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Balancing Incentive Program RFA Released for $45 Million

On Friday, March 21, DOH posted the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) Innovation Fund, which will make available $45 million for investments in community-based long term services and supports. LeadingAge NY has been closely following the BIP and the three major structural reforms it entails: (i) establishing a no wrong door/single point of entry for eligibility determination; (ii) a core standardized assessment system for determining eligibility for non-institutionally-based Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), and (iii) developing a Conflict-Free Case Management system (CFCM).  Last year, LeadingAge NY HCBS and MLTC/PACE cabinet members worked together and submitted recommendations to DOH on CFCM.

The purpose of the RFA is to:

  • Increase the number of individuals served in a non-institutional setting;
  • Improve access to community-based LTSS;
  • Ensure stakeholders have a dynamic role in creating service solutions that have a lasting impact; and
  • Promote provider expertise by offering opportunities to "think differently" about how to best address barriers in transitioning from institutional to community-based settings.

According to the RFA, "the BIP Innovation Fund offers a unique opportunity to engage New York’s broad network of highly qualified providers, advocates and community leaders in developing systemic improvements that address barriers encountered when providing community-based LTSS across all populations of Medicaid beneficiaries in New York State."

Applications are due on May 7 by 5 p.m.  Questions about the RFA may be submitted to BIP@health.state.ny.us by April 4.  An applicant teleconference will be held on April 8 at 10 a.m. 

LeadingAge NY will continue to review the BIP RFA and keep members posted on any developments.

Contact: Cheryl Udell, cudell@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8871