October 2013 Newsletter

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Volume 2 Number 9

October 1, 2013

Contract Updates

The Letter of Intent with SmartHealth has been signed andThe SmartHealthInsurance Election Form as well as the terms and conditions were provided to all practices in September. The contract has an effective date of January 1, 2014. Thank you to all that helped with the signing of the forms. We appreciate the attention that was taken to get them returned to SVHP by our deadlines!
Contract discussions and negotiations are in process with Cigna, Connecticare and United Healthcare. We will continue to update you through the website, emails and the newsletter.
One of the many benefits of membership in the PHO is the ability to negotiate contracts with third party Payors. If anyone approaches you or your office staff regarding contracts, please contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations.

St. Vincent’s Health Partners Selected as Assister Organization for Access Health CT

St. Vincent’s Health Partners has been selected by Access Health CT as an Assister Organization. Christina Cano, RN, BSN and newest member to the SVHP team, will participate in the training and certification process for the Assister program. Access Health CT is Connecticut’s official health insurance exchange marketplace whose mission is to increase the number of Connecticut residents who are insured, lower their costs, promote health and eliminate health disparities.

The Assister program is a federally-funded grant program established through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Navigator and Assister Outreach Program is the result of a unique partnership between Access Health CT and the State of Connecticut’s Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA). The program will play a key role in Access Health CT’s community outreach efforts and brings the ACA directly to the people. Navigators and Assisters will provide consumers with support enrolling in a variety of health insurance coverage options including subsidized health insurance, Medicaid and HUSKY programs.

Christina will work with the PHO members and health care settings, to engage, educate and facilitate enrollment through providing one-on-one support during the initial Open Enrollment period of October 1, 2013-March 31, 2014. The program will help individuals and families make educated decisions about their healthcare coverage and refer them to the right place if they have questions or concerns.

In order to receive the Assister certification, candidates must undergo background checks, 34 hours of training and pass a certification exam with a minimum score of 80 percent. Upon certification, Assister’s organizations will receive a grant award of $6,000 to support their community outreach initiatives.

There will be approximately 300-part-time Assisters across the state who work at organizations such as nonprofits, small businesses, faith organizations, community organizations, libraries, unions, and health departments.

Organizations were selected based on several key criteria including geographic focus, population demographics, cultural connections to the community it serves and language capabilities.

Kate Gervais, Manager of the Navigator and Assister Outreach Program, said the goal is “to have community-based organizations with existing relationships help the uninsured and underinsured members of their communities with these very personal decisions about their health coverage.”

Victoria Veltri, the state’s Healthcare Advocate, is proud to share that the Assister candidates speak over 32 distinct languages. Veltrisaid the Assisters will be able to “provide culturally and linguistically appropriate support to the uninsured members of our community.”

“Assisters provide the education and guidance our residents deserve to help them make the right health plan choices,” said Access Health CT CEO, Kevin Counihan. “We are impressed and delighted with the enthusiasm and commitment of the Assisters to make affordable health insurance a reality in Connecticut.”

“We are so pleased and proud to have been selected to participate in the Assister program,” said Dr. Thomas Raskauskas, CEO. “Our deep-rooted relationships in the community will help us reach those uninsured and underinsured individuals who need access to insurance but don’t know where to start. With all the information they can make the best choices for themselves and their families.”
For more information please visit www.accesshealthct.com/outreachprograms

Education Programs

Please join us for our monthly provider education programs co-sponsored by Fairfield County Medical Association. Each event will include dinner and CMEs will be earned.
“The SVHP Playbook: Collaboration in Action”

Thursday, October 10th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Hawley 2

This program will be extremely important to attend as the St. Vincent’s Health Partners Playbook will be introduced and distributed. The playbook will then be operationalized to be used by all practices. The playbook embodies all of the principles of clinical integration. It demonstrates the recommended minimum requirements to successfully manage patients in each environment and transfer them between patient care locations.

Please contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations by email karenodriscoll@stvincentshealthpartners.orgor refer to our website www.stvincentsheatlhpartners.orgto register for the program.

SVHP Staff Update

We are extremely pleased to announce that Christina Cano, RN, BSN has joined St. Vincent’s Health Partners as a Care Coordinator Associate. Christina is a newly graduated registered nurse from Sacred Heart University. She has a passion for improving the quality of patient healthcare in the community. She is also SVHP’s first and only staff member from the organization that has been selected as a candidate for Access Health CT’s Assister program. Please help me in welcoming Christina to SVHP.

Christina can be reached at (203) 275-0212 or by email at Christina.cano@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Christina Cano

CONGRATULATIONS to Alvino, Williams, Jr., our IT Analyst/Clinical Integration for receiving CAHIMS certification. CAHIMS is a new HIMSS health IT certification designed for emerging professionals within the industry. This certification demonstrates knowledge of health IT and management systems and is a valuable credential, qualifying Alvino to facilitate and improve the quality of health IT and business management systems across the healthcare setting.


Please consider referring to St. Vincent’s Urgent Care Walk-ins for weekend coverage. The Urgent Care Centers are open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am –5:00 pm.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation provides outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy for adolescents and adults.Licensed, professional therapists tailor their approach to meet the physical, social and emotional needs of patients and help them reach their goals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at St. Vincent’s are performed by skilled, licensed therapists with training in the latest, most effective methods and modalities of therapy. St. Vincent’s employs the latest technology and modalities in conjunction with manual therapy techniques and exercise.

For more information, please visit www.stvincents.org

If your practice has a website and would like to have a link on the SVHP website, please contact Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations at karenodriscoll@stvincentshealthpartners.org.

Contact Information

Dr. Thomas Raskauskas, CEO/President, (203) 275-0202; thomas.raskauskas@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Dr. Michael Hunt, Chief Medical Officer/Chief Medical Information Officer, (203) 275-0203; michael.hunt@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Brenda Reig, RN, MSM, Director of Clinical Quality, (203) 275-0204; brenda.reig@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Anthony Brockman, Director of Information Technology, (203) 275-0206; anthony.brockman@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Karen O’Driscoll, Director of Professional Relations, (203) 275-0205; karenodriscoll@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Alvino Williams, Jr., IT Analyst/Clinical Integration, (203) 275-0207; alvino.williams@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Colleen Swedberg, MSN, RN, CNL Care Coordinator, (203) 275-0209; colleen.swedberg@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Christina Cano, RN, BSN Care Coordinator Associate, (203) 275-0212; christina.cano@stvincentshealthpartners.org

Jacquie Jacovino, Administrative Assistant, (203) 275-0201; jacquie.jacovino@stvincentshealthpartners.org