February 20, 2018
SCC PRESENTS "DRIVING IMPROVEMENT" AT NYS DSRIP LEARNING SYMPOSIUM
Samuel Lin, MPH, PMP, Director, Strategic Operations

SCC's Samuel Lin, MPH, PMP, Director, Strategic Operations, and Christopher Ray, MS,  Administrative Manager, Performance Reporting & Management, presented at the  NYS DSRIP Learning Symposium that took place February 6 - 8, 2018, in Staten Island.  

Their presentation, Driving Improvement: Data Analytics, Process Improvement and Incentive-Based Payments,  described innovative approaches to achieving better outcomes through combining process
Christopher Ray, MS, Administrative Manager, Performance Reporting & Management
improvement, data analytics and pay for performance strategies.  An essential element in improving the health of SCC's population is to support improved outcomes in the health care delivery system 
by leveraging state-provided data sources, unique visualization methods such as heat maps, and employing a "Gap-to-max" concept with action plans for improvement. They shared the SCC's approach and use of an attribution algorithm to develop an incentive-based payment model to support providers' transition to value-based care.
SCREENING, BRIEF INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL TO TREATMENT (SBIRT) WEBINAR   Hand writing Webinar with white marker on transparent wipe board.
Hosted by National Council for Behavioral Health

A single conversation, as part of the evidence-based Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), can move people toward getting help and treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). 

SBIRT uses tools like Motivational Interviewing to identify those at risk for developing a SUD and help those who already have a SUD. Generally, SBIRT increases an individual's chance for early intervention and access to treatment.

Join Pam Pietruszewski, integrated health consultant at the National Council, on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 2-3 p.m. for a webinar highlighting the clinical implementation of SBIRT within primary care settings, including a strong focus on Motivational Interviewing. Participants will:
  1. Identify the clinical components of SBIRT implementation.
  2. Learn the role of Motivational Interviewing in SBIRT implementation.
  3. Learn how to integrate SBIRT into primary care settings.
Register today for Clinical Aspects of SBIRT.
CAREERS IN RECOVERY & WELLNESS TRAINING 
2018 Spring Session Hosted by Association for Mental Health and Wellness
 
This 10 week classroom experience training is for people interested in volunteering or working in the Recovery and Wellness field as a peer specialist.  The training is rooted heavily in human rights and in the values and principles of peer support. In order for a person to become an effective, skilled peer specialist, these core values and principles serve as the foundation to ensure best practice and ethical approaches.  Students completing the course will acquire knowledge, experience and skills necessary to offer trauma-informed peer support. Along the way, they will also learn about the New York Peer Specialist Certification process and, from the course, gain the requisite knowledge to pass the required tests on the Academy of Peer Services online training platform which, in turn, leads to eligibility to apply for the NY Peer Specialist Certification.   

The training will at place at MHAW, Ocean Avenue in Ronkonkoma commencing on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  Classes will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
 
If you are interested in applying, contact 631-471-7242 x1302 or email tpuglisi@mhaw.org.   If you choose to call, thank you in advance for your patience, all calls will be returned within 48 hours.  
ADVANCED LEARNING FOR PROFESSIONALS IN HEALTH AND ADDICTION (ALPHA)
Training Institute Partnership Launched  

The start of the New Year brought an exciting new professional development training institute to Long Island. ALPHA, Advanced Learning for Professionals in Health and Addiction, will advance the skills and knowledge of professionals working in the fields of Substance Use, Public Health, Human Services, Mental Health, Education, and others through engaging and practical workshops facilitated by Long Island's leading public health experts. Family & Children's Association (FCA) and affiliate Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) rolled out ALPHA to share over a century's worth of knowledge and experience to help Long Island move steps ahead of current and future public health issues.  

