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1115 MRT Waiver Upstate Public Forum – Syracuse NY

The upstate public comment day will be held on October 30, 2019 at the Oncenter’s Carrier Theater, 421 Montogomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. This will be an opportunity for stakeholders to voice their opinions either in person at the meeting, or by email to 1115waivers@health.ny.gov through November 4, 2019 (please include “1115 Public Forum Comment” in the subject line).

The 1115 waiver, or Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) waiver, is:

  • an agreement between the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and New York State that allows the State to use a managed care delivery system to deliver benefits to Medicaid members, create efficiencies in the Medicaid program, and enable the extension of coverage to certain individuals who would otherwise be without health insurance.
  • a vehicle by which the State has implemented the initiatives of MRT and subsequent health systems reforms, including the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.
  • A step toward New York’s goals in implementing its MRT waiver include improving access to health services and achieving better health outcomes for New Yorkers through multiple programs.

This meeting will be webcast live at: https://www.health.ny.gov/events/webcasts/, and will be open to the public. Registration will begin at 10:30am, no pre-registration is required. Individuals who wish to provide comments in person are asked to register on-site no later than 12:00pm, and will speak in the order of their registration. All comments are limited to five minutes per presenter to ensure that all public comments may be heard.

VBP Forward: The Workshops offered in our area!

The CBO Consortium of Upstate New York has partnered with VBP Forward to bring to our members an exciting training opportunity. VBP Forward: The Workshops will be offered in Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany this Fall and will focus on building the capacity of community-based organizations in fostering stronger sustainability through value-based payments and contracting. The workshop will include four unique sessions facilitated by industry experts. It will combine didactic learning and group collaboration towards the goal of building stronger organizations. For more information on the type of content and presenters that will be at the trainings, please take a look at this sample agenda from a recent event.

The CBO Consortium of Upstate New York has provided their eligible member CBOs the opportunity for one agency representative to participate in the Buffalo, Syracuse or Albany workshop as part of full membership at NO COST. Eligible CBOs have received an email directly from Tony Sanfilippo which included the Zoom registration links and click on one of the three Upstate workshops city hyperlinks:

Buffalo
October 2, 2019
Northland Workforce Training Center
683 Northland Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211
 
Albany

October 24, 2019
Location TDB
 
Syracuse

November 7, 2019
HealtheConnections
443 N Franklin St, Syracuse, NY 13204

Affiliate Members and partners are invited to register at www.VBPForward.com at the cost of $125 per registration.

If you have any questions or need help registering for one of these events please contact Joslyn Teter at jteter@ccsi.org and for assistance.

DSRIP 2.0! MRT Waiver Extension Amendment Request Released For Review, Let Your Voice Be Heard!

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has released the draft of an amendment proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) waiver, the purpose of which would be to extend the DSRIP program through to march 31, 2021. This extension would then be renewable every year for a total of four more years of DSRIP, going through March 2024.  The goal in extending the program is to further support quality improvements and cost savings that have been achieved through the DSRIP program.

The NYSDOH is calling on stakeholders to submit written comment to them by email at 1115waivers@health.ny.gov or by mail at the address below. All comments must be postmarked or emailed by November 4, 2019.

 

Health Care in 2020 and Beyond – Expert Discussion

The University at Buffalo School of Management and the American College of Healthcare Executives will be hosting a forum to discuss the pressing questions for the future of the healthcare industry. Some of the topics covered will be increasing pharmaceutical costs, the evolution of EMRs, payor model uncertainty, and patient care and access. To answer questions about these topics, the program will feature keynote speakers Mark Sullivan, Jody Lomeo, and Candace Johnson who are all President and CEO for their organizations: Catholic Health, Kaleida Health, and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, respectively. Expert in the field, including various consulting and educational center representatives, will also share their insights on these topics in four different expert discussion panels.

The meeting will take place on Friday, October 11, from 8am to 6pm at Templeton Landing. For more information, please check out the event flyer here. The registration link is available here.

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing – Educational Courses Available

Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) are registered professional nurses who practice patient-centered care: a combination of nursing knowledge and spiritual care. Although FCNs do not participate directly in hands-on care, they are invaluable as health educators and counselors who promote health and prevent illness. The Foundations of Faith Community Nurses course explores this specialty, which can be adapted to various faith traditions and communities.

This three-weekend, in-person, 34 contact hour format will take place on the following weekends: October 4th and 5th, November 11th and 12th, and November 18th and 19th. Registration for the training closes September 27. For more information on the course and how to register, please read the program brochure.

NY Medicaid Population Health Symposium Registration Open and Keynote Speakers Announced!

The NYS DSRIP program will be hosting a Population Health Symposium on November 18th and 19th in Manhattan, NYC. The purpose of the event is to provide a platform for organizations across the continuum of care to share their perspectives and insight on addressing the social determinants of health.

Nationally recognized leaders at the intersection of population health and healthcare delivery, Sandro Galea, Rebecca Onie, and Rocco Perla to keynote:

  • Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH: Physician, epidemiologist, and author, and Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health. Galea previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published more than 800 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 15 books. His latest book is “Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health”; Arianna Huffington has called it “A deeply affecting work from one of the important and innovative voices in American health and medicine”.
  • Rebecca Onie, JD: Founding Partner, The Health Initiative. As co-founder of Health Leads, Onie, is a nationally recognized leader in the intersection of social determinants, population health, and health care delivery. A MacArthur “Genius” awardee, Onie is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an Aspen Institute  Health Innovators Fellow. She has received the APHA Avedis Donabedian Quality Award; Network for Excellence in Health Innovation “Innovator in Health” Award; Robert Wood Johnson Young Leader Award; and Forbes’ Impact 30 Award for leading social entrepreneurs.
  • Rocco Perla: Founding Partner, The Health Initiative. Perla most recently served as President of Health Leads. Previously, he directed the Learning and Diffusion Group at the CMS Innovation Center, where he established the national learning system to test new delivery and payment models through the Affordable Care Act. He received the 2014 Impact Article of the Year Award from the National Association for Health Care Quality, the 2015 Federal Executive Board Award for Outstanding Creativity and Innovation and, in 2016, the Deming Medal by the American Society for Quality.

More information on the presenters is available on the DSRIP Learning website. To register for the Population Health Symposium, please visit the symposium’s registration page

Healthy Community Alliance – join the CBO Consortium!

The Healthy Community Alliance has been awarded with funding from the NYS Department of Health to assist Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with the development of long term sustainability plans. CBOs that have addressed Social Determinants of Health for over two years are invited to join the Rest of State CBO Consortium. While technical assistance webinars have begun (a list of those can be found here *updated schedule posted 6/24*), they are still accepting CBOs into this consortium to participate in this support and plan for their futures. More information on the CBO Consortium and key benefits of membership can be found on their benefits and key messages pages.

To register with the CBO Consortium, the CBO Agreement form must be completed and submitted to Tony Sanfilippo (contact information on the flier below), and the CBO applying for membership must fulfill the requirements listed on the flier. If your organization is interested in participating in the next regional meeting on June 27 for the CBO Consortium, Tony Sanfilippo is also the contact to register for the call. The presentations from the first meeting on May 30 are also available here.

CBOs that do not meet the criteria can also register using the affiliate CBO form organizations and are invited to participate in the Consortium, but will not receive incentive payments to do so.