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New York approves rates for 17 health insurers in upcoming benefit exchange New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 17 announced that the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has approved health-insurance plan rates for 17 insurers seeking to offer coverage through the New York Health Benefit Exchange. The state approved the rates for health plans that serve subscribers in Central New York, including Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS), the region’s largest JOURNAL STAFF health insurer. DFS also approved the rates for Schenectady–based MVP Health Care; Minnetonka, Minn.–based UnitedHealthcare; Hartford, Conn.–based Aetna, Inc.; and Albany–based Capital

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District Physicians Health Plan, Inc. The state exchange will organize the plans in four metal tiers (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum), which is supposed to allow consumers and businesses to make a comparison. The plans within each metal tier will have standardized contract terms and product offerings, which is meant to encourage price competition among insurers, the governor’s office said. Previously, New York insurers offered more than 15,000 plans that “widely varied” in the level and quality of coverage provided, which encouraged “competition through confusion” and made it difficult for purchasers to effectively compare plans side by side, the governor contends. On average, the approved 2014 rates for the highest tier of plans that individual New York consumers could purchase on the exchange (gold and platinum) represent a 53 percent reduction compared to last year’s direct-pay individual health-insurance rates, the governor’s office asserts. The state attributes the lower rates to the

expected rise in uninsured New Yorkers buying coverage in the individual healthinsurance market due to the health-care law’s mandate that individuals purchase insurance starting next year. New York’s current individual health-insurance market is relatively small. The state also notes that the 53 percent reduction does not include the effect of federal subsidies for individuals meeting certain income thresholds who are purchasing coverage on the exchange, which could lower their costs even further. Health-care insurance costs per capita in New York currently run about 18 percent higher than the national average, as the state mandates that insurers cover preexisting conditions and a variety of medical conditions and services not mandated in other states, while not currently requiring individuals to buy health insurance. But the average approved rates for the benchmark individual “silver plan” in New York in 2014 would be in line with (or nearly 10 percent lower) than the nationwide average that the Congressional Budget

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Office (CBO) previously forecast for the full implementation of the federal healthcare reform law, Cuomo’s office said. For approved 2014 small-group plan rates, existing premium rates do not provide a functional year-over-year comparison, the state asserts. In 2013, insurers offered more than 15,000 different small-group plans that significantly varied in terms of the quality and level of coverage provided. This year, insurers are offering standardized contracts and product offerings within metal tiers (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum), the state said. The approved small-group rates, however, are “generally lower” than indicated by the estimates of other independent forecasters, the governor’s office contends. The average approved small-group rate in New York for the benchmark “silver plan” is “well below,” or nearly 32 percent lower, than the nationwide average previously forecast by the independent CBO, notwithstanding the “relatively higher” per capita health-care costs in New York compared to other states, according to the governor’s news release. A number of small businesses will be eligible for tax credits that would lower those premium costs even further, according to the governor’s office. 

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Associates for Women’s Medicine opens location in Camillus CAMILLUS — Associates for Women’s Medicine (AWM), which provides obstetrics and gynecology services, has opened a new office in Camillus, the fifth site for the practice in Central New York. The medical practice is now serving patients in an 1,800-square-foot space at Medical Center West at 5700 W. Genesee St. in Camillus. AWM opened its newest facility to meet the needs of its patients on the west side JOURNAL STAFF of Syracuse, says Dana Karanik, administrator for the practice. “We had a lot of patients on that side of town, and we didn’t have a location out there,� says Karanik, who was speaking from her office at the AWM location at 770 James St. in Syracuse. Besides Camillus and Syracuse, AWM also operates offices at 792 1/2 North Main St. at Village Medical Park in Cicero, 4820 W. Taft Rd. in Clay, and 4302 Medical Center Dr. at Northeast Medical Center in

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Fayetteville, according to its website. The Syracuse and Cicero offices are the largest of the five facilities and are considered the main offices, Karanik says. AWM officials began mulling establishing a location in Camillus during the latter half of 2012. “It actually happened pretty quickly,� Karanik says. The practice hopes to add space at its Camillus location in the months ahead, she says. AWM declined to disclose information about its lease terms. Karanik also wouldn’t disclose how much it cost the practice to open the Camillus office. “I don’t feel comfortable divulging the exact amount, but we did set up a budget and we were happy that we were able to accomplish that goal,� Karanik says. She also declined to disclose how the practice financed the opening of the Camillus location. AWM moved into space from Hematology/Oncology Associates of Central New York, P.C. after it scaled back operations and didn’t need as much space, according to Karanik. “We utilized mostly what was already

