DSRIP is the state’s $6.4 billion Medicaid system reform initiative, made possible by an $8 billion Medicaid waiver granted to New York by the Federal government in April, 2014.

Mary M. McKay, McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, and director of the school’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, has been appointed to serve on New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Project Approval and Oversight Panel, created to help achieve pivotal objectives in the Medicaid system reform initiative made possible by the Federal government.

DSRIP is the state’s $6.4 billion Medicaid system reform initiative designed to incentivize community-level collaborations among providers; create an efficient, higher quality, performance-based healthcare system; and achieve a 25 percent reduction in hospital readmissions over five years. It was made possible by an $8 billion Medicaid waiver granted to New York by the Federal government in April, 2014.

Professor McKay and the 18 other healthcare transformation experts who are voting members of the DSRIP panel have been charged with reviewing and voting on detailed Project Plan applications submitted by partnerships of providers known as Performing Provider Systems. The panel is empowered to approve, reject, or revise recommendations on those plans made to the state by an independent assessor. Moving forward, the panel will have an ongoing oversight function, monitoring the progress of the Performing Provider Systems over the course of the five-year DSRIP initiative.

“It is an honor to be named to this panel and to have a role in ensuring that DSRIP fulfills its promise of improving health outcomes for Medicaid recipients while creating a high quality, cost-efficient, sustainable Medicaid system,” She said.

Lynn Videka, dean of the Silver School, said, “I applaud the State for appointing Dr. McKay to this important policy position. She has a deep understanding of our state’s healthcare safety net and the challenges faced by those who rely upon it.”

McKay comes to the panel with a strong behavioral health clinical and research background with particular expertise in evidence-informed service redesign for youth, adults and families. In addition, she has contributed a substantial body of research findings to the health care field related to collaborative service options that address engagement challenges and close the gaps between need and receipt of care. The McSilver Institute is the lead agency in the NYS Office of Mental Health-funded Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC), and the OMH and NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services-funded Managed Care Technical Assistance Center (MCTAC), which are helping behavioral health service sectors adapt to the changes associated with Medicaid Redesign and overall healthcare reforms.

A complete list of panel members is available on the New York State Department of Health web site.

About the McSilver Institute:
Housed in the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research oversees applied research studies to address the root causes and consequences of poverty and to inform policy and program solutions. The McSilver Institute’s work is defined by partnerships with policy makers, service organizations, and community stakeholders both in New York and globally. An understanding of the links between individuals, families, and communities to their external environments, as well as the interrelatedness of race and poverty, guide the institute’s research efforts.

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