Altman Foundation, NY Community Trust, PNY Among Nonprofit Leaders Named to Value-Based Payment Commission

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Altman Foundation, NY Community Trust, PNY Among Nonprofit Leaders Named to Value-Based Payment Commission

The Human Services Council of New York (HSC) today announced the formation of a Value-Based Payment Commission to support New York State's shift to a value-based payment (VBP) model for health and human services in the area of Medicaid. 

Convening this group of prominent practitioners and thought leaders in the field comes at a critically important time. While the challenges facing America's health care system have never been greater and the nonprofit human services industry is facing significant funding deficits, opportunities for advancing new models of care delivery are also significant.

A diverse cross-section of health and human services advocates, service providers, policy leaders, and philanthropists, the HSC-led Commission plans to craft a roadmap towards the identification of models and contractual pathways for health and human services to contribute to improved health outcomes in an increasingly VBP world, focused on social determinants of health. 

The Commission will address the issues and implications of using VBP models and explore how health and human services providers can build cross-sector collaborations that achieve shared savings, broader access to high-quality care, and continuing innovation. The group will consider the risks, challenges, and opportunities for nonprofit human services providers and potential impact on consumers and communities at large.

Chaired by Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, former New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, the Commission reflects a broad range of expertise. Representing some of New York's leading health and human services organizations, Commission members bring a range of perspectives and strong track records of solving complex problems. The group will deliberate over the course of eight months and issue a final report outlining challenges, pathways, and recommended solutions.

Allison Sesso, HSC's Executive Director, explains why HSC is so committed to this project, "We believe this process will leave us with a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges of connecting the health and human services sectors using VBP models, and will ultimately result in better outcomes for communities."

HSC is proud to be playing this important leadership role on behalf of the sector. This initiative draws on the success of last year's HSC-led Commission on Nonprofit Human Services Organization Closures that exposed the growing challenges and risks facing the human services sector. In the course of that work, value-based payment emerged as a subject needing a closer look. Since its founding in 1991, HSC has brought together a diverse network of human services organizations to discuss ideas and take collective action on issues that impact the sector and those served. Taking a proactive look at VBP continues that tradition.

The group will have its first meeting in early February, when it will solidify its objectives, agree on goals, timelines, and milestones, and set out the questions and considerations for moving forward. HSC is grateful to Commission members for dedicating their time and resources to this effort. The project is supported by a generous grant from The Altman Foundation.

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