October 18, 2016
(left to right) Diane Zambori, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, LNHA, FACHE, Associate Executive Director, Eastern Region, Quality Management Initiatives, Northwell Health; Ralph Thomas, MHA, Project Manager, Care Transitions, Suffolk Care Collaborative; Patricia Bomba, M.D., M.A.C.P, Vice President & Medical Director, Geriatrics, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield & MedAmerica Insurance Company, Chair, MOLST Statewide Implementation Team & eMOLST Program Director, & Chair, National Healthcare Decisions Day NYS Coalition; Jennifer Kennedy, RN, BSN, MS, Director, Care Transition Innovation, Suffolk Care Collaborative.
Photo Credit:  Carolyn Kazdan
Suffolk Care Collaborative hosted a Learning Collaborative for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Hospitals participating in the DSRIP Projects 2bvii and 2biv on October 11, 2016. An interactive workshop entitled Having the Conversation by Palliative Care expert Patricia A. Bomba, M.D., F.A.C.P. covered Advance Care Planning. Goals of the interactive workshop included increasing the knowledge of partners on how to engage patients and families in meaningful discussions about goals for care, and how to communicate patient goals with interdisciplinary teams. Dr. Bomba is partnering with IPRO on a CMS Special Innovation Award to Transform End Of Life Care in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The goals of the Special Innovation Project (SIP) are to provide education to Medicare beneficiaries on the importance of Advance Care Planning, MOLST and eMOLST implementation.
Patricia Bomba, M.D., M.A.C.P is the Vice President & Medical Director, Geriatrics, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield & MedAmerica Insurance Company; Chair, MOLST Statewide Implementation Team & eMOLST Program Director & Chair, National Healthcare Decisions Day NYS Coalition.  Dr. Bomba is the author of several articles on issues related to palliative care, elder abuse and end-of-life concerns. She authors a bimonthly electronic newsletter dedicated to raising awareness of elder abuse and palliative care that can be found at the link www.medamericaltc.com/elder-abuse-prevention .
Patricia A. Bomba, MD, FACP during Interactive Workshop
Photo Credit: Carolyn Kazdan
Dr. Bomba is New York State's representative on the National POLST Paradigm Task Force, a multistate collaborative. In addition to serving as a New York State Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, she served as a member of the Review Committee of the National Quality Forum's "Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Care Quality" project, chairs the BlueCross and BlueShield Association National Medical Management Forum and is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York Ethics Committee.
For more information about New York's MOLST Updates, please navigate to www.compassionandsupport.org and www.atlanticquality.org. For more information on the IPRO project and trainings that are available for your facility and your community, please contact Carolyn Kazdan, MHA, NHA, IPRO Quality Improvement Specialist at carolyn.kazdan@area-l.hcgis.org or (518) 320-3590.
Susan Jayson, Director, Behavioral Health Integration at the Suffolk Care Collaborative Joins Panel Discussions
SCC Participates in The Social Determinants of Mental Health Panel Discussion
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 during National Mental Health Awareness Week the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (AMHW) along with the Suffolk Care Collaborative (PPS) hosted an instructive and didactic workshop on The Social Determinants of Mental Health. Dr. Ruth Shim, the Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development and the Chief of Outpatient Psychiatry Services at Lenox Hill Hospital presented an in-depth look at how significant the Social Determinants of Health are in helping to promote population health in our country. After her presentation a panel consisting of four experts in the field presented how their work is furthering these efforts, and answered questions about each of their initiatives throughout the state. Susan Jayson, LCSW, the Director of Behavioral Health Integration at the SCC sat on the panel and presented all of the work that SCC has done to further the integration of primary care and behavioral health. Susan, along with the other panelists, brought to the forefront the resounding evidence of mental health inequities in the United States as well as many solutions that are being addressed through enhanced clinical efforts, education and policy. This event truly brought into focus the tremendous efforts the professionals in Suffolk County are putting forth in order to help meet the Triple Aim of healthcare reform.
 SCC Welcomes Anne Barrett, Director for Communications &  Workforce Transformation!
As our Director for Communications and Workforce Transformation, Anne will be responsible for managing a comprehensive Workforce and Communication Strategy and Plan. This will include PPS wide tracking and reporting of human resource impacts as well as needs in job creation, retraining, redeployment and all project management elements of the SCC Workforce Strategy.  She will also maintain and enhance all SCC internal and external marketing and communication strategies for DSRIP in support of its vision, goals and objectives as well as branding for the SCC.
A seasoned human resources professional, Anne has spent the past 13 years as part of the senior leadership team for Northwell's Southside Hospital where she effectively partnered with key stakeholders throughout the System to facilitate change and support culture initiatives.  Her strengths include strategic HR planning, relationship and team building, partner engagement, leadership development and coaching, performance management and communications. 
On September 16, 2016, the Department of Health hosted a webinar for PPS & Awardees for an update on processes and timelines associated with the capital grants made available through the CRFP.  A Q&A document has been generated to address questions collected during the webinar.  The webinar and the Q&A document are available on the DSRIP website, click here.   Any questions directly related to the CRFP grants may be directed to CRFPgrants@health.ny.gov.
On Friday October 7, 2016, the DSRIP Project Approval and Oversight Panel (PAOP) was briefed by the Department and Public Consulting Group (PCG) on the DSRIP mid-point assessment process, PPS progress, and the regulatory waiver progress. The DSRIP website has been updated to include the presentations delivered to the PAOP.
The presentations may be viewed by clicking here. A recording of the meeting can be found here.
The final DY2 Q1 AV Scorecard will be posted to the DSRIP website on October 17, 2016 after appeals from the adjudicated quarterly reports have been completed.
The reports for each PPS can be accessed through the PPS section of the DSRIP website, click here
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The SCC is pleased to invite qualified career seekers to apply for open positions. Whenever new opportunities become available, they will be posted here.
Current job openings:
  1. Director, Clinical Programs Innovation
  2. Project Manager: PCMH Practice Facilitation 
  3. Care Manager
  4. Social Worker


For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.