October 17, 2017
SCC PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Attendees participating in activity during September 26th PAC meeting
On September 26, 2017, the SCC held its quarterly Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting that focused on "Supporting Disease Self-Management: Techniques to Integrate into Everyday Practice."  
Topping the agenda was Damara Gutnick, MD, Medical Director for Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative.  She engaged the audience of over 200, in an interactive talk about "The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing."  Dr. Gutnick provided the attendees with the understanding of why it is important to take the time to integrate motivational interviewing techniques into their everyday practice and ways to actively engage patients in their own care.  

The day's agenda also included  Patricia Bax, RN, MS, CC, TTS,  Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the New York State Smokers' Quitline and Roswell Park Cessation Service.  Ms. Bax highlighted the tobacco cessation efforts in New York State and gave an informative overview of the Quitline and the services that are offered, which include changes in Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), counseling services and methods of referral.  

Members photographed during PAC presentation
Jessica Schreck, RD, CDN , from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Leslie Vicale, MPH , Project Manager of SCC's Clinical Improvement Strategy, spoke about using education to empower patients to manage chronic diseases.  Ms. Schreck gave an overview of evidence-based, self-management education programs and how these programs can improve patient health and well-being.  Ms. Vicale described how the SCC is working with local partners to bring these programs to patients and how practitioners can refer to local workshops right from the SCC website .  To find out about upcoming workshops and to register, click here

SCC thanks all of the presenters for taking the time out of their busy schedules and traveling to Suffolk County to inform our partners about resources and share their knowledge to help support disease self-management.

To view the PAC meeting video and presentation, visit our website.  

Photo above Elizabeth Cerato and Ina Kane from our RHIO partner, NYCIG.   Photo right Laura Giardino, MS, NP, SC Dept. of Health Services
THE NEW FACE OF HEALTHCARE, PART II:  REFINING THE REFERRAL SYSTEM

Join the Suffolk Care Collaborative, Communities of Solutions and the Quality Consortium of Suffolk County on  Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Coram Fire Department.

This meeting will bring together primary care, behavioral health and hospital providers to constructively address identified barriers related to patient referrals to treatment.

For more information and to register, please click here.

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING SPOTLIGHT

The Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Supportive Housing Initiative funds the Health Home Supportive Housing Program (HHSHP), which partners housing providers with Health Homes to provide rental subsidies and support to homeless high-need Medicaid members. The goal of the program is to have housing specialists collaborate with the Health Home Care Managers to implement the member's Health Home Plan of Care and provide the individual with supportive housing. 

The Supportive Housing Spotlight shares success stories and testimonials of people who have benefited from this helpful program. Click here for the latest issue featuring Olmstead Housing Subsidy Program, administered by the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL).  
BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH® WORKSHOP SERIES 
Presented By RSVP
 
RSVP's Better Choices workshop series is a peer-led health education program for people with an ongoing health condition. The purpose of the workshop is to enhance one's skills and ability to manage health and maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle. The course is facilitated by trained volunteers. It is provided at no cost to participants and runs 6 consecutive weeks for 2.5 hours each session.

To register for the workshop taking place at the Hampton Bays Public Library on Tuesday's starting November 14, 2017, contact 631-728-6241 or dvalle@hamptonbayslibrary.org.  Click here for details.
ENGAGING NEW ALLIES IN THE HEALTH EQUITY MOVEMENT: A PARTNERSHIP SUMMIT
Save The Date - February 23, 2018 

On  February 23rd Health Equity Initiative (HEI) will be holding the  2018 Summit  at the New York Public Library, NYC.  HEI will build on the elements that worked successfully at the 2016 Summit and incorporate new themes that will expand the reach of the health equity movement.

Participants will:
  • Hear from experts from multiple sectors and disciplines
  • Engage in furthering the health equity agenda by acquiring skills and training to engage new allies in the health equity movement
  • Develop a call to action on key priorities for health equity by participating in Innovation Think Tanks
  • Share stories of community-driven leadership and solutions in support of health equity
  • Pledge new partnerships at the conference
Specific themes and sub-themes of the 2018 summit will be announced later in 2017 along with the summit's program. Stay tuned and save the date!
Community word cloud with magnifying glass, concept
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

ST. MARY'S TRIBUTE DINNER 
Honoring Steven Chen
Monday, November 6, 2017, 6 pm
Guastavino's, 409 E. 59th St., NYC
Click here for complete details and sponsorship opportunities.

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH® WORKSHOPS
Free Diabetes and Chronic Disease self-management programs.
To find convenient workshop locations and register click  here




Please visit our Community Engagement page  for an entire list of upcoming events and resources.
NOVEMBER HEALTH & WELLNESS OBSERVANCE

November provides several opportunities to promote health and wellness awareness.  Here are several resources to help community leaders and healthcare providers start planning ways to communicate, educate and involve the community they serve.

National Diabetes Month
Become a National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach!  The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDOH) and the SCC are conducting Master Training at the SCDOH,Training Room, Bldg. C016, 725 Veterans Highway, Hauppauge on October 26 and 27, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Click here for flyer.  To register, call Debora Rippel at 631-853-2928 or email: Debora.Rippel@suffolkcountyny.gov.  
ALL THINGS VBP - VALUE BASED PAYMENT UPDATES

CBOs and VBP - WHITEBOARD VIDEO 
The Department of Health has released another video in their whiteboard series. In the video titled, " What CBOs Need to Know to Be Successful in VBP " New York State Medicaid Director, Jason Helgerson, describes the top 5 things that Community Based Organizations (CBOs) need to know in order to be successful in the move to Value Based Payment (VBP). He also discusses how CBOs can get involved in the transition to VBP.  Click here to view t he video.
 
