January 10, 2017

Check out the newly added learning modules on the SCC website's Learning Center.  Each self-paced presentation has an overview and learning objectives and is accessed on-line for optimal convenience.  At the end of each topic, there are comprehension questions and a brief evaluation.  All participation is captured for reporting purposes.  

These are our newest learning modules:

Cardiovascular Health & Diabetes Wellness & Self-Management module reviews the evidence-based resources and treatment strategies being implemented to support the Cardiovascular Wellness and Self-Management Program and the Diabetes Wellness and Self-Management Program. Participants will learn about the Million Hearts® campaign, tools available to identify patients in need of follow-up care and identify patients with diabetes or "at risk" of developing diabetes and learn about documentation of patient self-management goals.
Care Coordination Methodology module provides an overview of Care Coordination and its place in the health care delivery system. Emphasis is placed on the importance of coordinated care throughout the continuum and how social determinants of health can impact a patient's health outcomes. Participants will gain an understanding of who can coordinate care, how this is accomplished through transitions of care, and the importance of providing patients with effective, efficient, patient centered care.
Community Orientation module  provides an overview of the Suffolk County Community, its needs and Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC) initiatives.  It explores how the SCC aims to focus multiple initiatives and strategies for the high priority needs in Suffolk County to prevent chronic disease, promote mental health and prevent substance abuse. Participants will gain a better understanding of the population characteristics and demographics, understand and learn about strategies to address areas of need, and also how the SCC is connecting target populations and families to health and wellness services within the community.  

Interventions for Tobacco Cessation module is intended to support trainees in understanding interventions for tobacco cessation to support the SCC's clinical improvement programs and population-wide wellness initiatives. You will learn about Tobacco Cessation control methods endorsed by the Million Hearts® campaign as well as understanding the services provided through the NYS Smokers' Quitline.

Click here for these and all partner training topics on the Learning Center.  Additional learning modules will be coming soon.          
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Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

Mental Health Association of Nassau County 
Join the discussion about choices faced in the new managed care environments and help guide NYAPRS upcoming statewide advocacy effort.  
February 6, 1:00-5:00 pm 
RSVP to Denis McEvoy (516) 489-2322 or email at dmcevoy@mhanc.org.
Also you can inquire about the upcoming bus trip to meet with your State Legislators in Albany on February 28th to help select 2017 budget and legislative priorities.  

In partnership with NYS Department of Labor, AEG and Levy Restaurants hiring for new jobs will take place for the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum to reopen April 2017.
See flyer for details.    For more information call 888-708-6712 or email coliseumjobs@labor.ny.gov.  

Warrior to Soul Mate Workshop for Veteran Couples
Retreats are free for qualifying Veterans and their significant others.
Make Struggling Relationships Better & Good Relationships Great
Friday, January 27, 5:00 - 9:00 PM and Saturday, January 28; 9:00 am-4:00 pm.
VA Medical Center, 79 Middleville Road, Northport, Building 5 Auditorium.
Lunch is included; s pace is limited. See flyer for further details.  
Apply today by contacting Juliet Ahl, LCSW, 631-261-4400 ext. 5928. 

Offered by The Training Institute at Home Base
Motivational Interviewing: Engaging Service Members and Veterans into Mental Health Care
Click here for website and registration.  
We are proud to present the in-depth analysis identifying high utilization of healthcare in Suffolk County

The Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC) along with the Long Island Health Collaborative (LIHC) collaborated in conducting an area of need analysis to identify geographical areas with high utilization of health care and to better understand the characteristics of that population.  This analysis provides contextual information for developing strategies in how to best deliver care that is equitable, timely, effective and patient-centered.   
The artifacts produced from the analysis provides actionable intelligence to develop strategies for improving the health of communities with high utilization. Various project committees will review this analysis and look to implement programs, such as Stanford's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, to address the needs in these regions.  
Due to the multifaceted dimensions of these communities, we want to thank the various stakeholders who contributed to this study.  These stakeholders include SCC's Project Management Office (PMO); SCC's Community Needs Assessment, Cultural Competency and Health Literacy workgroup; SCC's Care Management Organization; SCC's Community Engagement workgroup; the Long Island Health Collaborative; and Stony Brook's Biomedical Informatics Department.  For the full analysis click here.  
Summer Enrichment Program at Columbia University Medical Center
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP's goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. 