Click here to read more in the full press release and see a list of upcoming workshops in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  
HEART HEALTH MONTH ACTIVITIES 
Mall Walkers Program
 
Co-sponsored by Stony Brook University Hospital at the Smith Haven Mall, the Mall Walkers Club meets eight times a year at the Food Court in the Smith Haven Mall. Members receive a complimentary snack and blood pressure screening starting at 8 a.m. and hear an informative lecture at 9 a.m. 

The next program takes place Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 
8 to 10 am, Smith Haven Mall Food Court,
8 to 8:45 am, Free blood pressure screenings,
9 to 10 am "Smart Strategies for Your Vascular Health," Presented by Mohsen Bannazadeh, MD, Stony Brook Medicine.

Walking is a low-impact, low-risk and easy aerobic exercise that conditions your heart and lungs while engaging your whole body.   Open to all and no pre-registration required.
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.
NUTRITION TIPS FOR HEALTHIER FAMILIES
From the American Heart Association

March is National Nutrition Month and the American Heart Association (AHA) is working to help kids and families live heart-healthy lives by setting healthier diet goals. About one in three American children and teens are overweight or obese, which can lead to a broad range of health problems. The AHA developed 10 simple tips to put families on the right path to good health and help children develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits.

Click here for the tip sheet to print and share with your community.   For information and tips on healthier children including weight management, physical activity and nutrition click here .
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

SOUP KITCHEN EVERY FRIDAY
At HALI Cafe there is "much more than a meal."
Soup served 11:00 am - 12:30 pm for adults 18 years and older.  Stay there as late as 8 pm for computer access with free wi-fi, free movies, hot showers, coffee and snacks.   
HALI Cafe is located at 159 Brightside Avenue, Central Islip, NY, 631-234-1925.

HEARTSAVER/AED CPR CLASS 
Learn lifesaving skills from nurse educators at Stony Brook University Heart Institute. The class is free.  To obtain the two-year American Heart Association CPR card and a book, there will be a $20 fee.  Classes take place on Wednesdays, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26 from 4 pm to 7 pm. To register c ontact Yvonne Leippert, RN, MS, CCRN, at  yvonne.leippert@stonybrookmedicine.edu  or (631) 444-3322.

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.

MARCH IS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND NATIONAL NUTRITION 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

2018 VBP ARRANGEMENT FACT SHEETS 
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has released the 2018 Value Based Payment (VBP) Arrangement Fact Sheets for the Total Care for the General Population (TCGP), Integrated Primary Care (IPC), Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) Subpopulation, HIV/AIDs Subpopulation and Maternity Care Arrangements. 
 
The Measurement Year 2018 Fact Sheets provide an overview of the New York State Medicaid Value Based Payment Arrangements, including a high-level description of:
  • Types of care included in the arrangement,
  • Method used to define the attributed population for the arrangement,
  • Calculation of associated costs under the arrangement, and
  • Quality measures recommended for use in the arrangement.
The documents can be found on the  VBP Resource Library under the VBP Arrangement Fact Sheets tab; Measurement Year 2018 Fact Sheets.   All questions can be sent to the New York State Department of Health at vbp@health.ny.gov .
 
RESULTS OF THE 2018 CBO TIER 1 SURVEY COMPLETED BY PPSs NOW AVAILABLE
The results from the 2018 Performing Provider System (PPS) Tier 1 Community Based Organization (CBO) Surveys completed by PPSs have now been posted to the DOH website.   PPSs were asked to complete the survey to provide updated information regarding contracting with organizations meeting the Tier 1 definition of a CBO as put forth by the NYS Value-Based Payment Workgroup on Social Determinants and CBOs, which is: Non-profit, Non-Medicaid Billing, community-based social and human service organizations (e.g. housing, social services, religious organizations, food banks, etc.) The survey includes 1st level distribution of funds to CBOs (PPS-to-CBO funds flow) and 2nd level distribution of funds to CBOs (PPS to "hubs" or other contracted entities that then contract and/or distribute funds to CBOs) for DSRIP purposes.  The survey information provided has been reported by the PPSs and has not been edited by the DOH.

