February 27, 2017
      
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE SCC FOR THE MARCH 2017 PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Long Island
1717 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, New York 

We're thrilled to share this quarter's keynote presentations and speakers:  
 
LEAN APPLICATIONS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS
Alan Cooper, Ph.D, MBA, the founder and President of the Tudor Advisory Group, has over 25 years of experience in the area of strategic organizational transformation. His work is consistently aligned with an overarching emphasis on the achievement of an organization's strategic mission and goals.
 
STATE OF THE SHIN-NY STRATEGIC PLANNING UPDATE
In pursuit of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York's (SHIN-NY) mission to ensure fast, secure, and accurate access to patient data across the state to support the "triple aim," NYeC interacts with a diverse group of stakeholders, including regional health information organizations (RHIOs), government agencies and policymakers, health plans, providers, and consumers.  As Executive Director for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), Valerie Grey brings deep knowledge of these groups from her wide-ranging experience in both the public and private sectors.
 
Additional presentations by the SCC will provide membership with DSRIP program progress reports and performance measurement updates.   Click here  for further details and meeting program.  
Register  here today!  Space is limited. 
GNYHA SYMPOSIUM ON CARE MANAGEMENT ACROSS THE CARE CONTINUUM 
Addressing PPS Care Management Challenges 
 
The Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) will host a symposium on approaches and challenges to implementing coordinated care management across the care continuum. This topic has been raised at various GNYHA Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program workgroup meetings, where performing provider systems (PPS) have indicated the numerous challenges related to coordinated care management activities across hospital, post-acute, community-based and managed care partners.

The event will broadly address care management challenges such as inter-organizational communication, patient accountability, health information technology implementation and workforce training issues.  GNYHA invites individuals from member hospitals, PPSs and PPS partners engaged in  oversight and implementation of care management activities and workflows.

DATE:                     Wednesday, March 8, 2017
TIME:                      10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LOCATION:            GNYHA Conference Room
                                 555 West 57th Street, 15th Floor   
                                 New York, NY

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The keynote will be given by Suzanne Mitchell, MD, Assistant Professor, Boston Medical Center and co-researcher of Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) and Project ACHIEVE (Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health in Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence).  Dr. Mitchell will provide insights on care management approaches and challenges from her research, which includes surveys, site visits and data analysis on care transitions nationwide.  A panel entitled, "Care Management Across the Continuum" will provide perspectives from hospitals, payers, home health agencies and behavioral health providers on the challenges and opportunities in care management.  Symposium participants can also participate in facilitated discussions on challenges facing health systems and their partners as they design, spread and scale care management programs.

This event will be the first in a series of care management symposia hosted by GNYHA to explore how to provide effective care management services to meet goals of reducing unavoidable hospital utilization, improving population health outcomes and enhancing the care experience for patients. Contact Lindsey Gottschalk at  lgottschalk@gnyha.org or Carla Nelson at cnelson@gnyha.org with questions about the symposium.  
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
BGC Jr. Hip Hop, BGC Drama Matters, Spoken Word Artist, Poetry, BGC Jr. SMART Girls, Bellport High School Step Squad and so much more!  
631-286-9090, Ext. 301.  Click here for flyer.  

JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS
Sponsored by Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc.
Information sessions March through May take place 6:30 pm at Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance.   See attached for dates and workshop topics.
For more information, contact Jason A. Neal at 631-416-4097.

INTERESTED VETERANS - SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Apply to be a 2017 Tillman Scholar.  Deadline March 1, 2017.
Sponsored by the Pat Tillman Foundation.  
Founded in 2004 the PTF invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships - building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.  
Find out more about this foundation here.
See flyer 
for application details.

FREE SEMINAR FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS LOOKING TO ENROLL IN COLLEGE
Presented by the Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau and Suffolk Community College
Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 pm, Brookhaven Town Hall Media Room
To RSVP call the Youth Bureau at 631-451-8011.  Seating is limited. Click here for details.
HEARTSAVER CLASSES FOR 2017 
Open to All Community Members

2017 Heartsaver/AED Classes in the Heart Center at Stony Brook University Hospital. Only $10 for Certification Card or FREE if you don't want a card.  Classes are held once a month.  To register contact Yvonne Leippert, RN, 631-444-3322.  See flyer for scheduled dates.
COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENTS/COMMUNITY SERVICE PLANS
Now available on Long Island Health Collaborative's Website

The Community Health Needs Assessments and Service Plans are reports produced by the hospitals and local county health departments to identify and address community health priorities. These priorities come from the Prevention Agenda  , a vision for New York to become the nation's healthiest state by addressing five health priorities: Prevent Chronic Disease, Promote a Healthy and Safe Environment, Promote Healthy Women, Infants, and Children, Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse, and Prevent HIV, Sexually-Transmitted Diseases, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Healthcare-Associated Infections.

The Long Island Health Collaborative served as the convening agent for these organizations to work together to create these documents. The assessments and plans for each hospital and county health department on Long Island can now be found on their website.
TREATING TROUBLED YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES
Issues in Children's Mental Health Conference

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness will be hosting a conference entitled, Issues in Children's Mental Health Series. Participants of this conference will be given an overview of family systems work, a Four-Step Model for Family Assessment and tools on beginning work with the families of children and adolescents. 