SHPEP at Columbia University Medical Center provides students interested in pursuing a career within the health professions with a well-defined, integrated approach to learning, focusing on the core science curriculum needed to apply to health professions schools for medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nutrition. Students will engage in intense coursework, labs, learning-skills, and career development courses during the six weeks of the program while participating in practical experiences and seminars.  The program strives to help students enhance and improve their chances of becoming successful applicants and students at the health professions school of their choice.  The  Program starts June 16, 2017.  For more information and information about applying please click here.
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Explore the Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health to review the impact of substance misuse across the country and the recommendations for health care professionals to increase quality and access to care through integrated care.  

For more resources visit CIHS'  website.

The DSRIP Independent Assessor has completed its review of the PPS response and public comments to the initial recommendations for the Mid-Point Assessment reports and has generated final reports for all 25 PPS. The final Mid-Point Assessment Report for all 25 PPS have been posted to the DSRIP websiteIn addition to the final reports, the IA has also posted a redline version of each report detailing all of the modifications made to each report and the PPS response to the IA's initial recommendations.
In addition to the revisions to the reports for the 25 PPS, the IA has also made revisions to the Companion Document to reflect the changes made to the recommendations for the 25 PPS. The IA has posted both a redline version and final version of the Companion Document along with the compilation of the public comments received by the IA during the initial comment period.   The PPS reports and the Companion Document are posted for a second comment period through January 23, 2017.   All comments regarding the Mid-Point Assessment report should be submitted to dsrip_midpoint@pcgus.com .   The final recommendations will then be presented to the Project Approval and Oversight Panel (PAOP) from January 31 - February 3, 2017. 

The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs is reissuing the Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant Request for Applications (RFA) for the Long Island/Mid-Hudson Region only.  The RFA makes funding available to support strategic planning activities for CBOs to facilitate their engagement in DSRIP activities. 
CBOs are trusted stakeholders in their communities and may be able to impact the social determinants of health, and with major initiatives such as DSRIP, smaller community organizations are often challenged in how to engage and contract with larger, lead organizations, such as the Performing Provider Systems (PPS).  These organizations tend to be administratively lean, have fewer resources and also compete with other CBOs for similar funding grants.
Additionally, it may be challenging to analyze and present their service mission and enterprise in a business framework for contract arrangements. The administrative time and resources required for such engagements often exceed what individual CBOs have available to analyze the business requirements, and to successfully formulate a business strategy and proposition. Further, such demands may burden the CBO and undermine the resources needed for the CBO to continue to deliver its core services. As such, this RFA is designed to provide funding to non-Medicaid billing Community Based Organizations who address the social determinants of health for the Long-Island and Mid-Hudson Region.
This RFA is intended to solicit applications for grants to assist CBO Consortiums in planning activities to identify business requirements and formulate strategies for short-term needs as well as longer term plans that the CBO consortium may envision for sustainability in system transformation. Overall, this will allow them to better position themselves for continuing engagement with PPSs in DSRIP projects, and consequently, value based payment and contracting.  A maximum funding amount for this opportunity is $2,500,000.

To learn more about this opportunity, please go to the NYS Grants Gateway.  To locate the opportunity on Grants Gateway, search by the opportunity name:   Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant - Reissue for the Long Island and Mid-Hudson Region.  Application due date is February 10, 2017, 4 pm.   Questions must be submitted to OHIPContracts@health.ny.gov by January10, 2017 by 4:00 pm.   Questions, Answers and Updates Posted (on or about) January  20, 2017.

This month's "DSRIP Digest" newsletter features Millennium Collaborative Care PPS and their work to help Western New York primary care practices attain Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) gold standard.  You can find this story as well as recent news and upcoming events for DSRIP  here.

Beginning in March 2015, the Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) have issued regulatory waivers related to proposed DSRIP projects. DOH, OMH, and OASAS have since issued instruction to PPS for identifying sites where regulatory waivers would apply or other approval is required (i.e. CON, PAR, 3.a.i. threshold application). PPS were required to submit this information via the Regulatory Waiver and Project Tracking tool on November 18, 2016.
At this time, three additional regulatory waiver requests and responses for round two, and four additional regulatory waiver request and responses for round three, have been posted to the DSRIP  website.
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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. Compliance Officer
  2. Provider Relations Manager
  3. Project Manager, Integrated & Managed Care
  4. Project Manager: PCMH Practice Facilitation 
  5. Care Manager
  6. Data Visualization Analyst
  7. Community Engagement Liaison 
  8. Social Worker
  9. Community Health Associate
  10. Administrative Manager, Community Engagement & Cultural Competence
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.