilitating the electronic sharing of data between the various providers in the PPSs and is vital to success of the DSRIP program.

Read more about the DSRIP Program here.

Population Health Improvement Plan (PHIP) – PHIP is a statewide program designed to support the “Triple Aim” of healthcare reform to improve patient care and population health while reducing healthcare costs. PHIP is a data driven effort that allows regional contractors to work alongside local stakeholders to identify health disparities in that particular region and then develop and implement best practices to address and reduce those disparities.

Both Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) and Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC), the two organizations working together to form HealthlinkNY, were selected as their respective regions’ PHIP contractor. In these roles, HealthlinkNY will provide a neutral forum and driving force for regional PHIP coordination activities, including convening stakeholders, data analysis, and program development.

Click here to read more about PHIP.

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC) – The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC) is a four-year initiative that was launched in October 2012 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) as an effort to use payment reform to strengthen primary care across the nation. CPC involves collaboration between private and public health insurance payers to offer savings opportunities to participating primary care practices. The initiative is designed to implement a core set of comprehensive primary care functions to test their effects on achieving the Triple Aim of better care, improved health populations, and lower health costs.

The New York CPC Multi-Stakeholder Work Group, which represents 75 primary care practices across a 12 county region in New York, is one of the selected participants in the CPC initiative. The workgroup seeks to ensure strategic alignment and agreement on CPC goals and identify ways to improve population health, lower healthcare costs, and improve the patient experience for patients in the project. Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC), who merged with Southern Tier HealthLink (STHL) in 2014 to create HealthlinkNY, acts as a convening organization for the New York CPC Multi-Stakeholder Work group, which includes representation from payers, providers, and consumers.

To learn more about the CPC Initiative, click here.

Maternal and Infant Health Initiatives – The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) funded support for community-based programs for high-needs perinatal patients and families in targeted communities through their Maternal and Infant Health Initiative. Participants in this initiative aim to implement evidence-based and best practice strategies to improve maternal and infant health outcomes, including preterm births, low birth weights, and infant/maternal mortality rates.

The Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network (LHVPN), which works to support maternal, child, and family health services in Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties, received this funding in 2014 to support their Hudson Valley Connect project. With this project, LHVPN has established a connection between the regional PeerPlace Network and the HealthlinkNY HIE to submit Perinatal Care Summary (PCS) documents. These summaries can include lab results, medications, and other pertinent data for both medical and social service providers who work with perinatal patients. LHVPN is also working to enable greater data exchange and electronic referrals through the use of health IT.

Click here to learn more about LHVPN’s Hudson Valley Connect project.