March 7, 2017  Vol. 3, No. 5

ACP Distributing Nearly $6 Million to Network PCPs
ACP is in the process of disbursing nearly $6 million to PCPs based on their engagement, reporting and participation in ACP’s DSRIP projects, which encompass asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases that are prevalent in our communities. An additional $3.2 million is being distributed to other network partners, for a total of $9.2 million. Since inception, ACP has distributed nearly $13 million to physicians and specialists. A total of $22.4 million has been distributed overall.

According to a Mid-Point Assessment conducted by the Department of Health, ACP has distributed the highest percentage of funds to physicians – 40.8% to PCPs and 6.1% to non-PCPs – versus a statewide average across all 25 PPSs of 3.89% and .73%.

As the only physician-led PPS in New York State’s DSRIP program, ACP has a uniquely vested interest in ensuring that our network of independent physicians and providers receive financial incentives needed to transform your practices, deliver comprehensive, culturally-sensitive care, and thrive in a value-based payment environment.

DSRIP Network Is Opening for New Providers

The DSRIP PPS Network will open on March 15 for approximately 2 weeks to allow PPSs to add providers to their network. 

Do you know a provider that would like to join ACP? Contact Luis Ramirez, ACP Director of Physician Engagement, 
at: 917-946-4812 or

Shariff De Los Santos Named Interim Director, Project Management Office

Shariff De Los Santos has been appointed Interim Director of the Project Management Office (PMO), which is the team that manages ACP’s DSRIP clinical protocols and projects. Mr. De Los Santos will continue to serve as Cardiovascular Project Manager, a role he has held since joining ACP in August 2015.
In announcing this appointment, ACP Chief Executive Officer Mario J. Paredes said, “I am deeply grateful to Shariff for accepting the invitation of taking on added responsibility. Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge and praise the excellent leadership that he has demonstrated beyond the call of duty, not only as a member of the PMO team but also as an outstanding ACP colleague.”
Mr. De Los Santos earned his medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in his native Dominican Republic. He is working toward his certification in the United States.

Denisse Oller, Healthy Eating Host at the American Diabetes Association's EXPO

Denisse OllerACP's Denisse Oller will host the Healthy Eating Cooking stage at the American Diabetes Association's New York EXPO this Saturday, March 11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. EXPO is a free event that welcomes guests to get free health screenings, enjoy healthy cooking demonstrations and samples, and talk to registered dietitians and medical experts about diabetes management.

Meet Denisse at the Healthy Cooking stage at 10:45 AM for a demonstration and a delicious sample, and stop by the ACP booth and take home an easy to follow multicultural DASH diet eating plan.American Diabetes Association

Pre-registration is strongly recommended to avoid long lines. Register here today!

New Food As Medicine Blog Post: Back to the Heights

Back to the Heights Blog Post ACP has launched its DASH Diet Nutrition webpage – home to multicultural eating plans, how-to videos, and a healthy lifestyle blog entitled Food As Medicine where Denisse Oller shares her DASH diet experiences and healthy insight. The newest blog post, titled Back to the Heights, takes Denisse back to the birthplace of her love for nutrition.

"The idea of going back to Washington Heights – the neighborhood that meant so much to me as a child – was especially exciting as I would be giving my first DASH diet workshop of 2017 just blocks from the apartment where my Aunt Pat instilled in me a lifelong love of healthy eating and exercise."

Read the blog post here.

Five "A's" of Tobacco Dependence

Image result for cigarette pngWhen a patient identifies as a smoker, providers should follow and document the 5As in the EHR.

  • ASK - Identify and document tobacco use status for every patient.
  • ADVISE - Urge every tobacco user to quit.
  • ASSESS - Is the tobacco user willing to make a quit attempt at this time?
  • ASSIST - For the patient willing to make a quit attempt, use counseling and pharmacotherapy to help him or her quit.
  • ARRANGE - Schedule follow-up contact, in person or by telephone, preferably within the first week after the quit date.
Connect patients who express interest in quitting with the NYS Quitline (1-866-NY-QUITS or 1-866-697-8487)
Not ready to quit! Providers are encouraged to employ a motivational intervention using the 5Rs: 
  • RELEVANCE - Encourage the patient to indicate why quitting is personally relevant.
  • RISKS - Ask the patient to identify potential negative consequences of tobacco use.
  • REWARDS - Ask the patient to identify potential benefits of stopping tobacco use.
  • ROADBLOCKS - Ask the patient to identify barriers or impediments to quitting.
  • REPETITION - The motivational intervention should be repeated every time an unmotivated patient has an interaction with a clinician. Tobacco users who have failed in previous quit attempts should be told that most people make repeated quit attempts before they are successful.

Purchase PCMH License by March 31 to Avoid Losing Medicaid Income

Related imageTo begin the process for full-three year PCMH certification, you must purchase a PCMH license by March 31! Practices are required to achieve PCMH Level 3 Certification by December 31, 2017 to continue participation in DSRIP.


  • As a benefit of participation in the ACP Network, ACP will pay for a PCMH Specialist to assist in the certification process.
  • PCMH certified practices earn $8 per Medicaid Patient per Month.
GET STARTED! Contact Misael Guerra, ACP Vice President of PCMH Implementation at 917-946-4424 or

ACP General Assembly and Employee Recognition Awards

ACP held an employee General Assembly and Recognition Awards on March 1. The meeting was introduced by Chief Executive Officer Mario J. Paredes, and continued with an update on the developments towards pay-for-performance, demonstrations by the technology team, and an introduction to a new employee training schedule. 

Mr. Paredes joined in honoring five ACP employees for their dedication and exemplary service with Employee Recognition Awards. The recipients of the Employee Recognition Awards were:

Shariff De Los Santos
Shariff De Los Santos
Interim Director,
Project Management Office
Poley Cheng
Poley Cheng
Physician Engagement Specialist
Letty Guzman
Letty Guzman 
Community Health Worker Program
Suxin Wu
Suxin Wu
Financial Analyst

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 sight in 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.


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