“Value Based Payment: The Basics” Training Now Available

Our initial value-based payment (VBP) training, “Value Based Payment: The Basics”, is now available to view and download. This training reviews key concepts and explains how VBP contracting can lead to improved care and lower costs. It also goes into more detail about OneCity Health’s upcoming support related to VBP.

Viewing or downloading this presentation will help OneCity Health partners complete Phase II Comprehensive Schedule B Process Metric PM017. Steps to complete the metric are detailed below.

A recorded version of the training is available to view below. The training materials also available to download: View the recorded version here: Steps to Complete PM017
There are TWO steps for OneCity Health partners to complete PM017.
  • First, OneCity Health partners are required to distribute this training in one of these forms (the recorded webinar to view OR the downloaded presentation) to their staff
  • They must then attest on the OneCity Health Partner Portal to having distributed the training materials to their staff. This counts as “attending” a VBP training for PM017

The deadline to BOTH distribute and attest is December 8, 2017.

Please note, VBP trainings offered by entities other than OneCity Health will not count towards completion of this metric.

Partner Webinar: VBP, RHIO Connections, and the Continued Development of our IDS

Thank you to our partners who attended today’s OneCity Health Partner Webinar: VBP, RHIO Connections, and the Continued Development of our IDS.

For our partners who were unable to view the webinar, the slides are available to view here.

Our partners should keep in mind next steps:

  • This week: We will share the initial VBP training presentation with OneCity Health partners and post it to our website
  • November 23, 2017: From all of us at OneCity Health, have a happy Thanksgiving!
  • December 6, 2017: Join us for our next Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting at Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan. Details are in the Events Calendar
  • Due December 7, 2017: Three Project 11 metrics
  • Due December 8, 2017: Ten Process Metrics are due to OneCity Health. As a reminder, OneCity Health partners are only responsible for the metrics in their Phase II Comprehensive Schedule B. They should also be sure to attest on the OneCity Health Partner Portal for completing the VBP training (all partners) and NowPow training (some partners)
  • December 12, 2017: Participate in our next OneCity Health Partner Webinar – our last of Phase II. Phase III webinar dates will be posted to our website soon
  • Due December 15, 2017: For our participating CBO partners, the deadline to complete the organizational self-assessment

We look forward to continuing to engage with our partners on future webinars.

DSRIP White Board: CBOs and VBP

In his latest ‘DSRIP White Board’, Jason Helgerson, director, New York State Medicaid, describes the top five things that community based organization (CBOs) need to know in order to be successful in the move to value-based payment (VBP). He also discusses how CBOs can get involved in the transition to VBP.

Watch the video to see Helgerson’s top five

In addition, CBOs interested in learning more about VBP can register for the New York State Department of Health’s free VBP Bootcamp on October 18, or view the curriculum from their VBP University.

NYSDOH Launches Semester Three of VBP University, NYC VBP Bootcamp

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has launched Semester Three of VBP University, which is an online, educational resource created to raise awareness, knowledge and expertise in the move to value-based payment (VBP).

Semester 3 is designed to educate users on specific, important topic areas in the move to VBP. Topic areas include social determinants of health, community based organizations, and contracting VBP. The curriculum for Semester 3 includes videos on each of the topics as well as detailed guidance documents targeted towards managed care organizations (MCOs), providers, and community based organizations.

To begin Semester Three, click here.

For more information on VBP reform, click here.

NYSDOH has also opened registration for the VBP Bootcamp in New York City on October 18, which is considered Semester Four of VBP University. VBP Bootcamps are a regional learning series intended to equip VBP contractors and interested parties such as MCOs, providers, associations, and community based organizations with the knowledge necessary to implement payment reform. The free, day-long VBP Bootcamp is designed to be an interactive training session that will give participants a thorough understanding of VBP.

For more details, and to register, please view the session on our Events Calendar.

Semester Two of New York State’s VBP University

The New York State Department of Health has launched Semester Two of VBP University, which is an online, educational resource created to raise awareness, knowledge and expertise in the move to value-based payment (VBP).

Topic areas in Semester Two include governance, stakeholder engagement, business strategy, finance, and data. The curriculum for Semester Two includes videos on each of the topics as well as detailed guidance documents targeted towards Primary Care Physicians, Behavioral Health Providers, and Community Based Organizations.

Semester Two also includes VBP arrangement fact sheets to serve as a continuation of the arrangements curriculum in Semester One. The fact sheets provide an overview of each of the NYS VBP arrangements, including the types of care included in the arrangement, the method used to define the attributed population for the arrangement, calculation of associated costs under the arrangement, and the quality measures recommended for use in the arrangement.

To begin Semester Two, click here.

