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March 1, 2016            Vol. 2, No. 3

ACP NAMES DIEGO A. PONIEMAN M.D., MPH AS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER 

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ponieman is responsible for ACP’s clinical projects, which are focused on reducing avoidable hospitalizations through proactive, coordinated care and evidence-based interventions with Medicaid members who are at risk for or are experiencing chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma.

Dr. Ponieman is a member of the faculty at Mount Sinai Hospital and serves as a Primary Care Physician at Mount Sinai Doctors in Jackson Heights, Queens as well as in private practice in upper Manhattan. He is Co-founder and Medical Director of Rapid Care Solutions, which provides medical home care for the homebound in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
 
Dr. Ponieman earned his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires and a Master’s in Public Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 

Read the full announcement here... 

SORAYA SUSSMAN NAMED ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE

Soraya Sussman has more than 20 years of healthcare experience in areas such as managed long-term care, case management and managed care leadership as well as expertise in Medicaid Redesign Initiative transformation. She joins ACP from MetroPlus Health Plan where she held a number of leadership positions for ten years.

Ms. Sussman earned a Master’s in Public Administration/Health Care from Baruch College and a medical degree at the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology. She currently has a Six Sigma Green Belt in healthcare and Six Sigma Lean certification and is working toward a Six Sigma Black Belt in Health Care and an M.S. in Health Sciences in Quality at the George Washington University.

ACP LAUNCHES WORKFORCE SURVEY

The NYS Department of Health requires that all providers participating in DSRIP complete a Workforce Survey regarding their staffing levels as well as CHWScompensation and benefits. ACP has retained the Center for Health Workforce Studies at SUNY Albany to conduct the survey and analyze the data. This analysis will help ACP understand the workforce within our network as we develop our education and training strategies.

If you have not received an email notice regarding the survey from ACP or CHWS, please reach out to Gabriela Sandoval at ACP. 

If you have questions or need technical assistance, you may contact CHWS at (518) 402-0250 or via email at: chws.dsrip@albany.edu. A video overview of the survey can be found here.

The deadline to complete and return your survey is Monday, April 4.

SPOTLIGHT ON ZIKA VIRUS

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus a global health emergency.This is of particular concern in our Hispanic communities where there are significant numbers of people traveling between New York and South America and the Caribbean. The US Centers for Disease Control have identified Puerto Rico, Haiti and Venezuela as areas of concern.

mosquitoThere are a number of resources to stay on top of this fast-moving story:

Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
Stat (a medical journal) has a daily update: http://www.statnews.com/series/zika-update/

Zika symptoms are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya and can only be treated with rest, fluids and over the counter medicines as there is no existing antiviral.
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