Upstate New York starts medical home network

Six health plans in the Hudson Valley area of upstate New York have pitched in $1.5 million to organize its enrollees into medical homes, reports Healthcare Finance News.

Aetna, Hudson Health Plan, MVP Health Care, CDPHP, UnitedHealthcare and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield contributed the funds to 236 primary care physicians affiliated with practices that meet medical home standards set by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The transition work was overseen by a regional health information organization called the Taconic Health Information Network and Community in conjunction with the Taconic IPA.

The plans represent about two-thirds of commercial and 40 percent of Medicaid enrollees. About 500,000 lives will be moved into medical homes.

"A majority of the commercial and public program insurance plans serving the Hudson Valley worked together to support the foundation of primary care--bring better preventive care, improved chronic condition care and better access to coordinated care," said Susan Stuard, THINC's executive director. "Ultimately, this project shows that those caring for the people of the Hudson Valley can move beyond competition to enhance quality."

For more: 
- read the Healthcare Finance News article
- read the Becker's Hospital Review article