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Website Launched for Adirondack Medical Home Pilot

TICONDEROGA - A website with extensive information about the newly launched Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot can now be reached online at www.adkmedicalhome.org.

The pilot, launched earlier this year, offers a new, patient-centered model for the delivery of health care services that emphasizes the role of primary care. It is expected to increase access to services, improve quality of care, and lower costs over the long-term.

Health care organizations participating in the pilot include more than 40 primary care practices (representing some 120 physicians and 100 physician assistants and nurse practitioners), five hospitals, seven commercial health plans and Medicaid, the New York State Department of Health, the Medical Society of the State of New York, and the New York State Association of Counties. In all, the pilot covers a multi-county area roughly the size of Connecticut, with about 200,000 people.

Under the terms of the pilot, primary care providers receive increased payment for services in exchange for expanded responsibility for coordinating care, providing preventive services and managing chronic disease.

Disease management will focus on chronic diseases that account for nearly 80% of health care spending, including diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and asthma.

Participating health care providers are required to meet standards for care set forth by the National Committee on Quality Assurance. Meeting these requirements will entail the use of e-prescribing and electronic medical records by the end of 2010.

The pilot has a five-year time frame to demonstrate that its changes in the delivery of care have improved patient health and contained costs.

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