August 14, 2017
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT 
PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING

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

Hyatt Regency Long Island
1717 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY

NEW LONG-TERM CARE PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT LEARNING MODULE  
Early Recognition of Infection in Long-Term Care Settings Webinar

The Suffolk Care Collaborative is pleased to introduce the first of several educational training webinars under the new Long Term Care Performance Improvement Learning Module designed in partnership with the SCC's Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) partners.
 
This new Learning Module was created in response to the SNFs' Quality Improvement & Assurance Activities and will support participating SNFs in achieving their performance improvement implementation plans. This past year, participating SNFs identified and documented over 60 areas of improvement in their Quality Improvement Action Plan including: Early Warning Signs of Sepsis/UTI, INTERACT Tools Implementation, Fall Reductions Initiatives, Advanced Care Planning/MOLST/eMOLST Initiatives and Dementia.

Please join us for an educational webinar:

Topic:                    Early Recognition of Infection in Long-Term Care Settings

When:                    Wednesday, August 30, 2017
                               10 am to 11 am

Presented by:       Nick Fitterman, MD, FACP, SFHM,
                               Vice Chair of Hospital Medicine at Northwell Health 

                                                            and

                              Jennifer Kennedy, RN, BSN, MS, CCTM
                              Chief Marketing Officer at Gurwin Jewish Nursing & 
                              Rehabilitation Center

Webinar Learning Objectives:  
  • Highlight the importance of early recognition of infection in the long-term care setting.
  • Utilize real-life examples to further understand how to recognize the onset of infection.
  • Apply the INTERACT Tools to the practice of early infection recognition.
  • Understand the definition of Sepsis and early warning signs.
  • Provide first steps for treatment after identifying sepsis.
Who Should Attend?
Recommended for SNF Directors of Nursing, Nurse Educators and Front-line Nursing staff.

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 
NEW YORK ESTABLISHES A NO-COST PILOT DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAM

Nationwide, 80% of lakes, rivers and streams now contain low levels of pharmaceuticals. Chronic exposure to low levels of medications in the environment, even expired medications, has been shown to harm the fertility of fish and other aquatic animals. Most current municipal wastewater treatment technology is ineffective in intercepting drugs when they are flushed down the toilet. Moreover, unwanted prescription drugs that remain in consumers' homes are at risk of being abused.

For these reasons, New York State is funding a one million dollar drug take-back program to encourage health care entities to provide for the safe, convenient and effective collection of unused drugs. Health care entities who sign up early can get the costs of their drug take-back programs covered for the first two years of operation.  

This article is reprinted with permission from  NYACP. The full article can be found on Nixon Peabody's  website
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS AND CHRONIC CONDITIONS TRAINING PROGRAM
Training is Free for New York State Residents

The Community Health Workers and Chronic Conditions Training Program includes five modules on the importance of self-management, reviews strategies for supporting clients in chronic disease self-management efforts and provides an overview of specific chronic conditions including high blood pressure/pre-hypertension and hypertension, pre-diabetes and asthma.  After each topic-specific module, a live webinar with a subject matter expert is scheduled to provide additional chronic disease education, share strategies for supporting care coordination and answer topic-related questions.

Click here to register.  After creating a training account, the $80 Individual Registration Fee will be adjusted to $0 during the registration process for individuals in New York.  Click Finish to receive a confirmation email from "MCD Public Health" which will contain a username and password to access the training.  Certificates of Completion are available upon completing the full program.  For more detailed information see flyer here.  
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

LONG ISLAND HEALTH COLLABORATIVE SPONSORING WALK AT BELMONT LAKE STATE PARK
August 17 at 4:30 pm
Co-sponsoring this event are LIHC's health insurer partners, Emblem Health, Fidelis Care, Healthfirst and CareConnect; all of whom have pledged their commitment to helping Long Islanders take up walking as an easy and accessible way to exercise.   There are no parking or registration fees for this event. Come rain or shine!  RSVP to this Facebook event  here . See flyer for further details.  

FREE DENTAL SCREENING FOR CHILDREN 1 - 17 YEARS OF AGE
Tuesday, August 29, 2 - 6 pm
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.  Call to schedule an appointment, 631-632-8843.
See flyer for details.

TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN 
RUN THE FARM 4 MILE CHALLENGE
August 19, 9 am; Awards Ceremony 10:30 am at Hobbs Farm in Centereach.
Register online here.  See flyer for details.