there. We had very little build out when we assumed the space,� Karanik says. Harmony Architectural Associates, PC

of Syracuse served as the architect on the space, Karanik says. Rich & Gardner Construction Co. was the contractor on the project. Karanik declined to disclose the cost of the site preparation. Associates for Women’s Medicine includes board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists, along with licensed midwives and other professional staff providing care for patients. The practice also provides some imaging services, blood testing, and officebased surgery at the Fayetteville location. Several providers joined together in 2000 to create the present practice, Karanik says. Eight physicians serve on the practice’s board of directors including Dr. Richard Waldman, who serves as board president; Dr. James Brown, the board vice president; Dr. Christopher LaRussa, who is the board’s treasurer and secretary, according to the practice’s website.

The practice employs a total of 90 people. The employee count includes 10 local physicians, two from the University of Rochester Medical Center, and six clinical providers, according to the practice’s website. The clinical providers include Therese Brown-Mahoney, a certified nurse midwife and licensed nurse practitioner, who has joined the Camillus practice. Brown-Mahoney joins doctors James Brown, Melissa Brown and Sheena Mathew at the Camillus location. That same office also has a secretary, a full-time medical assistant, a part-time medical assistant, and the nurses come with their respective providers, Karanik says. The physicians in the AWM practice, on average, rotate between three of its five locations, according to Karanik. A new physician, Dr. Michelle Auerbach, will begin in October and treat patients in the Cicero, Camillus, and Syracuse offices. Most of its physicians are affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, according to the AWM website. ď ą Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, which founded the hospital 144 years ago, to Catholic Health Ministries, the group that sponsors CHE Trinity Health. St. Joseph’s looked for a partner that could help the hospital preserve its mission and that could provide “access to intellectual capital, access to capital,� Ruscitto says. “This is not a sale. This is a change in sponsorship,� she stresses. CHE Trinity Health will provide the sponsorship with “reserved powers� that include overseeing and ensuring the hospital’s mission by appointing the board of directors and hiring and firing the CEO. It will also approve “major capital expenditures,� she says. “So the same power the Sisters [of St. Francis] have will now transfer to CHE Trinity,� Ruscitto adds. The sisters who founded this Catholic health-care system developed a “system allocation that is very small compared to what the return on benefit is to the organization,� she says. Ruscitto declined to disclose how much St. Joseph’s will pay in fees annually to be part of the CHE Trinity Health organiza-

tion. they’re going to be able to help us achieve CHE Trinity Health was formed in May by scale,� Ruscitto says. when Pennsylvania–based Catholic Health In addition, department directors at St. East merged with Michigan–based Trinity Joseph’s will be able to speak with the Health. The combined system gener- people of similar titles at any of the hosates annual operating revenue of about pitals in the CHE Trinity Health system, $13.3 billion and has assets of about she says. $19.3 billion. It employs more than Over the next two to five months of 87,000 people, including 4,100 employed finalizing the agreement, both sides will physicians, according to a joint news release perform “the necessary due diligence,� from St. Joseph’s and CHE Trinity Health. according to Ruscitto. The non-binding LOI is the first such “I want our physicians to talk to physiagreement CHE Trinity Health has en- cians in the other systems in New York tered into since consolidating. state. And all that’s to make sure that this Catholic Health System of Buffalo and is a durable partnership going forward,� St. Peter’s Health Partners in Albany are she says. also part of the CHE Trinity Health sysSt. Joseph’s has been examining this tem, Ruscitto says. “strategic option� for about three years, The system includes 85 hospitals that Ruscitto says, and the hospital’s discussion are able to achieve “both intellectual best with CHE Trinity Health started about a practices, as well as capital,� Ruscitto says. year ago. “For example, their bond rating at CHE The announcement will have no effect Trinity across all their hospitals is a AA+,� on the current employment level of more Ruscitto says. than 3,700 full-time workers at St. Joseph’s, As a member of a system with that many she adds. hospitals, facilities can self-insure for malSt. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a practice and can purchase materials “at a nonprofit, 431-bed hospital and health-care The Visiting Nurseservices Servicetoofpatients New York much different rate,� she says. system providing in 16 (VNSNY) is in moving plans to spread its “They [CHE Trinity Health] have alcounties Centralon New York. VNSNYThe Choice Medicaid Managed Long ready identified substantial savings that hospital generated $586 million

VNSNY Choice coming to CNY A New York City–based not-for-profit home healthcare organization has received state approval to expand its Medicaid managed long-term care plan to 24 counties outside of the city — including several in the Syracuse and Utica areas.

