March 20, 2018
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE SUFFOLK CARE COLLABORATIVE'S
QUARTERLY PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING


Monday, March 26, 2018

Agenda:

Peggy Chan, Director, DSRIP, New York State Department of Health
"Moving into DSRIP Year 4:  What Do We Need to Do?"

SCC Project Updates will highlight best practices and successes as presented at the  2018 NYS DSRIP Learning Symposium

Overview of Value Based Payment (VBP) Program

Hyatt Regency Long Island
1717 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY

Registration starts at 8:30 AM
Program 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

APRIL IS NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH  
 
National Minority Health Month is observed every year in April to highlight the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations and the ways in which legislation, policies and programs can help advance health equity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) Director, Matthew Lin, MD, announced the theme of National Minority Health Month for April 2018: Partnering for Health Equity. Partnerships at the national, state, tribal and local levels are vital to the work of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. Beginning April 1, 2018, OMH will join with partners, health advocates and organizations to highlight the role of partnerships in improving the health of people and communities across the country.

Click here for the latest National Minority Health Month news and events.   
EQUITY IN QUALITY WEBINAR  

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) produced Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, a publication that defined the six aims of quality health care (described as safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable). While the report prompted national attention upon its release, there is still much work to be done to reach health equity. Achieving more equitable outcomes includes identifying disparities, understanding the root-causes and putting into action the practice of equitable strategies.

This webinar will:  
  • Explain the important role equity in health care quality improvement plays.
  • Describe effective approaches health service organizations have taken to integrate equity into their organizational quality strategies.
  • Identify strategies and resources to eliminate disparities and improve outcomes in readmissions, heart disease and diabetes.
Date:  March 23, 2018
Time:  3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Moderators: Shaan Trotter, Administrative Director, Office of Equity and Minority Health, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and James Bell, Director of Policy and Engagement, Michigan Public Health Institute.

Presenter: Knitasha Washington, Founder and CEO, ATW Health Solutions.
 
FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES  
     Click here for flyer
Spring Schedule

Family Service League's (FSL) quality curriculum is designed using the latest techniques and technology combined with a focus on real world applications for the topics and critical events impacting our communities today.  

Critical Incident Stress Management: Theory and Practice
April 13, 2018, 9:30am-4:00pm

Psychopathy and Sociopathy: A Review of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Distinction
April 19, 2018, 9:30am-12:30pm

Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Depression
April 26, 2018, 9:30am-12:30pm

Critical Incident Stress Management: Theory and Practice
April 27, 2018, 9:30am-4:00pm

The Addicted Brain
May 11, 2018, 9:30am-12:30pm

Implications of Suicide Prevention and Postvention
May 15, 2018, 9:30am - 12:30pm

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation - The Group Crisis Intervention Two Day Class
June 21 & June 22, 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm

For details about class location, cost and credits offered and to register for any of these classes, click here for the flyer to fill out and return to FSL.
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION® DIABETES ALERT DAY®
March 27, 2018

American Diabetes Association® Diabetes Alert Day® is a day to sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes by asking everyone to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.  

The free, anonymous risk test only takes a minute to complete.  By answering questions such as "Do you have a family history of diabetes?" and "Are you physically active?" can help individuals learn if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes in 60 seconds.

The test is available in English and Spanish by clicking here.
SCC & GREATER NEW YORK HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION OFFERING HEALTH LITERACY TRAINING FOR FRONT LINE 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, April 5, 2018 
Registration and breakfast starts at 8:30 am 
Training 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE:
Suffolk Care Collaborative 
1393 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge
Click here  for details and registration.
ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. 

With this year's theme -- "Changing Attitudes:  It's not a 'rite of passage.' " -- the month of April will be filled with local, state and national events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives.

To help you plan and develop your own 2018 Alcohol Awareness Month events use the 32nd Annual Alcohol Awareness Month Organizer's Guide which can be found here.  More information can also be found on NCADD's website
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

FALL PREVENTION AND TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS CLASSES - "STEPPING ON"
Stepping On is a program that empowers mature adults to carry out healthy behaviors that reduce the risk of falls, improve self-management and increase quality of life. This program is facilitated by two trained leaders, along with guest experts in physical therapy, vision, pharmacy and community safety. It is a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principals.
Click here for the schedule of class dates and locations in Suffolk County.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCE FAIR FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED
"See For Yourself 2018" Fair sponsored by Suffolk Cooperative Library System.
Friday, May 4, 2018, 9 am - 3 pm.  For more information call 631-286-1600 or email outreach@suffolknet.org.  Click here for flyer.  

