PMO Update
Welcome Suehane Sanchez

Please welcome Suehane Sanchez to the Bronx Health Access PMO Team. Ms. Sanchez came on board in early May in the role of Senior Project Manager for Domain 2 Projects.  Suehane is a proactive and goal-oriented professional with over 10yrs of experience in administrative and operational management; successfully using a variety of project management, communication & organizational skills to perform effectively and in an exemplary manner. Her experience is enhanced by her MBA degree in Business Management with a Healthcare major.
Suehane will work closely with the PMO, Project leads and community members to help organize various programs/initiatives and ensure key milestones are met and deliverables are produced within set timelines.  

Town Hall Recap - June 2017
One of the goals of DSRIP is for 80-90% of managed care payments to providers to shift to using value based payment methodologies by end of demonstration year five (DY 5).  The shift to value-Based Payment (VBP) is required to ensure that the changes in the care delivery system funded by DSRIP are sustained well beyond the waiver period.  Innovations around  patient engagement and care coordination activities, including peer-based activities, must be reimbursed, so that value-destroying care patterns (avoidable (re)admissions, ED visits) do not simply return when the DSRIP dollars stop flowing. 

To support BHA partners in understanding the implications of VBP, the most recent BHA Town Hall focused on this topic.  On June 23rd, 75 partners came to Tosca Marquee to network and learn more about the shift to Value-Based Payment in health care.  The town Hall was facilitated by Duane Granston, Project Manager, and Roy Wallach, Co-lead, BHA Stakeholder Engagement Workgroup (SEW).  Following introductions and an overview of PPS activities, the facilitators invited Boris Vilgorin, MCTAC (Managed Care and Technical Assistance Center ), to conduct an overview of VBP including a look at the changing Medicaid landscape, types of payment arrangements, and myths and truths about VBP.  Attendees then broke into small groups to discuss their own experiences with VBP and to ask questions.  The event wrapped up with a look at how BHA and our SEW champions will further support partners with the shift to VBP. 

Please visit our website for links to additional resources to understand VBP and  to download slides and materials around this topic.  

Committee Updates
Cultural Competency & Health Literacy

The BHA Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Training Series continues its successful run.  From April-June 2017, 196 staff from network partners  attended various CC/HL trainings held on the following topics:
  • LGBT Sensitivity and Providing Affirmative Healthcare
  • Engaging Black and Latino Males in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • The Influence of Culture on Patients Perceptions of Asthma Symptoms, Triggers and Treatments 
This fall will bring another round of programming to enhance knowledge, skills, and comfort level of network staff.  The training calendar of programs will be available shortly.
Evaluation and Training Opportunity for Tier 1 and Tier 2 providers

How do we as a Performing Provider System (PPS) support partners that may not directly bill for Medicaid services in determining the true impact of their efforts to the Triple Aim (reduce health care costs, improve quality, and improve care)? 
Research has shown that the social determinants of health play a large role on impacting public health outcomes.  Many community-based organizations offer crucial services to help improve social factors that affect health such as access to housing, healthy food, alternatives to incarceration, and vocational training. 
BHA has contracted with recognized experts in helping community based providers leverage resources to demonstrate effectiveness of their programs.   Research Scientist and Professor Dr. Angela Aidala and colleagues from Columbia University will facilitate three interactive workshops specifically addressing the needs of individual BHA partners.   
Goals of the trainings:
  •    Improve agency abilities to evaluate their programs and document success
  •    Support BHA partner efforts to link their work on impacting social determinants to clinical quality and health outcomes
Who Should Attend?
* Executive Directors, Program Directors, Supervisors, Evaluators
 * Directors and program staff responsible for monitoring of their organizations, programs, projects
* At least 2 staff (1 senior level) who will be involved with supervision or conducting evaluation and research at their sites.
* Gain skills and resources for conducting program evaluations under budget, time, and data constraints
* Receive program-specific technical assistance to implement/ strengthen local evaluation research capacity
How Will This be Achieved?
* This is a practical, iterative and hands-on workshop
  • * Format will vary between presentations, discussions, small group work and assignments to share knowledge and application of concepts and tools to real life situations
  •    Agency onsite capacity development consultations will be scheduled as requested
 Workshop trainings will begin early this Fall 2017 .  For more information or to register please contact Doris Saintil Phildor, BHA Site Director, at

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