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April, 2013

New York’s Uniform Assessment System Moves into Pilot Phase

The Center for Information Management, Inc., an Ann Arbor, MI-based provider of information systems and services for organizations caring for older adults, has worked with the State of New York Department of Health (NY-DoH) to design and develop a uniform assessment system (UAS-NY) for nine different Medicaid long term home care programs. The UAS-NY statewide application, which is an important component of New York’s Medicaid Redesign initiative, was developed as a joint venture with GCOM Software, Inc. in Albany, New York. The State has just initiated pilot operations with the final candidate application in four counties. Sixteen additional counties will be initiate pilot operations in May, 2013.

According to NY-DoH’s announcement regarding the pilot, the system will “develop individualized long-term care service plans for each beneficiary, based on the individual’s health status, strengths, care needs, and preferences. Each person will have a single, unique record in the UAS-NY system, combining demographic and medical information and making it available to providers.” The statewide transition to the new system is expected to be completed by March 2014.