August 25, 2017
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT 
PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Registration 8:30 am
Program 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Long Island
1717 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY

QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITY 
For SCC Partner Organizations
The SCC invites its partners to participate in a one-day training session on Quality and Performance Improvement in Ambulatory Care. The training is sponsored by the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), and is funded by the New York State Department of Health's Health Workforce Retraining Initiative.  

About the Training
The training will be rooted in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Model for Improvement, and adapted for the ambulatory care setting. Each session will include lecture/didactics and interactive learning activities. Participants will receive a Certificate of Training.
 
Who Should Attend the Training
Training is open to all staff in the ambulatory care setting, including front desk, medical assistants, nurses, social workers, nurse practitioners and physicians. Up to two team members from an organization may attend. A diverse representation of practice roles supports development of a team based approach in addressing challenges related to workflows and overall PI. Practice managers, administrators, and nursing and physician leaders are encouraged to attend as part of the teams.

If your organization has more than two team members who you would like to attend please contact Anne Barrett, Director for Workforce & Communications at the Suffolk Care Collaborative via email at Anne.Barrett@stonybrookmedicine.edu.  If space is available we will offer additional places to partner organizations as able. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Space is limited.  For more details about the training and to register for your preferred session, use the below links. 

DATE:              Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 9 am - 4 pm
LOCATION:    1393 Veterens Memorial Highway
                        Hauppauge, NY

DATE:               Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 9 am - 4 pm
LOCATION:      Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites East End
                         1707 Old Country Road, Route 58, Riverhead, NY
SCC's MEDICAL RECORD ABSTRACTION PROCESS

The SCC Partner Medical Record Abstraction process will begin September 18, 2017. Partners selected for this review will be notified and contacted by the NYS Department of Health (DOH) 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. 

The SCC will be co-hosting a webinar for our partners to provide further details on the medical record abstraction process and addressing the documentation needed to meet the metric requirements.  An invitation to this webinar will be sent to partners selected by the DOH for the review.

Please direct any questions or concerns you may have regarding the abstraction process to:

Kelly Tamburello, RHIT, CHDA
Administrative Manager, Performance Reporting & Management
Email: Kelly.Tamburello@stonybrookmedicine.edu
Phone: (631) 638-1777 
TREATING TOBACCO DEPENDENCE TRAINING PROGRAM

The SCC and Suffolk County Department of Health Services are  offering a one-day Train the Trainer program for those that treat tobacco dependent individuals.

WHEN:     October 13, 2017, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

WHERE:  1393 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided by SCC.

6.75 Credits available to CASAC professionals.
Registration is required, deadline September 29. Limited seating. Click here for registration form.  Contact Wanda Ortiz at Wanda.Ortiz@suffolkcountyny.gov with any questions.
EARLY RECOGNITION OF INFECTION IN LONG-TERM CARE SETTINGS WEBINAR

Reminder to register for the first in a series of SCC's Long-term Care Performance Improvement Learning Module educational webinars. The topic for this webinar will be  Early Recognition of Infection in Long-Term Care Settings   taking place  Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 1 0 am to 11 am.

Presented by:       
Nick Fitterman, MD, FACP, SFHM,
Vice Chair of Hospital Medicine at Northwell Health 
                      and 
Jennifer Kennedy, RN, BSN, MS, CCTM,
Chief Marketing Officer at Gurwin Jewish Nursing &
Rehabilitation Center

Who Should Attend?
Recommended for SNF Directors of Nursing, Nurse Educators and Front-line Nursing staff.

Click here for webinar learning objectives and to register.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY AND HEALTH LITERACY MASTER TRAINING PROGRAM

  
Join the SCC in the next Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Master Training (TTT) Program, an interactive program in which participants will have a hands on learning experience to build better communities. 

WHEN:     Thursday, October 5, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

WHERE:   1393 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge
 
Post-training, Master Trainers will receive a certificate of completion and the ability to host training sessions throughout the region. Master Trainers will be able to facilitate two different trainings: (1) 2 hour CCHL training sessions for workforce professionals and (2) 7.5 hour master training sessions for future master-trainers.
 
Applications are now being accepted online through Tuesday, September 19. This is a required application process.  Please note, completing this application does not confirm attendance to this program. Upon completing an application, you will receive follow up from SCC with next steps.
 
Due to the interactive nature of this program, registration is limited to 30 participants. A maximum of 2 participants per organization will be selected to attend. Preference will be given to those applicants with previous facilitation experience and those who work regularly with under-served populations within their professional roles.

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE
AUGUST IS NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH   

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use this month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.

NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance, visit their website.  NPHIC, in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, developed communication toolkits to help communicate about vaccines for various audiences and outreach and educational materials, all of which can be found on the website.
STATE TO AWARD UP TO $3.5 MILLION FOR SUICIDE- PREVENTION      

The state Office of Mental Health is seeking bids from statewide nonprofit organizations to coordinate its suicide-prevention program.   The five-year contract is worth as much as $3.5 million, with an operating budget of up to $680,000 in the first year and up to $695,000 annually thereafter. The state's Suicide Prevention Office aims to reduce suicide attempts and deaths by implementing initiatives in the health system and communities.

