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Orange County Smoke Free Housing Symposium Invitation

(Free) Two Dates and Locations

Middletown Event: January 16, 2018. 9:30-12:00 at the Middletown Thrall Library, 11 Depot Street, Middletown, NY 10940.

Newburgh Event: January 18, 2018. 9:30-12:00 at the Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus, One Washington Center, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Seats are Limited. Please RSVP to: Danielle Moser, or Meghan DuBois O’Connor

2017 WMCHealth PPS Summit and Quality Meeting

With a Goal to Improve the Health of Hudson Valley Residents, Hundreds Attend Summit Hosted by WMCHealth

Collaboration among PPS network partners will be critical to meeting DSRIP project goals and overall transformation of health care services delivery in New York's Hudson Valley region.

Click the image above to review the WMCHealth PPS DSRIP project implementation guide.

Where are we?

  • Download our most current DSRIP Program status infographic. 
  • Click here to see our DSRIP project selection.
  • Click here to read our newsletters.
  • Click here to watch past PAC webinar videos.
  • Click here to access our list of DSRIP-related resources.

Training Opportunity: Primary Care Childhood Asthma Preceptorship Program 

WMCHealth PPS network providers are encouraged to take part in the Primary Care Childhood Asthma Preceptorship Program. This by-appointment, half-day training which is open to MDs, NPs, and PAs. Objectices include:

  • Accurate diagnosis of asthma
  • NHLBI Guidelines asthma management training
  • Spirometry training
  • Caregiver education

Click the pdf icon in the header to download and print the flyer.

Click here to complete our registration form if you would like to take this training. You will receive a call to schedule training.

Cross-PPS Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Report 

The three Lower Hudson Valley DSRIP PPS (Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative, Refuah Community Health Collaborative and WMCHealth PPS in collaboration with local government units, providers and consumers are working together on the 3.a.ii, Behavioral Health (BH) Crisis Stabilization project that aims to develop community-based crisis services throughout the region. This project plays an important role in the core DSRIP objective to reduce avoidable emergency room visits and inpatient admissions by building comprehensive community crisis systems that offer effective alternatives to hospital care. 

The Crisis Stabilization Report covers a review of current and future practice models; communication surrounding local needs and review of systems and data.

The report reflects:

  • Documentation of system gaps in various communities;
  • Identification of relevant local and national best practices;
  • Clarification of roles and responsibilities of key community services necessary for an effective community BH crisis system; 
  • Documentation of the impact of community culture regarding risk, safety and accountability in an effective community BH crisis system;
  • Development of treatment protocols and care pathways designed to improve the service-user’s access to crisis care.

This report will evolve over time based on our work and the changing healthcare landscape. 

Click the .pdf icon above in the headline to download the report

Related News:

Poughkeepsie Journal-Stabilization Center Brings Resources, Second Chances to Dutchess

Southwest Dutchess Daily Voice-New Dutchess Center Offers 24/7 Walk-in Mental Health, Drug Abuse Services

Spectrum News, Hudson Valley-Dutchess Countyy Stablization Center to Help with Mental Health Issues 

Watch the recap video of the February 2 -3 Crisis Stabilization meeting in White Plains, NY

2016 WMCHealth PPS Summit and Quality Meeting | DSRIP in Action

Network partners met for 2 days in November to discuss the ongoing implementation of 11 DSRIP projects selected, best practices, care delivery transformation progress, care management and care coordination across care settings, cultural competence and its impact on care delivery and more. Check out the recap video below. 

Blueprint for Health Equity: Addressing the Social and Economic Determinants of Health 

Blueprint for Health Equity is an extraordinary opportunity for healthcare and social service providers to take a fresh look at the work of the organization through the eyes of the people served. The NYS Department of Health has placed an increased focus on the social and economic determinants of health. This interactive training is designed to provide organizations with insights and tools to meet this objective. This all day training activity includes a poverty simulation and also covers cultural competence and health literacy.  >Full description 

FiOS1 Coverage of Blueprint for Health Equity Training Session at New York Medical College, November 9, 2016 

Bluprint for Health Equity All-Day Training Recap Video (June 2016)

White House Panel Discusses Suicide Prevention | Making Health Care Better Series

On September 29, the White House hosted a suicide prevention discussion as part of its Making Health Care Better series. Dr. Virna Little, Senior Vice President, Psychosocial Services and Community Affairs, from WMCHealth PPS partner organization Institute for Family Health participated on the Progress on Implementation of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) panel.

Download: White House Domestic Policy Council’s progress report addendum focused on suicide prevention. 

Highlight video below

Value-based Payment for Providers

The most recent NYS DOH value-based payment video focuses on role providers will play in the evolving health care landscape. 

Haga clic aquí para ver la versión española.

Click here to visit New York State Department of Health's Value Based Payment (VBP) page.

