The UAlbany School of Public Health’s Institute for Health System Evaluation (IHSE) will lead the efforts to conduct an independent evaluation of Medicaid’s delivery system reform incentive program (DSRIP) which is designed to reduce the cost of care and improve health outcomes for more than five million New Yorkers. Dr. Diane Dewar, associate professor of Health Policy and Management and director of the school’s IHSE will serve as principal investigator on the project, supported by a $3.9 million four-year contract through the New York State Department of Health. In addition to IHSE, the evaluation team includes UAlbany’s Center for Human Services Research (CHSR) and Econometrics Research Institute (ERI); the Boston University School of Public Health; and the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
DSRIP’s mission is to fundamentally restructure the health care delivery system by reinvesting in the Medicaid program, with the primary goal of reducing avoidable hospital use by 25 percent over five years. The team will evaluate whether the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) DSRIP initiatives have achieved desired impact, effectiveness, cost savings and value improvements using a pre-post design. As health care faces an uncertain future in New York and throughout the U.S., the evaluation project will help inform on the effectiveness of Medicaid reform in the state.
“This project will leverage the strong relationships and experiences that UAlbany has with colleagues at Boston University and Maryland to facilitate a responsive, comprehensive evaluation for the New York State Department of Health that provides timely, useful information to guide future decisions in the health policy arena,” said Dr. Laura Schweitzer, vice president for health sciences and biomedical initiatives and interim dean at UAlbany’s School of Public Health.