Partnership Solutions Acquires Medicare Accountable Care Organization Serving New Yorkers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

By Partnership Solutions | February 16, 2024

NEW YORK – Partnership Solutions, which supports and facilitates comprehensive health care and habilitative services for New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), announced today that it has acquired the Alliance for Integrated Care of New York (AICNY), which works to improve health care for the same population and will continue to operate as AICNY under the Medicare Share Savings Program

“This acquisition expands our ability to serve and support New Yorkers with IDD with care tailored for their specific and unique needs,” said Partnership Solutions CEO Kerry Delaney. “Adding the AICNY to our family means more New Yorkers with IDD can benefit from our expertise and clinical programs, and we can expand our reach as advocates for this community’s health and quality of life.”

“Partnership Solutions is, like us, committed exclusively to supporting New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said AICNY Executive Director Arthur Y. Webb. “We know our 4,000 members across the state will benefit tremendously from the expertise and reach that Partnership Solutions provides. This relationship will sustain access to primary care  that will directly benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. ”

“It is very important that we ensure access to medical care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Partnership Solutions will sustain the model of care we have built over the last 10 years,” said Heather Brown of the Chautauqua County Arc, who chairs AICNY’s Management Committee. “As chairperson of AICNY for several years, I have seen how we can improve quality care while achieving savings without compromising our commitment to persons with IDD.”

Since its creation in 2021, Partnership Solutions has provided management and administrative support to healthcare organizations that help individuals with IDD receive the supports and services they need to live a quality life. Its partners include Care Design NY, which coordinates care for nearly 30,000 New Yorkers with IDD in 30 counties across New York, and Partners Health Plan, the state’s only health plan that exclusively serves people with IDD and operates in the nine-county downstate region.

AICNY was formed in 2014 by a group of Disability Service Agencies that operate Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Centers/Outpatient Health Clinics. AICNY currently serves 4,000 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries across various regions of NYS. A significant portion of the beneficiaries are people with developmental disabilities, making it the only one of its kind. In the five-year period from 2017 through 2021, AICNY was able to achieve Medicare savings of $15,791,856 through many quality & clinical improvement programs. Over 80 percent of the savings were shared with clinical members.

“AICNY is an ideal partner that will help us ensure a consistent standard of quality of care across multiple provider groups, improve quality of health of the community, and reduce health disparities faced by the IDD community,” Ms. Delaney said.

About Partnership Solutions
Partnership Solutions is a Management Services Organization (MSO) that provides specialized management, operational, policy, programmatic and administrative support and expertise to organizations dedicated to providing services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and those who care for, and about them. Partnership Solutions current supports Care Design NY a non-profit OPWDD-certified Care Coordination Organization/Health Home. and Partners Health Plan, nonprofit demonstration project authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (NYSOPWDD) to test a nontraditional managed care model for the intellectually and developmentally disabled that supports access to and integration of medical, habilitation, behavioral/mental health, social and community services under a single model of care.

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About the Alliance for Integrated Care of New York

The Alliance is a Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization that serves over 4000 eligible Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries across various regions of New York State The goals of AICNY are to improve medical services to attributed beneficiaries through coordination and access to services that will reduce the overall cost of care while achieving high standards of quality.

AICNY’s member organizations are: Chautauqua County Chapter of The ArcHASC Diagnostic & Treatment CenterHudson Valley Regional Community Health Centers, Long Island Select Healthcare,and United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County.

Note: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to the Medicare patients they serve. Coordinated care helps ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services definition).

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