January 11, 2018
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PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING MATERIALS



Materials from the December 8, 2017, PAC meeting are now available.  Please visit our website for the presentation and to view the meeting video.  

Mark your calendars and watch for registration information for our next PAC meeting.

SAVE THE DATE

Monday, March 26, 2018
9 am - 11:30 am
Hyatt Regency Long Island
Hauppauge, NY
LEARN THE BENEFITS OF A VALUE-BASED APPROACH
Enroll in Self-paced Courses from BHbusiness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers 14 self-paced, online business courses to behavioral health organizations and providers through BHbusiness. These courses are available at no cost. You can learn at your own pace while earning continuing education credits.

Want to learn more about the benefits of a value-based payment model and other  online BHbusiness courses being offered?  Click here for further details and registration.   

Additional courses offered at BHbusiness:
Bundled Payments: Demonstrate basic knowledge of terms and concepts related to bundled payment financing models, understand the impact of bundled payments on your clinical and business processes, and more.
Costing Out Your Services: Review basic costing-related Excel skills with simple exercises, evaluate whether you are currently costing out your services correctly, and explore process map costing to assist in budget projects.
Planning for the Next Generation of HIT: Learn how to implement (and finance) the latest in health information technology (HIT). Assess your organization's readiness to implement the latest HIT, and learn what steps you can take to make HIT adoption happen.

Questions? Contact Info@BHbusiness.org. 
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

UNITED WAY OF LONG ISLAND'S PROJECT WARMTH
Project Warmth heating assistance program helps families and individuals facing heating emergencies - like a near empty fuel tank or termination notice from the heating vendor.

For emergency assistance call 2-1-1 for a referral to a Project Warmth application site.  Project Warmth is Long Island's only non-governmental emergency heating program and it has no income eligibility criteria for assistance and will remain open until all funds are exhausted.  Click here for English and Spanish flyers.  

FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUPS
Family Service League offers support groups designed to help those caring for a frail or elderly relative to cope with the inherent stress of their situation.  Attendees will learn new coping skills for stress, gain a better understanding of their role and options and receive help securing any assistance to resources that may be available. For more information and to register at one of the eight convenient locations see flyer for details.

CATHOLIC HEALTH SERVICES HEALTHY SUNDAYS PROGRAM
Free health screening programs  provide preventive health screenings and education to members of medically underserved communities on Long Island.   Healthy Sundays addresses prevalent medical conditions - such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension - to improve quality of life while decreasing morbidity and mortality. Free blood pressure and body mass index screenings, as well as flu shots, are administered throughout the year. Educational seminars are given in Spanish or English.  The next program takes place: 
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Patrick Parish  (Msgr. Coffey Hall)
9 N. Clinton Avenue (corner of Montauk Highway) Bay Shore, 631-665-4911.

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH® WORKSHOPS
Free Diabetes and Chronic Disease self-management programs.
To find convenient workshop locations 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.




Please visit our Community Engagement page  for our calendar of events and  resources.
GREATER NEW YORK HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION'S NEW WEBSITE

Greater New York Hospital Association's (GNYHA) new website features an updated search engine and an event calendar that makes registering for events easy. But GNYHA members must first re-register their accounts -- logging in with your email address and password from the previous website will not work. To re-register your account, click the login button on the top right of the homepage. Rather than entering your email address and password, click the "Register Now" button and create your profile. Once you have done that, you'll get an email confirmation and be all set to access GNYHA's resources and register for events.  For questions or help with registration, please contact Tiffany Knighten at (212) 554-7215.  As a reminder add gnyha.org to your "safe senders" list so you receive all GNYHA communications that you sign up for in your Inbox.
ALL THINGS VBP - VALUE BASED PAYMENT UPDATE

LIVE TWITTER VIDEO BROADCAST  -  "SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN VALUE BASED PAYMENTS"
NYS Medicaid Director,  Jason Helgerson, and NYS Deputy Medicaid Director, Elizabeth Misa, will be hosting a Twitter Live video broadcast event on Friday, January 12, 3-4 pm entitled, "Social Determinants of Health and Community Based Organizations in Value Based Payments."  They will discuss many important topics around the role of Community Based Organizations, requirements around social determinants of health in the VBP Roadmap, make a few exciting announcements and much more.  To view the Twitter broadcast visit @NewYork MRT (www.twitter.com/NewYorkMRT) on January 12 at 3 pm and click on the live broadcast.  

If you have a question that you would like answered during the Twitter Live event around VBP and Social Determinants of Health, please submit ahead of time to    VBP@health.ny.gov with the subject line: Twitter Live.  You can  continue the conversation online around VBP using the hashtag #NYSLearnsVBP.

