SHIN-NY Policy Committee Releases CBO Summary Report of Key Findings

In September, the New York State Department of Health submitted an amendment to the State’s 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) entitled ‘New York Health Equity Reform’. The waiver amendment aims to reduce health disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic in good part through investment in social services including those provided by Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

As a result, the SHIN-NY Policy Committee has started to consider several possible policy areas that may pose barriers to CBO participation and the exchange of social determinants of health (SDOH) data via the SHIN-NY. To address the potential policy concerns, the SHIN-NY Policy Committee convened a CBO Roundtable on October 19, 2022. The purpose of the roundtable was to engage social services organizations across NY State in a discussion to identify key policy challenges and data needs for effective data exchange as envisioned by the 1115 Waiver and ways that SHIN-NY policy can support these efforts.

Seventeen (17) CBOs attended the roundtable. The organizations were representative of CBOs that currently participate in the SHIN-NY and/or have some knowledge of the SHIN-NY and reflect a geographic spread that included both upstate, downstate, and north country organizations. A pre-roundtable survey of the attendees was conducted to get a better understanding of services and security practices and to help inform the guided discussion.

The report summarizes the pre-roundtable survey results and key findings of the roundtable and outlines potential next step recommendations. Read the report at the button below.