September 18, 2017
YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN THE SCC FOR THE SEPTEMBER 
PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING

SUPPORTING DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT:  TECHNIQUES TO INTEGRATE INTO EVERYDAY PRACTICE

We are pleased to present this quarter's topics and keynote speakers:

THE "SPIRIT" OF MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING:  BEST PRACTICES TO SUPPORT SELF-MANAGEMENT
Damara Gutnick, MD, Medical Director, Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative (MHVC)

THE NYS SMOKERS' QUITLINE:  MOTIVATING TOBACCO USERS TO BECOME AND STAY TOBACCO FREE
Patricia Bax, RN, MS, TTS, CC, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the New York State Smokers' Quitline and Rosewell Park Cessation Services

USING EDUCATION TO EMPOWER PATIENTS TO MANAGE CHRONIC DISEASES
Jessica Schreck, RD, CDN, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Leslie Vicale, MPH, Project Manager, Clinical Improvement Strategy, SCC

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Registration 8:30 am
Program 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Long Island
1717 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER.


SCC's MEDICAL RECORD ABSTRACTION PROCESS

The SCC Partner Medical Record Abstraction process will begin September 18, 2017. Partners selected for this review will be notified and contacted by the NYS Department of Health (DOH) medical record review vendor, MedReview Inc., to begin scheduling appointments for record collection services. The medical record abstraction process applies to measures such as screening for clinical depression and follow-up, controlling high blood pressure and comprehensive diabetes care. The results from the reviews determine our final performance which is linked to funds flow payment to the PPS. 

The SCC will be co-hosting a webinar for our partners to provide further details on the medical record abstraction process and addressing the documentation needed to meet the metric requirements.  An invitation to this webinar will be sent to partners selected by the DOH for the review.

Please direct any questions or concerns you may have regarding the abstraction process to:

Kelly Tamburello, RHIT, CHDA
Administrative Manager, Performance Reporting & Management
Email: Kelly.Tamburello@stonybrookmedicine.edu
Phone: (631) 638-1777 
TREATING TOBACCO DEPENDENCE TRAINING PROGRAM
 
The SCC and Suffolk County Department of Health Services are  offering a one-day Train the Trainer program for those that treat tobacco dependent individuals.

WHEN:     October 13, 2017, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
WHERE:  1393 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge

Registration is required, deadline September 29.  Limited seating. Click  here for registration form.  Contact Wanda Ortiz at Wanda.Ortiz@suffolkcountyny.gov with any questions.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY AND HEALTH LITERACY MASTER TRAINING PROGRAM
 
Join the SCC in the next Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Master Training (TTT) Program, an interactive program in which participants will have a hands on learning experience to build better communities. 

WHEN:     Thursday, October 5, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
WHERE:   1393 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge

Applications are now being accepted online through Tuesday, September 19 . This is a required application process.  Please note, completing this application does not confirm attendance to this program. 
TO APPLY, CLICK HERE.
SEPTEMBER IS SEPSIS AWARENESS MONTH

Every 2 minutes someone dies from sepsis in the U.S. - that's more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.
 
This Sepsis Awareness Month, join Sepsis Alliance in raising awareness and saving lives from sepsis.  Sepsis is treatable, especially with early recognition and care. You can help by learning the signs and symptoms of sepsis and taking action in your community to spread the word.

Click here for the Sepsis  Fact Sheet.  Visit the Sepsis Alliance website for more information and toolkits.
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
September through November, 1 to 2 pm
Sponsored by The Diabetes Wellness Program at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center
Join this self-management education to make proactive, permanent and positive lifestyle changes tailored to specific needs. Registration is required.
Contact Maria Curcio, CDE, RDN, 631-687-4188; mcurcio@bmhmc.org.  Find flyer here.

HIV/AIDS & SUBSTANCE ABUSE TRAINING FOR TREATMENT PROFESSIONALS 
Wednesday, September 27, 9 am - 5 pm
This FREE training will be conducted by Long Island Association for Aids Care (LIAAC)  
6 re-credentialing Credit Hours available.  Call 631-385-2451 to  RSVP by September 22. Click here for flyer and registration form.

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.
SUFFOLK INDEPENDENT LIVING ORGANIZATION'S (SILO) SELF-ADVOCACY CONFERENCE
October 12, 2017, 9 am to 3 pm
Ramada Plaza in Holtsville

SILO's Self-Advocacy Conference is a great opportunity to meet and network with self-advocates, educators and other Suffolk County residents.  The day will foster self-advocacy and help people on Long Island with disabilities. Keynote speakers will address the topics of disability rights, employment, transportation and benefits.   No cost to participants but seats are limited so call immediately to register, 631-880-7929.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Click here for detailed flyer.  
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 members 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 benefitted from this helpful program. Click here for the latest issue.
SHINE THE LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH
Mental Health Awareness Week - October 1 to October 7

During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Association for Mental Health and Wellness is sponsoring "Change Your Mind, Change Your Life" with Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child.

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus 
 
This is a free event but pre-registration and a ticket is required for admission.  Click here for more information and registration.  For sponsorship opportunities, contact Mayra Spruill at 631-471-7242 ext.1305 or mspruill@mhaw.org.
OCTOBER HEALTH & WELLNESS OBSERVANCES

October 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 Health Literacy Month
Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.  You can find information, tools and links on topics such as Assessing Health Literacy in Your Organization, Using Visuals to Communicate Health Information, Everyday Words for Public Health Communication and Culture and Health Literacy at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website.  The CDC website also provides timely information about their and other organizations' work to improve health literacy.    