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in revenue in 2012 with net income of $9 million. CHE Trinity Health also offered its thoughts in the joint news release. CHE Trinity Health is “committed� to strengthening Catholic health care in the U.S., and the system is “delighted� that St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center shares its future vision, Judy Persichilli, interim president and CEO of CHE Trinity Health, saidthe in the release. to option of growing its service area “With our scale and scope, commitment since before that moratorium was lifted, to exceptional care, and a unified voice for he adds. serving vulnerable people, we believe that been in expanding we“We’ve can help St. interested Joseph’s Hospital Health our service area since about 2003,� he Center meet the challenges of health says. care “It was something that we’ve beenoutstandworking on reform and continue to provide ing the care for residents of Central for entire year. We started our New process York,� Persichilli said.expansion in the early to apply for market Ruscitto also referenced the national part of 2012.� health-care playing factor VNSNY reform Choice law isn’tas the onlya Medicaid in the combination. “This alignment will managed long-term care plan that will be provide a strong financial foundation for growing Central New York its surthe futureinto of St. Joseph’s and helpand ensure rounding areas. Fidelis Care, a Catholic our ability to meet the potential challenges health plan in Rego Park in the of health carebased reform,� she said in the newsNew York City borough of Queens, announced release. q in

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Ranked by No. of Home Health-Care (HHC) Employees Rank

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1. Services Offered: DME= durable medical equipment, MSW= medical social work, NT= nutritional therapy, ON= oncology nurse, Ped.= pediatric therapy, RH = rehabilitation, SN = skilled nursing, ST= speech therapy

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Name No. of Address HHC Phone/Website Employees Stafkings Healthcare Systems, Inc. 702 66 Hawley St. Binghamton, NY 13902 (607) 772-8080/stafkingshealthcare.com All Metro Health Care 308 526 Old Liverpool Road Liverpool, NY 13088 (315) 453-5537/all-metro.com VNA Homecare 276 1050 W. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204 (315) 477-4663/477HOME.org Home Aides of Central New York 220 723 James St. Syracuse, NY 13203 (315) 476-4295/HomeAidesCNY.org Franciscan Companies 205 333 Butternut Drive, Suite 100 DeWitt, NY 13214 (315) 458-3600/FranciscanCompanies.com Home Care Services at Faxton St. Luke's 203 Healthcare 2 1650 Champlin Ave. Utica, NY 13502 (315) 624-4663/faxtonstlukes.com PACE CNY-Loretto Geriatric Center 180 Licensed Home Care Agency 109 Lawrence Road East North Syracuse, NY 13212 (315) 452-5800/pacecny.org UHS Home Care 173 4401 Vestal Parkway East Vestal, NY 13850 (607) 763-5600/uhs.net St. Joseph's Certified Home Health Care 145 Agency 7246 Janus Park Drive Liverpool, NY 13088 (315) 458-2800/sjhomecare.com Hospice of Central New York 110 990 Seventh North St. Liverpool, NY 13088 (315) 463-1100/hospicecny.org Lourdes at Home 80 4102 Old Vestal Road Vestal, NY 13850 (607) 772-1598/lourdes.com Integrity Home Care Services 75 813 Fay Road Syracuse, NY 13219 (315) 468-1484/st-camillus.org 64 Family Services of Chemung County3 1019 E. Water St. Elmira, NY 14901 (607) 737-1351/ familyservicesofchemung.com Comfort Keepers 60 1201 E. Fayette St., Suite 23 Syracuse, NY 13210 (315) 474-0444/comfortkeepers.com Interim HealthCare 56 3300 James St., Suite 201 Syracuse, NY 13206 (315) 437-4500/interimhealthcare.com Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca & 56 Tompkins County 138 Cecil A. Malone Drive Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-0466/vnsithaca.org St. Camillus Home Care Agency 55 813 Fay Road Syracuse, NY 13219 (315) 488-2831/st-camillus.org 55 Home Care for Cortland County3 111 Port Watson St. Cortland, NY 13045 (607) 753-9326 Family & Children's Society, Inc. 36 355 Riverside Drive Johnson City, NY 13790 (607) 772-9776/familycs.org Acacia Home Care 31 2150 Bleecker St. Utica, NY 13501 (315) 266-0614/acaciahomecare.org Community Health & Home Care, Inc. 30 138 Cecil A. Malone Drive Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-7780/vnsithaca.org Oswego County Health Dept. 28 70 Bunner St. Oswego, NY 13126 (315) 349-3548/oswegocounty.com St. Elizabeth Home Care 24 14 Foery Drive Utica, NY 13501 (315) 797-9770/stemc.org Oswego Health Home Care, Inc 24 113 Schuyler St., Suite 3 Fulton, NY 13069 (315) 598-6806/oswegohealth.org Presbyterian Residential Community 20 4300 Middle Settlement Road New Hartford, NY 13413 (315) 235-2816/presbyterianhome.com CNY Infusion Services 9 333 Butternut Drive, Suite 102 DeWitt, NY 13214 (315) 424-7027/cnyinfusion.com