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH® WORKSHOPS
FREE Diabetes and Chronic Disease self-management programs.
To find convenient workshop locations throughout Suffolk County and register, click  here

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
Visit SCC's Community Engagement page for on-going neighborhood programs here.  Partners can request to have their community events posted on the bulletin board by clicking here.

APRIL IS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH AND NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH
If you would like to promote special events in recognition of these awareness events on our Community Bulletin Board or newsletter, submit them here.  





Please visit our Community Engagement page  for our calendar of events and  resources.
ALL THINGS VBP - VALUE BASED PAYMENT UPDATE

VBP LEARNING SERIES ON SCC'S LEARNING CENTER
SCC has launched the second training topic in a VBP learning series for Primary Care Providers and practice staff, Behavioral Health Providers including Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Providers and staff, and Community Based Organizations and staff, particularly focused on those who address social determinants of health.  Value Based Payment (VBP) 102 - A Deeper Dive into Value Based Payment Models is now available on the online Learning Center and can be accessed here.  

Learning Objectives for Value Based Payment (VBP) 102 - A Deeper Dive into Value Based Payment Models:
  • Describe the basics of VBP contract levels and arrangements.
  • Review the increase in risk levels related to VBP arrangements and their financial implications.
  • Describe provider considerations for each VBP arrangement.
MLTC PAH MEASURE FOR VBP 
The NYS Department of Health (DOH) has released the Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) - Use of the Potentially Avoidable Hospitalization (PAH) Measure for VBP Schematic. For MLTC plans and VBP Contractors, PAH measures help to assess whether a reduction in potentially avoidable hospital admissions among attributed members in VBP arrangements has occurred. The information depicted in the schematic explains how the PAH measures will be used in VBP.   The schematic can be found in th e VBP Resource Library.  Q uestions can be sent to the DOH at mltcvbp@health.ny.gov .

VALUE-BASED PAYMENT FUNDAMENTALS:  A GUIDE TO NYS MEDICAID VALUE-BASED PAYMENT
As part of the Greater New York Hospital Association's (GNYHA) c ontinued support for member hospitals and health systems participating in the DSRIP program, they have developed  Value-Based Payment Fundamentals: A Guide to New York State Medicaid Value-Based Payment.

GNYHA created this value-based payment (VBP) curriculum to help performing provider systems (PPSs) meet a specific DSRIP requirement to train their partner primary care providers, behavioral health providers and community-based organizations on VBP concepts. This requirement stems from the New York State Department of Health's (DOH) reliance on PPSs to further its aggressive goal to move  80% of Medicaid managed care payments to VBP arrangements by April 2020.

The curriculum is a response to requests from GNYHA's DSRIP Workforce Workgroup, which convenes individuals responsible for developing and implementing PPS workforce training strategies, as well as PPS finance and partner engagement leads. Developed with input from PPSs and DOH, the curriculum includes content in the following areas:
  • Defining VBP and the policy context for this shift.
  • New York State's VBP program and the role of partners.
  • Integrated delivery systems in VBP.
  • Capabilities, benefits and challenges to VBP.
In addition to learning content, the curriculum includes case studies and specific examples of how VBP may impact provider operations, frontline staff, billing and partnerships between health care and community stakeholders. It complements DOH training materials that have been largely geared towards those who will develop and negotiate VBP contracts.

SCC's Learning Center provides education on VBP and provides other learning resources.  Click here for the learning module. To access our Partner Resources, click on the VBP tab where you can access VBP University,  an online, educational resource created by NYS DOH 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.  
DSRIP WORKFORCE IMPACT ANALYSES 

The NYS DOH DSRIP team has created a report to illustrate some of the Workforce Impact findings reported by Performing Provider Systems (PPS).   
 
