April 21, 2017
On March 21, 2017, the SCC held its first Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting of the year.  Over 250 members attended the meeting to hear updates on DSRIP program progress and performance.  Each meeting the SCC invites speakers to present on important topics and provide pertinent updates to DSRIP and Population Health related initiatives.  At the meeting, Val Gray, Executive Director for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), gave an in-depth presentation on the "State of the SHIN-NY Strategic Planning Update."  Her update consisted of SCC project milestones that included SHIN-NY requirements, progress of statewide adoption and utilization, as well as the strategy and timelines and proposed long-term objectives for SHIN-NY and NYeC.
The day's agenda also included Alan Cooper, Ph.D., MBA, the founder and President of the Tudor Advisory Group.  His presentation "Lean Applications to Improve Health Care Delivery Systems," provided an overview of Lean principles and process, as well as Lean's practical application in health care.  Lean is an ever-evolving philosophy based on proven principles and practices aimed at the elimination of waste, employing practices that will improve an organization through an evidence-based methodology.  Objectives of Lean include:  null
  • Creating a more defect-free product or service
  • Reducing/Eliminating waste and increasing efficiency
  • Increasing patient and employee satisfaction
  • Reducing costs
  • Increasing patient safety
  • Enhancing leadership and communication skills
Joseph Lamantia, SCC Chief of Operations, invited SCC partners to apply to participate in a Lean project at their organization.  Projects chosen will be directly aligned with DSRIP initiatives and target metrics/outcomes improvement, eliminate waste and/or address workflow improvements.  SCC Leadership will review all applications and notify those organizations awarded participation.
If you are a SCC partner and would like to participate in a performance improvement Lean Project, complete and return the Lean Nomination form found here

At the PAC meeting, SCC announced the launch of their new Community Engagement Webpage and had team members on hand to demonstrate it's user-friendly resources dedicated to Suffolk County communities, consumers, caregivers, families, providers and care coordinators/care managers/navigators.  Visit our community webpage by following this link and click below for the PAC meeting materials and presentations.    

The Project Advisory Committee's (PAC) mission is to promote collaboration and support the goals, strategies and initiatives among the SCC partners with respect to improving the health status of Medicaid and uninsured communities in Suffolk County.

April is National Minority Health Month - a time to raise awareness on issues impacting health disparities and health equity in America.  The theme for 2017, Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done across the nation to help achieve health equity. Throughout the month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) will highlight partner initiatives in communities that address the indirect conditions that affect health, also known as social determinants of health.  Addressing the social determinants of health strengthens the foundation of better health.

Join the conversation and spread the word by sharing information available on the HHS OMH website.  You can stay on top of latest National Minority Health Month events by signing up for OMH email updates or log on to Twitter .
5 Week Smoking Cessation Program Offered at Southside Hospital 

The Northwell Health's Center for Tobacco Control will be conducting a five-week smoking cessation program at Southside Hospital.  Practical counseling, relapse prevention strategies, cessation medications and support will be provided by nurses and nurse practitioners for a nominal fee.  

The program starts April 25 at 5 pm at Southside Hospital, 301 East Main Street, Bay Shore.  To register or for more information call 516-466-1980. 
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Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

Joins the FORCE 
Against Lung Cancer with American Lung Association
Raise awareness for lung health & funds to fight lung cancer. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017, Lung Force Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge beginning at 9:30 am, Pier 16, South Street Seaport
To join the Asthma Coalition of Long Island's team click here to register.

May is Asthma Awareness Month.  The Asthma Coalition of Long Island can help you plan your own Asthma Awareness Month event by providing educational materials, teaching tools, and fun games and supplies.  Request an Asthma Awareness Month Kit here.  

Presented by Margaret J. Hofacker, BSN, RN, CDE, of Mather Endocrinology.  Classes include Introduction to Diabetes, Physical Activity and Exercise, Monitoring, Oral Medications & Injectable Medications, Healthy Eating and many more.  For the full list and class schedule, click here or call 631-686-2551.

Please visit our Community Engagement page  for an entire list of upcoming events and resources.
In Honor of Minority Health Month

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, Suffolk County Community College in Collaboration with Suffolk County Department of Health Services' Office of Minority Health will be hosting Suffolk County's Fifth Gospel Health Fest.  Doors ope n at 2:45 pm.  Refreshments will be served.

This event is FREE and features first-rate, inspirational local Gospel groups, dance companies and health information, featured will be Christian Cultural Center Choir, First Baptist Church of Bay Shore Mass Choir and United in Christ (of Open Door Church, N. Bellport) and more.  

Gospel Fest is sponsored by HRHCare Community Health, Suffolk County Community College, Healthfirst and Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc.   Seating is limited so be sure to register here .  For questions, please call 631-854-0378. 

The NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) announced the expansion of the Fully Integrated
Duals Advantage (FIDA) Demonstration to Suffolk and Westchester Counties.  Eligible individuals can enroll now through NY Medicaid Choice.
The FIDA Demonstration was originally approved to run January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2017.  In November, it was extended through December 2019.  NYSDOH and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are committed to delivering maximum integration of care to dual eligibles to help ensure all medically necessary services are provided, care in the community is promoted, and avoidable hospitalizations and nursing facility stays are reduced. 
FIDA fully integrates Medicare and Medicaid benefits in a way not previously available in New York State. Although the second demonstration year is approaching the end, the NYSDOH is still early on in terms of understanding the impact of FIDA, particularly following the updates made last winter.  Many success stories have been reported on  how FIDA has improved the lives of its participants, but the first round of preliminary data from the independent evaluation is still likely at least six months away.  The two-year extension allows more time to assess the positive impact of FIDA on quality and cost of care.
Free health screenings sponsored by Catholic Health Services

Catholic Health Service's Healthy Sundays provides preventive health screenings and education to members of medically underserved communities on Long Island. Partnering with churches and community centers across Nassau and Suffolk, the initiative continues to grow, offering the expertise of hundreds of Catholic Health Services volunteers.

