May 2, 2017
MAY IS NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Association for Mental Health and Wellness Presents Continuing Education Workshops

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness is now accredited by the New York State Department of Education to provide Continuing Education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage Therapists, as well as Masters in Social Work (LMSW and LCSW.)

When is Enough, Enough?  Ethics in Health Care
Monday, May 8
9 am - 12 noon

This three hour workshop with Dr. Kristie Golden will cover the basics of ethics, as well as a deeper dive into specific situations encountered while working as behavioral health care providers.  Participants will learn how ethical considerations enter into many day-to-day interactions with patients and clients.  Click here for details about this workshop and to register.

Postpartum/Perinatal Mood Disorders (PPMD) and 
the Role of the Mental Health Practitioner
Tuesday, May 23
10 am - 1 pm

This three hour workshop with Cheryl Zauderer, Ph.D., will provide the mental health practitioner with the skills needed to screen, identify, and provide a treatment plan for women experiencing PPMD. The expected outcome is for the practitioner to come away with a better understanding of PPMD, and to know when to refer, collaborate, and identify a psychiatric emergency that needs immediate action.  Click here for details about this workshop and to register.

Understanding PTSD - Working with Veterans and their Family Members
Monday, June 5
9 am - 12 noon

This three hour workshop presented by Dr. Mitchell L. Schare is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Model conceptualization of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as seen in Veterans and their family members. Both combat-related and military sexual traumas will be discussed.  Current evidence based PTSD treatments will be addressed along with suggestions on working with the families of PTSD sufferers. Questions will be encouraged.  Click  here for details about this workshop and to register.
FREE ON-LINE COURSES FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
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Suffolk County Community College's Office for Continuing Education and Department for Health Information Technology are providing FREE on-line update courses for health care professionals.  Most of the courses can be completed in 6-10 hours.  Topics include:
  • Population Health
  • Care Coordination and Interoperable Health IT Systems
  • Health Care Data Analytics
  • Value-Based Care
  • Patient-Centered Care
For further information, you may contact Andrea Dunkirk at 631-451-4552 or email her at dunkira@sunysuffolk.edu.  Admission details can be found on the flyer.  Application and Release Form must be completed. Sign up now - courses are only free until June 2017.  
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

JOB FAIR AT SOUTH COUNTRY LIBRARY
Tuesday, May 9, 10 am - 1 pm
22 Station Road, Bellport - 631-286-0818
Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress!
All are welcome and no registration is required.  See flyer here.

ANNUAL WALK FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 
Saturday, May 6, registration starts at 9 am, walk starts at 11 am at Jones Beach
To register visit NAMI's  website.

FREE SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES 
Sponsored by Stony Brook University Hospital
Classes start May 8, 7:30 pm
Six week program held on Monday evenings offers tips for stress management, relaxation and behavior modification and smoking cessation medications.
For more information and to register call 631-444-4000.  

FREE DIABETES EDUCATION CLASSES
Held at Brentwood Public Library
Classes start May 8, 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Discover new, practical ways to live better & healthier.  Learn the tools to manage and take control of your health at this 6 week workshop.
Registration is required.  Contact Jane Juran, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk at 631-727-7850 or visit their website




Please visit our Community Engagement page  for an entire list of upcoming events and resources.
NEW YORK STATE HEALTH FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NOW OPEN
Spreading OpenNotes in New York State for Patient Engagement

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is pleased to launch a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support hospitals in New York State in adopting OpenNotes. OpenNotes is a national movement to give patients access to their own visit notes written by their doctors, nurses, or other clinicians. Established in 2010 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, OpenNotes spurs real patient engagement by giving patients and their caregivers access to the clinical notes written by health care providers. When patients have such access, they better remember what was discussed during the visit and are more likely to take medications as prescribed and follow the recommended treatment plan.   

This RFP is open to any hospital in New York State interested in implementing OpenNotes, with awards of up to $100,000 to be granted to up to 10 hospitals. Proposals will be due on June 8, 2017.   To learn more about this initiative and apply, visit NYS Health Foundation's  website.
HELPING INTEGRATED PRIMARY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS CONNECT WITH CAREGIVERS
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) Highlights Useful Resources

Providers of integrated primary and behavioral health care are likely to interact with caregivers during appointments or as part of care coordination efforts. In the United States, more than 44.5 million friends and family provide unpaid care for an adult with a health condition. A caregiver's understanding, knowledge, support and encouragement of their loved one's health and wellness goals can be integral to recovery.

What Caregivers Want

Caregivers seek information about the person's illness, the service system, and resources to support a friend or relative. Caregivers may act as care coordinators, and so they may also need support to navigate what can often be a challenging health care system and maintain their own wellness.

As a provider, you may want to share information with caregivers about groups that can help them, including:
How you can Engage Caregivers

Health care organizations can also take steps to create an environment that is supportive of and appropriately engages caregivers as part of the care team. Here are a few key resources that can help.
What resources do you find useful in engaging caregivers and other people in a patient's support network? CIHS would like to know, email them: Integration@TheNationalCouncil.org.
STROKE AWARENESS RUN
Tenth Annual Judy's Run taking place during Stroke Awareness Month

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, a fundraiser 5K and 
1-Mile Fun Walk will take place in Nesconset to raise awareness about strokes and those affected by them. The Mission of Judy's Run for Stroke Awareness focuses 100% of its donated funds, goods and services on efforts to promote public awareness towards stroke detection, prevention, its after-effects and where to get help.  

