PMO Update
Welcome to DSRIP Year 3!  As a network, we are moving  much of the planning to action.  Some of the new innovations that BHA is working on include:
  • Embedding case managers into primary care teams to increase communication and referrals for Health Home at-Risk patients
  • Adding Peer Specialists on Behavioral health In-Patient Units to improve patient experience and engagement in post-acute care
  • Tracking data and utilizing predictive analysis to identify gaps and improve outcomes in reducing potentially preventable ED visits and hospital readmissions
  • Expanding availability of group visits in prenatal care to improve birth outcomes
  • Integrating pharmacists into the care continuum, so as to enhance medication adherence and improve patient education and outcomes  
We thank all of our partners who have participated in the planning and development calls to create operations manuals, workflows, and diagrams.  We are excited to track the outcomes of this work and to continue to improve our workflows in order to develop a system that meets the needs of our community.
CBO Grant 
Bronx Health Access (BHA) is pleased to announce a new competitive grant opportunity for community-based organizations (CBO) that are members of BHA and that provide supportive services to underserved patients receiving primary care services in the central and south Bronx. Importantly, BHA intends these funds for CBOs to establish an infrastructure with primary care providers to improve the quality of care in a value based purchasing system. This grant program is targeted to Tier 1 and Tier 2 CBOs only. The New York State Department of Health defines Tier 1 CBOs as non-profit, non-Medicaid billing, community based social and human service organizations (e.g., housing, social services, religious organizations, food banks), and Tier 2 CBOs as non-profit, Medicaid billing, non-clinical service providers (e.g. transportation, care coordination). 
Grant funds are reserved for non-reimbursable services. CBOs will be expected to provide services to underserved people in the BHA service area and improve individual health outcomes. Budget requests of up to $75,000 for project durations of up to one year will be considered.
  • Application deadline: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. EST
  • Period to ask questions: Submit your questions about the grant RFA to by Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. EST. BHA will respond to your email questions by email and publish all responses by May 5, 2017 on
  • Awards announced: On or about June 1, 2017
  • Project implementation period: One year, July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. BHA may reissue this grant opportunity on an annual basis.

Upcoming Training
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9:00 AM -11:00 AM
Engaging Black and Latino Males in Substance Abuse Treatment
Jermaine Monk, PhD, LMSW
6/9/17 9:00 AM -11:00 AM
Latinos and Wellness: Diverse Strategies for a Diverse People

Graciela Castex, LMSW, PhD
07/28/17 9:00 AM -11:00 AM
Black LGBT Health: An Intersectional Approach for Healthcare Providers
Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, PhD
The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America's health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. Altogether, HEDIS® consists of 81 measures across 5 domains of care.  HEDIS® is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America's health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. Health plans also use HEDIS® results themselves to see where they need to focus their improvement efforts.
HEDIS® measures address a broad range of important health issues. Among them are the following:           
  • Asthma Medication Use
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care
  • Antidepressant Medication Management
  • Access to Preventive/ Ambulatory Health Services
  • Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence Treatment
BHA partners should regularly be reviewing the HEDIS® performance measures in addition to identifying ways to measure and improve performance.  Recently, the PMO shared a report with all attributed providers showing how they performed in compared to the network as a whole.  While this data shows performance in MY2 (2015-2016), BHA continues to work with the workgroups and IT Committees to identify ways to gather data in real-time.
Town Hall Recap - March 2017
Thank you for joining us at our Quarterly Town Hall, held Friday March 17 at Tosca Marquee.  Over 75 partners attended to network and learn more about our progress as a Performing Provider System (PPS).  Highlights include:
  • o   Suneel Parikh, MD, Bronx Health Access Medical Director, and Dennis Maquiling, Bronx Health Access Executive Director, shared some of the latest developments in the PPS, namely the shift to performance initiatives and new CBO grant opportunity available to Tier-1 and Tier-2 partners.  
  • o   Project co-leads Collette Sturgis, Urban Health Plan, and Glenys Thomas-Perales highlighted achievements in their work to improve Maternal and Child Health outcomes by expanding the Community Health Worker Program. 
  • o   Evelyn Jones, Project Manager at the Jewish Board, discussed the rapid pace and exciting lessons learned from the 100 Schools Project, a cross-PPS initiative to make sure New York City's teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators are better prepared to identify students who are grappling with issues like depression or addiction
  • o   Vicent Liz-Defillo, MD, BLHC, Debbie Pantin, Executive Director, VIP community Services, and Terri Udolf, DSRIP Project Manager, St. Christopher's Inn discussed their work on Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health. 
Our next Town Hall is scheduled for June/ July 2017.  Please look out for additional information.
Committee Updates
Finance Committee The Finance Committee reviewed and approved the project budgets for the DSRIP Year 3, with the final approval coming from the Steering committee last week.  The Finance Committee looks forward to reviewing the results of the approved budgets later this year.
IT Committee The PMO has compiled quality results for PPS organizations by performance measure.  These dashboards were created using NYS Medicaid Claims and attributed members.  The goal is to inform project workgroups on their progress to date.

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