December 27, 2016

All of us at the Suffolk Care Collaborative would like to take this opportunity to thank our many partners for their collaboration and contributions that made this past year a success.   We hope that you take time to reflect and celebrate with family and friends during this Holiday Season.

Warmest Wishes for Happy Holidays filled with Peace and Joy 
and Good Health and Success in the coming New Year.  
Yolanda Robano-Gross, Executive Director, Options for Community Living, Kelli Vasquez and
Stephanie Tam from SCC

The Holiday Season can be a very busy time of year for most people and is a great opportunity to take time out to focus on gratitude and giving.  Over the past 2 months, the Suffolk Care Collaborative staff hosted a Food Drive with Island Harvest, Long Island's largest hunger relief organization, held a Winter Clothing Drive benefiting Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, and adopted 2 families from Options for Community Living, an organization that meets the needs of low income residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, with mental illness, HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions.  

Spearheaded by our Social Committee, the SCC staff collected over 180 pounds of food, several bags of coats, gloves, scarves and winter clothing, and gifted the  adopted families with many of their wish list items.  Everyone at the SCC enjoyed this opportunity to help residents of Suffolk County.  

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Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

Brookhaven Animal Shelter promoting "Home for the Holidays" 
December 15 through January 15
Each adoption includes free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal tests.
For more information call 631-451-6950 or visit their  website.

HOPEFitness makes fitness accessible for all abilities
Yoga can be beneficial for individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions.   All ages and levels welcome. Yoga can be performed while seated in a chair or wheelchair.
Every Wednesday 4:15-5:15 pm, HOPEFitness of Suffolk, 3140 Vets Highway, Bohemia.
Click here for more information and to register.

Changing Lives, Building Futures
 VetsBuild Long Island's goal is to help LI Veterans find jobs in manufacturing, energy efficient building and performance contracting.  Free training, job counseling and placement assistance is provided.
See flyer for details or visit United Way of LI's website.

Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area
Celebrate with traditional song, dance and food.
December 27, 6-8 pm, 471 Atlantic Avenue, Bellport.
For more information call 631-286-9090 ext. 0 or visit their website.

In response to requests from Performing Provider Systems (PPSs), the Greater NY Hospital Association (GNYHA) has created a Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program webpage within the GNYHA website to house information and materials developed to support PPSs in implementation. The webpage includes advocacy materials, presentations, and other information developed as part of GNYHA's efforts to help PPSs meet all DSRIP milestones and earn maximum DSRIP funding.

GNYHA convenes nine distinct workgroups, as well as ad hoc meetings, that provide opportunities for PPSs to discuss strategies and best practices in implementing DSRIP's clinical projects and complying with organizational requirements. The materials, documents, and advocacy requests that result from the workgroup meetings are posted on the new DSRIP webpage, along with other related GNYHA publications and member letters.

The GNYHA DSRIP webpage can be accessed via the GNYHA homepage. The main DSRIP webpage is accessible to GNYHA members and includes general information on GNYHA's DSRIP support and descriptions of the nine workgroups. The individual workgroup sections are designed for PPS and hospital staff working on DSRIP and may require an additional level of website access.  You may 
contact Lindsey Gottschalk with questions about the GNYHA DSRIP webpage or to request access to materials.

Carol Berkoski, PMP, IT Project Manager

Carol comes to us with over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology space with a broad background spanning the software development and project management life cycle, which includes Quality Assurance, Business Analysis, IT Project Management and PMO roles.  Her experience most recently has been in the Financial Services industry, supporting retail banking operations.  Accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment with ever changing priorities Carol will be an asset to the team to help define and implement structured processes and procedures to enhance workflow and improve project management efficiencies.   Carol will initially be responsible for managing the end to end reporting process for D SRIP deliverables and supporting DSRIP IT projects.  
"You Served You Earned" Services for LI Veterans and their Families

The Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island is comprised of representatives from state and county government, the VA medical center, veterans' organizations, mental health and substance abuse providers, universities, and individual veterans, who all have a personal interest in supporting Long Island veterans.

The mission of the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island is to build a friendly veteran community by "Promoting the health and well-being of Long Island veterans and their families
through advocacy and a broad array of services."

This guide outlines the range of services provided by the Veterans Health Alliance
of Long Island, pertinent information about your local VA hospital, County Veterans Service Agency and VET Centers, as well as other resources that range from alternative healing to employment, education, food and housing.

