Amendment #203 to H3600

Western Mass Regional Hospital

Representatives Tosado of Springfield, Gonzalez of Springfield, Puppolo of Springfield, Williams of Springfield, Finn of West Springfield and Velis of Westfield move to amend the bill by adding the following section:

"SECTION  XXXX And provided further that notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary item 4000-0700 of said section 2 of chapter 46 of the Acts of 2016 is hereby amended by inserting at the end:  And provided further that, $5,000,000 shall be made available to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a 1-year pilot program to increase efficiencies and align system-wide goals within 1 regional hospital system located in Western Massachusetts to improve the overall sustainability of the system. The program shall provide a system-wide comprehensive approach to transition into the structure of the new 1115 Medicaid Waiver; and provide supplemental funding for its regional network of hospitals and outpatient facilities to support continuing progress into the accountable care model amid longstanding shortfalls in supplemental Medicaid funding for this system.  The program shall include measurable milestones that shall demonstrate progress in at least 1 of the following areas: (i) care coordination, integration and delivery transformations; (ii) electronic health record and information exchange advancements; (iii) increasing alternative payment methods and accountable care organizations; (iv) enhancing patient safety; (v) increasing access to behavioral health services; (vi) increasing coordination between system hospitals and community-based providers and organizations (vii) preparing the system to undertake risk as a potentially designated ACO.”


Amendment #203 to H3600

Western Mass Regional Hospital

Representative:

Joseph F. Wagner

Nicholas A. Boldyga

Peter V. Kocot

Brian M. Ashe

John W. Scibak