Issue 45
January, 2019
Welcome to Synergy
We are pleased to present the forty-fifth issue of Synergy, a monthly newsletter about the progress and processes of the Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC).

The definition of synergy is the increased effectiveness that results when two or more entities work together. We are confident that the combined efforts of the many dedicated partners within the SCC will help the Collaborative reach its goals, leading to improved health for the residents of Suffolk County.  

About Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC):  SCC is an alliance of healthcare providers in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY, formed to support New York State's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) initiative. Under the guidance and leadership of Stony Brook Medicine, SCC established a Population Health Management Service Organization to improve county-wide health by addressing a wide range of challenges to health in order to improve outcomes by encouraging wellness, making healthcare more accessible and reducing costs by decreasing unnecessary hospital utilization.  For more information, visit our website:

In This Issue
SCC's Next Project Advisory Committee Meeting

SHERPA Services for Overdose Survivors and Their Families
Catholic Health Services Press Release

To further combat the growing opioid crisis, Family & Children's Association (FCA) has partnered with Catholic Health Services (CHS) to offer "SHERPA" services to drug survivors and their families. The program is being piloted at CHS's Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and will be rolled out to other CHS hospitals.
A press conference, held at Good Samaritan, included leading medical and health and human service professionals, announcing details of the pilot program that represents a first for emergency department care on Long Island.
SHERPA is a free service provided by FCA and is made up of peer recovery coaches trained to meet with overdose survivors and their families in emergency departments. The team connects people to treatment, offers peer and family support and provides follow up. SHERPA is supported by NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), the NYS Senate and LI Community Foundation.
"When someone needs help, CHS should be ready and able to acutely care for them and then provide a warm handoff to definitive treatment," said Patrick M. O'Shaughnessy, DO, MBA, FACEP, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for CHS.
New York State Senator Phil Boyle concurred. "Those in the throes of addiction often battle alone. I applaud FCA and CHS for this partnership that will give surviving overdose addicts and their families an opportunity to get beyond a possibly overwhelming emergency department visit and connect them with a trained, caring individual who will guide them through treatment toward sobriety. After a recent visit and tour of the Good Samaritan Emergency Department, I can't think of a better inaugural location for the SHERPA program. I am confident of its success and look forward to its expansion throughout Long Island and New York."
"The SHERPA model has been used successfully in emergency departments across the country and up and down the East Coast, and this partnership with Catholic Health Services represents a first for Long Island," said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO, Family & Children's Association.
"With thanks to the wonderful team of professionals at Catholic Health Services, we have every hope that this program can potentially make a huge and lasting difference in the lives of many individuals and families on Long Island," Dr. Reynolds added.

(Left to Right) Christopher Raio, MD, CHS Chief of Emergency Medicine and Good Samaritan Chair of Emergency Medicine; Ray Corpina, New Hope Alumni;  Patrick M. O'Shaughnessy, DO, CHS Executive VP & Chief Clinical Officer; Jeffrey Reynolds, PhD, FCA's President & CEO; Luke Johnson, New Hope Alumni; Linda Ventura, Founder, Thomas's Hope Foundation; Melissa Wettengel, FCA Program Director, Sherpa Program; Tiffany Adipietro, New Hope Alumni  at press conference.
Participate in Health Care Career Fair   
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Suffolk Care Collaborative and Suffolk County Community College, Office for Continuing Education, invite you to participate in a Health Care Career Fair taking place at 2 convenient locations.   NO registration fee required.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
Suffolk Community College, Michael J. Grant campus in Brentwood, NY  
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Friday, April 5, 2019 
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
Suffolk Community College Culinary Arts Center, Riverhead, NY

Our goal is to provide Suffolk County health care providers, community based organizations and social service organizations with a pool of individuals who have the skills to meet current and future employment needs.  

Suffolk County High School students and Suffolk Community College students and graduates are invited to attend.    You can expect to meet Suffolk Community College graduates educated, trained and credentialed in:
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Health Information Technology
  • Community Health Worker
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Ophthalmic Assistant Technician
These graduates and more are ready to meet your staffing needs.    Register for a table at NO COST by completing and returning registration form(s) to  Maria Ciccione via email at   For  April 4, 2019, Brentwood location registration form  click here ; for April 5, 2019, Riverhead location registration form click here.

Contact the College's Office for Continuing Education at 631-451-4552 with questions.
Compliance Connection
Fraud Detection  

A key component of the US Office of Inspector General's (OIG) mission is to detect and root out fraud in Federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.  Fraud diverts scarce resources meant to pay for the care of patients and other beneficiaries.  Not only does fraud increase costs for vital health and human services, but it also can potentially harm beneficiaries.

The OIG's efforts to curb fraud include:
  • Conducting criminal, civil and administrative investigations of fraud and misconduct related to Federal programs, operations and beneficiaries.
  • Using state-of-the-art tools and technology in investigations and audits around the country.
  • Imposing program exclusions and civil monetary penalties on health care providers because of criminal conduct such as fraud or other wrongdoing.
  • Negotiating global settlements in cases arising under the civil False Claims Act, developing and monitoring corporate integrity agreements and developing compliance program guidance.
For more details about the OIG's efforts, including enforcement actions, a useful fraud risk indicator tool and reporting fraud tips, visit their website.

For compliance  questions or assistance, contact SCC's Compliance Office at and visit the compliance page on our website for helpful information.
 Milestone Dates
 NYS DOH DSRIP Program Milestone Dates
February 11-13
Annual Statewide Learning Symposium - Saratoga Springs, NY
March 2, 2019
IA completes review of PPS DY4 Third Quarter Report
March 17, 2019
PPS Remediation of PPS DY4 Third Quarter Report

Frequently Asked Questions


To access NYS DSRIP FAQ, click  here.
Access previously published Synergy eNewsletters  here
Job woman showing hiring sign. Young smiling Caucasian   Asian businesswoman isolated on white background.
Office of Population Health
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 Opportunities:
  1. Community Health Associate
  For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative via email