Historic Progress Made in Reforming Medicaid in New York State-Patient Centered Medical Home

New York spends more on Medicaid per capita than any other state in the nation, but we rank only 21st in program quality for patients. In most counties, Medicaid costs alone account for more than half of the entire county tax levy.

To reform the system, Governor Cuomo created a Medicaid Redesign Team. The Team — comprised of health care professionals, stakeholders, and legislators — was charged with reducing costs and improving patient care. The Team held open meetings throughout the state and reviewed more than 4,000 ideas from team members, outside health care professionals, and citizens.

Last week, the Team accomplished their goal, submitting an unprecedented consensus plan that meets the Governor’s budget target and saves over $2.3 billion. What’s more, under the plan, one million New Yorkers will now have access to an innovative “patient-centered” medical program, making New York the national leader in providing this type of personal care. Today, the legislation to enact the plan was submitted to the Legislature to be included as part of the Executive Budget.

If you would like more information on this historic plan, click here to read about the Medicaid report.

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US News & World Report Ranks the Top Hospitals and Nursing Homes in 2011

Hospitals

U.S. News evaluated almost 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety, and reputation with more than 9,000 specialists went into the 2010-11 rankings. Of 152 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, 14 are featured in an Honor Roll for landing near the top in at least six specialties.

Childrens Hospitals

For the 2010-11 rankings, U.S. News requested data from 170 pediatric centers and used survey results from thousands of physicians in 10 pediatric specialties who were asked where they would send the sickest children. In all, 62 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty. The Honor Roll features eight hospitals that ranked in all 10.

Nursing Homes

The 12 nursing homes listed alphabetically below, culled from more than 15,500 homes in the latest U.S. News America’s Best Nursing Homes rankings, make up the Honor Roll. They had to get four straight quarters of perfect five-star ratings from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in each of the three categories in which the agency evaluates nursing homes: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care. Several are pediatric facilities, defined as nursing homes because they provide Medicaid-funded long-term care or skilled rehabilitation services.

New Yorks Best Nursing Homes

New Jerseys Best Nursing Homes

Connecticuts Best Nursing Homes

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