Over the past several years, the Adirondacks ACO has had a strong collaborative relationship with AHI (Adirondack Health Institute), supporting population health efforts across the region.  These efforts included the Adirondack Medical Home Pilot and the NYS DSRIP Program, as well as a myriad of other activities that have supported providers and patients across the region.

In early 2020 the two organizations began to look at operational efficiencies that would ultimately avoid duplication and more closely align our regional initiatives.  Two examples of these operational efficiencies are a combined “virtual” data team that brings the expertise of both organizations together to analyze data that will support improved performance, and a shared CEO providing consistent leadership for regional population health initiatives.

To best support, these efforts, on March 1, 2021, CVPH and HHHN transferred their sole membership in the Adirondacks ACO to AHI to create a more aligned governance model and establish one vehicle to advance population health initiatives in the region.  AHI has five-member organizations – they are CVPH, HHHN, Glens Falls Hospital, Adirondack Health, and St. Lawrence Health Systems.  Overall governance for the ACO will be equally shared by the four members who are participants of the ACO, excluding only St. Lawrence Health Systems.   AHI and the ACO will maintain their own Boards focusing on their unique work in the region, with broad representation across participating provider organizations.

We have developed an FAQ – which is attached for your review HERE .  If you should have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to either Karen Ashline – kashline@cvph.org or myself at eburton@ahihealth.org .

Thank you for your efforts to support our regional population health initiatives.

Eric Burton – Interim CEO

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