Care Compass Network Announces Innovation Fund Awards

posted Nov 29, 2016, 7:07 AM by Nick C.   [ updated Nov 29, 2016, 8:09 AM ]
RHNSCNY and MMSCNY extend thanks to Care Compass Network (CCN) for its recent Innovation Fund award. 
CCN is a not-for-profit community organization created to champion new models of Medicaid service delivery, as part of New York's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. The ultimate goal is that these models will both provide beneficiaries with higher quality care, and at the same time reduce expenditures. The Innovation Fund was created to supplement the 11 primary DSRIP projects being overseen by CCN. It is a unique way for CCN to help its partners identify alternative ways to support the improvement of healthcare access for Medicaid members. 
On October 18, CCN announced the Fund's inaugural awardees. Of the 23 proposals submitted by 15 organizations and valued at $7.1 million, eight were selected to receive awards.  RHNSCNY, and its MMSCNY program were selected to do the following: 
   a.  Develop a transportation and health toolkit for healthcare providers      
        to assist patients with transportation needs.
   b.  Implement a transportation voucher program that will allow Medicaid recipients 
  to better access destinations and services ineligible for Medicaid funding. 

   c.  Extend GetThere Call Center hours to better serve Broome,
        Chenango, Delaware, and Tioga counties. 

The list of recipients is comprised of both large healthcare systems and smaller community-based organizations, reflecting the inclusive and collaborative nature of CCN.  Award categories range from Behavioral Health and Disease Management to Mobile Outreach, Nutrition, and Tele-Medicine.
While the $2 million from this first round of funding is significant, there still remains a tremendous unmet need.  Care Compass Network has already begun additional Innovation Fund work through a second application window, which opened on November 1, and has made available another $2 million.