Key to engaging Community Based Organizations is a monthly CBO Task Force Meeting hosted by Millennium and including membership from Western New York CBO leaders.

The Millennium CBO Task Force is led by Kimberly Backey, Millennium’s Manager of Cultural Competency and Diversity Initiatives; and chaired by Ricardo Herrera, Executive Director of the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers; Chris Spicer, Vice President of Programs at Planned Parenthood of Central & WNY; and Danise Wilson, MPH, Executive Director for the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Centers.

At the November 2018 Task Force meeting, Steve Nelson, MCC Director of Value Based Payment and Performance, led a discussion around Value Based Payment requirements and strategies for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and the important role CBOs have moving forward. 

Prior to joining MCC, Steve spent 10 years in Managed Care in various provider contracting roles.  Steve provided insight into the MCO Value Based Payment mindset and the role of CBOs in addressing social determinants of health; a New York State Department of Health requirement for certain Value Based Payment arrangements.    

“Nationwide Managed Care Organizations are realizing the impact social determinants of health have on patient quality of life and the cost of medical care,” said Steve, who added he is encouraged by the holistic approach social determinants of health interventions create for Value-Based Payment arrangements.

“New York has taken an important step in requiring MCOs to include social determinants of health interventions in higher level VBP arrangements,”Steve added.  “This includes contracting with the agencies best equipped to address these determinants; CBOs.  It’s an exciting time for Community Based Organizations as they are an important component to delivery system redesign!”


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