The stigma of mental illness, especially within some ethnic communities, discourages many people with illnesses like depression from seeking treatment. These individuals often exhibit related symptoms – insomnia, aches and pains, anxiety, fatigue, eating disorders, to name just a few – that lead to frequent visits to the emergency room and to their Primary Care Physician. Since Primary Care Physicians regularly administer a diagnostic tool for depression, (a PHQ2 or PHQ9 questionnaire), the PCP often is in the best position to make an early diagnosis and provide intervention in the context of the patient’s overall health and well-being.
“As PCPs, we know our patients,” commented ACP Chief Medical Officer Diego Ponieman, MD. “While patients may be reluctant to seek outside professional help, the rapport they have with their primary care physician creates a comfortable, trusting environment.”
Training and equipping Primary Care offices to treat patients with behavioral health issues like depression is the goal of one of ACP’s priority projects -- Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care.
“Implementing the IMPACT Model – Improving Mood-Providing Access to Collaborate Treatment –ensures that a patient who tests positive for depression receives ongoing, coordinated care, and a stream of treatment interventions that continue throughout the patient’s recovery,” added Lidia Virgil, ACP’s General Project Manager, Clinical Operations.
More than 100 ACP network physicians and staff participated in ACP’s in-Practice Depression Care Manager training session on March 30. ACP’s innovative program was developed in coordination with Psychiatrists Fernando Taveras, MD and Barbara Ponieman, MD.
If you’re interested in learning more, or participating in the next training session, please contact a member of ACP’s Behavioral Health Team: Gabriel Rosarioor Kristle Rosado.
ACP'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS
ACP marked its first anniversary with an employee General Assembly and Recognition Awards on April 6. The meeting, introduced by Chief Executive Officer Mario J. Paredesand lead by ACP's leadership team, addressed the introduction of the employee handbook, the on-going advancements of ACP employee benefits, the debut of the new ACP website, and a visual update on the corporate brochure.
Chief of Staff Alexandro Damiron joined Mr. Paredes in honoring four ACP staff members with Employee Recognition Awards—tokens of appreciation for their exceptional commitment and dedication to service as members of the ACP team.
The 2016 recipients of the ACP Employee Recognition Award are:
Yan Kit Lam
Physician Engagement Manager
General Project Manager
ACP'S CELEBRATES WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH WITH A PANEL DISCUSSION
The ACP General Assembly was followed by a compelling panel discussion commemorating the previous month's celebration of Women's History.
The discussion was moderated by Emmy winner Denisse Oller; distinguished journalist, acclaimed national news anchor for the Univision and Telemundo Networks, and Executive Director of the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University. Denisse was joined by panelists Grace Wong, VP and CFO of Medicaid Strategy at Northwell Health, Dr. Dalsia Acosta, New York City Internist, and Najarian Peters, Chief Compliance Officer at ACP.
“Advocate for yourself…and don’t apologize for doing it!” – Jari Peters on seizing opportunities
“When people underestimate you, use it to your advantage.” – Grace Wong on being in the minority
“We are the power in this dimension.” – Dr. Acosta on the power of womanhood
"“They weren’t obstacles or challenges, they were opportunities.” – Jari Peters on her experiences in her career after law school
ACP'S NEW WEBSITE AT A GLANCE
Pictured below is a snapshot of the new ACP website homepage and the FAQ and Information page. Please visit us online at acppps.org!
WORKFORCE SURVEY DEADLINE EXTENDED
In order to accommodate all ACP members, the deadline to submit the NYS Department of Health mandated Workforce Survey has been extended to Monday, April 18.
All providers participating in DSRIP must complete a Workforce Survey. The Center for Health Workforce Studies at SUNY Albany is conducting the survey and analyzing the confidential data. Please note that compliance is important to maximizing incentive payments to ACP, physicians and partners.
For questions, or to arrange for a Community Health Worker to provide on-site assistance, please contact Gabriela Sandoval Requena at ACP: (646) 931-5670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.