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Stony Brook University Hospital-led Suffolk Care Collaborative Launches New Website

STONY BROOK, NY, May 7, 2015 – The Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC) today launched its new website dedicated to providing information and fostering communication on behalf of the more than 500 organizational partners in the Stony Brook University Hospital Performing Provider System (PPS) for Suffolk County. Known as the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), this federal program represents an historic opportunity to change how healthcare is delivered in Suffolk County, particularly for Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients. Under DSRIP, the SCC has evolved as a result of the recent partnership of thousands of healthcare delivery partners across Suffolk County, NY.

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is leading one of approximately 25 Performing Provider Systems (PPS) throughout New York State that are collaborating to fundamentally restructure the way they deliver healthcare to their patients. The goal is to build a coordinated, population-based system of care throughout Suffolk County. As Suffolk County’s only academic medical center and public safety net hospital, SBUH is in a unique position to lead this initiative for Suffolk County – we’ve organized a collaborative model to encourage participation across our network of partners to achieve successes in the states DSRIP project requirements.

SBUH is collaborating with more than 500 organizational partners, which encompasses more than 4,500 providers including which includes:

  • All Suffolk County Community Health Centers

  • All Suffolk County hospitals (11)

  • 46 skilled nursing facilities, plus health homes, certified home health and long-term-care agencies

  • Over 700 primary care providers

  • Over 1,800 non-primary care providers

  • 144 behavioral health providers & over 20 substance abuse treatment partners

  • Over 100 pharmacies including partnerships with all Walgreens, CVS and King Kullen Pharmacies in Suffolk County and over 50 private pharmacists  

  • Over 50 community based organizations

  • And over 1,500 other integral health care delivery system partners

A total of $6.2 billion in federal funding will be available to providers in New York State over five years to support projects aimed at achieving three central goals:

  • improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction)

  • improving the health of populations

  • reducing the per capita cost of care

Payments to providers will be linked to meeting benchmarks and outcomes, with a central goal of reducing avoidable hospitalizations and avoidable emergency room visits among the Medicaid and uninsured populations by 25 percent over five years. Suffolk County has approximately 170,000 uninsured residents and 240,000 Medicaid enrollees who will benefit through improved health status and prevention of unnecessary, expensive hospital care.

In total, providers in Suffolk County will be eligible to receive an estimated $300-$400 million based on meeting NYSDOH-established improvement targets over the grant's five-year implementation period. The incentive is designed to provide significant reimbursement for significant transformations in care. Outcomes are particularly emphasized in years four and five of the project.

Suffolk County’s official DSRIP grant application was submitted on Dec. 16. The application included a community health needs assessment, plus plans for governance, information technology, budgets, and workforce needs. The projects for inclusion in Suffolk County’s application are:

1)      Create integrated delivery systems – focused on evidence-based medicine/population health management

2)      Care transitions intervention to reduce 30-day readmissions for chronic disease

3)      Implement the INTERACT (inpatient transfer avoidance program for Skilled Nursing Facilities) project

4)      Implementation of observational programs in hospitals

5)      Implementation of patient activation activities to engage, educate and integrate the uninsured and low-utilizing Medicaid populations into community-based care

6)      Diabetes - Evidence-based strategies in diabetes care for disease management in high-risk/affected populations (adults only)

7)      Cardiovascular - Evidence-based strategies in cardiovascular health for disease management in high-risk/affected populations (adults only)

8)      Expansion of asthma home-based self-management program

9)      Integration of primary care services and behavioral health

10)  Prevention of substance abuse and other mental emotional behavioral disorders

11)  Population-based health chronic disease prevention and management

The operational phase of the project will begin in April 2015. Teams will be assembled for each project, with leaders responsible for project development and management. Each leader will form a work group, and steering committee will oversee the project at a higher level.


Reporter Contact:
Lauren Sheprow
University Media Relations Officer
631-632-6310
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