October 4, 2016
 Jason Helgerson, NYS DOH Medicaid Director presents at SCC Project Advisory Committee Meeting
Over 300 members of the SCC participated in last weeks Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting. Each meeting the SCC selects themes to cover that are pertinent in the development of our programs' objectives. This quarter, the SCC selected building health home linkages across the Suffolk County Integrated Delivery System. Hope Glassberg, VP of Strategic Initiatives and Policy at Hudson River Healthcare & Ann Ferguson, Senior Director of the Northwell Health Solutions Health Home Program provided a presentation covering Health Homes. Content included a general overview of the Health Home model, targeted population, services provided by Health Homes, workflows, referral processes, behavioral health and HARP, as well as opportunities for improvement. Opportunities included how health home workflows will be integrated in the SCC's programs and initiatives.
Topping the agenda was a presentation provided by Jason Helgerson, New York State's Medicaid Director and Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Health Insurance Programs, who focused on DSRIP program progress across New York State as well as ongoing efforts in New York's Medicaid program to develop delivery and payment systems that reward value instead of volume.   
Jason Helgerson's latest blog post for the National Health Service Confederation addresses the overwhelming challenges individuals working in health care face, and the need to embrace these challenges and serve as change agents. Click here to access and share your thoughts via Twitter - @NewYorkMRT!
The SCC will announce when video-recordings are made available on our website. In the meantime, please click the following links to access the PAC meeting presentations:
Members of the Suffolk Care Collaborative photographed during
Project Advisory Committee Meeting on September 26th 2016
As Long Island communities become more diverse, the need to incorporate cultural competency and health literacy into practice is essential to providing exceptional, patient-centered care. The Long Island Health Collaborative, Nassau Queens PPS and Suffolk Care Collaborative have partnered with The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Suburban Health Equity Institute to implement a regional training program for community-based and social service organizations, local health departments, hospitals and health providers. 
A Cultural Competency-Health Literacy (CC/HL) Train the Trainer session will be held on Monday November 7, 9-4:30pm at 1383 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 26 in Hauppauge, NY. During this FREE training, participants will acquire a cultural competency/health literacy toolkit, access to didactic presentations, valuable resources which can be used to induce culture change within their organization and the skill-set needed to lead two types of CC/HL training sessions.
Due to the interactive nature of this training, a maximum of 30 participants will be selected to attend and participate. Preference will be given to those applicants with previous facilitation experience and those who work regularly with under-served populations within their professional roles. This application process will allow us to identify a diverse network of TTT Organizational Leads-trainers.

Post-training, TTT Organizational Leads will receive a certificate of completion and the ability to host training sessions throughout the region. TTT Organizational Leads will be able to facilitate two different trainings: (1) 1.5 hour CC/HL training sessions for workforce professionals and (2) 7.5 hour master training sessions for future master-trainers. Click here to access the program flyer.
Please contact Sarah Ravenhall, MHA, CHES, Program Manager if you have any questions. sravenhall@nshc.org (631) 257-6959
Are you interested in bringing your voice to the team that is at the forefront of the changing healthcare landscape on Long Island? Do you want to network with other community-based organization representatives and walk away with a communication tool that will improve the work of all CBOs and health providers?
The Long Island Health Collaborative is a voluntary coalition of hospitals, local health departments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, health plans and more, all committed to improving the health of community members. Its focus is reduction of chronic disease especially those conditions related to obesity.
The Building Bridges: Communications, Data & Networking event is a follow-up to the community-based summit events that were held by the Long Island Health Collaborative in February 2016 and the Clergy Breakfast for faith-based organizations sponsored by Suffolk Care Collaborative in November 2014. You may have attended one or both of these summits. During these events, qualitative data was collected about community socio-economic status and health needs. This information is being used to support hospital and county health department Community Health Assessments, prompting plans for community health improvement strategies.
The Suffolk County Building Bridges event is scheduled for: October 20, 2016 9-11:30am at the Riverhead Volunteer Fire Department, 540 Roanoke Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901.
During this event, leaders from faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, civic organizations, care managers, discharge planners, and providers will get the chance to:
  • Review results of February summit event qualitative analysis
  • Network with other organizations serving your targeted communities
  • Discuss and contribute to the prioritization of social determinants of health
  • You'll leave with strong connections to local resources, budding partnerships, and the Long Island Health Collaborative' s comprehensive communication tool
Space is Limited, Register Today: www.lihealthcollab.eventbrite.com
Clinical & Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS)
To gain a better understanding of uninsured individuals' experiences with providers and office staff during the course of their care, the Suffolk Care Collaborative partnered with Press Ganey to coordinate and distribute the CG-CAHPS mail patient satisfaction survey. The distribution of the 31-question CG-CAHPS survey is an annual DOH requirement for the Community Health Activation Program (2.d.i.). Patients contacted for this survey included adults 18 years or older, self-identified and provider identified as uninsured, and patients who have had at least one qualifying visit (such as primary care or preventive care) within the PPS during the specified measurement period. The distribution of the survey initiated in August and will end mid-November. To date, 218 completed surveys have been returned. The SCC will earn achievement values based on submitting 250 or more completed surveys to the DOH by mid-December. The SCC is at 87% compliance with meeting the goal with just 32 surveys to go!
The SCC is working closely with Press Ganey to track our progress and strategize alternative survey collection methods if we near the deadline and have not hit our target. SCC's early success is due to the collaborative efforts made by all three Hubs as well as assuring the communication to patients was at the appropriate literacy level.
A new blog released by the Empire Center called, " Bending NY's Medicaid curve," shows that New York Medicaid spending per recipient has dropped from $10,684 to $8,731, or 18 percent, between 2010 and 2014, nearly twice the national average. The article attributes the Medicaid Redesign Team's program changes and shift to managed care among the reasons for the decrease. To read the full article and learn more, click here.
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) formally announced changes to the timeline for the Mid-Point Assessment to accommodate the completion of on-site reviews of all 25 PPS's by the IA. The primary changes impact the release of the initial Mid-Point recommendations for PPS and public comment. The table below provides details on the major events scheduled for the completion of the Mid-Point Assessment with the original dates and the revised dates for each event.  
Original Schedule
Revised Schedule
Release Initial Mid-Point Assessment Report to PPS
November 3, 2016
November 10, 2016
Release Initial Mid-Point Assessment Report for Public Comment
November 10, 2016
November 17, 2016
PPS/Public Comment Period Ends
December 3, 2016
December 10, 2016
Release Final Mid-Point Assessment Report for Public Comment
December 23, 2016
December 23, 2016
2nd Public Comment Period Ends
January 23, 2017
January 23, 2017
PAOP Convenes
January 31, 2017 - February 3, 2017
January 31, 2017 -
February 3, 2017
This month's installment of the "DSRIP Digest," the MRT newsletter, features Adirondack Health Institute (AHI)  PPS's Medical Village Transformation, as well as recent news and upcoming events for DSRIP. Click here to view. If you did not have a chance to view last months, check out the Suffolk Care Collaboratives' feature by clicking here.  
Job woman showing hiring sign. Young smiling Caucasian   Asian businesswoman isolated on white background.
The SCC is pleased to invite qualified career seekers to apply for open positions. Whenever new opportunities become available, they will be posted here.
Current job openings:
  1. Director, Clinical Programs Innovation
  2. Project Manager: PCMH Practice Facilitation 
  3. Care Manager
  4. Social Worker
  5. Data Integration Analyst


For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.