Healthy Sundays addresses prevalent medical conditions-such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension- to improve quality of life while decreasing morbidity and mortality. Free blood pressure and body mass index screenings, as well as flu shots, are administered throughout the year. Educational seminars are given in Spanish or English.  Here are some of the upcoming FREE health screenings, which also include health education material, refreshments and children's activities.
Sunday April 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Anne's R. C. Church, 88 Second Avenue, Brentwood (lower level)
Sunday, April 23, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Church of St. Rosalie, 31 Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
Sunday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Miraculous Medal R. C. Church (main hall), 1434 Straight Path, Wyandanch
For more information, visit CHS's website or call: 516-705-2595

Nitin Singh, PMP, Project Manager for Practice Facilitation
Nitin is a Project Management Professional who has considerable experience in managing large capital Healthcare and Capital delivery projects. He is joining us from the Northwell Health System, where he was working on several DSRIP Project Management initiatives supporting multiple Performing Provider Systems (PPS).  Additionally, Nitin worked closely with the PCMH team members during his employment with Northwell.  Prior to his work at Northwell Health, he gained experience in supporting the following areas: Resource and Supply Chain Management, Client Relations, and Program Management. He graduated from the Manhattan College, with B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. In his current role, he is looking to add significant value in assisting primary care practices in working towards Practice Transformation initiatives. 

DSRIP Year 3 began on April 1, 2017. There has been great work done so far by all 25 Performing Provider Systems (PPS), but there is still more to do in order to achieve DSRIP goals. The year ahead is an extremely important one for PPS, as DSRIP is now shifting from pay for reporting to performance accountability. DSRIP year 3 is a pivotal turning point in the program and Jason Helgerson and the DOH is optimistic that we will successfully transform the state's health care system, bend the Medicaid cost curve and ensure access to quality care for all Medicaid members.   The DSRIP year 3 timeline is now available on the DOH website.

CNYCC PPS Helps Establish Emergency Department Navigation Program in Local Hospitals 
The Central New York Care Collaborative (CNYCC) has worked closely with 11 local hospitals across the Central New York region to support the efforts of the Emergency Department Care Triage project. ED Care Triage is designed to reduce unnecessary use of emergency services, by helping patients connect with providers, such as primary care or community based organizations, who can offer non-emergency health, behavioral health, and social support services.  Click here to read more.  

The Value Based Payment (VBP) Patient Confidentiality Workgroup Recommendations Report has been finalized and posted to the VBP website for public review and can be viewed by clicking here.  The public comment period will remain open until May 5, 2017.  During this period, comments can be sent to dsrip@health.ny.gov.  

The Department of Health has released  a new report titled "Performing Provider Systems (PPS) Job Title Vacancy Rate Snapshots, Demonstration Year 1 (DY1)" to give a high-level overview of job title vacancy rates as reported in the PPS Compensation and Benefits Survey Reports for the 22 job titles considered to be most involved in health care transformation.  The information in the report can be used to inform DSRIP workforce trends, regional patterns and shortages by job title and/or region. 
This report and other workforce related documents can now be found on the new Workforce Documents and Reports webpage on the DSRIP website.   Any questions on the report can be sent to DSRIP@health.ny.gov .

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the New York State Department of Health (DOH), Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP) is seeking competitive proposals from vendors with experience designing research projects, conducting focus groups and testing consumer education messages.   Per the Special Terms and Conditions (STC) of the 1115 Waiver negotiated with CMS, one of the requirements states:
"The state will conduct a statewide consumer education campaign through a competitively selected contractor with a proven track record in conducting large public education campaigns. The consumer education campaign will focus on development of educational materials and marketing efforts to help educate Medicaid and uninsured members about the benefits of the DSRIP program and the services available through local Performing Providers Systems. Campaign materials will be developed in multiple languages."
To accomplish this goal of the RFP the Contractor will need to conduct research and focus groups with Medicaid members and stakeholders, field test consumer educational campaign messages and develop recommendations to be used in launching the Consumer Education Campaign. This campaign, to be conducted by the DOH Public Affairs Group, will educate and inform NYS Medicaid members, the uninsured, and other stakeholders about how the DSRIP program is changing the health delivery system in New York, and its benefits. The campaign will also explain how the DSRIP projects and provisions will impact patient engagement and help improve how patients get health care, ensuring that Medicaid members understand how the NYS Medicaid program is changing and how their own engagement with the health care system may be impacted. The anticipated contract term is 11/1/2017 through 4/30/2019.  Due date for bids is 6/9/17 at 3:00 pm ET.  The full RFP can be viewed here.   Questions must be submitted to OHIPContracts@health.ny.gov by 4/20/2017 by 3:00 pm ET.
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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. Director, Care Transition Innovation
  2. Director, Care Management
  3. Compliance Officer 
  4. Care Manager
  5. Data Visualization Analyst
  6. Social Worker
  7. Community Health Associate
  8. Data Acquisition Specialist
  9. Population Health Platform Training and Support Specialist
  10. Project Manager, Community Health Initiative
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.