May 2013 Newsletter

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Monthly Newsletter

Volume 4 Number 1

May 1, 2013


Important Anthem Online Provider Service (AOPS) Update

AOPS Changes Effective June 14, 2013 – Act Now for Continued Access to Member Eligibility, Benefits and Claim Status

Effective June 14, 2013, online member eligibility (coverage), benefits and claim status will be available only at Please register and begin to access this information using Availity.

Physicians, their office staff and other providers can access information for Anthem members through Availity, one of the largest electronic health information networks that connect providers, health plans and practice management systems with essential real-time business and clinical information. Availity offers a wide variety of online tools that allow providers to access real-time information, including eligibility, benefits, claims and many other services, from multiple payers via one secure sign-on.


Open House

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, June 11th, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

St. Vincent’s Health Partners will not only be hosting an OPEN HOUSE but we will be celebrating our 1ST ANNIVERSARY!

Invitations will be sent out over the next few weeks to the membership.

RSVP: Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations, (203) 275-0205 or Catherine Rivera, Executive Assistant, (203) 275-0201.

Clinically Integrated Platform

MedVentive Population Manager Project Status Report:  The MedVentive Population Manager data/system type document and data transfer workbook were completed on April 12, 2013. The MedVentive implementation questionnaire was completed on April 25, 2013.  The MedVentive project team conducted a WebEx Conference Call with the SVHP team on April 29, 2013, followed by an onsite visit on April 30, 2013. Data extraction calls with pilotsites practices will begin to take place the week of April 29, 2013.


SVHP Committees

All SVHP members are encouraged to participate in one of our committees. There are currently three working committees for you to consider:

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.

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.

Quality Sub Committees: The Quality and Utilization Review Committee has two active subcommittees; Quality Performance Assessment and Care Coordination. Each subcommittee provides direct effort to develop the infrastructure to successfully meet contractual requirements for coordinated care, and to achieve cost sharing (additional financial recognition beyond fee-for- service rates).  We are currently recruiting physicians for the Quality Performance Assessment Committee. Processes will be developed for physician compliance to and remuneration (if needed) to affirm our community commitment to quality cost-effective patient care. Please contact Brenda Reig, RN, MSM if you are interested in joining at 203-275-0204.

If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations by email or by phone (203)275-0205.


Visit our website for information regarding ICD-10, Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and HIPPA. Each week there are new articles under the “News” tab that we feel are important to our members.

Remember to use the Physician Directory Search area when recommending physicians to your patients.

If you have not already done so, please send a photo to Karen O’Driscoll at so that it can be loaded onto the website. We can also add a link to your practice website.

Educational Series

Please join us for our monthly provider education programs. Each event will include dinner and CMEs will be earned.

Thank you to those that attended our first educational program on April 18th-”What is a Clinically Integrated Network?”  Dr. Michael Edbauer, CMO from Catholic Health Partners discussed what constitutes a Clinically Integrated Network, what the role of the physician is within the model and the value of the physician

Below is a schedule of events:

Monday, May13th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

CMS Shared Savings Meeting  St. Vincent’s Medical

Center, Hawley 1, 2 and 3A/B.

This a Mandatory member meeting. Dr. Philip

Gaziano, CEO of Accountable Care Associates will be



Monday, June 3rd, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Patient Centered Medical Home St. Vincent’s Medical

Center, Hawley 1.

Dr. Thomas Meehan, CMO Qualidigm will be the



Wednesday, August 7th 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Patient Engagement St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Hawley 2.


Thursday, October 3rd, 6:00-8:00 .p.m.

Topic to be determined St. Vincent’s Medical Center,

Hawley 2

Please contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations by email or refer to our website to register for the programs.



8-9:30 a.m. Sponsored by Bridgeport Regional Business Council and St. Vincent’s Health Partners at Testo’s Restaurant, 1775 Madison Ave, Bridgeport. Cost: $35 members, $45 future members


Membership Information

Please welcome Dr. John Katsetos as a new member of

St. Vincent’s Health Partners. Dr. Katsetos specializes

in Internal Medicine. He has two offices: 353

Bridgeport, Ave, Milford, (203) 283-3858 and 90

Morgan Street, Stamford, (203) 348-4049.



Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Backman!. Dr. Backman has been appointed as a Board Member for St. Vincent’s Health Partners.

kenneth backman


Contact Information

Dr. Thomas Raskauskas, CEO/President – (203) 275-0202;

Dr. Michael Hunt, Chief Medical Officer/Chief Medical Information Officer – (203) 275-0203;

Brend Reig, Director of Clinical Quality – (203) 275-0204;

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

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

Alvino Williams, Jr., IT Analyst/Clinical Integration – (203) 275-0207;

Colleen Swedberg, Care Coordinator, (203) 275-0209;

Catherine Rivera, Executive Assistant/Office Manger – (203) 275-0201;