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Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early.  Use this month as an  opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.

Here are just a few ideas that healthcare providers can do:  
  • Speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
  • Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
Click here for more information to help raise awareness about breast cancer.  
ALL THINGS VBP - VALUE BASED PAYMENT UPDATES

VBP UNIVERSITY - SEMESTER 2 LAUNCHED
VBP University is an online, educational resource created by NYS Department of Health 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 2 is designed to educate users on specific, important topic areas in the move to VBP. Topic areas include governance, stakeholder engagement, business strategy, finance and data. The curriculum for semester 2 includes videos on each of the topics as well as detailed guidance documents targeted towards Primary Care Physicians, Behavioral Health Providers and Community Based Organizations.  


DATE OF RELEASE AREA OF STUDY
Semester One
Released in July 2017 Background and foundational information on VBP
Semester Two
Released in August  Topic specific information such as governance, business strategy, stakeholder engagement, finance, and data
Semester Three
September 2017 VBP Contracting
Semester Four
Regionally October & November 2017 VBP Bootcamps

To view semesters one and two of the VBP University, click here .  

BOOTCAMP SCHEDULED FOR LONG ISLAND REGION
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.  The bootcamps will consist of breakout sessions and workshops on the following subjects:
  • VBP Financing
  • VBP Contracting 
  • VBP and the Social Determinants of Health/Community Based Organizations
  • VBP Quality Measures
  • VBP for Managed Long Term Care
Registration for each region will open approximately 3 weeks in advance of the session and close 1 week before the event. The registration link will be sent out to this listserv when it becomes available. 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. 

VBP SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH WEBINAR AND MATERIALS
On August 25 the DOH held a webinar on VBP Social Determinants of Health (SDH) and Community Based Organizations (CBO).  Materials from the webinar have now been posted to the VBP resource library and include:   PDF copy of the webinar deck, the live recorded video of the webinar, the Empire Supportive Housing Intervention Video, God's Love We Deliver Intervention Video and the Social Determinants of Health Intervention Template. SDH/CBO related feedback or ideas can be sent to MRTSupportiveHousing@health.ny.gov. Contracts and contracting related questions to be submitted to: contract@health.ny.gov.
SCC WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER

Sara Azizi, MHA, Program Coordinator for Care Transitions

Sara Azizi, MHA, has joined the Care Transitions Program Management Team.  Sara will primarily be responsible for DSRIP Project 2bvii: Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfer Program.  She will be engaging and working with our 38 participating skilled nursing facilities and 11 hospitals in the care transitions program. In addition, she will be coordinating special projects in support of our efforts to further our care transitions program goals - to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations throughout Suffolk County.
 
Sara joins us from Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation as a Program Coordinator for the Willing Hearts, Helpful Hands Program. Responsibilities involved managing all aspects of the grant program including daily operations, recruitment, screening, training development and payroll. Sara also collected and analyzed data to monitor program progress against project goals. She optimized outreach activities of the program through the development of program literature, press kits and community presentations. Sara also proactively implemented innovative strategies for recruitment of program participants and volunteers, which resulted in an increase in retention rates. Sara is a graduate of the Hofstra University Masters of Health Administration Program as well as an undergraduate of the CUNY Baruch College where she majored in Psychology. 
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHILDREN'S MEDICAID SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION REFRESHER
The NYS Department of Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Children and Family Services, Office of Mental Health and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will be hosting a joint webinar presentation on Monday, September  18 from 1:00 - 2:30pm  which will focus on the Medicaid Children's System Transformation. The presentation will provide a refresher course on the key elements of the children's transformation including timeframes, expansion of services, transition to Medicaid Managed Care and important readiness activities providers should be engaged in now.  Health Home leadership, Care Management Agencies, current 1915(c) Waiver providers, applicants for expanded services and all interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend. 


POST-ACUTE CARE MANAGEMENT MODELS WORKGROUP MEETING
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is undertaking a comprehensive Regulatory Modernization Initiative with the goal of streamlining and updating existing policies and regulations across a range of areas to best meet the needs of payers, providers and consumers in the years ahead.  

The DOH has convened a series of Policy Development Workgroup meetings to get input from a broad range of interested parties that will help inform potential policy and regulatory changes.  These meetings will be open to the public via webcast. Webcasts are viewable on the day of the event here.  The next meeting  of the Regulatory Modernization Initiative Post-Acute Care Management Models Workgroup will be Monday, September 18, 2017, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, Room #2, New York City.   Please RSVP at RegulatoryModernization@health.ny.gov with Post-Acute Care in the subject line.

MANAGED LONG TERM CARE (MLTC) CLINICAL ADVISORY GROUP REPORT
NYS Department of Health has  announced the posting of the Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Clinical Advisory Group Report Draft for 2017 for public comment. The draft report is available in the VBP MLTC folder of the Value Based Payment Resource Library.  Please submit comments and questions on the draft to  mltcvbp@health.ny.gov by September 25, 2017.
 
CHILDREN'S CLINICAL ADVISORY GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS
NYS Department of Health (DOH) has posted the Children's Clinical Advisory Group Recommendations for public comment.  The draft report is available on the DOH website.  
Comments and questions on the recommendations can be sent to vbp@health.ny.gov by September 25, 2017.
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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. Director, Strategic Operations
  2. Care Manager
  3. Social Worker
  4. Community Health Associate
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.