January 24, 2017  Vol. 3, No. 2

David Steinman Joins ACP as Executive Vice President

Advocate Community Providers (ACP) announced the appointment of healthcare industry veteran David Steinman as Executive Vice President, effective immediately.

Mr. Steinman most recently served as a consultant to KPMG, providing subject matter expertise to the KPMG team that has supported the New York State Department of Health in designing and launching the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. ACP is one of 25 Performing Provider Systems (PPSs) funded by DSRIP to transform the state’s Medicaid program.

“Dave Steinman brings invaluable experience and expertise to our leadership team at Advocate Community Providers,” said Dr. Ramon Tallaj, founder and chairman. “It is a testament to ACP’s development as DSRIP’s only physician-led PPS that we are able to attract someone of Mr. Steinman’s stature. We are delighted to welcome him.”

Mario J. Paredes, Chief Executive Officer of ACP, added: “With DSRIP year three fast approaching, ACP has made tremendous strides in building our organization from the ground up. As our work becomes more complex, especially looking beyond DSRIP at a transformed, value-based healthcare landscape, ACP will benefit tremendously from David Steinman’s addition to our leadership team.”

“I strongly believe that ACP’s model – physician-led, community-based, culturally sensitive – is the most compelling and potentially disruptive in New York State’s DSRIP program,” said Mr. Steinman. “With the benefit of having observed all of the PPSs since the beginning of the DSRIP program, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to ACP’s mission to transform healthcare for New York’s most vulnerable through value-based preventive care delivered by primary care physicians.”

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Happy Chinese New Year!
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Saturday, January 28 is Chinese New Year’s Day, the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. Communities around the globe are preparing to celebrate the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. Roughly a sixth of the world observes Chinese New Year including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore and other Asian countries as well as Chinatowns around the world, including here in New York City.

The Year of the Rooster

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle in which each year is related to an animal sign. Each year on the Chinese lunar calendar, in turn, is characterized by the animal associated with the zodiac. 2017 is the year of the tenth Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Rooster. People born in the Year of the Rooster are considered trustworthy, responsible, popular, and loyal.

NYSDOH Medicaid Accelerated eXchanged (MAX) Series Workshop

The New York State Department of Health launched the Medicaid Accelerated eXchange (MAX) Series workshops last week. ACP Chief Medical Officer Diego Ponieman, MD, MPH and Senior Director of Quality Control Soraya Sussman attended as members of one of 20 action teams participating in the Rapid Cycle Continuous Improvement (RCCI) program focused on “Targeting Avoidable Hospital Readmissions for High-Utilizers.”

Team Pictured: 

Cindi Lewis, PhD – Team Facilitator
Diego Ponieman, MD, MPH,  ACP, Train-the-Trainer Program Co-facilitator
Charles Madry, Samaritan Village – Team Member
Alan Roth, DO, Jamaica Hospital – Team Administrative Lead
Tony Mafia, Jamaica Hospital – Team Member
Soraya Sussman, ACP – Train-the-Trainer Program Co-facilitator
Angelo Canedo, PhD, Jamaica Hospital –  Action Team Executive Sponsor

PPS Network Is Opening For New Partners

Do you know a provider that would like to join ACP? The PPS Network will open in March for approximately 2 weeks to allow PPSs to add providers to their network. 

Interested? Give us a call at: 844-ACP-PPS2 (844-227-7772).

Two New DSRIP Whiteboard Videos

New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson released two new "Whiteboard" videos. 

In “DSRIP: Looking Ahead to 2017” Helgerson, talks about what is ahead for DSRIP in 2017, including the importance of the mid-point assessment, how Value-Based Payments (VBP) will fit into and align with DSRIP, and how VBP affects Medicaid in general in 2017.
In “Myths and Facts of Value-Based Payment,” Helgerson discusses common myths and facts about the VBP, debunking common misunderstandings and clarifying what VBP actually means to those who will participate in it.

February is American Heart Month 

Image result for american heart month ribbonFebruary is American Heart Month, which places a national spotlight on prevention of heart attacks and strokes. More than 2 million heart attacks and strokes, which are the leading cause of preventable death for people 40 - 65, account for one-in-three deaths and $312.6 billion of health care costs.

Million Hearts® is a core element of ACP’s Cardiovascular protocol (Project 3.b.i), which targets patients age 18 and above who have Cardiovascular disease or Hyperlipidemia. The campaign involves use of a standardized hypertension treatment protocol that includes once-daily medication regimens or fixed-dose combinations to promote patient self-management. Implementation of Million Hearts must be documented by using ACP reporting code LSM01. To learn more about implementing Million Hearts, click here

Patients Needed! Self-Management Program Expanded to Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes and Chronic Disease 

ACP is pleased to offer a comprehensive, evidence-based, chronic disease self-management program for patients with diabetes, as part of DSRIP Project 3.c.i and chronic disease, DSRIP Project 4.b.ii.
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  • Type-2 Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes or any chronic disease
  • A1C greater than 6.4 (diabetes or pre-diabetes)
  • Medicaid recipient
  • Wants to learn how to control their condition(s)
Please contact Angela Lee or Migna Taveras to learn more about the Stanford Model program and to refer patients as candidates.
The Stanford Model is a chronic disease self-management initiative to engage patients in their care. Each workshop covers:
  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation;
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance;
  • Appropriate use of medications;
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals;
  • Nutrition

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