Continue the conversation around VBP on Twitter by using the hashtag #NYSLearnsVBP and tagging @NewYorkMRT.   To learn more about Value Based Payment click here.   Questions can be sent to VBP@health.ny.gov

VBP UNIVERSITY - SEMESTER 3
VBP University is an online, educational resource created to raise awareness, knowledge and expertise in the move to Value Based Payment (VBP). VBP University combines informational videos and supplemental materials that stakeholders interested in VBP can use to advance their understanding of this massive transformation effort.
 
Semester 3 is designed to educate users on specific, important topic areas in the move to VBP. Topic areas include Social Determinants of Health, Community Based Organizations and Contracting VBP. The curriculum for semester 3 includes videos on each of the topics as well as detailed guidance documents targeted towards Managed Care Organizations, Providers and Community Based Organizations.  Click here to access Semesters 1, 2 & 3.

BOOTCAMP SCHEDULED FOR LONG ISLAND REGION - SAVE THE DATE
calendar-banner.jpg
VBP bootcamps are regional learning series created by the Department of Health (DOH) with a goal to equip VBP contractors and interested parties such as Managed Care Organizations, Providers, Associations and Community Based Organizations, with the knowledge necessary to implement payment reform.  Sessions are tentatively scheduled 9 am to 5 pm  in five regions across the State. The same subjects and content will be covered in every region. The Long Island bootcamp will take place on November 15, 2017, at the Long Island Marriott, 101 James Doolittle Blvd, Uniondale.  R egistration for each region will open approximately 3 weeks in advance of the session and close 1 week before the event. 

Bootcamp is free and open to all interested parties; however, space is limited.  The DOH asks to limit participants to no more than 4 per organization. The bootcamp is the 4th semester of the VBP University series.  To learn more and to participate in the VBP University, visit the DOH  website .  Questions can be sent to VBP@health.ny.gov. 
SCC WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER

Shanna Williams, MBA, PCMH-CCE, Project Manager for Practice Transformation  

Shanna Williams, MBA, PCMH-CCE, is an experienced project manager who will be working directly with Primary Care Practices to achieve NCQA PCMH Level 3 Recognition. She brings expertise in supporting performance improvement initiatives as well as facilitating multiple PCMH transformation projects to meet NYS DSRIP requirements.  Throughout her career she has developed strong relationships with primary care practices through coaching, group facilitation and developing an effective transition roadmap to address project deliverables with predefined goals and timelines. In her previous roles in practice transformation Shanna focused on improving workflows, developed practice-based policies and procedures, identified and aligned appropriate resources and utilized data to advise on opportunities for improvement. Shanna has a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and a MBA in Healthcare Management from Saint Joseph's College and is credentialed in practice transformation (PCMH-CCE). She is excited to work collaboratively as an effective team member, engaging in strategic planning for PCMH 2017 Redesign and Sustainability and the Advanced Primary Care Model. 
ACHIEVING COMMUNITY INTEGRATION WEBINAR

On behalf of the Department of Health, Public Consulting Group will be conducting a training session for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provider staff on "Achieving Community Integration." This training will include an overview of the foundational beliefs of person-centeredness, staff roles in person-centered thinking and planning, balancing what's "important to" and "important for" recipients and the LifeCourse framework. 

DATE/TIME:                           October 19, 2017, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
INTENDED AUDIENCE:        HCBS Provider Staff (all levels)
TRAINING:                             RSVP HERE

This webinar will be recorded and made available to be used as a resource. 
ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE TRAINING
 
On behalf of the Department of Health (DOH), Public Consulting Group will be conducting a training session for  Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provider executive-level staff on "Creating a Shift in Organizational Culture". Included will be an overview of HCBS Final Rule, its intersection with other regulations, person-centered planning and a discussion on achieving individual and systemic change within your organization. This training will be held in-person in Albany and New York City.   These sessions are now closed, however, the DOH will make the recorded sessions available on their website in the future.  
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEDICAID DRUG CAP
A second set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the Medicaid Drug Cap have been posted to the Department of Health (DOH) website.   If you have additional questions, please send them via email to MADrugCap@health.ny.gov. Additional FAQ documents will be updated as new questions are submitted.

CHILDREN'S MEDICAID SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION 
On September 29, 2017, the NYS DOH and its State Agency partners hosted a webinar on the Children's Medicaid System Transformation Draft Transition Plan and Stakeholder Feedback. Slides from that webinar are available by clicking here

Another Children's Medicaid Transformation webinar was held on October 11, 2017.  Slides from that webinar can be found here.  

THE ONE-CLICK HEALTHCARE CHALLENGE
New York State Medicaid Director, Jason Helgerson, has released a new blog for England's National Health Service Confederation (NHSC). The blog, titled "The One-Click Healthcare Challenge" highlights the opportunity to use new technology to offer more choices and greater convenience to patients. The blog also explains how leveraging current technology in other sectors such as the retail space, could radically improve quality, lower cost and improve patient satisfaction by offering care that is effective and convenient by making it available with 'one click'.   To read the full blog, click here.
Job woman showing hiring sign. Young smiling Caucasian   Asian businesswoman isolated on white background.
SCC CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The SCC is pleased to invite qualified career seekers to apply for open positions. All job descriptions for current opportunities are posted here.
  
Current job openings:
  1. Care Manager
  2. Social Worker
  3. Community Health Associate
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.