April 18, 2017  Vol. 3, No. 8

Welcome Jimmy Ha, Director of Provider Operations, Asian Community

Jimmy Ha Director of Provider Operations Asian Community ACPJimmy Ha has joined ACP as Director of Provider Operations, with responsibility for building and fostering relationships with providers and IPAs in the Asian communities, particularly in Queens, Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. Jimmy has spent nearly a decade working in Provider Relations, previously having built an Asian Provider Network through various IPAs and assisted with the expansion of Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) programs outside the five boroughs.

Jimmy holds a BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in business management from Stony Brook University.

He will work alongside Luis Ramirez, who is responsible for Provider Relations for Hispanic and all other providers. 

How Healthy is Your Borough?

Manhattan held its position as New York City's healthiest county, at No. 11, in the 2017 County Health Rankings by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

Queens moved up three notches to No. 14 and Kings County was No. 33, a 19-spot improvement over the previous year, Staten Island advanced two spots to No. 24.

The Bronx finished 62nd out of New York’s 62 counties, as it has in all eight years the rankings have been published. The Bronx ranked last in four of the six categories - Physical Environment, Social & Economic Factors, Clinical Care, and Quality of Life –  and 58th for Health Behaviors and 47th for Premature Death.

According to the study, the Bronx improvements are: violent crime is down, mammography screenings are up, and residents are doing more to forego the need to visit hospitals.

Upstate Saratoga County took the top spot for the second year in a row.

Deadline Nears for 2017 Financial Sustainability Survey

As your lead PPS in New York State’s DSRIP program, ACP is required to assess the Financial Sustainability of all network physicians and providers on an annual basis. 

Please complete the appropriate Financial Sustainability questionnaire by Friday, April 21, 2017. Sign and return the form to huchen@acppps.org or by Fax to 917-773-8868 .

Please be assured that all information will be secure and confidential.

Questions? Contact Huifang Chen, Luis Ramirez or Jimmy Ha.

FREE Opioid "Bupe" Training Opportunity 

Image result for opioid pills pngOpioid abuse is a serious public health issue that affects all physicians. ACP Chief Medical Officer Diego Ponieman, MD, MPH, is collaborating with NYC DOH to offer no-cost training:

  • Learn a simple, office-based regimen to better manage patients who continually request renewal of opioid-based pain medication
  • Combination of in-person and on-line training
  • Enables doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine
Read a letter from Diego Ponieman, MD, MPH here and click here for more information. Interested? Contact dponieman@acppps.org.  

Zika - Still a Major Threat

It’s been more than a year since the Centers for Disease Control issued the first warning about travel to the Caribbean because of the Zika virus. Although it has been out of the news for the last few months, Zika continues to pose a huge threat to New York City Latinos, many of whom travel frequently to Zika-infested areas like Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.


 For FAQ & resources, visit acppps.org/zika

Making Healthier Choices with DASH
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Nutrition Plan

ACP's DASH Nutrition campaign has taken shape in the form of city-wide events, seminars, multilingual videos, and a DASH-dedicated blog. Here are the current developments.

DASH Video Series: Salt and Its Effects on Your Health 

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New ACP Blog Posts
Healthy Recipe: Kingfish (Escabeche) 
By: Denisse Oller 

Escabeche” is the Spanish word for “pickle”.  It could be a fish, chicken, rabbit, pork, or vegetable dish — easy, delicious and good for you! This dish is great year-round and can be served hot or at room temperature. Available in Spanish here.

"Since early childhood, I was encouraged to finish everything on my plate. My mother would invariably say, without batting an eye: “Are you about to throw away all that food? Don’t you know that there are kids your age starving in Biafra?”

"At the beginning of the year – as so many of us do – my wife and I renewed our vows. Not the “for better or worse” vows but the “eat better and lose weight” vows."
ACP in the Community
Dr. Richard Chan talks to members of Manhattan's Mott Street Senior Center about how to prevent and appropriately treat diabetes and kidney disease. 
Nutritionist Clara Cheung leads a discussion on nutrition, exercise, and bone health with members of the Nan Shan Senior Center in Flushing, Queens.

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