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to :
  • Understand the rationale for Systems Approach and understand the strength of using the family
  • How to effectively conduct meetings with families
  • How to create a working assessment
  • How to link symptoms to system, creating a road to change
  • Learn resources on best parenting practices and how to facilitate parental teamwork
March 24, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm
Radisson Long Island Hotel
110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY

This conference has been approved for 6 LMSW/LCSW/LMFT/LMHC Contact Hours. Certification of Completion will be awarded at the end of the workshop.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.  For more information and to register click here.  
SCC WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS

Stephanie Burke, MS, MHA, CHES, Administrative Manager for Community Engagement & Cultural Competency
 
Stephanie is a Public Health Professional dedicated to promoting community health and engagement through prevention and educational outreach. She brings experience fostering a positive and collaborative organizational culture to aid in behavioral change that impacts communities on a global level.  As a highly motivated and passionate Community Health Educator she offers expertise in health communications, program development, implementation, and evaluation. In addition, she has years of expertise in health coaching, group facilitation, program development, developing and coordinating effective health campaigns.   Her education started at Hofstra University where she earned a BS in Community Health, MHA in Health Administration.  She continued her education at Boston University earning a MS in Health Communications and is currently attending A.T. Still University to earn a doctorate (DHEd) in health education.    
 
Lyndsey Clark, MS, Community Engagement Liaison supporting Community Engagement and Cultural Competency/Health Literacy
 
Lyndsey earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. During her undergraduate years, she interned at both Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the American Cancer Society, which both spurred her interest in connecting with community partners and healthcare populations. Upon graduating, Lyndsey returned to Visiting Nurse Service of New York for 4 years providing their clients and loved ones expedient customer service in their Customer Care Center all while working on her Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Utica College.  Lyndsey has joined SCC after working with ALON Marketing Group, a tourism marketing consulting company, for nearly 3 years providing staff support and assisting in marketing consulting in the travel trade. Lyndsey is excited to use her multifaceted background to personally engage local community members through SCC's innovative initiatives.
ATTENTION MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
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Wisselman & Associates will be conducting a series of four legal mini workshops for mental health professionals to help more effectively assist patients experiencing marital and family problems and to learn how to be more prepared for cases which require court testimony.  T he series will address prime legal concerns related to divorce and family law   The fee to attend each workshop is $20 and each attendance will qualify for 1.5 CE credits.    All attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

To register call 516-773-8300 or email sharyn@lawjaw.com.  For full description of each workshop and workshop schedule click here.  
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS

DSRIP PUBLIC COMMENT AND PAOP MEETING MATERIALS
On January 31st, the Department of Health hosted a public comment day on the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program.  A summary of all testimony from that day, as well as written public comment that was submitted to the Department, has been posted to their website .  

Over a three day period, from February 1-3, the DSRIP Project Approval and Oversight Panel (PAOP) reviewed the DSRIP mid-point assessment reports and recommendations.  During that time, all 25 Performing Provider Systems (PPS) presented to the PAOP their progress to date on meeting the goals of the DSRIP Program.  The website has been updated to reflect all 25 PPS presentations, a summary of the meeting proceedings and PPS recommendations as voted on by the PAOP.  All of these materials can be found on the website.

The archived webcast of all four days can be found  here.   Any questions can be sent to
DSRIP@health.ny.gov.

HCBS FINAL RULE STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN
A webinar was presented last week on the Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Final Rule Statewide Transition Plan.  An overview of the New York State's recently amended State Transition Plan and discussion of next steps in order to come into compliance with this federal regulation was included in the webinar.  The State's efforts to address areas noted in CMS' response to the State's initial Statewide Transition Plan was also reviewed.  The PowerPoint presentation can be found here.   For more information, visit the website .  

REGULATORY WAIVER UPDATE
To date, over 640 DSRIP regulatory waivers have been requested through Round,1 Round 2 and Round 3.  Of the waivers requested, 462 waivers or 72 percent of requests have been approved.  Approved requests include instances where regulations were waived or no waiver was required.  Common approvals granted include the ability for providers to integrate primary care and mental health services and the ability for providers to co-locate or share space.  The number of denied requests were 140 or 22 percent.  Commonly denied waivers include requests to change construction standards and request to change nursing home assessment procedures.  Waivers were denied if they posted a threat to patient safety or requested a federal or state statute be waived.  

HOSPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MAKING REFERRALS TO HEALTH HOMES
NYS Hospitals have been notified of a newly developed protocol, " Hospital Requirements for Making Referrals to Health Homes".   The notification letter provides an overview of this MRT Initiative, specific regulations and requirements for implementation by Hospitals, and guidance for Hospitals to refer patients who present in an emergency department to Health Homes.  The date for implementation of this protocol is 90 days from the date of the letter, which was February 15, 2017.  This letter can be found here along with two attachments: Hospital Requirements for Making Referrals to Health Homes:  Referral Procedures and Determining if a Medicaid Member is Currently Eligible or Enrolled in Health Home, providing guidance to assist Hospitals with the referral process, and Letter of Attestation, for Hospitals to complete and submit to the Department of Health.  Questions related to this requirement can be submitted to the  Health Home BML , Subject line: "Hospital Referral Requirement Questions." 
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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. Director, Care Transition Innovation
  2. Compliance Officer
  3. Project Manager: PCMH Practice Facilitation 
  4. Care Manager
  5. Data Visualization Analyst
  6. Social Worker
  7. Community Health Associate
  8. Data Acquisition Specialist
  9. Population Health Platform Training and Support Specialist
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.