At the start of DSRIP, PPSs made workforce spending commitments to support DSRIP goals and priorities of $415M over 5 years.  As of DSRIP Year 3 Quarter 2, PPSs had spent $247.5M on initiatives including:  
  • Recruiting for high need and emerging titles.
  • Developing workforce pipelines in collaboration with high schools and institutions of higher learning.
  • Creating new college credit-bearing and certificate programs for emerging workforce titles, as well as scholarship funds for these students.
  • Providing training in DSRIP initiatives, and other DSRIP priorities such as VBP and cultural competency.
  • Creating incentives and bonuses to improve workforce retention and recruitment in underserved areas.
  • Building change management competencies to help facilitate organizational readiness for an integrated delivery system and support systems for trainers including adoption and sustainability of training solutions.
The PPSs have reported 3.5 years of data identifying how PPS workforce investments impact delivery system transformation, such as strengthening and integrating behavioral health and the shift from institutional to community- and home-based healthcare.  Click here to view the report.  
SCC WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER       

Janette Braccia, Administrative Assistant

Janette joins SCC after most recently working with Worden Capital Management as Operations Director and Executive Sales Assistant.  Prior to that she had acquired experience as Office Manager and Executive Sales Assistant for J.D. Nicholas & Associates, Inc.
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
NYS DOH MEDICAID DIRECTOR TRANSITION
Howard Zucker, NYS Commissioner of Health, announced that Jason Helgerson will be leaving his position of NYS Medicaid Director and thanked him for his dedicated service in ensuring that more than six million New Yorkers receive high quality Medicaid services.  Commissioner Zucker also acknowledged that during Mr. Helgerson's tenure he built a strong team and feels confident that they will continue the vital work of the Medicaid Redesign Team and the DSRIP program.  

The Commissioner's announcement also included the appointment of Donna Frescatore to the Medicaid Director position, a role she held in 2010.  Ms. Frescatore will continue to serve as Executive Director of the New York State of Health, and the Commissioner expects to lead a search for a new Medicaid Director in 2019.

MRT "BOO-YAH!" REPORT:  DECEMBER 2017 - FEBRUARY 2018
The  "Boo-Yah!"  Report shares the many accomplishments of the NYS Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) by providing summaries of recently completed projects.   Since 2011, the Medicaid Redesign Team Project Management Office (MRT PMO) has tracked the progress of MRT projects during monthly workgroup meetings. As projects are completed, staff associated with the project are recognized with a "Boo-Yah!" exclamation and a round of applause. This "Boo-Yah!" has come to symbolize the continuing forward march of Medicaid Redesign in New York State.  For more information about the Medicaid Redesign Team, visit the website.  To  view this "Boo-Yah" Report covering projects completed between December 2017 and February 2018 click here.  

DSRIP/MEDICAID MARKETING RESEARCH PROGRAM VENDOR AWARDEE
As part of the Special Terms and Conditions governing the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, a consumer education campaign must be conducted state-wide through educational materials and marketing efforts to help educate Medicaid and uninsured populations about the benefits of health care transformation.  

Through a competitive procurement process, a Medicaid Marketing Research Program contract has been fully executed with the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) as the vendor.  NYAM will be responsible for designing a state-wide research strategy, conducting focus groups consisting of Medicaid and uninsured populations, testing healthcare messages and reporting to the Department of Health with recommendations for launching a state-wide education campaign on DSRIP principles. 

NYS MEDICAID REDESIGN TEAM WINS PUBLIC SERVICE INNOVATION AWARD 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Medicaid Redesign Team has won this year's Public Service Innovation Award from the Citizens Budget Commission. The award recognizes the MRT for transforming the state's Medicaid program into a national model by cutting costs and putting patients first.

Savings generated by the MRT reforms have led to an $8 billion reinvestment of federal money for New York's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. DSRIP has led to a network of Performing Provider Systems made up of hospitals, individual providers and community-based organizations, who collaborate to provide patients with community-based, higher quality, more coordinated care. Through community-level collaborations and a focus on system reform, the ultimate goal of these projects is to achieve a 25 percent reduction in avoidable hospital use over the five years of the program.

To read more see full  Press Release here .
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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
  3. Program Assistant
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.