New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson, the leader of the New York State Department of Health's Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT), Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, and Value-Based Payment (VBP), has issued the statement below:
"Happy Friday. As you may have heard, I have decided to resign from my position effective April 6th. It has been a tremendous honor to help lead New York’s effort to fundamentally transform Medicaid and health care. Together we have made the world a better place through innovation and hard work. While much has been accomplished there is still much left to do! I want to make clear that my departure will have NO impact on this important mission. The Department of Health and its leadership remains 100% committed to the causes of MRT, DSRIP and VBP.
While I am sad to go, I am so bullish about our state’s collective future. Delivery systems across our state are changing and health outcomes are measurably improved. Organizations are working together as never before and as a result the system is really starting to work like a seamless, patient-centered delivery system focused on results. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for your collective work. Know that I will be cheering you on as you show the world that collaborative, accountable care that meaningfully addresses the social determinants of health, improves health care outcomes as well as community health.
I wish you all the very best."