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Number of: Certified? Services — LPNs HHAs CNAs PTs OTs Other Licensed? Offered1 127 340 2 0 0 143 N SN — Y

Key Management Daniel J. King, President Carter C. King, Vice President Melissa Wheeler, Executive Director

Year Estab. 1962

7

5

140

0

0

0

168

N — Y

SN

Christine Rossillo, Branch Manager

1955

96

23

59

0

17

7

74

Y — Y

MSW, NT, Ped., RH, SN, ST

1890

7

3

210

0

0

0

27

N — Y

SN

M. Kate Rolf, President & CEO June Castle, CFO Lynne B. Bird, VP of Managed Care Gail G. Carmichel, VP of Clinical Operations Karen Henry, Senior Director of Clinical Services

8

9

69

0

1

0

118

N — Y

DME, SN

Frank L. Smith, President & CEO Tim Scanlon, EVP Gregory Fernandez, CFO

1985

59

3

50

0

12

6

77

Y — Y

MSW, NT, RH, SN, ST

Scott H. Perra, President/CEO

1915

23

42

115

0

0

0

-

N — Y

DME, MSW, NT, RH, SN, ST

Penny B. Abulencia, Executive Director

1997

68

2

43

0

11

8

25

Y — Y

DME, MSW, NT, RH, SN, ST

Joseph Cerra, President & CEO

1986

65

26

12

0

27

5

43

Y — Y

MSW, NT, ON, Ped., RH, SN, ST

Melissa Allard, Director of Patient Services

1987

39

1

1

0

0

0

32

Y — Y

Cynthia Chandler, CEO

1985

31

5

10

0

5

1

-

Y — Y

DME, MSW, NT, Ped., SN, ST MSW, NT, Ped., SN, ST

Rochelle Eggleton, Director

1999

5

0

35

0

0

0

35

N — Y

SN

Aileen Balitz, President Heather Kemmis, VP of Home Care Diane Bocyck, Director of Patient Services

1996

4

0

60

0

0

0

3

N — Y

-

Ted Kordela, Executive Director

1972

3

0

29

0

0

0

21

N — Y

-

Michele Webber, President & Director of Clinical Services

2004

2

25

29

0

0

0

-

N — Y

Ped., SN

Neil Bronstein, President

1975

9

2

16

0

6

2

-

Y — Y

MSW, NT, Ped., SN, ST

Sue Ellen Stuart, Executive Director

1985

25

5

0

0

14

5

6

Y — N

MSW, NT, RH, SN, ST

Aileen Balitz, President

1983

0

15

37

0

0

0

3

N — Y

-

Robert Austin, Executive Director

1972

2

0

21

0

0

0

-

N — Y

-

Frederick DuFour, Executive Director

1941

9

3

6

0

8

4

10

Y — Y

MSW, NT, SN, ST

Robert Raffle, Executive Director Erin Przelski, Interim Director of Patient Services

2004

10

3

16

0

2

1

-

— Y

Ped., RH, SN, ST

Sue Ellen Stuart, Executive Director

1992

20

6

2

0

0

0

15

Y — N

MSW, NT, Ped., RH, SN, ST

1972

11

0

154

0

5

4

2

Y — N

MSW, NT, SN, ST

Jiancheng Huang, Interim Director of Public Health Kathryn O. Caltabiano, Director of Patient Services Mary Lourdes Lounsbury, Administrator

19

2

0

0

3

0

7

Y — N

MSW, NT, Ped., RH, SN, ST

Melissa Allard, Administrator Sheila Kirby, Director of Patient Services

1991

0

2

4

0

0

0

-

N — Y

-

Maureen Ghent, Director of Home Care Services

1994

9

0

0

0

0

0

-

N — Y

NT, ON, Ped., SN

April Stone, CEO Renee Sadowski, COO Cara Jean, Director of Clinical Operations

1994

1966

2001

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