VALUE BASED PAYMENT COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION SURVEY
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has released a statewide survey to all Community Based Organizations (CBOs). The purpose of this survey is to capture current services CBOs are providing that address Social Determinants of Health (SDH) and gauge CBO integration with the New York State Value Based Payment (VBP) program. The goal is also for the State to learn about SDH initiatives to share with the community at large, and to use the information provided to build a public inventory of Tier 1, 2, and 3 CBOs that can be used to facilitate VBP contracting. CBOs will be asked to complete this survey on an annual basis. The results of the survey will be posted in the VBP Resource Library under Social Determinants of Health and Community Based Organizations.
 
To participate in the Community Based Organization Survey click here.  Q uestions can be emailed to  SDH@health.ny.gov .  
JANUARY HEALTH & WELLNESS OBSERVANCES 

January provides several opportunities to promote health and wellness awareness.  Here are several resources to help community leaders and healthcare providers start planning ways to communicate, educate and involve the community they serve.

GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH
Health and community professionals can discover tips to help communicate important health messages about glaucoma to higher risk populations.   Check out the NEW and improved    Keep Your Vision in the Future: Glaucoma Toolkit   from the National Institute of Health's (NIH) National Eye Institute (NEI).  The toolkit includes a presentation with animation, speaker's guide and handouts. It is very easy to use, even for those with limited knowledge of eye care or experience conducting group discussions.  Learn how you are well-positioned to encourage people to take steps to protect their vision in this  fact sheet for community and health professionals.  Help spread the word about glaucoma with these latest educational resources. Additional materials can be found on NEI's  Glaucoma Education Program page.

NATIONAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL FACTS WEEK®
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is January 22-28, 2018. NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to science based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs!

National Drug and Alcohol Chat Day is January 22, 2018.   Learn about NDAFW, then use this online guide which gives you everything you need to plan, promote and host your NDAFW event. Register your event and receive free booklets and other resources for teens. To get activity ideas and toolkits, click here

National Birth Defects Prevention Month
The National Birth Defects Prevention Network ( NBDPN) Education and Outreach Committee has developed materials and resources to assist healthcare staff and others interested in promoting birth defects prevention during 'January is Birth Defects Prevention Month'.  For information about the 2018 campaign and to obtain p rior National Birth Defects Prevention Month Materials visit the website here.
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
STATEWIDE HEALTH CARE FACILITY TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM II RFA ANNOUNCEMENT  
On January 8, 2018, the New York State Department of Health announced the availability of funds under the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program II, established pursuant to Section 2825-e of the Public Health Law. 

A total of up to $203,782,888 is available through this Request for Applications (RFA #17648) to health care providers that are deemed by the Commissioner to fulfill or will fulfill a health care need for acute inpatient, outpatient, primary, home care or residential health care services in a community. A minimum of $46,995,507 of this total amount is available for community-based health care providers, which are defined as diagnostic and treatment centers, mental health and alcohol and substance abuse treatment clinics, primary care providers and home care providers.
 
The objective of the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program II is to provide grants to health care providers that support capital projects, debt retirement, working capital or other non-capital projects that facilitate health care transformation activities including, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, acquisition or other activities intended to create financially sustainable systems of care or preserve or expand essential health care services.

The Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program II RFA can be accessed through the New York State Department of Health website here or the Grants Gateway website here.  Applications must be submitted in Grants Gateway by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY -- ACHIEVING COMMUNITY INTEGRATION
On behalf of the Department of Health, Public Consulting Group (PCG) conducted a training session for provider staff to provide information on "Achieving Community Integration." This training includes an overview of the foundational beliefs of person-centered thinking, staff roles in person-centered thinking, and planning and the LifeCourse framework.  Click here for the link to  access the recorded training.  

Questions and Follow-up Webinar
PCG is extending the opportunity for collecting your questions in order to conduct a follow-up webinar to address them.  Once you and/or your staff have reviewed the webinar recording above, you can email your questions about the content to PCG at aalvey@pcgus.com. Questions are due by Friday, January 12, 2018. 
 
REVISED FINAL DRAFT TRANSITION PLAN FOR THE CHILDREN'S MEDICAID SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION
A revised version of the Final Draft Transition Plan for the Children's Medicaid System Transformation is now available on the Department of Health website  here.   The document has been revised to reflect accurate dates for Level of Care (LOC) implementation of Developmental Disability and Medically Fragile and Developmental Disability and Foster Care criteria on pages 27 & 28.

MEDICAL NECESSITY CRITERIA AND UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT GRID
NYS has announced the Guidelines for Medical Necessity Criteria for the Six New Children's Specialty State Plan Amendment (SPA) Services and Utilization Management (UM) Grid for State Plan and Demonstration Services for Medicaid Managed Care Plans.   The purpose of the Guidelines for Medical Necessity Criteria (MNC) and Utilization Management grid is to provide a framework for Plans to develop their MNC and policies and procedures regarding utilization management.  Plans' MNC should not be more restrictive than the guidelines proposed by NYS.   Both documents can be found 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. Administrative Assistant
  2. Project Manager
  3. Care Management Program Assistant
  4. Care Manager
  5. Community Health Associate
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.