For more information on VBP University and Semester One, click here.

CBO Listening Sessions: Proving Value is New for Everyone

“The concept of proving value is new for everyone,” explained a participant at our Brooklyn Listening Session, channeling the mood of the room. “We have had limited resources in place…[and] we need a central place to collect the data. Without data, how do we prove the work we have been doing over the years?”

Throughout July 2017, we hosted a series of Listening Sessions to hear from our community-based organization (CBO) partners (our partners that provide social services such as food and legal assistance) about their experiences-to-date, challenges and expectations regarding the changing health care landscape. Specifically, we asked about our partners’ organizational experience in developing and marketing a value proposition for one or more of its services, any preparations they’ve made to succeed in a value-based payment (VBP) environment, and where our partners envision themselves following the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.

While opinions varied, our partners focused on three important areas where OneCity Health can enable CBOs to better integrate with the evolving health care delivery system and demonstrate improved patient outcomes.

  • First, aligning our network to leverage CBOs’ strengths can improve their sustainability. With the health care system moving toward rewarding outcomes, CBOs want to ensure the services they provide are understood and integrated into OneCity Health’s workflows and referral patterns.

    For example, one attendee from Queens noted, “We often define ourselves based on the population served rather than the services provided.” Participants said that continuing to tailor metrics to CBOs is an important first step.

  • Second, CBOs are eager to implement data systems to facilitate analysis and track patient outcomes, but their resources are limited. The need goes beyond simply identifying or installing a new system; to align with the new health care environment, CBOs need to ensure they are using a common system, and that they know what to measure and how often they should measure.
  • Third, CBOs are seeking additional knowledge and assistance to increase their ability to operate in a value-based payment environment. A common set of definitions, with more thorough explanations around what services improve value, would help, explained an attendee from the Bronx.

    As one Bronx participant explained, “At [our organization] there are many different programs. The question is, how do we equate the service to the value that we really have, which is helping people get better?”

Beyond these three key takeaways, Listening Session participants acknowledged these conversations need to continue. In the near-term, these discussions will help influence the metrics and other parameters of our Phase III contracts. Additionally, as part of the technical assistance we are offering to our CBO partners, Community Service Society of New York (CSSNY) will begin reaching out to our CBO partners over the next few months to have them complete an Organizational Self-Assessment aimed at assessing their VBP readiness. Subsequently, CSSNY will be providing them with technical assistance to develop a value proposition. We hope our partners take advantage of this incredible opportunity to increase the sustainability of their agencies’ services.

New York State’s VBP University

A key aspect of our transformation initiatives is a movement towards value-based payments (VBP), a concept which can be difficult to grasp.

To help, the New York State Department of Health has launched VBP University, an online, educational resource designed to raise awareness, knowledge and expertise in the move to value-based payment. VBP University combines informational videos and supplemental materials that stakeholders can use to advance their understanding of this massive transformation effort.

Jason Helgerson, director, New York State Medicaid, kicked off VBP University with an overview of the curriculum in the following video:

For more information, and to begin semester one of VBP University, click here.

New Workgroup and Technical Assistance Participants Reflect Diversity, Expertise of our Partners

Thank you to all of our partners who expressed interest in our recent Project Participation Opportunity (PPO) for the Strategic Advisory Workgroup. Although participation is limited to ten organizations, we received 17 applications. In order to ensure that this workgroup reflects the diversity of our community partners and a variety of expertise that are key for the work ahead, partners were selected with experience in areas such as contracting with managed care organizations, training and implementing Community Health Worker programs, designated Health and Recovery Plan (HARP), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), increasing health care access, and support for senior citizens.

The following organizations have been asked to join the workgroup:

  • African Services Committee
  • Community Service Society of NY
  • God’s Love We Deliver
  • Health People
  • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
  • Make the Road New York
  • NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA)
  • Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council
  • South Asian Council for Social Services
  • Young Adult Institute (YAI) and Premier HealthCare

We are looking forward to working with all these organizations, and sharing their insights and expertise across our network later this year.

In addition to this workgroup, we expect to continue to hear the experiences and voices of all of our community partners in other forums such as the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings and monthly OneCity Health Partner Webinars.

Finally, we are also excited to have Community Service Society of New York (CSSNY) soon begin as our technical assistance partner for community based organization (CBO) capacity building. They will work with us to provide our social service partners with organizational and educational assistance on preparing for value-based payments and improving health outcomes. Thank you to the other two applicants for their expressed interest in this role.

PPO: Strategic Advisory Workgroup & Capacity Building Technical Assistance

Our partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) are important to meeting Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program goals and improving health outcomes. As such, the growth of these CBOs to work in a value-based environment is essential. Therefore, we plan to invest in capacity building skills for partner CBOs to help promote their sustainability. Additionally, through a Strategic Advisory Workgroup, we will seek the advice of partner CBOs as critical providers in the integrated delivery system.