One major role of the contract is to take charge of publicizing and organizing the bi-annual state Suicide Prevention Conference. Applicants must demonstrate a background in delivering mental health services, a presence in communities across the state, and a knowledge of current trends in suicide prevention and post-intervention service and training.

The awardee will help coordinate initiatives and disburse contract funds to support the Suicide Prevention Office's activities. The contractor is also responsible for roles that include conducting clinical, peer and gatekeeper training and evaluation.  The state is holding a mandatory webinar for bidders on September 6 at 10 a.m.  Click here to register for the webinar.  You can obtain the Request for Proposal here.  Proposals are due October 11, with an expected start date of January 1, 2018.
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

BACK TO SCHOOL BLOCK PARTY
August 26 at 12 - 6 pm
Sponsored by Legislator Martinez, Liga De Justicia & The House of Judah
Come with the entire family for a day filled with food, games, music, dancing and fun!  Backpacks will be given out to the first 50 student guests at
Legislator Martinez' Office, 55 Second Ave., Brentwood.  Click here for flyer.  

VETERANS FOR RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
Weekly meetings take place every Wednesday 7-8 pm
Project9line Headquarters, 25 Union Avenue, Islip. Contact info@project9line.org for more information.

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




Please visit our Community Engagement page  for an entire list of upcoming events and resources.
THE HEALTH AND WELFARE COUNCIL OF LONG ISLAND IS THE WINNING APPLICANT FOR CBO PLANNING GRANT

The New York State Department of Health recently announced The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island as the winning applicant in the Long Island and Mid-Hudson region for the Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant RFA #1612201231. Final award approval is contingent upon the review and approval of the Office of the State Comptroller.   Any questions can be sent to OHIPContracts@health.ny.gov .  
FAMILIES ANONYMOUS, SUPPORT GROUP

Families Anonymous, a support group for families dealing with problems related to drugs, alcohol, behavioral problems or interpersonal relationships, meets at Mather Hospital every Friday from 7:30-9:30 pm in Conference Room 1. Registration is not required. For information, call Marian at 631-219-4838.
SEPTEMBER HEALTH & WELLNESS OBSERVANCES calendar-banner.jpg

September 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.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.  Communities, health professionals and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and be more active.  Click here  f or a toolkit and educational materials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help promote awareness! 

National Cholesterol Education Month
More than 102 million American Adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels. More than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, which puts them at high risk for heart disease.  Visit SCC's website to access a useful resource entitled, 
National Cholesterol Education Program.

National Recovery Month
Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.  Recovery Month created a toolkit to help individuals and organizations increase awareness of the power of recovery. The kit provides tips and resources for planning Recovery Month events and distributing information in communities across the nation.  Visit the website for helpful tools, graphics and resources.
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS POLICY STATEMENT
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a  policy statement urging pediatricians to get involved with early-childhood education. The AAP policy statement explains, "High-quality early education and child care for young children improves physical and cognitive outcomes for the children and can result in enhanced school readiness..... pediatricians have a role in promoting quality early education and child care for all children not only in the medical home but also at the community, state, and national levels."  Education Week highlighted the policy statement in a recent  blog post.  
 
Many pediatricians in New York are advocating for patients and working on a number of initiatives related to improving outcomes, including educational outcomes, for kids.  Most recently, NYS Department of Health (DOH) announced New York's First 1,000 Days on Medicaid initiative -- which is based on the collective interests of New York's health care, education and child care systems to work together to maximize outcomes for children.  This policy statement from AAP further supports the importance of cross-system collaboration to ensure young children are supported in the most important years of their development. For more information on the First 1000 Days on Medicaid initiative and materials from the most recent meeting of this work group, visit the DOH website .   Join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #First1KDaysNY.

REPORT AND SCORECARD RELEASED FOR DSRIP YEAR 2, QUARTER 4 (DY2 Q4)
The Department of Health (DOH) announced that the Independent Assessor (IA) has completed its reviews of the DY 2 Q4 reports, covering all PPS activity through March 31, 2017. The results of the IA's review and the breakdown of performance payments earned by each PPS, can be found in the Achievement Value (AV) scorecard. PPS fourth quarter reports and AV scorecards can be found in individual PPS pages on the DSRIP
website.   The total earned by all PPSs through DSRIP Year 2 was $2,529,408,899 out of a possible $2,640,661,329 (95.78%) for all funds.   Contact dsrip@health.ny.gov with any questions.

PUBLIC COMMENT FOR 2018 VALUE BASED PAYMENT QUALITY MEASURES AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
The New York State Department of Health announced the draft technical specifications for newly proposed quality measures for both the 2018 Value Based Payment (VBP) Quality Measure Set and the 2018 Quality Assurance Reporting Requirements (QARR). The DOH welcomes feedback on the proposed new measures.  They are also seeking specific comments to targeted questions per measure, as well as comments on whether you support, support with modifications, or do not support the use of this quality measure. Comments related to the measure intent and measure feasibility are also encouraged.
 
See the draft technical specifications , the  New York State Value Sets, and  the  
Public Comment Submission Form t o submit your comments by September 11, 2017,
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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. Care Manager
  2. Social Worker
  3. Community Health Associate
  4. Project Manager, Practice Transformation
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.