November 27, 2017

YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN SCC'S PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING
DECEMBER 8, 2017

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

HIGHLIGHTING SCC'S COMMUNITY HEALTH ACTIVATION PROGRAM (CHAP)
Amanda Chirco, M.Ed, Project Manager, Community Health Initiatives, Suffolk Care Collaborative

APPROACHES AND STRATEGIES OPERATIONALIZED BY COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION PARTNERS
The 3 founding CBO partners of SCC's CHAP will each provide an overview of how CHAP has been implemented within their organizations. 

Presented by:  

Tara Fredericks, Director of Special Projects and Janet Farfan, Community Outreach/Health Coach 
Association for Mental Health and Wellness

Adrian Fassett, CEO/President; Anne Stewart, Director of Programs, and 
Halim Kaygisiz, Director of Health Outreach Services
Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk

Roberta Leiner, Chief of Patient and Community Engagement and Trevor Cross, Community Liaison
HRHCare

LEAN PROJECT UPDATES
Alan Cooper, Ph.D, MBA, Founder and President of the Tudor Advisory Group

MAX-NY AND THE SCC: TOGETHER BUILDING PATHWAYS TO BETTER HEALTH
Susan Jayson, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health Integration, Suffolk Care Collaborative

Friday, December 8, 2017
Registration and breakfast 8:30 am
Program 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Hyatt Regency Long Island
1717 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER


HEALTH LITERACY TRAINING FOR FRONTLINE STAFF



SCC will be co-hosting with the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC) a half-day health literacy training opportunity for frontline primary care, hospital, continuing care, community and faith based organization staff and managers.  

When:                       Thursday, December 14, 2017
                                  Registration and lunch starts at 12:30 pm
                                  Training 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Where:                      Suffolk Care Collaborative
                                  1393 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge

The session is designed to provide frontline staff with baseline information about health literacy and to support organizations in their efforts to engage frontline staff in their health literacy initiatives. The curriculum includes training on the definition of health literacy and the introduction of basic health literacy concepts; a discussion on the importance of addressing health literacy for patients who are aged, have chronic diseases or have special communications assistance needs.  Staff participation can also assist members with meeting Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program Health Literacy training expectations.

Recommended participants include: Nurses, registration and admitting staff, medical assistants, social workers, care managers, patient experience staff, health education, discharge planning, dieticians, pharmacists, community health workers, Public Affairs and others who interact with patients.

Hospital employees are encouraged to register directly on the GNYHA website here .   If you are not a hospital employee, you may register here   If you have questions about registration, please contact Elizabeth Wilson at ewilson@gnyha.org.
KEEPING FAMILIES HEALTHY PROGRAM
Featured Guests on WLNY-TV, Channel 10

On November 18, 2017, Stony Brook Children's Hospital's Keeping Families Healthy Program was featured on the television show "Live with Donna Drake" on WLNY-TV, Channel 10.  Click here to watch Director Susmita Pati, MD, MPH; Program Supervisor, Giuseppina Caravella, MPH, CHES; and Community Health Worker, Jocelyn Kuan discuss how Keeping Families Healthy (KFH) brings health support and education to families through home visits.  To learn more about SCC and Stony Brook Children's Asthma Self-Management Program partnership, visit SCC's website here
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

LEARN TO BE... TOBACCO FREE 
Sponsored by Suffolk County Department of Health
Program starts on Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6 pm, at
Elsie Owens HRHCare Health Center
82 Middle Country Road, Coram.  
To register or for more information contact Debora at 631-853-2928.

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
Free 16 week program on diabetes prevention, specifically for people who are at risk for developing diabetes, conducted by Suffolk County Department of Health and HRHCare.  Program meets on Wednesdays starting  November 29, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm at HRHCare Health Center, 300 Center Drive, Riverhead.
Call Janis Hurley at 631-853-3187 to register.  See flyer for details.  

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.
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
January and March 2018 Classes Planned

Weekly classes start January 9, 2017, 9:30 - 11:30 am, at Stony Brook Hospital.   Class topics include:
  • Introduction to Diabetes and Complications
  • Monitoring, Medications and Problem-Solving
  • Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
  • Healthy Coping and Reaching Goals
Provider referrals are required.  Referral instructions and forms can be found here.  Medicaid patients can use their Medicaid transportation to attend these classes.  

Details about the program can be found on the brochure and flyer for the January classes. March classes are already planned and will take place during evening hours; click here for dates and details.    
DECEMBER HEALTH & WELLNESS OBSERVANCE

December provides an opportunity to promote  health and wellness by communicating and educating the community about flu prevention.  

National Influenza Vaccination Week - December 3-9, 2017
It's not too late to get vaccinated!  F lu vaccination coverage estimates from past seasons have shown that few people get vaccinated against influenza after the end of November.

Last season only about 40% of the US population recommended to get a flu vaccine reported having been vaccinated by the end of November.  The Center for Disease Control ( CDC) and its partners choose December to remind people that even though the holiday season has begun, it is not too late to get a flu vaccine.   As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against the flu.  

