March 2013 Newsletter

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NEWSLETTER Volume 2 Number 2

March 1, 2013



Insurance Contracting

We are very close to completing the Anthem contract and anticipate bringing it to membership for approval in the next few weeks.   The PHO contract will be the first quality based reimbursement model in the state for Anthem.

Discussions with SmartHealth-the hospital self-insured product continue as well.  We are still on target for an effective date of July 1st.

More details will follow on the above as well as additional quality based contracts that we are exploring. For more information on the contracts please contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations by email or by phone (203)576-6367.

Clinical Integration Platform

MedVentive is coming!!!  Great news…the contract was signed on Monday, February 25, 2013, and the implementation plan is being finalized through the IT committee.

The Clinical Integration tool, McKesson Population Manager TM, is a network collaboration platform to achieve clinical integration and drive focused improvements in care delivery and population health.

McKesson Risk Manager TM ,  allows you to analyze and improve the entire spectrum of cost and quality challenges such as patient profiling, Pay-for-Performance (P4P) management, generic prescribing, HEDIS compliance and more.

Over the next few weeks we will begin to reach out to your practices to schedule training for MedVentive.

URAC Accreditation

URAC is an independent, nonprofit organization that offers a wide range quality benchmarking program and services to keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provides a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability.

St. Vincent’s Health Partners is one of the first PHOs in the country to be a test site for URAC Accreditation.  Part of the Accreditation process consists of an onsite visit which will take place on Friday, March 1st.    SVHP will be presenting on Quality Metrics, Care Coordination, Population Management and Healthcare Analytics that will be provided through the PHO.   For more information on the Accreditation process, please contact Brenda Reig, RN, Director of Clinical Quality by email or by phone (203) 576-6332.

Office Updates

Many of you pass by 2754 Main Street every day and are able to see the transformation that is taking place from the older home to our new office.   Despite the snow storm, the move in date was only set back one week at this point.  The new tentative move date is the week of March 18th.  A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House are being planned after we complete our move.  Invitations will be sent out within the next few weeks.



Educational Series

Because of the rapid changes that are occurring with health care reform, it is important that our members are kept abreast of these changes.  We will offer a monthly provider education series on such topics as “What is a Clinically Integrated Network?”,  “ Patient Centered Medical Home” and “Patient Engagement”.  Please contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director or Professional Relations by email  or refer to our website  to register for the programs.


Healthy Chat Sponsored by Access Health CT, formerly The Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange.


Interested in learning about the progress AccessHealth CT has been making?  Do you have questions you’d like to ask?  Then come to a Healthy Chat event in your area!

Each Healthy Chat is an open Forum where you can meet and engage with Exchange CEO Kevin Counihan and other health care reform experts.  It’s also your chance to have your questions answered!  We encourage registration prior to the event so you can be notified of changes or cancellation due to inclement weather.  On-site registration and refreshments start at 5 pm.  Chats will run from 5:30-7:00 pm.

To find out more and register in advance, visit .  Or call 860-757-5300 with questions.


We are happy to announce that the St. Vincent’s Health Partners website will be up and running within the next week!!  The website has a Monthly Feature page, updates to our services and contracts and links to our affiliates, as well as many other features.   There will be a member login section that will contain proprietary information for members because… “membership has its privileges.”

If your practice has a website, we can add a link for it.  If interested, please contact Karen O’Driscoll at or phone (203)576-6367.


Value Added Benefits

Discounts for Jos A. Bank and Brooks Brothers are available to our members.



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Mark Your Calendars

   Brooks Brothers Spring

         Corporate Shopping Event!

   Thursday, March 14, 2013 – One-day Only!

30% savings

      (regular price merchandise only)


    Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores

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We are finalizing information regarding discounts on office supplies through Staples.  Information will be available on the website.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director or Professional Relations by email or by phone (203)576-6367.


SVHP Committees

All SVHP members are encouraged to participate in one of our 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 third Wednesday of the month at 7:00-8:00 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 6:00-7:00 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 6:00-7:00 p.m.

If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations by email  or by phone (203)576-6367.


Membership Information

Please refer to the website which provides a complete listing to all members in the PHO by name and specialty.



St. Vincent’s Health Partners is proud to welcome or newest affiliate

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New Road Fitness in association with St. Vincent’s Health Services is Trumbull’s ONLY medically integrated fitness center.

To learn more about New Road Fitness and the revolutionary smart technology, call (203)452-ROAD (7623) or contact Dan Lynch by email .


New Staff

St. Vincent’s Health Partners is not only expanding its network of members but is also growing its Staff!  Please help me in welcoming the following employees:

Dr. Michael Hunt, Chief Medical Officer/Information Director (CMIO) will be joining SVHP on March 18, 2013.

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Catherine Rivera, Administrative Assistant will start on March 18, 2013.

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Alvino Williams, Jr. will join the SVHP team on March 18, 2013, as a Systems Analyst.