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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Staten Island Performing Provider System (SIPPS) — an alliance of physicians, healthcare providers and social service agencies — has been formed to improve the quality of healthcare for Staten Island’s 130,000 Medicaid recipients and 50,000 uninsured residents.

“Our goal is to meet the triple aim of improving the patient experience of care, including quality and satisfaction, improving the health of the populations we serve, and reducing the per capita cost of health care,” said Joseph Conte, SIPPS executive director.

The program is being backed by financial incentives provided by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the state Department of Health’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), a state initiative to attain $7.3 billion of Medicaid savings over the next five years. SIPPS recently secured a 6,042-square-foot office space in Edgewater Plaza.

“SIPPS is anchored by Staten Island University Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center,” said Conte.

“However, it is the unique collaboration of community-based physician practices, nursing homes, home care agencies, substance abuse and addiction counseling services, behavioral health agencies and social service providers that are the core of this innovative alliance,” he added.

Among the goals of the SIPPS collaborative are to provide improved access to care, higher quality of care and more culturally sensitive care, said Conte.

With  targets of 25 percent reductions in emergency room visits, preventable hospital admissions, and overall hospital re-admissions, SIPPS also aims to reduce the overall per-capital cost of healthcare service, he said.

“Our first order of business is to connect individuals in need with the most appropriate services to meet their needs,” said Dr. Salvatore Volpe, chief medical officer of the SIPPS program.

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