Citizens Budget Commission Commends MRT for Transforming Medicaid and Setting National Example
MRT Reforms Have Led to $8 Billion Reinvestment of Federal Money for New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Medicaid Redesign Team has won this year’s Public Service Innovation Award from the Citizens Budget Commission. The award recognizes the MRT for transforming the state’s Medicaid program into a national model by cutting costs and putting patients first.
“The work by our Medicaid Redesign Team has led to unprecedented improvements in New York’s Medicaid program and is charting a new course for improved health care across our state,” Governor Cuomo said. “I’m thrilled to see that MRT is getting the recognition they deserve, as they have helped cut costs and enhance health services for so many New Yorkers.”
Governor Cuomo created the MRT in 2011, shortly after his inauguration. For years, New York’s Medicaid program had been growing at an unsustainable rate and producing low quality health outcomes. The MRT was made up of 27 health care stakeholders and experts who developed a series of recommendations to immediately lower costs and revamp the program.
“The work of the MRT has been truly groundbreaking and will lead to what is at the core of our mission – to provide New Yorkers with better health care at a lower cost,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. “Governor Cuomo’s vision to build a more efficient Medicaid program has been realized, thanks to the MRT. I’d like to commend Jason Helgerson, his team and everyone involved in the MRT for receiving this award from the Citizens Budget Commission.”
In its first year, the MRT conducted public hearings across New York State and generated a 78-point agenda. The recommendations received legislative approval and were incorporated into the 2011-2012 budget. The team also brought together more than 175 additional health care stakeholders to develop a comprehensive, multi-year action plan that is still being incorporated today. This collaborative process ensured that the action plan outlined in the MRT report has broad support among the health care stakeholder community. Since the inception of the MRT, more than 400 initiatives have been implemented, resulting in better quality of care and reduced costs for taxpayers.
Savings generated by the MRT reforms have led to an $8 billion reinvestment of federal money for New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. DSRIP, which is currently in its fourth year, has led to a network of Performing Provider Systems made up of hospitals, individual providers, community-based organizations, who collaborate to provide patients with community-based, higher quality, more coordinated care. Through community-level collaborations and a focus on system reform, the ultimate goal of these projects is to achieve a 25 percent reduction in avoidable hospital use over the five years of the program.
The collaborative approach of the MRT and the MRT Action Plan, serve as an example of how city and state agencies can partner with stakeholders to come up with innovative solutions in the future. The efforts of the MRT benefit all Medicaid members, health care providers, other stakeholders, and all New York taxpayers, by improving quality and reducing costs. Savings from MRT reforms will grow in future years as key structural reforms take root.
The award is the second time in recent years that a program in the New York State Department of Health has received the award. In 2014, the CBC gave the Public Service Innovation Award to the New York State of Health, the state’s official health plan marketplace.
The CBC’s Public Service Innovation Award is given annually to either a New York City or a New York State agency, in alternating years. The prize recognizes and promotes successful innovations in the delivery of public services. Founded in 1932, the CBC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic organization devoted to influencing constructive change in the finances and services of New York State and New York City governments.