15 Health Plans, BHOs to Join NYAPRS Tuesday Albany Forum: Only 5 Days Left to Register!

NYAPRS Note: There’re still a few days left to register to attend next Tuesday’s NYAPRS timely October 1st Albany Forum entitled ‘The Future is Now: Surviving and Thriving with Managed Care’.


The day’s program will offer timely opportunities to hear from state officials about the flexibility they will encourage by relaxing current regulations, to hear presentations from 3 “exemplars” from Arizona, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts who have found success in the managed care market place, to explore program development strategies for your agency and to meet and initiate conversation with Health Plan and BHO executives who will be on hand to learn more about how our field is preparing to work with them to make the HARP successful.


It’s clear that opportunities to meet and network with NYS Health Plans who are preparing to take over and manage our behavioral healthcare services are key to helping to position us for success in the Health and Recovery Plan environment that is coming!


Accordingly, we are very pleased to announce that we’ll be joined by the following organizations:

Health Plans: Amidacare, EmblemHealth, Fidelis, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Healthfirst, MVP Healthcare/Hudson Health Plan, MetroPlus, Monroe Plan, TotalCare and United Healthcare

Behavioral Health Organizations: Beacon Health Strategies, Community Care Behavioral Health, Magellan Health Services, OptumHealth and ValueOptions.


Tuesday’s forum will be led by NYAPRS program planners Edye Schwartz, Harvey Rosenthal and consultant Jackie Negri along with the Center for Health Care Strategies Vice President for Strategic Planning, Allison Hamblin.


This is your opportunity to be a part of the change of our lifetimes.

Register now and don’t be left out!





The Future is Now: Surviving and Thriving with Integrated Managed Care


Albany Hilton  9:30am - 4:30pm


Fully Integrated and Managed Care is Just Around the Corner

How much flexibility in regulation and licensing will there be to support provider innovations?

What can we learn from adaptations that ‘exemplars’ have made in other integrated managed care states?

How will health plan payers approach and pay for the integration of behavioral healthcare?


Join us at this exciting and timely one day event. Presenters include:

  • Robert Myers, PhD, Senior Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health
  • Greg Allen, Director, Division of Financial Planning and Policy, Office of Health Insurance Programs, NYS Department of Health
  • Allison Hamblin, Vice President for Strategic Planning, Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)
  • 3 Exemplar service providers from Arizona, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts that have adapted service models and business practices for success in a managed environment
  • Representatives from Managed Care and Behavioral Health Organizations


Preliminary Program:

9:30-10:30       State Panel: An interactive question and answer session with Bob Myers and Greg Allen. Areas of discussion might be:

  • How flexible will the State be in relaxing current licensing requirements?
  • What new service designs will the State look for from the plans and providers?
  • What metrics will plans and the providers be required to meet?
  • Where is the state in designing rates, financial incentives and reinvestment systems?

10:45-12:15     Exemplar Presentations: 3 providers from states that have instituted managed care programs will describe successful service and business model adaptations and innovations.

Christy Dye,                              Ken Bates                                                                                          George T. Brown

Chief Executive Officer         Vice President of Behavioral Health & Day Supports                      Chief Operating Officer

Partners in Recovery               Advocates, Inc.                                                                               TrueNorth Wellness Services

Mesa, Arizona                           Framingham, Massachusetts                                                                   Hanover, Pennsylvania


12:30-2:00       Facilitated Break-out Groups: Providers will break into groups and explore strengths and specific challenges they face as they adapt to managed care. Discussion areas can include:

  • Data & Analytics- The importance of integrating fiscal, business and service data for the agency’s future success.
  • Service Adaptation-In an environment of regulatory relief, what recovery oriented, person centered and managed care ready models could be designed?
  • Business Planning- What infrastructure and organizational changes (e.g. IT, HR, fiscal controls and oversight, space, policies and procedures, corporate compliance) are needed to thrive in the new system?

2:15-3:15         Report Back: An opportunity for each group to share the outcomes of their discussions and the concrete steps outlined to assist their agencies in transformation activities.

3:30-4:30         Managed Care Panel: Managed Care and Behavioral Health plan representatives will be invited to share some of their key considerations as they prepare for integration, comment on the innovations presented and the partnerships they seek with providers.


REGISTER NOW: https://registration.nyaprs.org/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=9

Or on our website www.nyaprs.org