NY group examining North Country health care

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state has established a commission to improve health care systems for preventive, medical, behavioral and long-term care for the communities across northern New York.

The North Country Health Systems Redesign Commission’s tasks include assessing the current scope of care and needs in the region, where health officials say there is a shortage of physicians and other primary care practitioners, as well as fragmented, widely dispersed services.

It is to recommend restructuring and capitalization measures, identify merger and partnership possibilities and recommend distribution of re-investment grants.

The 18-member commission is scheduled to submit findings by March 31.

Its chairman is Daniel Sisto, past president of the Hospital Association of New York State.

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