Through this Project Participation Opportunity (PPO), we are seeking to identify OneCity Health partners that are interested in participating in both initiatives:

  • We are seeking to identify 6-10 social service providers who are interested in participating in a Strategic Advisory Workgroup for Phase III contracting (contract period starting January 2018); and
  • We are seeking to identify 1-2 community partners with experience and infrastructure to provide OneCity Health’s social service community partners with technical assistance in capacity building, and creating a value-based-proposition.

Partners are welcome to apply to participate in both the Strategic Advisory Workgroup and provide capacity building technical assistance.

This PPO Interest Form outlines both opportunities, including background, criteria and next steps to express interest.

  • OneCity Health partners interested in applying for the Strategic Advisory Workgroup should complete the simple survey located here by close of business Monday, June 5, 2017
  • OneCity Health partners interested in applying to provide capacity building technical assistance for CBOs need to submit a one page description of their experience to the OneCity Health support desk at ochsupportdesk@nychhc.org by close of business Monday, June 5, 2017

Please review the Interest Form for additional background.

In addition, we will host a webinar to address questions about both opportunities on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 4-5 p.m. The webinar is not mandatory for participation in either project, but is highly recommended.

Here is how to join:

Thursday, June 1, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
WebEx Meeting Link: click here
Audio Connection: (877) 931-0379
Access Code: 5429582#

Please also email any questions to our support desk at ochsupportdesk@nychhc.org with the subject line “Strategic Advisory Workgroup/CBO Capacity Building.”

Partner Webinar: Concluding Phase I, Initiating Phase II

Thank you to our partners who attended today’s OneCity Health Partner Webinar: Concluding Phase I, Initiating Phase II.

For our partners who were unable to view the webinar, the slides are available to view here. In addition to discussing the final Phase I deadlines, we recognized our progress across a number of initiatives. Thank you to all our partners for their efforts to date!

Please also view the webinar here:

As we discussed on the webinar, our partners can view an updated sample Phase II Comprehensive Schedule B here. Our partners should keep in mind next steps:

  • This week: We have begun to distribute Phase II Comprehensive Schedules B. Our partners should inform us if they haven’t received one by March 31. Instructions to sign via DocuSign are here
  • March 20, 2017 was the DSRIP compliance deadline: If our partners haven’t done so yet, they need to satisfy their DSRIP training and compliance requirements. Complete and submit the Attestation form to Kevin Rogan, and contact him with any questions. His contact information is on our website along with instructions to complete compliance training
  • Beginning March 21: NYC Health + Hospitals is hosting panel discussions across the city to address health care rights for immigrants. Visit our Events Calendar for details
  • March 28 and March 29, 2017: New York State behavioral health value-based payment feedback sessions. Details are on our website Events Calendar
  • March 29, 2017: Our partner, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, is hosting a forum on HIV and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Click here for details
  • Due March 31, 2017: We’ve been recommending to our primary care partners that they submit an application for the Mental Health Service Corps to support behavioral health integration. The deadline was extended to March 31. Click here for details
  • Due March 31, 2017: Three Phase I Data & Tracking (DT) metrics, and Participation (P) metrics 1 and 3
  • March 31, 2017: Phase I ends. Our partners need to remember to invoice!
  • April 1, 2017: Phase II begins
  • Beginning April 1, 2017: Our partners can now submit their Workforce Impact Survey to the OneCity Health support desk. Deadline is April 20. We posted a Q&A from our Office Hours session to our website; please view it here
  • On April 11, 2017: Attend our next monthly OneCity Health Partner Webinar. The webinar will be held from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Click here for details
  • April 26, 2017: Five Phase I Patient Engagement (PE) metrics are due to OneCity Health
  • April 30, 2017: Four Phase I recurring Operations & Outcomes (OO) metrics are due to OneCity Health
  • If our partners have questions about completing metrics or submitting reports, please contact our support desk

Finally, as we discussed on the webinar, we will continue to update partners on the development of the closed loop referral platform and our program to connect partners to the Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO).

We look forward to continuing to engage with our partners on future webinars.

DSRIP White Boards: Looking Ahead to 2017 and VBP Reform

In his latest ‘DSRIP White Boards’, Jason Helgerson, director, New York State Medicaid, discusses what is ahead for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program in 2017, including the importance of the mid-point assessment.

In a second video, Helgerson details common myths and facts about the Value-Based Payments (VBP) initiative, and promotes what VBP actually means to those who are and will be participating in it.

Watch the videos to learn more: