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Thanksgiving Planning Made Easy

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Thanksgiving is almost here and I am planning for the first time to have Thanksgiving Dinner at my house. This is an exciting time but the pressure is on to make sure this first holiday dinner is not the last that I host!

There are many different little things you can do to make sure your Thanksgiving goes off without a hitch.  Here’s a helpful infographic to show the prep that goes into making any event, not just Thanksgiving successful.

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Do you have an event or Quality Improvement initiative that needs to get started? Let CCNY help you create a plan that works for your agency. Contact one of our experts for more info!

 

 

Medicaid Managed Care – What Is It; How to Prepare

If you provide behavioral or physical health services for Medicaid consumers, you have probably heard about the changes to both systems. You may have even heard that you need to prepare for Medicaid Managed Care. What is managed care?

Managed Care is a term that is used to describe a health insurance plan or health care system that coordinates the provision, quality and cost of care for its enrolled members. – NY State Department of Health

What isn’t discussed is how to prepare your organization and staff for this change. What steps need to be taken? Do you have the infrastructure and right people in place to take those steps? How do you measure your achievements and outcomes? Are those the achievements and outcomes Medicaid Managed Care will find valuable?  CCNY, Inc. is here to help with an infographic describing the steps, and expectations to prepare your organization for Managed Care.

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CCNY works with health and human service organizations to provide data-driven recommendations that will improve the organization. If you are interested in getting support in this process, contact us for more information.  We would be happy to help.

 

 

To Prepare for Managed Care, You Will Need to Combine Data on Fiscal and Clinical Performance

Jamie Stewart of Open Minds, a market and management best-practice firm supporting health and human service organizations, wrote an excellent article on the challenges for the Behavioral Health system, “Are You Ready To Be A Certified Community Behavioral Health Center?” He says,

The CFO’s biggest challenge now is finding a way to combine fiscal data systems with clinical performance management to produce the management data needed to hit payer-mandated performance requirements and manage value-based contracts.

In order to gather, analyze, and display this data, you may need to integrate data sets that are not connected to each other. For example, you accounting and fiscal management software may not be integrated with your Electronic Health Record in a way that helps you understand the cost of services. You will need not only know how well your clients are performing on clinical outcomes, but also how much those outcomes cost your agency to provide. 

Open Minds have several articles on this issue that may help:

If you need assistance in gathering, integrating, and developing dashboards to support this work, let us know. We would love to speak to you.

Caring and Hope= Magic Healing Power

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Research has shown that the therapeutic alliance is one of the most important aspects and predictors of successful treatment. Carl Rogers, founder of

Purple_Wizard_hat_3 Person-centered therapy, alluded to the power of being present with a person: “We think we listen, but rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.”

Please click the following link for an article regarding how to establish a healing relationship and inspire hope:

The Magical Healing Power of Caring and Hope in Psychotherapy

The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Overall Health

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Exposure to childhood trauma dramatically increases the risk for seven out of ten of the leading causes of death in the United States. People exposed to intense levels of trauma in childhood have three times the lifetime risk of heart disease and lung cancer and a 20 year decrease in life expectancy.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris strongly advocates for pediatricians to become active participants in the prevention and treatment of trauma.

Please see her spirited TED Talk below:

 

Older Adults and Substance Abuse

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There is a growing trend among older adults in regards to at risk use for alcohol, prescription medication and illicit drugs.  It is estimated that there are 78 million baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) in the United States.  The number of older adults in need of substance abuse treatment is predicted to increase from 1.7 million in 2001 to 4.4 million in 2020.

As healthcare moves towards becoming more integrated with behavioral health there is an opportunity for screening and identification of substance abuse.  Screening, ideally could be a routine part of routine care. This could help diminish the lack of awareness that is often a barrier to identification of this issue.

Please click the following link for an interesting article on this topic:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/04/business/more-older-adults-are-struggling-with-substance-abuse.html?_r=0

 

Steps for Preparing for Managed Care [Infographic]

If you provide behavioral or physical health services for Medicaid consumers, you have probably heard about the changes to both systems. You may have even heard that you need to prepare for Medicaid Managed Care. What is managed care?

Managed Care is a term that is used to describe a health insurance plan or health care system that coordinates the provision, quality and cost of care for its enrolled members. – NY State Department of Health

What isn’t discussed is how to prepare your organization and staff for this change. What steps need to be taken? Do you have the infrastructure and right people in place to take those steps? How do you measure your achievements and outcomes? Are those the achievements and outcomes Medicaid Managed Care will find valuable?  CCNY, Inc. is here to help with an infographic describing the steps, and expectations to prepare your organization for Managed Care.

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[PDF Version]

If you are interested in getting support in this process, contact us for more information.  We would be happy to help.

 

 

A Blood Test to Detect Depression. Helpful?

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New research is suggesting that through a blood test targeting certain RNA markers, clinical depression may very well be able to be identified within this particular variable of genetic code. Clinicians, what are your thoughts? Does this support the concept of a true medical model for mental health, or does it simply negate the current diagnostic process all together?

 

Go To CBSNews.com to read the whole article.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/first-blood-test-for-clinical-depression/

 

2014 Program Evaluation Certificate Course

CCNY is  pleased to announce the return of  the Program Evaluation Certificate course being offered by UB’s School of Social Work.  This course is again being taught by CCNY’s  Heidi Milch and Brian Pagkos, with assistant instructors Andrea Minor and Amy Manning.  The 2014 program will be held at CCNY on September 12, September 26, October 10, and October 24, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Early Bird Registration goes from now until July 25, 2014.  More information and registration materials can be found at  UB’s School of Social Work Continuing Education page!

There are scholarship opportunities available for Erie and Niagara County staff from the Peter and Elizabeth C.  Tower Foundation.

What will you learn?

In this certificate program, you will learn the elements, tools and processes to complete program evaluation in a human service organization. This includes:

  •  The tools necessary to make evaluation an integrated component in your agency, program, and practice.
  • The basic foundations of program evaluation and methods, data collection techniques.
  • How to produce actionable information from data using Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Skills to use your findings to promote and sustain improvement efforts in your organization.
  • How to develop a program evaluation and quality improvement initiative plan from start to completion.

 

Testimonial about Community Connections of New York:

“One of the most rewarding collaborations we experienced is with Community Connections of New York. We are most grateful for all the assistance given to us in the development of our evaluation database system. We are finally able to see whether or not we are making a difference in our drug/alcohol prevention education efforts…”Lucy Candelario, Executive Director, West Side Community Services