September 20, 2018
SCC's MEDICAL RECORD ABSTRACTION PROCESS
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The SCC Partner Medical Record Abstraction process will begin September 24, 2018. Partners selected for this review will be notified and contacted by the NYS Department of Health 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. 
 
When MedReview Inc. contacts you for records, they will also send you a pocket guide that outlines the exact information required for each measure that is being requested, along with instructions on how to securely transmit your medical records to MedReview, Inc.
 
Please direct any questions or concerns you may have regarding the abstraction process to:
 
Christopher Ray, MS
Administrative Manager, Performance Reporting & Management
Phone: (631) 638-1381 
 
Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.
THE NEW YORK STATE HEALTH LITERACY SUMMIT   
Free to Attend | Registration Required


In celebration of Health Literacy Month, which is October, the New York State Department of Health's  Office of Minority Health and the University at Albany Office for Diversity and Inclusion are co-sponsoring the first New York State Health Literacy Summit. 
 
The keynote speaker will be Helen Osborne, M.Ed, OTR/L. Helen helps professionals communicate health information in ways that patients and the public can understand.
 
This event will bring together stakeholders from across the state to highlight successful implementation of health literacy strategies.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The University at Albany Campus Center Ballroom
1400 Washington Avenue,  Albany, NY

Register here by Friday, September 28, 2018.
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH 'CALL FOR INNOVATIONS' INITIATIVE  
Nine Finalists Will Be Featured at Health Innovation Summit

The NYS Department of Health announced the nine finalists of the Social Determinants of Health 'Call for Innovations' Initiative. The solicitation for innovations, a first of its kind in the State, attracted over 200 applicants from across the country, all of whom have come up with creative and effective ways to address social determinants of health for Medicaid members. The nine finalists represent community-based organizations, healthcare providers and technology companies. 
 
NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, said, "New York State's leadership in addressing social determinants of health is improving the lives of residents throughout the state. Within the Medicaid program, this focus on social determinants is simultaneously making communities stronger and reducing healthcare costs. I want to thank the people and organizations who responded to this challenge. You are ensuring that, regardless of the socio-economic challenges communities face, people are receiving adequate health care, as well as nutritional and other services to improve their quality of life."
 
Finalists' social determinants of health innovations by category are:
 
Community Based Organization Category
  • God's Love We Deliver, Inc. 
  • Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition 
  • Rural Health Network of South Central New York 
  Healthcare Provider Category
  •  ArchCare 
  • Community Services, Family Health Centers of NYU Langone 
  • Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative 
Technology Solutions Category
  • Socially Determined Inc. 
  • Unite Us  
  • Village Care 
Read the entire press release here.  For more information about how New York State is addressing the social determinants of health visit the website.
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

HEALTHY SUNDAYS PROGRAM
Catholic Health Services of Long Island's health screening program provides preventive health screenings and education to members of medically underserved communities on Long Island.    Click here for schedule of upcoming event dates and locations through 2018.  

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.

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL HEALTH LITERACY MONTH AND NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
If you would like to promote special events in recognition of Health Literacy and Breast Cancer Awareness Month on  our Community Bulletin Board or newsletter, submit them here .    




Please visit our Community Engagement page  for our calendar of events and  resources.
THE LIFESPAN PERSPECTIVE OF THE IMPACT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD SEXUAL TRAUMA CONFERENCE
Sponsored by WellLife Network

Two Dates Available:

Tuesday, October 12, 2018 
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
79-25 Winchester Blvd.
Queens Village, NY
Monday, October 15, 2018
9:00 - 12:00 pm
Pilgrim Psychiatric Center
998 Crooked Hill Rd.
West Brentwood, NY

Click here for Registration Form and more details.
SUPPORT GROUPS FALL SCHEDULE
Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau 

Free support and educational groups offered to all Town of Brookhaven residents ages 12 - 21 years old and their families.

Stress Management - Learn to examine your thoughts about your  stressors and gain techniques to minimize the stressors experienced in a  typical day. Ages 15 - 18 years old.

Anger Management - Examine triggers of anger, learn to change how  you look at situations and develop healthy ways to express anger and  frustration. Ages 14 - 21 years old.

Girl's Support Group - Learn how to express thoughts, feelings and  needs in positive ways. Resolve problems and conflicts through healthy  communication skills. Discuss current trends and stressors. Ages 12 -  16 years old.

Parenting Workshops - Come discuss the challenges of parenting teens  in these ever changing times. 

For more information or to sign-up contact the Youth Bureau at 631-451-8011.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY    

Outreach Training Institute (OTI), the largest Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) training provider in New York State, is offering full scholarships to healthcare employees interested in achieving the CASAC trainee certificate. Full scholarships are made possible through the NYS Department of Health's Workforce Retraining Initiative.

Benefits of the CASAC Credential:  
  • It is a specialized certification in New York State that enhances your skills to work with populations affected by substance use disorders
  • It can be used to work with a broad range of clients, from adolescents, to adults and in different settings/modalities.
For more information and to apply click here.  
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Information for Health Care Professionals

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals (HCP) play a significant role in helping protect against influenza. The best available protection is annual influenza vaccination for all patients ages 6 months and older.   Your strong influenza vaccine recommendation is one of the most important factors in patients accepting the vaccine.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the HCP Fight Flu Toolkit: Guide and Instructions, available on their website.  This Toolkit contains a variety of resources to prepare your practice to Fight Flu. The available materials will:
  • Equip you to make strong influenza vaccine recommendations
  • Facilitate productive conversations with your patients
  • Improve your influenza vaccination rates
Download  How to Make a Strong Flu Vaccine Recommendation fact sheet, Flu Vaccine:  Get the Facts flyer and watch a brief video on how best to recommend the vaccine to patients here.  
CONTINUING EDUCATION & TRAINING COURSES FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS  

Family Service League's  quality continuing education curriculum is designed using the latest techniques and strategies which focus on real world applications impacting our communities.  These practical and engaging courses are facilitated by field professionals with years of experience in these highly specialized areas.  The workshops, recognized by the NYS Education Department's State Board, are available as webinars or in traditional classroom settings at locations throughout Suffolk County.
  • Trauma: Brain Science, Interventions and Case Studies
    • October 5, 2018, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Medication Management for Childhood and Adulthood Psychiatric Disorders for the Non-Prescriber
    • November 7, 2018, 10:00 am - Noon
  • Effective Behavioral Strategies for Children with Autism
    • November 15, 2018, 9:00 am - Noon
  • Psychosis: Overview of Symptoms and Differential Diagnosis

    • December 6, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:00 am 
  • Understanding Value Based Care
    • December 7, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Substance Abuse in Adolescents: Trends and Treatment Strategies
    • December 11, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
For details about these courses, locations and to register click here.  
NYS DOH ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
2018-2019 MEDICAID DRUG CAP - WEBINAR
In accordance with Section 280 of the Public Health Law, which establishes an annual drug cap (Medicaid Drug Cap) and a method for mitigating the impacts of increased drug spending, the Division of Budget in consultation with the Department of Health (DOH) has determined that the projected State share of Medicaid drug spending, net of all rebates, will exceed the Drug Cap in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19.
 
The DOH hosted a webinar on the SFY 18-19 Medicaid Drug Cap Enacted Budget on September 17, 2018.  Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.  
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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. RN Care Manager
  2. Social Worker
  3. Community Health Associate
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.
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