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Lowville Medical Associates Receive NYS PCMH 2017 Annual Recognition

On November 13, 2019, Lowville Medical Associates received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a NYS Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice at the 2017 standard, the most recent standard available. This recognition is given to practices in NYS that meet a rigorous set of qualifications within six concept areas: Team-Based Care and Practice Organization Knowing and […]


Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Primary Care Clinics Receive NYS PCMH 2017 Annual Recognition

On October 15, 2019, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center primary care clinics received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a NYS Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice at the 2017 standard, the most recent standard available. This recognition is given to practices in NYS that meet a rigorous set of qualifications within six concept areas: Team-Based Care and Practice […]


Independent Evaluation: North Country Patients Have Benefited From DSRIP Program

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY EVALUATES NORTH COUNTRY INITIATIVE-LED EFFORTS, FINDS POSITIVE RESULTS WATERTOWN – A recent independent evaluation of statewide health care reform validates work being done locally by the North Country Initiative. The survey, conducted by the University at Albany’s Center for Human Services Research, assessed the performance of the North Country Initiative in the first three years of New York’s Delivery System […]

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Influenza Measurement Season begins for ACO Partners

ACO Partners, The influenza measurement season is upon us, which means all flu shots that are given now through the end of March will be measured in our quality review of February of 2019. With the flu measurement period not coinciding with the calendar year, we do not often have the opportunity to address the quality measure in a timely […]


NCI to Host Series of DSRIP Performance Measures Presentations

The North Country Initiative will offer its partners a comprehensive analysis of the DSRIP performance measures during 3 presentations in the month of August. Over $30 million of the PPS funding is based upon achieving predefined performance results in 5 domains; CAHPS, ED & Hospitalization, Prevention & Access, Clinical Management, and Medication Management. NCI’s Data and Quality Analysts will lead […]


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NCI Education Day a Success!

On March 11, we hosted NCI Education Day at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, and more than 60 clinicians from across the region attended! We are very grateful to these doctors, nurses, care managers and other local health care professionals for dedicating their Saturday to learn about and discuss ideas for improving care in the north country. Local […]


Making the North Country a Healthier Community

Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, North Country Initiative Celebrate Successes in 2016 When most north country residents hear about the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, they naturally think about soldiers, military families or the Army base here in Jefferson County. We’re proud of this association. FDRHPO was founded more than a decade ago to connect Fort Drum soldiers […]

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NCI Welcomes Guest Speaker Dr. Amy Boutwell

On October 5, the North Country Initiative hosted a free “Dinner and Discussion” event for its partners in Watertown, NY, featuring guest speaker Dr. Amy Boutwell, who shared strategies for reducing hospital and emergency department readmissions.