The Institute for Family Health Receives “Health Home” Implementation Funding to Improve Care Coordination

The Institute for Family Health was awarded New York State funding to support coordination of health services for individuals with chronic, complex conditions. State-designated “Health Homes” across New York received funds to offset critical investments made to launch the Health Home program for Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic illnesses.

Health Homes were authorized under the federal Affordable Care Act, and New York State began its Health Home program in 2011. The Institute was designated the lead agency for the Ulster County Health Home in 2012, and has since established a network of Ulster County providers working together to streamline services for patients with multiple chronic conditions, who often visit many different providers.

The Health Home program provides access to and coordination of primary and acute health services, behavioral health care and long-term services and supports for people with chronic conditions. Patients are Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions, such as asthma, hypertension, HIV or schizophrenia. “Through this program, patients work with a care manager for all health care needs,” said Dr. Walter Woodley, Vice President, Medical Services of the Institute’s Mid-Hudson region.

To learn more about Ulster County Health Home, click here.