Please visit our Community Engagement page  for an entire list of upcoming events and resources.
SCC ANNOUNCES CONVENIENT WAY TO REGISTER FOR FREE BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH® WORKSHOPS

The Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC) is pleased to announce that a registration page for the Better Choices, Better Health® workshop series is live! The workshops, also known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), were developed by Stanford University. They are evidence-based programs, designed to complement and enhance medical treatment and disease management. The SCC has partnered with Community Based Organizations to provide these self-management courses for FREE to adults. The workshops consist of small groups that meet once per week for 6 weeks, 2 ½ hours per session, at convenient locations. During these workshops participants will learn techniques to deal with symptoms, set their own goals, and make a step-by-step plan, among many other topics. Referring providers can be informed of their patient's participation status.  Please visit the Better Choices, Better Health workshop registration page today to find convenient workshop locations and register! 
ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF VBP (VALUE-BASED PAYMENT) UNIVERSITY graduation_cap.jpg

New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has  announced the launch of VBP University!  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.
 
Jason Helgerson, NYS Medicaid Director, gives an overview of the program in a short video.  The curriculum consists of four semesters.  Semester one has begun and can be accessed here.  The series will conclude with VBP Bootcamps to take place in October and November, 2017, in locations throughout the state.  

Continue the conversation around VBP University on Twitter using #NYLearnsVBP. Questions can be sent to MRTUpdates@health.ny.gov.
INTEGRATED PRIMARY CARE AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKGROUP PUBLIC MEETING 

The health care landscape is fundamentally changing. Shifts in reimbursement policies are changing the way providers are paid; emerging technologies are allowing for new models of consumer-driven care and medical advances are facilitating a shift towards ambulatory models. The rapid pace of health care innovation and reform has outpaced the ability of New York State's regulatory structure to adapt, resulting in a regulatory landscape that can be out of alignment with the very transformation strategies we are pursuing.
 
To address this challenge, 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.  Throughout the remainder of this summer and into the fall, the DOH will convene 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 and viewable via webcast on the day of the event by clicking here
 
The first Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Workgroup meeting will be held on Thursday, August 17th from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm in Meeting Room 6 on the Concourse Level of the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The workshops will provide feedback to the DOH on regulatory reforms to facilitate the integration of primary care and behavioral health. Dr. John Rugge, Executive Chairman, Hudson Headwaters Network, will be leading the discussion along with Anne Monroe, Past President, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York and Jennifer Treacy, Associate Deputy Director of the Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management.
 
Those attending the Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Workgroup meeting will have the opportunity to sign up to deliver brief remarks to the Workgroup during the meeting.  The length of time that attendees will have to make remarks will be determined the day of the meeting depending upon the number of individuals who sign up to speak. Please RSVP to RegulatoryModernization@health.ny.gov  to confirm your interest in attending one or both workshops. Attendees and other interested parties are also welcome and encouraged to submit written comments either before or after the Workgroup meeting to RegulatoryModernization@health.ny.gov .
SCC WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER

Janine Muccio, MPH, Performance Management Assistant

Janine Muccio, MPH, earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Health & Society with a minor in Education from Cornell University. Janine continued her education at Boston University and graduated with a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy & Management. While completing her Master's Degree she interned at Boston Medical Center as well as the Boston Public Health Commission. In addition, she also worked at Boston Healthcare Associates, a boutique consulting firm. Following graduation, Janine returned back to New York and for over two years worked in healthcare market research.
 
Janine joins the SCC from Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center where she was a Performance Improvement Analyst. She is excited to join the SCC and continue her work in Performance Improvement.
MEDICAID MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATION CHILDREN'S TRANSFORMATION REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS FROM NEW YORK STATE

New York State's vision for transitioning the Children's Medicaid health and behavioral health services from a Fee-for-Service model to a managed care model is to improve clinical and recovery outcomes for children and youth with Behavioral Health (BH) and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) needs (e.g., medically fragile children, those having BH needs, and children with developmental disabilities in Foster Care); reduce the growth in Medicaid costs through a reduction in unnecessary emergency and inpatient care; address needs early in childhood before they escalate and become more complex and costly in adulthood; integrate the delivery and care planning of behavioral health, health services, and community supports; and increase network capacity to deliver community-based recovery-oriented services and supports.
 