Click here for more information on the CDC's National Influenza Campaign.  For flyers and posters in English and Spanish to help you and your staff promote the importance of getting the influenza vaccine, click  here.
DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM MASTER TRAINING
Become a National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach

This two-day training opportunity, co-sponsored by Suffolk County Health Department (SCDOH) and Suffolk Care Collaborative,  will enable Lifestyle Coaches to:
  • Describe the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study 
  • Utilize several coaching techniques
  • Discuss the benefits of being active
  • Prepare an Action Plan
  • Deliver National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle change program
Training will take place  December 14 and 15, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
SCDOH, Office of Health Education, Training Room, Bldg. C016
725 Veterans Highway, Hauppauge, NY

Lunch provided by Suffolk Care Collaborative 
Contact Debora Ripple to register - 631-853-2928, Debora.Rippel@suffolkcountyny.gov
Additional information can be found on flyer.

Registration Deadline:  December 1, 2017
WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF BEHAVIORAL Hand writing Webinar with white marker on transparent wipe board. HEALTH PROVIDERS WEBINAR

SAMSHA-HRSA Center for Integrated Solutions will be conducting a webinar, November 28, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, on Recruitment and Retention of Behavioral Health Providers.  Participants will learn tips and practical tools to better understand and address the key factors in identifying and retaining key behavioral health positions in integrated care settings. The webinar will also address topics including core competencies for practicing within an integrated team, selecting professions that are the right fit for relevant populations and integrated environments, the marketing of behavioral health positions, matching position duties to provider type and credentials and avoiding staff burnout.  Register here for this free webinar.  
SCC WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER

William Bishop, MHA, Director, Chronic Disease Innovation

Bill joins us after most recently working with AgeWell New York as the Assistant Director for Institutional Special Needs Plan Operations.  Prior to that he had acquired experience in hospital administration as an Assistant Director at Coney Island Hospital overseeing operations of the Surgical Services and Dentistry Departments. Bill's experience also includes work in long term care as a per diem Administrator on Duty with Parker Jewish Institute as well as work in provider relations and insurance services positions with multiple managed care organizations.  Bill brings to his role with the SCC a robust background and experience in Clinical Quality and Improvement, engaging with front line providers and teams.  He will be working closely with the team supporting the Chronic Disease Programs including asthma, cardiovascular and diabetes.  

Laurie Blom, BSN, MBA, Director, Care Transition Innovation

Laurie most recently worked with Catholic Health Services Physician Partners as Director for Population Health.  Prior to that she served as Director of the Clinical Call Center which consisted of Transition of Care Management and Telephonic Triage Nursing for Northwell Health Solutions.  Laurie brings to her role with the SCC a robust background and experience in Quality Management and Education and a passion for transitions of care.  She will be working closely with the Care Transitions team in support of the Transition of Care and INTERACT Programs.  
ALL THINGS VBP - VALUE BASED PAYMENT UPDATES

2018 VBP QUALITY MEASURE SETS
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has announced the release of the 2018 Value Based Payment (VBP) Quality Measure Sets for the Total Care for the General Population (TCGP), Integrated Primary Care (IPC), Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) Subpopulation, HIV/AIDs Subpopulation, Maternity Care and Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Arrangements. 

These documents provide the listing of measures for the 2018 VBP contracting year including all Category 1 and Category 2 measures included in each Arrangement.   The document can be found on the VBP Resource Library under the VBP Quality Measures tab; MY 2018 Quality Measure Sets.   All questions can be sent to the NYS DOH at vbp@health.ny.gov.

2018 VBP REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS MANUAL
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has released the 2018 Value Based Payment (VBP) Reporting Requirements Technical Specifications Manual. The purpose of this document is to make stakeholders aware of the quality measure reporting requirements for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) participating in the New York State Medicaid VBP program. The contents of this document include an overview of the specific reporting requirements for Category 1 measures for each VBP arrangement, a description of the changes to the measure sets from Measurement Year 2017 to 2018 and detailed instructions regarding additional file specifications required for the VBP program.

The document can be found on the VBP Resource Library under the VBP Quality Measures tab; MY 2017 Report Guidance.   All questions can be sent to the NYS DOH at vbp@health.ny.gov .
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHILDREN'S MEDICAID SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION TRANSITION PLAN  
The Final Draft Transition Plan for the Children's Medicaid System Transformation was submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 15, 2017. The Draft Final document which is subject to CMS approval, incorporates feedback received by stakeholders.  The document is available to review on the DOH website here.  
 
To assist Stakeholders in review of the document and highlight changes from the Draft Transition Plan, a webinar will be held on December 4, 2017, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM. Click here to register for this webinar.  
 
DSRIP FUNDS FLOW UPDATE  
The Department of Health announced recent reporting reflects that DSRIP Performing Provider Systems (PPS) have substantially increased the amount of funds flowed to network partners.  As of June 30, 2017, PPSs  have distributed a total of $878 Million, or 85% of all dollars earned, to various categories of downstream partners.

PPS funds distributed to network partners increased by 112% or double the amount of cumulative distributions prior to February 2017.  Click here for the Mid-Point Assessment Action Plans: PPS Progress through DY3, Q1 presentation.  Questions can be emailed to DSRIP@health.ny.gov. 

PROVIDER CONTRACT GUIDELINES - FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the NYS DOH Provider Contract Guidelines for Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Independent Practice Associations (IPAs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is available and can be found here.

MEDICAID DRUG CAP - FAQs
A third set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the Medicaid Drug Cap have been posted to the DOH website and can be accessed by clicking here.  Additional questions can be sent via email to  MADrugCap@health.ny.gov. Additional FAQ documents will be updated as new questions are submitted.
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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. Care Manager
  2. Community Health Associate
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.