January 2013 Newsletter
St. Vincent’s Health Partners (SVHP) is pleased to publish this first newsletter, which will be sent monthly to our membership. The newsletter will be one of many ways that SVHP will use to inform members of activities within the Network. If you have an article you would like to place in the newsletter, please feel free to contact SVHP by email at email@example.com
In addition to the newsletter, SVHP will be launching the website in early January. Your office will be contacted to confirm addresses and phone numbers, as well as other important information we will need as we contract with various insurers.
St. Vincent’s Health Partners Website
SVHP is ready to launch the website January 2, 2013. The web address is www.stvincentshealthpartners.org
The staff at SVHP will work diligently to ensure that all doctors’ names, addresses and phone numbers are correct. If your office has a website, we will provide that as a link, along with directions to your office. If you or your office staff wants to submit an item for consideration in the newsletter or the website, please submit it electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are working to finalize the Anthem Insurance contract for 2013.We anticipate that we will hold a meeting in mid January to review the contract with members of the PHO, and finalize the contract by the end of January. The contract will be effective January 1, 2013 once signed. This will be the first PHO contract in Connecticut for Anthem, so we are very excited! It will have fee for service, quality bonus, and shared savings. Details will be ready in a few weeks.
We are working with St. Vincent’s Medical Center to develop a PHO contract, and will keep you informed of the progress.
Both Aetna and Cigna have contacted the PHO, and they are both interested in contracts for 2013 that go beyond the fee for service model. In discussion with both is consideration of shared savings for the first year.
All members of the PHO are encouraged to participate in any of the committees. There are currently 3 working committees for you to consider:
Quality and Utilization Review Committee: The Quality and Utilization Review Committee assists the board in overseeing, ensuring and improving the quality and appropriateness of clinical care, patient safety, and satisfaction provided throughout the organization, and in shaping a strategy to achieve a high level of health throughout the greater Bridgeport community. The Committee meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 a.m.
Information Technology Committee: The Information technology committee assists the board in overseeing the development of Health Information Technology Infrastructure and data management plans necessary to maintain high quality care and improve patient health. It meets the fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
Population Health Management and Finance Committee: The Population and Health Management and Finance Committee assists the Board in creating a population health strategy, managed care contracting, and fiscal and oversight duties. It meets the second Thursday of the Month at 6:00 p.m.
If you are interested in joining a committee, please send an email to email@example.com, and provide your name, contact number and which committee you would like to join.
St. Vincent’s Health Partners Office
Currently, SVHP staff is located in the hospital through the March-April 2013 timeframe. We plan on moving to 2754 Main Street when the renovation is complete. Once we move into our new building, we will have room for meeting space, and encourage our members to drop by! Keep posted for the announcement of the building dedication!
Thomas A. Raskauskas, MD