March 2015 Newsletter

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Monthly Newsletter

Volume 4  Number 3

March 1, 2015

Contract Updates

Anthem–We have received our final scorecard from Anthem and scored well in the following composites: acute and chronic care management, preventive care and utilization metrics.  The scorecard will be presented to the Board of Directors on Thursday, March 12th, and will be made available to all members thereafter.

SmartHealth–In January 2014, the SmartHealth contract became effective and SVHP agreed to take on a shared responsibility for the care of the beneficiaries of St. Vincent’s Health Systems while assuring active management of both the quality and cost of care.  Preliminary numbers are indicative of increased quality and a cost savings that was realized.  We will be announcing finalized numbers over the next 2 months.

Because of the success of the program, SVHP won the bid to actively manage both the quality and cost of care for the beneficiaries of 2 additional Ascension Ministries-St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, NY and St. Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore, MD.  These contracts will go into effect on April 1, 2015.

VCA-Contract negotiations continue with an additional payor in collaboration with the Value Care Alliance.  We are hopeful that we will be able to announce the details next month.

St. Vincent’s Health Partners Second Annual Meeting

We are excited to announce that SVHP will be hosting our Second Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Elections.   Below is a “Save The Date” announcement.  Invitations will be sent out by March 12th.  We look forward to seeing all our physician members at the meeting!

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SVHP Named Finalist in the 6th Annual Case In Point Platinum Awards

St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc., has been named as a Finalist in the 6th Annual Case In Point Platinum Awards for two categories:  Clinically Integrated Network and Transitions of Care.  Under the Clinically Integrated Network, SVHP submitted paperwork on the development of the Post Acute Care Network.  The purpose of the PAC Network is to partner with post acute providers (Skilled Nursing Centers, Home Health Agencies) that have committed to improving patient outcomes while lowering associated costs within the patient centered medical neighborhood.  Under the Transitions of Care category, SVHP submitted paperwork on the development of the Transitions Leadership Committee.    The purpose of the Committee is to work towards overall process improvement and ease transitions as a collaborative effort across the continuum of care.

The SVHP Team has been invited to attend the Awards Luncheon on May 7, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland, where the finalists will be recognized and the winners in each category will be announced.

The Case In Point Platinum Awards Program sets the standard for recognizing professionals and organizations who demonstrate sustained success across a variety of models and settings in the overarching continuum of care coordination.  Like no other awards program in the industry, the Case In Point Platinum Awards Program, brings professionals and organizations together to highlight their work, be publicly recognized, celebrate successes and collectively recognize that working together as a team can ensure a safe, high quality and sustainable healthcare system.

The Awards program recognizes both individual and organizational performance in a range of categories from the emergency department, to the medical home, to health IT and specialty programs, as well as leaders in case management and organizations across the continuum who are improving the delivery of care. Processes such as transition of care, disease management, behavioral health and other creative strategies are making a difference as the industry works to improve quality of care, while at the same time lowering healthcare costs. A new category has been added this year to recognize the important role health IT is playing in assisting professionals to collect and analyze data in order to identify gaps and improve outcomes.

Today, all eyes are on the practice of case management and care coordination as a means to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care and outcomes across the healthcare spectrum. The Case In Point Platinum Awards provides a public platform to recognize the work being done in these areas. These efforts are decreasing fragmentation, ensuring safe transitions of care and improving the patient experience all while containing escalating healthcare costs across the care continuum.

“I am proud to be considered for this esteemed award,” said Dr. Thomas Raskauskas, CEO and President of St. Vincent’s Health Partners.  “The organizations that have made the list are well known in the nation for their contribution to population management.  It is an honor to be in their company for consideration of this award.”

The Case In Point Platinum Awards recognition demonstrates St. Vincent’s Health Partners’ commitment to achieving the “Triple Aim”- improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction); improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita cost of health care.

Transitions Leadership Committee Update

The Transitions Leadership Committee continues to meet on a monthly basis to discuss opportunities to strengthen relationships to improve transitions of care.  This month’s meeting was held on Thursday, February 26th.

Below is a highlight of the meeting.

  • The timeline for BPCI was reviewed.  The BPCI program is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2015.
  • An overview of all meetings associated with, or coming out of, Transitions Leadership Meeting was highlighted.  These meetings include discharge huddles, SNF and HHA Leadership Subcommittees and Educational programs for front line staff.
  • Overall Network Process Mapping.  The team divided into settings to continue working on “pain points” that have been identified and next steps.
  • Review of COPD work group was given by Dr. Corina Marcu.
  • Dr. Fitton gave a brief update on Palliative Care.

Telephonic Bundle Huddles are held every Thursday at 12:00 PM.  The purpose of these calls is to build focus and unity around CIN goals for the patient.

We anticipate that the work that is done in these meetings will positively overflow to the transitions of all patients between each of the settings and across the clinically integrated network.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24th from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM in Level 4 Cancer Conference Room.
**Please note, this meeting will be held on Tuesday and be in a different conference room.**

Member Updates:

Please join us in welcoming Fairfield Plastic Surgery and Fairfield Women’s Health Center to St. Vincent’s Health Partners!

Dr. David Yan earned his medical degree from SUNY Upstate medical University in Syracuse, New York and brings many years of surgical experience to the team at Fairfield Plastic Surgery. Fairfield Plastic Surgery specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery and is located at 10 Sherman Street in Fairfield.  Dr. Yan can be reached at (203) 614-8800.  For more information, please visit their website at:

Fairfield Women’s Health Center specializes in providing gynecologic care for women of all ages. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology with a medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, Dr. Lisa Geer-Yan brings 9 years of experience to the Fairfield Community. Dr. Geer-Yan completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and has been in Fairfield for 4 years. As a passionate and caring physician, Dr. Geer-Yan believes in educating women so that they may take an active role in their health care.  Fairfield Women’s Health Center is located at 140 Sherman Street, 5th Floor, Fairfield.  Dr. Geer-Yan can be reached at (203) 658-8291.  For more information, please visit their website at:

Contact Information

Dr. Thomas Raskauskas, President/CEO, (203 275-0205

Dr. Michael Hunt, Chief Medical Officer/Chief Medical Informatics Officer,
(203) 275-0203

Anthony Brockman, Director of Information Technology, (203) 275-0206

Colleen Swedberg, MSN, RN, CNL, Director for Care Coordination and Integration,
(203) 275-0209

Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations, (203) 275-0205

Karen Julian, RN, BSN, Care Coordination and Integration Manager,
(203) 896-0215

Sophia Jackson, RN, Care Coordination Associate, (203) 275-0212

Mina Gasdia, RN, Care Coordination and Integration Associate, (203) 896-0214

Kyle Lanning, JD, Integration Associate, (203) 275-0204

Asma Ahmed, Healthcare IT Applications Support Intern, (203) 275-0211,

Erika Foster, Integration Associate, (203) 275-0208

Susanne, Salgado, Communications and  Operations Associate, (203) 275-0201