Stony Brook Takes Lead In DSRIP Initiative for Suffolk County

Stony Brook Medicine has been named the Suffolk County leader for an important, federally funded initiative focused on achieving more effective population health management. The goal of the program is to reduce avoidable hospital and emergency department use in Medicaid and uninsured populations by 25 percent over a five-year period.

The success of DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program) requires dedicated participation from Performing Provider Systems (PPSs). These providers will form partnerships and collaborate on a DSRIP plan to build a coordinated population-based system of care throughout Suffolk County.

Providers will be able to share in DSRIP reimbursements, estimated at between $350 and $500 million for Suffolk County, if they are successful in meeting the program’s strict metrics. In the future, providers will also be able to participate in Medicaid managed care contracts and receive higher reimbursements for patients treated through the program.

As the Suffolk County leader for the DSRIP program, Stony Brook is responsible for successfully carrying out the program’s objectives in our region and coordinating with as many other Suffolk County providers as possible to build a large network that can serve our target population.

The program, which will commence in April 2015, will feature several key projects. These include: asthma home-based self-management, evidence-based strategies for diabetes care, evidence-based strategies in cardiovascular care for disease management in high risk/affected populations, prevention of substance abuse and other mental emotional behavioral disorders, implementation of observational programs in hospitals, and others. In addition to supporting the target populations, the fundamentals of the program have the potential to affect our healthcare system as a whole and benefit everyone who uses it.

Joseph Lamantia, who recently joined Stony Brook Medicine as Chief of Operations for Population Health, will lead Stony Brook Medicine in our efforts to become a national leader in the area of population health management and in meeting the goals of the program.

Before joining Stony Brook, Lamantia was a seven-year veteran of South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH), where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer responsible for leading its management team, strategic planning and providing the operational leadership for the 435-bed hospital. His responsibilities encompassed the day-to-day management of the hospital and its 3,000 employees and oversight of all aspects affecting the hospital’s profit-and-loss statement. These included patient care services, quality management, direction for programmatic growth and clinical service line development, physician alignment initiatives and facilities management.

An accomplished healthcare executive with extensive knowledge of its administration and financial operations, Lamantia is skilled at guiding organizations through change, growth and improved performance by applying his diverse skills in strategic planning, program development, quality improvement, patient care management and community outreach.

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