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    May 2016
Greater New York Benefit Fund Expands Partnership to Improve Cancer Patient Care
To help 1199SEIU workers receive the highest, most consistent standard of cancer treatment, the Greater New York Benefit Fund (GNYBF) is expanding its partnership with eviCore healthcare, effective April 1. In reviewing pre-service elective radiation therapy and medical oncology services, as well as outpatient high-tech radiology and nuclear cardiology studies, eviCore will utilize established, evidence-based clinical pathways to support clinicians in pursuing the most effective course of action for medical oncology treatment. This will help maintain consistency in diagnoses and treatment methodology and reduce disparities in treatment and outcomes for members. The expanded partnership and prior authorization process will also help limit members' exposure to unnecessary and potentially harmful treatments and encourage a more holistic and patient-centered approach to healthcare delivery. For more information, visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org.
GNYBF's Chief Medical Officer Honored for Outstanding Leadership
Dr. Van Dunn, the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund's (GNYBF's) Chief Medical Officer (CMO), was honored on April 29 at the Sixth Annual National Urban Health Conference in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the healthcare field. Dr. Dunn presented the keynote remarks at the event, which was hosted by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce's "Healthy Eating & Healthy Living" initiative. The group joined with MetroPlus Health Plan and New York State Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright in presenting Dr. Dunn with its 2016 Outstanding Service and Achievement Award. The GNYBF welcomed Dr. Dunn in March as its new CMO. Dr. Dunn oversees the Fund's Clinical Management and Analytics functions. He is responsible for health and wellness initiatives and the pursuit of value-based strategies on behalf of all the Funds' 400,000 members.

New York State Allocates Additional Funds for Its Advanced Training Initiative

The New York State Executive Budget for 2015--16 will provide $46 million in additional funding to help facilities implement the Advanced Training Initiative (ATI), which is designed to train nursing home staff to detect early changes in a resident's physical, mental or functional condition and avoid preventable hospitalization. The State Department of Health (DOH) established benchmarks based on existing cost report data to determine nursing home eligibility to participate in the ATI. Recognizing that employee retention has a positive impact on resident care, the state deemed nursing homes with higher-than-the-state-average retention rates as eligible to participate in the ATI and will provide the facilities with recruitment and retention funding. Facilities whose 1199SEIU employees are covered by the Greater New York Benefit Fund will pool the retention funding. The free online training program, the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds' Resident Decline Detection Program, is available to downstate contributing employers and satisfies the DOH's ATI requirements.

The training consists of four webinars of one hour each, starting in April 2016 and running through March 2017. Topics include:

  • Improving the new resident experience
  • Communicating more effectively both with patients and the interdisciplinary team
  • Assessing pain
  • Reducing re-hospitalizations and understanding why that is an important goal
Representatives from more than 50 nursing homes attended the March 28 kickoff event hosted by the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds. For more information, please contact Jose Matta at Jose.Matta@1199Funds.org or Katherine Asip at Katherine.Asip@1199Funds.org.

Child Care Fund's Pre-RN Program Guides 1199SEIU Students into Nursing Profession

On May 23, the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation will honor 13 new WorkForce 2000 Pre-RN graduates at the Eighth Annual Pre-RN Lab Coat Ceremony, which recognizes the achievements of members' children who are considering a career path in nursing. Through fieldwork that includes hands-on experience and academic classes offered in partnership with New York University, the Pre-RN track of the WorkForce 2000 Program offers 1199SEIU high school students valuable work experience and an opportunity to discover the field of nursing. The program partners with institutions like Montefiore Medical Center to provide young people with opportunities for career development and education at institutions throughout the city; for example, all participants are certified in CPR by the conclusion of their coursework. By exposing 1199SEIU members' children to a career in nursing early, the Pre-RN track aims to increase both the availability and diversity of the New York City nursing workforce. For more information about the Pre-RN track of WorkForce 2000, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf, or call (212) 564-2220.

The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund assists 1199SEIU members in staying abreast of developments in their fields, helping them to provide quality care and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Please share these opportunities with 1199SEIU employees at your institution. The schedule is also available on the ICE calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events/

Autoimmune Disorders
Thursday, May 12
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor (Penthouse), Manhattan. Onsite only.

Medication Error Prevention and Patient Safety
Sunday, May 22
4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physician assistants and nurses. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the New York Times Conference Center, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) will also be available.

Rehabilitation Documentation 
Thursday, May 26
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour program has been accredited for rehab therapists. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor (Penthouse), Manhattan. Onsite only.

Comprehensive Men's Mental Health 
Saturday, June 4
8:45 am to 4:30 pm
This six-hour interdisciplinary program has been accredited for a number of healthcare practitioners. The program will be offered at the New York Times Conference Center, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) will also be available.

Free prep courses are also available for national certification exams and New York State Licensure examinations for several positions, including social workers and clinical lab technologists. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute or contact the Training and Upgrading Fund's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.

In This Issue
Greater New York Benefit Fund Expands Partnership to Improve Cancer Patient Care
GNYBF's Chief Medical Officer Honored for Outstanding Leadership
New York State Allocates Additional Funds for Its Advanced Training Initiative
Child Care Fund's Pre-RN Program Guides 1199SEIU Students into Nursing Profession
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs


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