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Health Care Committee Update
December 6, 2013

Staff Contact: Lev Ginsburg

The New York State Health Innovation Plan

In April 2013, the New York State Department of Health was awarded a State Innovation Models (SIM) grant by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to develop a State Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP). This page will serve as a resource as the Department works to collaborate with stakeholders across the state to refine its SHIP. The intent of the SHIP is to promote innovations in health care delivery and finance that result in optimal health outcomes for all New Yorkers. The Business Council met with DOH in their process of refining and further developing New York's draft SHIP.

On November 15, 2013 DOH released the Draft SHIP, the final version of which, will serve as the basis for an application for funding from CMMI that could provide as much $60M in support of proposed initiatives.  The ten-year plan calls for investments in health improvement and clinical innovation meant to improve health through measurably lower prevalence of illness and injury, reduced health insurance premium rates, and a more sustainable growth rate in healthcare spending.

The Business Council generally supports the principles and goals of New York’s SHIP proposal but with the SHIP’s price tag possibly as high as $1 billion, we are concerned with the cost of implementation as well as provisions pertaining to data sharing from insurers and self-insured employers.  We have submitted comments to the draft SHIP available here.  The draft SHIP is available at http://www.health.ny.gov/technology/innovation_plan_initiative/docs/2013-11-13_ny_ship_draft.pdf  

Please contact Lev Ginsburg with any questions or concerns.