Area health-care initiative earns federal endorsement and dollars

In announcing the award, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said the Adirondack Home Pilot program combats the number-one problem nationally with health care - that waste, duplication and lack of coordination in services means the cost doesn't always match the service.

"The Adirondack Region Medical Home has been recognized as an innovator that will change how our health care system works - putting patients first," Schumer said, noting that the Pilot will test payment methods that could lead the way to cost-saving changes nationwide.

Medicare's demonstration project will provide an additional $3 million in support to primary care providers participating in the Pilot, and it will help to recruit and retain physicians.

Rugge said Friday that Hudson Headwaters and the other entities in the Pilot were appreciative of the new financial support and endorsements.

"We thank Sen. Schumer for his amazing work in advocating for us with back-up every step of the way from Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Owens, and Congressman Murphy," Rugge said. "Health care policymakers from across the country will be watching what we do here in the next few years," he said. "Our work, if successful, will improve health care in our region, while serving as a model for the nation."

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