Click here for fundraiser  flyer .   To sign up or sponsor the event, or make a donation, visit the website.  For helpful information about stroke detection, awareness, prevention and devices for stroke survivors,  click here.
LAUNCH OF NEW YORK STATE'S FIRST VALUE BASED PAYMENT (VBP) PILOTS
 
The NYS Department of Health (NYS DOH) is excited to announce the launch of the State's first Value Based Payment (VBP) Pilots. The Pilot Program is a first of its kind, two-year program, intended to create momentum in the transition from a fee-for-service to a value based payment environment. VBP Pilots are expected to help the State meet MRT waiver goals by not only establishing early successes, but also through providing invaluable input into the design of VBP in New York State.

Seven (7) provider organizations and eight (8) Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) located throughout the State will be working together as part of the Pilot Program on 13 distinct contracts. These contracts will pilot three (3) types of value based payment arrangements: Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) Subpopulation, Integrated Primary Care (IPC), and Total Care for the General Population (TCGP).

These arrangements are contracted as per the standards outlined in the VBP Roadmap and pilot organizations are required to take on downside risk-sharing VBP responsibilities by the second year of the Program. Pilot organizations will play critical roles in evaluating the validity, feasibility, and reliability of quality measures for their respective arrangements, while also sharing feedback on core aspects of the VBP process (from contracting and financial risk sharing, to use of the Medicaid Analytics Performance Portal (MAPP) analytics).  To see the list of participating VBP pilot organizations, click here.

For their pivotal role as early adopters, VBP pilot organizations will receive support from the Department of Health, and in turn, they will be active participants in providing lessons learned and sharing best practices for statewide VBP implementation.   An additional pilot will be launched in Albany County that will bring together pediatric providers and early childhood stakeholders with MCOs to focus on school readiness.   To learn more about VBP, visit the NYS DOH  website.
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW WHITEBOARD VIDEO FROM JASON HELGERSON.  "DSRIP YEAR 3:  A LOOK AT THE YEAR AHEAD."
Jason Helgerson, New York State Medicaid Director, has released a new whiteboard video entitled, "DSRIP Year 3:  A Look at the Year Ahead."  In this video he discusses the DSRIP Year 3 theme and goals.  He also describes how the program's shift to performance is this year's main focus.  To view this video, click here.  

VALUE BASED PAYMENT (VBP) INNOVATOR APPLICATION
The Value Based Payment (VBP) Innovator Program will support experienced VBP contractors who are continuing to chart the path into value based payments. It is a voluntary program for VBP contractors prepared to participate in VBP Level 2 (full risk or near full risk) or Level 3 Total Care for General Population and/or Subpopulation arrangements. By taking on further management and administrative functions, contractors approved as Innovators will be eligible for an increased premium pass through. 

To become an Innovator, VBP contractors must provide all the information summarized in the application and meet the documented criteria (both of which are outlined in more detail in the application).  The VBP Innovator Application Package has been finalized and posted to the VBP  website  for public review.   The public comment period will occur until 05/12/2017. During this period, any comments can be sent to dsrip@health.ny.gov.

VBP QUALITY MEASURES FOR MEASUREMENT YEAR 2017 POSTED
The Department of Health has updated the DSRIP - VBP Resource Library to include the VBP Quality Measure Sets for Measurement Year 2017 for the following VBP Arrangements:
  • Total Care for the General Population/Integrated Primary Care (TCGP/IPC) Quality Measure Set
  • Health and Recovery Plans (HARP) Quality Measure Set
  • HIV/AIDS Quality Measure Set
  • Maternity Care Quality Measure Set


VBP PROGRAM INTEGRITY RECOMMENDATIONS
The Value Based Payment (VBP) Program Integrity Workgroup was charged with a mission to identify what changes can be made to the current program integrity infrastructure to ensure a robust program integrity model is in place that protects providers, payers, enrollees and the State's objectives in a Value Based Payment environment.
 
The Value Based Payment Program Integrity Workgroup Recommendations have been finalized and posted to the VBP website for public review.   The public comment period is open and will conclude on 05/12/2017. During this period, any comments can be sent to dsrip@health.ny.gov .

MEDICAID REDESIGN TEAM (MRT) "BOO-YAH!" REPORT
The "Boo-Yah!" Report for March 2017 is a compilation intended to highlight projects as they are completed and share the many accomplishments of the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team.  Click here to read the report.  To find out more about the Medicaid Redesign Team visit the  website.  
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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, Care Transition Innovation
  2. Director, Care Management
  3. Compliance Officer 
  4. Care Manager
  5. Data Visualization Analyst
  6. Social Worker
  7. Community Health Associate
  8. Data Acquisition Specialist
  9. Population Health Platform Training and Support Specialist
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.