March 2018
Welcome to NQP Pulse, the newsletter of the Nassau Queens Performing Provider System (NQP). This newsletter is meant to keep you up-to-date on relevant activities and resources surrounding DSRIP and NQP.
News and Updates
NQP Supporting Improved Patient Outcomes for Eight Leading Nassau and Queens Behavioral Health Agencies
Through its newly established Behavioral Health Performance Fund, NQP has contracted with eight leading Nassau and Eastern Queens behavioral health agencies in support of quality improvement efforts.

The $750,000 fund provides the agencies with the means to decrease avoidable emergency department visits by analyzing and enhancing performance, hiring staff and coordinating care with NQP’s hospital Hubs.

NQP Provides $1.8 Million to 33 Nassau and Queens Agencies
NQP is providing $1.8 million to 33 community based organizations (CBOs) in Nassau and Queens for health improvement initiatives. Approximately $1.1 million will be provided to 23 of those agencies through NQP’s CBO Innovation Fund—a fund created to provide CBOs with the financial resources to assist them in developing health-related programs.

NUMC Hub Sees Success with MAX Series and Beyond
Through the work of the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) DSRIP Hub, NUMC has seen success in reducing 30-day re-admissions and avoidable hospital use. The Hub has implemented new patient-care related processes that came about from participating in the New York State Department of Health’s (NYS DOH) Medicaid Accelerated eXchange (MAX) Series–a rapid-cycle, continuous improvement program that brings together frontline providers to redesign the way health care services are given.

Online Learning Available
NQP has an extensive catalog of online training courses available at no cost to our partners. These trainings are intended to help equip the workforce of our partner organizations with the tools needed to succeed in the value-based health care environment.

We continuously add new training material, so be sure to check back frequently.

Current online offerings include:

  • DSRIP 101
  • Introduction to Value Based Payment (VBP)
  • Introduction to Care Coordination
  • DSRIP/VBP Overview
  • The 5 A’s for Treating Tobacco Dependence
  • Self-Management
  • Provider Performance Requirements Under VBP Level 1
  • Hypertension
  • Healthcare Access and Financial Assistance
  • Health Home 101
  • Diabetes E-Learning
  • Cultural Competency and Health Literacy
  • Cardiovascular Management in the Primary Care Setting and The Million Hearts Campaign
  • Blood Pressure Management Training
  • Behavioral Health Crisis Strategy – Queens
  • Behavioral Health Crisis Strategy – Nassau
  • 2013 ACC/AHA Guidelines on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

Please note, education credits are not available.
NQP Shares Knowledge with Business Leaders in Thought-Provoking Health Care Panel Discussion
Bob Hettenbach, executive director, Nassau Queens PPS, and Gilbert Burgos, medical director, Nassau Queens PPS, recently participated in a panel discussion titled, “Ripped from the Headlines,” at Molloy College’s Energeia 2018 Health Care Workshop.

Value Based Payments Corner
New DSRIP Whiteboard Video: "DSRIP Year 4: Start a Movement"
In the video titled, “DSRIP Year 4: Start a Movement,” New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson gives an overview of the DSRIP year 4 theme and goals, including the focus on performance, the move to Value Based Payment (VBP), and planning for the future.

VBP Bootcamp Recording and Slides Available
The NYS Department of Health has now completed six Value Based Payment Bootcamps with over 2,500 participants statewide.
If you were unable to attend the VBP Bootcamps, the webcast recording of the Albany Bootcamp session, all course presentations, and supplemental materials are now available online .
Please look out for more VBP University semesters, which will be released in the near future.

Learn more about VBP University .
VBP Arrangement Fact Sheets
The New York State Department of Health has released the 2018 Value Based Payment Arrangement Fact Sheets for the following arrangements:

  • Total Care for the General Population (TCGP)
  • Integrated Primary Care (IPC)
  • Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) Subpopulation
  • HIV/AIDs Subpopulation
  • Maternity Care
The documents can be found in the Resource Library under the VBP Arrangement Fact Sheets tab.