Health Home Initiative

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM EDT

By WKBW News

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Dr. Raul Vazquez from Urban Family Practice visited Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning" Tuesday to discuss a new medical initiative for "Designated Health Homes"

Dr. Vazquez offered information from the New York State Department of Health on what the plan is all about for regions across the state, and how it will help patients with specific medical care, while saving on health costs.

Designated Health Homes:
The NYSDOH received 42 Health Home applications to serve the thirteen counties in Phase II. The applicants listed below are being contingently designated as Provider-led Medicaid Health Homes and must meet specified contingencies before receiving final approval. The contingently designated Health Homes by region are:

Central- Monroe
Anthony L. Jordan Health Center- on behalf of Greater Rochester Health Home Network, LLC

Huther Doyle Memorial Institute, Inc.

Western - Erie
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services, Inc.

Mental Health Services Erie County, SE Corp V

Urban Family Practice, P.C.

Hudson Valley - Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Westchester, Ulster
Hudson River HealthCare, Inc.

Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc- on behalf of a new joint venture known as The Hudson Valley Care Coalition (HVCC) with Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc., The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc., Mental Health Association of Rockland County, Inc., Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc.

Institute for Family Health (Ulster County)

Long Island - Suffolk
FEGS Health & Human Services System

Hudson River HealthCare, Inc.

North Shore - LIJ Health System

New York City- Queens
Community Healthcare Network

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

North Shore - LIJ Health System

New York City- Richmond (Staten Island)
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services

New York City- Manhattan

Dr. Vazquez noted that this is a transformative initiative from the Medicaid Redesign team.

It is new technology of coordinated care for some of the most complex patients.

Local communities come together and set designs built on their strengths. There is increased coordination between sections. With an integrated delivery system breaking down silos.

Ultimately this will help Medicaid's long term sustainability.

PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) is an evidence based strategy. It needs to be equipped to deal with physical health issues along with mental illness, substance abuse, housing, and social issues.

Funding will come from Section 2703 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.