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July 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET — Executive Web Briefing Exclusively For Members Of The OPEN MINDS Next Generation Forum On Children’s Services

As a strategy to improve outcomes, while containing the cost of services to vulnerable children, many states have moved away from “master contracts” and fee-for-service or per diem reimbursement by instituting systems of competitive bidding and value-based contracting that involve some form of shared risk by providers. These funding and service delivery models require a different set of financial and program design strategies and are tied to a set of required organizational competencies that may be significantly different from what children’s organizations have traditionally needed.

Join OPEN MINDS senior associate, Howard Shiffman and Douglas Fish, MD, Medical Director at the New York Department of Health on July 27, 2017 at 2:00pm ET for this informative web briefing on new contracting and funding mechanisms being used for children and families, and identifying key organizational competencies required to compete in this new environment. Our faculty will also explore the skill sets and investments needed for children’s providers to thrive in a performance-based environment.


During this 60-minute web briefing, you will:

  • Learn about the new funding mechanisms being utilized by NY for children and families to achieve the goals of improved service, client satisfaction, and cost containment
  • From a payer’s perspective, identify the new financial and programmatic skill sets that are necessary to succeed in a performance-based contracting environment
  • Identify potential organizational investments and changes that need to be made to achieve success in a competitive, performance-based market
  • Learn about the key requirements often sought by payers to win a request for proposals (RFP) response for a risk sharing contract
  • Ask questions to a payer to assist you in better understanding concepts regarding risk-based contracts

This web briefing is an exclusive event for members of The Next Generation Forum On Children’s Services. If you are not a member and would like more information on The OPEN MINDS Next Generation Forum On Children’s Services and how to become a member, please contact Wyatt Delaney at OPEN MINDS at

Featured Speakers

Douglas Fish, MD, Medical Director, New York Department of Health

Douglas Fish joined the NY State Department of Health in January, 2015, as a Medical Director in the Office of Health Insurance Programs, in the Medicaid Policy Division. He has been actively engaged in the implementation phase of New York’s DSRIP program and in the rollout of Value Based Payment efforts.

Prior to DOH, Doug worked at Albany Medical College for 21 years in the Department of Medicine, and was the Medical Director of the Division of HIV Medicine and of AMC’s Designated AIDS Center. In that capacity, he oversaw both out-patient and in-patient primary and specialty HIV care.

Originally from central Ohio, Doug attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, then completed a year of Family Practice training at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana. He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and maintains his affiliation with Albany Medical College as an Associate Professor of Medicine, participating in the Infectious Diseases’ weekend call rotation.

Howard Shiffman, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Mr. Shiffman has over 30 years of successful organizational and business experience in human service fields including expertise in executive management, strategic planning, business development, finance, marketing, market intelligence research, fundraising, and board development. He has hands-on expertise that comes from successful management and consulting with a number of programs. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS Mr. Shiffman served as Chief Executive Officer of Griffith Centers for Children, a COA-accredited, full-service treatment program for severely troubled youth and their families. He also developed one of the first offense-specific sex offender program in the United States.

Registration for this executive web briefing is exclusively for members of The Next Generation Forum On Children’s Services.

Unable to attend? Still register! At the conclusion of the event, all registrants will receive a recorded copy of the executive web briefing and presentation slides — regardless of attendance.

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