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released information on the Bronx Health Access Performing Provider System and State DSRIP.



NYSDOH wants to hear from YOU!!

As a PPS partner, you may be selected to participate in a survey by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to assess your engagement with your PPS. This initiative is a part of the Mid-Point Assessment being conducted by the DOH to review and evaluate PPS activities.  Survey questions will focus on the network partners and their level of engagement in the PPS across key areas such as:

* Governance
* Project Implementation Planning
* Project Implementation Efforts
* Funds Flow.

Site selection and outreach will occur in July and August 2016.  For more information, please visit the DSRIP website and go to the  Midpoint Assessment section .

CBO Panel

On June 29th, Bronx Health Access convened its second CBO Panel, which took place at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. The group was well attended with representation from over 14 partner organizations and interested parties.  The agenda included a discussion of the timeline and expectations for the shift to value-based payment, an exploration of the impact of social determinants on health outcomes, and an informal discussion of the role of CBOs in DSRIP and health care transformation led by Anthony Feliciano, Commission on the Public's Health System (CPHS).   The next CBO panel is tentatively planned for September 2016.  Stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved.

Medical Record Review (MRR) underway

While system transformation is an overarching goal of the DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment) work, ensuring that services are provided following evidence-based guidelines and quality is also integral to our success.   The New York Department of Health (DOH) and the program's independent assessor have partnered with two medical record review abstraction firms to complete a Medical Record Review (MRR) of patients. 
During the MRR, chart abstractions for all PPS' participating in Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) will be conducted by two vendors, MedReview Inc. and Verisk Health Inc.  The vendors will select patient charts based on a variety of criteria and reach out to a subgroup of BHA partners to start scheduling appointments for abstraction services.  If chosen for MRR, sites can expect to be contacted in August/ September 2016. 
The MRR will be conducted based on the measurement period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 and will focus on the following measures:
  • Childhood immunization Status
  • Lead Screening in children
  • Prenatal Care/ Postpartum Care
  • Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-up
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care
  • Viral Load Suppression
We strongly encourage all partners to prepare to participate fully in the MRR process. 

Project Management Office Team Member Highlight
Doris Saintil Phildor, MPH

Doris Saintil Phildor, MPH is the new Site Director for BHA.  In this role, Doris will work closely with the Project Managers, partners, the Clinical Quality Committee and to help achieve project goals.   Doris comes to us with vast experience in public health, performance-based contracts, and program management.  In her most recent role, Doris worked as a senior Ambulatory Care Coach with NYC Health + Hospitals where she worked with Adult, Pediatric, and Behavioral Health practices on Access improvement, Patient Satisfaction, and clinical improvement initiatives.  Doris worked with various state and federal grants as a Director and Senior Trainer with Cicatelli Associates Inc., a diverse, mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care and social services delivered to vulnerable populations worldwide.  She is a graduate of the Mailman School of Public Health and Wellesley College.

Community Training/ Education Opportunities

The NYC Department of Small Business Services offers free services to help businesses start, operate, and expand in New York City. Strategic Steps for Growth Independent Physicians Program is an eight-month tuition-free course will beginning in October 2016.  The specially-designed curricula will help independent physicians learn to navigate and thrive in the current marketplace through practical modules on topics including:
  • Reimbursements, payment systems, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Insurance, compliance, and claims processing
  • Health information technology management
  • Government incentive programs
For additional information, please visit the NYC Department of Small Business Services website here: Independent Physicians Program

The CBO Planning Grant RFA Application Due Date has been extended to August 18, 2016.  Organizations must be pre-qualified in the Grants Gateway to submit an application for this opportunity.  Click Here here to view the Addendum.  .
Professional development opportunities for community health workers

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (DOHMH) Center for Health Equity (CHE) and CUNY Continuing Education have partnered to engage with and provide free professional development opportunities to current community health workers (CHWs) in the South Bronx, East & Central Harlem, North & Central Brooklyn and Southeast Queens. CHWs have unique access and insight that can help improve community health and make injustices visible. CHWs are also an invaluable part of efforts to empower, educate, and inform community members.
 For more information on this initiative, contact: Diana Perez-Ramirez,

