April 4, 2017  Vol. 3, No. 7

Marking a Major Milestone as DSRIP Enters its Third Year

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ambitious initiative to transform and restructure New York State’s health care delivery system – the five-year, $6.42 billion Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program – entered its third year on April 1. With nearly 3,000 physicians and partners serving 650,000 Medicaid beneficiaries, Advocate Community Providers (ACP) is the second-largest Performing Provider System (PPS) and the only one led by physicians. Nearly halfway through the DSRIP timeline, ACP is delivering high-quality, patient-centered care while working to drive down costs and change how Medicaid beneficiaries receive their health care in New York.
Year three of DSRIP brings with it added emphasis of shifting physicians toward a pay-for-performance model, and away from the traditional fee-for-service payment model. At a time of national uncertainty surrounding health care, New York’s transformative health care delivery system is an example of a new, sustainable, patient-centric model focused on quality of patient outcomes – not volume. 

Read the full press release here...

Interview with ACP President Dr. Henry Chen

An Interview with Dr. Henry ChenIn a new blog post for National Minority Health Month, ACP President Dr. Henry Chen shares his thoughts on unique health challenges in the Chinese community. 

"The Chinese community faces the additional challenge of a unique language barrier in navigating a health care system that assumes English fluency."

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.  

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 or Luis Ramirez.

Operate and Grow – Small Business Support

Image result for nyc small business support centerNYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) offers programs and services to help small businesses with licensing, financing, educational resources and training, and much more. Visit NYC's Small Business Services website for information on how to strengthen your New York City business. 

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: Sugar and Its Effects on Your Health 
DASH Nutrition Plan: Sugar and Its Effects on Your Health

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New ACP Blog Posts
Healthy Recipe: Quinoa Mama
By: Denisse Oller 

"This is one of those dishes that saves me anytime I have unexpected company. Not only is it easy and quick to make, it is also nutritious and riquísimo! By the way, quinoa dates back to the Inca civilization and stands alone as a complete protein source, unusual among food plants. No wonder the Incas called it “the mother of all grains."

"In the next 24 hours, 4,660 new cases of diabetes will be diagnosed more than 130 people will develop kidney failure because of diabetes. Diabetes waits for no one. What are you waiting for?"

"In 1998, Today Show host Katie Couric tragically, and very publicly, lost her husband to colon cancer, shining a spotlight on this “silent killer."

Educating NYC on DASH

ACP Care Manager Ruowen Liu talks to members of the Bao Kang Adult Day Care Center in Flushing, NY about the benefits of the DASH nutrition plan during an ACP-hosted seminar on healthy eating. 

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