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Selfhelp Community Services and FEGS Health & Human Services Launch New Care Management Company: SinglePoint Care Network to Coordinate Care for Seniors & Others With Chronic Medical Conditions in Managed Long Term Care Market
Date:8/23/2012

NEW YORK, Aug 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Selfhelp Community Services and FEGS Health & Human Services, two leading New York based not-for-profit organizations providing a broad range of health and social services to seniors and others with chronic medical conditions, have joined together to establish SinglePoint Care Network, a care management company, in response to emerging changes in the managed long term care market resulting from Medicaid reform in New York State.

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Through a strategic partnership with HealthPlus Amerigroup, one of the largest Medicaid Managed Care companies in NYS, SinglePoint will, pending approval by the NYS Department of Health, become the delegated care manager for many of the members of HealthPlus/Amerigroups's managed long term care plan.

SinglePoint will coordinate and manage the care and delivery of services to eligible enrollees through the application of tools assessing client needs for long term care services and by actively managing appropriate long term care.

Stuart C. Kaplan, CEO, Selfhelp and Gail Magaliff, CEO, FEGS, noted that "SinglePoint, a joint venture between our respective organizations, will be positioned in the marketplace to be on the cutting edge of transformative changes that are occurring in the healthcare market and will leverage their organizations' combined 150 years experience working with seniors and those with chronic medical conditions to coordinate high quality, patient-focused care in an environment requiring increased cost efficiencies. We will lead at this time of change while remaining committed to our historic missions. Our strategic partnership with HealthPlus Amerigroup will create a gateway for assisting the diverse communities of seniors and others with chronic medical conditions in NYC and the broader surrounding areas to access the critical services they need to live in good health at home and benefit from other needed healthcare and community supports."

Bob Wychulis, CEO of HealthPlus Amerigroup commented that FEGS and Selfhelp are two well established organizations with significant knowledge of the New York community and an understanding of the needs of those requiring long term care.  "Through our partnership with SinglePoint," Wychulis noted, "HealthPlus Amerigroup, a market leader, will significantly expand our capacity to deliver high quality care management services to this population and the emerging dual eligible market."

In addition to providing state of the art care management services, SinglePoint has formed an Independent Practice Association (IPA). The IPA will focus on developing a broad network of home health care and other service providers throughout the metropolitan New York area and Long Island to deliver a range of essential services to seniors and others with chronic medical conditions. The IPA will also provide management and other shared infrastructure services to providers who join the SinglePoint IPA network.

About SinglePoint Care Network - SinglePoint Care Network is an innovative care management company offering integrated healthcare management solutions. Established in 2012 in response to emerging changes in the managed long term care market resulting from Medicaid reform in New York State, SinglePoint provides solutions to managed care companies, home care, adult day care, senior centers, homebound meals providers, and other organizations offering services to seniors and others with chronic medical conditions. Our primary focus is improving the quality and outcome of patient care by providing the resources – people, practices and technology – to effectively manage costs and enhance efficiencies.

SinglePoint is a joint venture of Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. and FEGS Health and Human Services, two well established not-for-profit organizations that provide a broad range of community based services to New York's seniors and others with disabilities.

Both FEGS and Selfhelp are beneficiary agencies of UJA-Federation of New York.

About FEGS Health and Human Services

FEGS Health and Human Services, founded in 1934, is one of the nation's largest and most diversified health and human services organizations. FEGS brings together the best resources and people and integrates the latest technology from its robust infrastructure to help individuals achieve greater personal and economic independence at home, in school, at work and in the community. FEGS' service delivery network in the areas of health, disabilities, housing, homecare, employment, education, youth and family services coordinates and provides care and assistance across 350 locations in New York City and Long Island to more than 10,000 New Yorkers each day, 100,000 people a year, inspiring individuals and families and strengthening communities. The FEGS network also includes fourteen (14) subsidiary corporations providing a range of services, including management and technical assistance services to non-profits, businesses and government.
For more information, please visit www.fegs.org.                                                  

About Selfhelp Community Services

Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. (Selfhelp) has been caring for New York City's most vulnerable and dependent populations since it was founded in 1936. Today, Selfhelp serves more than 20,000 individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds each year, with a strong emphasis on programs that enable seniors to remain in their homes and active in their communities. Its mission is to maintain the independence and dignity of older adults and at-risk populations through a spectrum of housing, home health care, and social services.  Selfhelp leads in applying new methods and technologies to address changing needs of its community. Selfhelp continues to serve as the "last surviving relative" to its historic constituency, victims of Nazi persecution. Selfhelp's programs operate through 23 community-based sites in New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx, and Nassau Counties. For more information, please visit www.selfhelp.net

About HealthPlus Amerigroup

HealthPlus Amerigroup has a combined 35 years of experience serving the people of New York and currently serves 434,000 members in the state. HealthPlus Amerigroup is dedicated to offering real solutions that improve health care access and quality for its members, while proactively working to reduce the overall cost of care to taxpayers. HealthPlus Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or disability. For more information, please visit www.healthplus.amerigroup.com.


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