With these goals in mind, New York State is pleased to release NYS Children's Health and Behavioral Health Benefit Administration: Medicaid Managed Care Organization Children's System Transformation Requirements and Standards.  T o ensure MCOs are equipped to meet the needs of the HCBS and BH population, MCOs will be reviewed and qualified against new health and BH specific administrative, performance and fiscal standards.
 
This is a statewide implementation for which MCOs will need to demonstrate that they have the experience, organizational capacity, and expertise to ensure the effective delivery of the expanded array of children's health and behavioral health services.  Visit the DOH website for all details related to this initiative.  MCOs can find more information and deadlines by clicking here.  Questions can be directed to bho@omh.ny.gov.  
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPCOMING 2017-2018 MEDICAID ACCELERATED EXCHANGE (MAX) SERIES
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) is pleased to announce the next round of the Medicaid Accelerated eXchange (MAX) Series, focusing on improving care for high utilizers and sustaining change. The MAX Series is a dynamic eight month program aligned with the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) goals, to redesign healthcare throughout our state. Through 3 full-day, highly structured and dynamic workshops, with corresponding Action Periods for implementing systemic process improvements, the MAX Series brings together frontline care providers throughout the care continuum to implement change and drive results at the local level.
 
To develop sustainability of the MAX Series, the NYS DOH added an additional component to the MAX Series: The MAX Training Program (MTP) (formerly known as Train-the-Trainer). The MTP scales the process improvement work from the MAX Series, by training participants in facilitation techniques and rapid cycle process improvement methods, while simultaneously supporting the development of a Sustainability Plan to scale and sustain healthcare redesign. This ongoing work has been coined the Medicaid Accelerated eXchange New York (MAXny) Series.
 
The NYS DOH is issuing an open call to all interested parties to begin considering:
  • Lead hospital sites to enroll in the MAX Series, who will focus on improving care for high utilizer patients through hospital-led process changes involving local networks for community-partners; and,
  • Candidates with strong leadership and organizational skills to join the MAX Training Program (MTP), to create MAXny Series knowledge professionals to scale healthcare redesign across your PPS.
*Please note that hospitals cannot have previously participated in the MAX Series, and cannot be a current site participating in the MAXny Series.
 
Enrollment for the MAX Series and MAX Training Program will take place from  August 1 through 31 . Please direct any inquiries to Lily Gilbert, MAX Series Program Manager, at  lilygilbert@kpmg.com , and Alexis Pumill, MAX Training Program Manager, at  apumill@kpmg.com .  A full overview of the MAX Series can be found here.

VALUE BASED PAYMENT - SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH WEBINAR
On Friday, August 25 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM the New York State Department of Health will be hosting a LIVE webinar outlining the Value Based Payment (VBP) Roadmap requirements related to Social Determinants of Health (SDH) and Community Based Organizations.  The purpose of this webinar is to initiate dialogue and begin collaboration between New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs, plans, providers, and other VBP stakeholders related to developing VBP SDH interventions. To register, click here.  Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation with instructions for joining the event.

FIRST 1,000 DAYS ON MEDICAID INITIATIVE
On July 20th, Medicaid Director, Jason Helgerson, announced a new focus for Medicaid Redesign in New York:  The First 1,000 Days on Medicaid initiative.  This initiative recognizes that a child's first three years are the most crucial years of their development.  

"Those first few years are so important," said Helgerson. "If we do a better job of trying to influence the lives of our youngest children, we can prevent so much cost, so much misery, so many problems in the future."
 
The First 1,000 Days on Medicaid initiative will be a collaborative effort, bringing together stakeholders in a series of four work group meetings between August and October. The work group will be charged with developing a ten point agenda to focus on enhancing access to services and improving outcomes for children on Medicaid in their first 1,000 days of life.
 
The First 1,000 Days on Medicaid work group will be chaired by the Chancellor of the State University of New York, Nancy Zimpher, a national leader in educational issues and cross-system collaboration.  Vice chairs will be Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and Jeffrey Kaczorowski, MD, Senior Advisor, The Children's Agenda, and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester.  The group will be built off the successful work and membership of the Value Based Payment Advisory Group on Children's Health.  Other partner organizations will include the United Hospital Fund, Center for Health Care Strategies, and The Albany Promise.   If you are interested in participating in this initiative, contact  mrtupdates@health.ny.gov
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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, Clinical Programs Innovation
  2. Care Manager
  3. Social Worker
  4. Community Health Associate
  5. Project Manager, Practice Transformation
  6. Program Coordinator, Care Transitions
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.