VBP (Value-based Payment) Bootcamp in Region 3

By April 2020, 80-90% of payments from Medicaid to providers will be expected to use value-based methodologies.  This is a huge shift for all, including hospitals, managed care organizations, providers, and community-based organizations.  VBP Bootcamps are a regional learning series provided by the Department of Health to plan and provider communities within the State to deliver necessary information about VBP and ensure a successful transition to its implementation.  To register, see upcoming dates, review of the session materials, please visit the VBP webpage VBP Bootcamps
NYS DOH has also published a number of resources for value-based payment education:
  • DSRIP Value Based Payment Reform Webpage: part of the NYS DOH DSRIP webpage, a dedicated section to include VBP quick overview videos, news, VBP Roadmap and future planning for VBP and Medicare alignment.
  • A Path toward Value Based Payment: (updated June 2016) To ensure the long term sustainability of the DSRIP investments in the waiver, NYS must submit a multi-year roadmap for comprehensive payment reform. The Roadmap was developed with broad stakeholder input, the VBP Workgroup, and a public comment period. 
Workforce Trainings

BHA is running in conjunction with Hostos Community College a Medical Assistant Refresher Course.  The goal of the course is to prepare Medical Assistants to deliver care in the context of emerging healthcare models.  Topics will include: office practices from PCMH guidelines, population health and patient panels, care transitions and coordination, CAHPS, cultural competency and professionalism. 
The following three areas will be covered:
  • Anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and Medical Law and Ethics
  • Administrative medical assisting, insurance, coding and billing bookkeeping, medical office applications, collections
  • Clinical medical assisting - clinical procedures, clinical asepsis, sterilization, lab procedures, EKG, pharmacology, minor surgery, first aid and BLS
Upon successful completion of the program the medical assistant will be eligible to take the CCMA certification exam through the National Health Career Association.  Medical Assistants who are already certified are not eligible for this class.
The class will run one day a week on Thursdays  from September 8th through November 3, 2016.  Backfill monies are available to cover for participants attendance.  Please contact Meridania Gutierrez ( and Selena Griffin ( for further details. DSRIP workforce funding will cover the cost of this course.

We will keep you posted with future training opportunities as they become available.
Congratulations to our partners at Astor Services!

Astor Services for Families and Children has been awarded a grant to be the lead agency for training and implementation of t he Behavioral Health in Schools Project.  This is a multi-year DSRIP project that will serve up to 100 middle and high schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens.  The project is funded by the 4 PPSs - Bronx Health Access, Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities, Community Care of Brooklyn and OneCity Health.
The Jewish Board will manage the project, and work in collaboration with The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), the NYC Department of Education (DOE, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as active partners in the project's design and implementation.  As the grantee, Astor Services will be charged with:

(1) Providing training for staff and students at NYC public schools on understanding mental health and substance use and effective prevention strategies;

(2) Providing staff professional development, support, self-care and resource sharing;

(3) Establishing and making community referrals and linkages for students in need of treatment by providing clear and easy to use "warm hand offs" to mental health and substance use treatment;

(4) Training, coaching, and supporting school staff on effective crisis response and when needed assisting in de-escalation of crises; and

(5) Assisting school staff in conducting universal screenings, early identification of behavioral health issues, and/or identification of gaps in services in the school and community.
Astor Services for Families and Children is part of the Bronx Health Access partner network. 

We look forward to working with them on this exciting opportunity to change the culture of behavioral health for future generations of New Yorkers.
July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 and will focus on the following measures:
  • Childhood immunization Status
  • Lead Screening in children
  • Prenatal Care/ Postpartum Care
  • Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow-up
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care
  • Viral Load Suppression
We strongly encourage all partners to prepare to participate fully in the MRR process. 

State DSRIP Updates 
Upcoming Events and Deadlines

8/1/2016 Initiate Mid-Point Assessment for PPS
8/1/2016 PPS Lead Regulatory Waiver Requests - Round 3 due
8/3/2016 DY1 Third DSRIP Payment to PPS
8/5/2016 PPS Year 2 First Quarterly Reports (4/1/16 - 6/30/16) due from PPS
08/08/16 to 09/08/16 Open PPS Performance Networks in MAPP for additions
8/31/2016 PPS submit Primary Care Project Narrative


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