WMCHealth PPS-Sponsored Catskill Hudson AHEC LGBT Health Professions Seminar a Success

The Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center held a successful LGBT seminar on April 3. This training seminar relates to a DSRIP goal and the WMCHealth PPS' active collaboration with regional entities to deliver training and education resources that will improve cultural competence awareness among providers in our network.  Participants at the seminar heard presentations from three outstanding experts on topics including:

  • Understanding culturally-competent attitudes toward LGBT individuals
  • Adapting healthcare systems and practices
  • Recognizing needs of transgender individuals
  • Learning about HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted disease prevention
  • Reviewing history of healthcare practices, attitudes and trends

>>Download and read the event recap 

Cultural Competence and Health Literacy Resources

WMCHealth PPS is committed to DSRIP requirements covering cultural and linguistically appropriate awareness, as well as education and professional collaboration of all providers in our network. Network partners can now register and take our Achieving Equitable Health Care Outcomes: Building a Health Literate and Culturally Competent Organization training course. 

Click here to check out our cultural competence and health literacy resources.

HealthAlliance's Healthy Neighborhood Initiative | Creating a Medical Village

WMCHealth PPS partner HealthAlliance recently received an $88 million grant to create a Medical Village (DSRIP project 2.a.iv) in Kingston, NY. General details about the grant was featured on the recordonline.  

Watch the HealthAlliance Hudson Valley Healthy Neighborhood Initiative video outlining the revitalization of Kingston, NY

Value Based Payments and DSRIP

An important component of the Affordable Care Act which also impacts DSRIP, is the shift from provider payments based on the volume of health care services delivered to payments based on the value of health care services delivered. The New York State Department of Health has made available, resources for PPS participants to get familiar with the concept of value based payments (VBP).  The video below provides an overview of this new pay-for-service model. The shift to VBP will be an important component in the way health care services are delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries.

Haga clic aquí para ver la versión española.

Click here to visit New York State Department of Health's Value Based Payment (VBP) page.

Cross PPS Collaboration Yields Anti-Vaping Campaign

The Hudson River DSRIP Public Health Council (HRD PHC), an effort among the WMCHealth, Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative and Refuah Community Health Collaborative Performing Provider Systems (PPS), reflects the positive impact of New York State DOH’s encouragement of cross-PPS collaboration. In addition to the three regional PPS, the Council is comprised of representatives from more than 20 organizations — such as New York State QuitLine — and advocates concerned with smoking cessation and initiatives promoting smoke-free campaigns in schools, college campuses and workplaces. The Council has launched its smoking cessation campaign aimed at high school students. WMCHealth PPS network partners are encouraged to download, print and share the available materials.  

Click here to visit the HRD PHC website which includes additional smoking cessation resources.

2015 WMCHealth PPS DSRIP Summit and Quality Meeting

The WMCHealth PPS recently held its second annual DSRIP Summit and Quality Meeting.  Agenda items covered MRT Innovation eXchange overview, three keynote speakers covering cultural competence, value-based payments and building efficient practices, and workshops on DSRIP and primary care, achieving Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) status, health homes and medical neighborhoods.  Project Advisory Quality Committee meetings provided attendees updates on implementation of WMCHealth PPS' DSRIP project selection. Materials available for download can be found below.  


Regional Partner for Data Sharing


HealthlinkNY is a Qualified Entity (QE), funded by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH), which operates the health information exchange (HIE). The HIE offers electronic access to patients’ community-wide health records and serves as the region’s access point to the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).  The HIE and SHIN-NY are very important parts of the larger DSRIP initiative of building integrated delivery systems throughout the state. HealthlinkNY’s participation as a QE will allow entities like the WMCHealth PPS to more seamlessly support collaboration among providers in the network.  To learn more bout how WMCHealth PPS network partners will colloaborate and participate in the HIE and New York State's SHIN-NY email us at 

Primary Care Provider Information Webinar 

The WMCHealth Network Performing Provider System (WMCHealth PPS) hosted a webinar to discuss primary care provider (PCP) involvement in the implementation of DSRIP projects.  

Primary care providers will be expected to:

How will the PPS support primary care providers? 

  • Guidance on receiving PCMH recognition
  • Support for MU certification
  • Care manager and care coordination support
  • Hospital transitions
  • Closing the referral loop
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Regional coordination with other initiatives including other PPS

PCP webinar resources:
Role of the primary care provider 
Webinar presentation 
Webinar video 

Project Advisory Committee (PAC)

The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will serve as an advisory body and will be comprised of one member from each WMCHealth PPS network partner. The PAC will meet periodically throughout the DSRIP operational phase to discuss implementation updates, milestones and accomplishments across all projects as well as provide feedback.

The PAC is intended to:

  • Ensure all PPS partners have input into and an opportunity to participate in project development.
  • Create an inclusive process that includes all relevant stakeholders.
  • Engage provider partners and the community to ensure voices are heard.
  • Facilitate and promote transparency and collaboration.

Click here to watch previous PAC webinars.

Visit our Resources page to download previous PAC webinar presentations.

WMCHealth PPS Network Partner Roles

Our PPS network comprises a range of partners covering hospitals, primary care providers, behavioral health services providers, non primary-care (specialty) providers, health homes, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, substance abuse centers, community-based organizations (CBO), federally qualified health centers, state and local government agencies, clinics and more. 

Click here for a detailed look at their roles within our PPS and participation in the DSRIP program.