Resources have been arranged in alphabetical order and specify the services p rovid ed. Some of the services included in this guide are free of charge.  Others may be covered by private insurance, TRICARE, government benefits, or other forms of payment.
Celebrating Successful First Year
Recognizing that gaps currently exist in the management of high risk and rising risk patients throughout Suffolk County, the SCC has developed a Care Management Organization (CMO) to work directly with providers and patients within the Stony Brook Network.  As existing care management efforts are deployed through Health Homes, Managed Care Organizations and other Health System Care Management Organizations, the SCC is geared towards addressing the needs of all Suffolk County high risk patients.  In doing so, the SCC CMO provides the added level of support by navigating patients successfully to the most appropriate levels of support by navigating patients successfully to the most appropriate levels of care as well as helping to address any social determinants of care that may exist.
The SCC CMO, led by Kelli Vasquez, Senior Director for Care Management and Care Coordination, was established in October of 2015 and embedded the first Care Manager in a practice site in November of 2015. Embedded Care Management allows for specially trained Care Managers to work directly out of the Primary Care Provider (PCP) office and become a member of the team.  

To read the entire CEO Blog post by Reuven Pasternack, MD, and learn more about this initiative's success , click  here.

Health Research Institute (HRI) and NYSDOH have made initial awards to Advanced Primary Care (APC) Practice Transformation Technical Assistance agents.  A list of awardees will be posted to the SIM website once all contracts have been executed.   A Request for Applications (RFA) for  additional  Practice Transformation Technical Assistance vendors has been posted here.  Applications are due January 18, 2017.  Primary care practices participating within DSRIP are expected to be recognized as either NCQA PCMH 2014 Level 3 or APC Gate 2 by March 31, 2018.  Questions on the RFA can be directed to     

The Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled Advisory Group has produced the Value Payment Arrangements for Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) interim progress report.  The advisory group's report provides definition and associated quality measures for each VBP arrangement and informs providers and payers of the details of each arrangement, further supporting their transition of VBP.  The IDD Interim Progress Report is not a final report from the IDD Advisory Group.  The report is intended to provide a review of efforts underway that are related to this important topic.  Public comment will be collected and used to inform further deliberations on VBP arrangements.  

This report has been posted for public comment on the DSRIP Website through January 20, 2017.  Written comments may be submitted to  

Pursuant to New York's Special Terms and Conditions, the 1115 Demonstration Draft Evaluation Design is now posted for public comment on the DOH Website, under the heading 'latest news' here.  Public comments will be accepted until January 10, 2017, and may be sent to:  Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs, Attention Waiver Management Unit, 99 Washington Avenue, 12th Floor, Suite 1208, Albany, NY 12210 or email to

The New York State (NYS) agencies including the Department of Health (DOH), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and Office of Mental Health (OMH) are pleased to announce the release of the Children´s State Plan (SPA)/Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Provider Designation Application.
The State expects to seek approvals from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) of an 1115 Waiver and State Plan Amendments (SPAs), which collectively will implement the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Children´s Behavioral Health and Health Medicaid Redesign Plan. The approvals of those collective documents will authorize the State to implement the proposed six new State Plan services and the HCBS. Providers that choose to submit an application to become a designated provider of the proposed six new SPA services and/or HCBS as described in the Application and Guide are advised that such designation and ability to provide services under such designation is contingent upon the State receiving CMS and any other approvals required for implementation of such Medicaid services.
The Children´s SPA and/or HCBS Provider Designation is a multi-State agency process which grants designated and authorized providers eligibility to be reimbursed under Medicaid for the provision of SPA and/or HCBS. The designation application is available here.  New York State (NYS) providers who wish to apply for designation must have an established user ID and Facility Code. The user ID, granted through the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), will enable the electronic application to be accessed and completed. If a provider does not have/is not aware of whether they have an OMH User ID and Facility Code, instructions on obtaining these credentials are available by clicking here.
Providers requesting designation within the initial roll out period of this application will be required to submit a completed application by Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Given the timeline for implementing the six new SPA services and HCBS, NYS will prioritize review for those providers seeking designation in Other Licensed Practitioner (OLP). Initial designation for OLP will only be based on the provider´s current operating certificate for this initial, priority review. Designation reviews for other requested SPA/HCBS will be following the initial roll out period.  Questions can be directed to the following email address:
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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. Director, Clinical Programs Innovation
  2. Provider Relations Manager
  3. Project Manager, Integrated & Managed Care
  4. Project Manager: PCMH Practice Facilitation 
  5. Care Manager
  6. Data Visualization Analyst
  7. Data Governance Manager
  8. Community Engagement Liaison 
  9. Administrative Manager, Community Engagement & Cultural Competency
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.