VBP FAQs - MAP, FIDA & PACE
The NYSDOH has announced the release of the Value Based Payment (VBP) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Medicaid Advantage Plus (MAP) and Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) Plans and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) document. This FAQ document is designed to address questions related to the implementation of VBP within MAP Plans, FIDA Plans and PACE Organizations. Questions and answers will be updated or added to the document on a periodic basis to continue to address related stakeholder questions.   The FAQ document can be found in the MLTC folder of the VBP Resource Library    All questions can be sent to NYSDOH at MLTCVBP@health.ny.gov .

As a reminder, 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.  
SAVE THE DATE 
PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING  

Mark your calendars and watch for registration information for SCC's next 
PAC meeting.

Monday, March 26, 2018
9 am - 11:30 am
Hyatt Regency Long Island
Hauppauge, NY
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS:  MEDICAID REDESIGN TEAM HEALTH HOME SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM
The NYS Department of Health (DOH) is excited to announce the release of the Health Home Supportive Housing Program (HHSHP) Request for Applications (RFA). DOH is seeking applications from community based organizations to provide rental subsidies and non-medical services to homeless Medicaid members who are enrolled or enrolling in New York State's Health Home Program. HHSHP is a previously funded program in effect from October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2018. This newly proposed program will serve participants that are currently enrolled in the program and single individuals who are enrolled/enrolling in a Health Home and may include a certain number of families with minors under the age of 18 years old. The total anticipated amount available for this procurement is up to $500,000 annually, for up to approximately 16 awards. The contracts will run from October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2023.   For more information or to apply to the RFA click here

MATERIALS ON 2018-19 EXECUTIVE BUDGET AND GLOBAL CAP
The NYS Department of Health has created materials to discuss Medicaid-specific components of the Governor's budget proposal for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19. The presentation and the 2018-19 Executive Budget Scorecard are available here.   The recorded presentation is also available to view here.  Q uestions should be sent to mrtupdates@health.ny.gov .

MEDICAID DRUG CAP - FAQs
A fourth set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the Medicaid Drug Cap have been posted to the DOH website Additional questions, can be sent via email to MADrugCap@health.ny.gov. Additional FAQ documents will be updated as new questions are submitted.

DSRIP OPT-OUT MAILING RESUMES
NYS DOH will resume a mailing this month to new Medicaid members to explain the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program's state-wide efforts on healthcare system change and how Performing Provider Systems (PPS) use Medicaid data to improve patient care. The letter will also review the option to not have the member's data shared by the PPS with provider partners.  This is known as "opting out".  The last mailing of this nature was done in August 2016 and did not continue due to vendor procurement processes.  Any new members since that time have been marked to not have their data shared until a new mailing to notify them of the choice to opt-out could be completed.  This new mailing will begin the week of February 19, 2018.  Approximately 2 million Opt-Out letters will be sent to Medicaid members who became eligible since August 2016. Smaller mailings to new members as they become eligible for Medicaid will continue on a monthly cadence through 2019.

PPSs are responsible for working to improve health outcomes for their Medicaid members, who are seeing the physicians and providers in the PPS. Data sharing of available Medicaid information is key for effective collaboration among the lead PPS and related network partners for providing and coordinating services to Medicaid members. Data-sharing is very important to getting services to patients and in achieving quality performance and clinical outcomes.

If a member agrees to data sharing within the DSRIP program, the Medicaid member does not have to take any action. That data will be shared with the PPS, except for claims related to substance abuse diagnoses and treatment. There is no change to how a Medicaid member seeks care and no change to Medicaid member's benefits. If a member chooses to opt out, the form they receive in the mail should be signed and returned in the envelope or the member can call the Medicaid DSRIP opt out helpline at 1-855-329-8850.  

The slide deck to explain the "Opt-Out" can be found here.  To review the letter click here and FAQs can be found here Additionally, the Medicaid call center is also open to receive questions regarding the content of this DSRIP mailing. The call center number is 1-855-329-8850 .
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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.