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Healthfirst 2012 Fall Provider Symposium

Managing Long Term Services and Supports: Sharing Knowledge and Best Practices

On Friday, October 26, Healthfirst NJ hosted its first Provider Symposium on Managing Long Term Services and Supports: Sharing Knowledge and Best Practices, at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. Moderated by Healthfirst’s Dr. Deborah Hammond, the symposium brought together Healthfirst NJ providers and community partners to share innovative practices that address the needs of persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  The event helped our stakeholders learn more about long term care delivery, integration of care and designing Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) programs.

> 2012 Fall Symposium Agenda

Theodore Kastner, MD, MS

Founder & President, Developmental Disabilities Health Alliance, Inc.


Theodore Kastner, MD is board certified in four specialties: Pediatrics, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Medical Management. He holds appointments at the New Jersey Medical School University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine.


Dr. Kastner has served as a consultant to numerous national organizations and agencies including the United States Department of Justice, 18 states, Israel and Canada.  Dr. Kastner has presented at over 200 conferences and training workshops around the country and authored more than 100 publications in the field of developmental disabilities.  His research interests are in the areas of primary health care, mental health problems, managed care and public policy issues for people with developmental disabilities.


Dr. Kastner is an international authority on the health care concerns of people with developmental disabilities. For the past 15 years, he has served as the Founder and President of Developmental Disabilities Health Alliance, Inc. (DDHA). DDHA is nationally recognized as being a medical home model of health care delivery for persons with developmental disabilities. DDHA recently received funding from CMS through the Health Care Innovation Challenge to expand and replicate its services in New Jersey, New York and Arkansas.


> The Developmental Disabilities Health Home Model of Care

James Lape

Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health & Psychiatry, Trinitas Regional Medical Center


As a Vice President at Trinitas Hospital, James Lape has had a number of accomplishments to his credit, which include developing Psychiatric Services at the Hospital and at the former Elizabeth General Medical Center to one of the largest and most comprehensive services in New Jersey. Currently the service delivers over 200,000 outpatient behavioral health visits per year and operates 92 inpatient psychiatric beds and 15 residential treatment center beds. In addition, some of Trinitas Hospital’s Behavioral Health and Psychiatry Services are provided regionally and statewide. Specialized outreach and related services for dual disordered patients with mental illness and developmental disabilities are based in Elizabeth, Cranford, Parsippany, Wall Township and Vineland.


Mr. Lape has served and continues to serve on numerous County Boards and Governmental Commissions. Mr. Lape is a founding member of the Union County Care Management Organization, Families and Communities Together. He is Past President of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey Board of Directors as well as the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies. He is also past Chairman of the Behavioral Health Constituency Group of the New Jersey Hospital Association.


Mr. Lape has Master’s Degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a past recipient of the Ann Klein Advocate Award and several awards for Statewide Leadership and Advocacy in the Mental Health Sector. He is also a licensed nursing home administrator.


> Medical & Psychiatric Emergency Service Frequent User Project


Janet O’Connor
Vice President, Clinical Excellence, Senior Health Partners

Janet O’Connor is a proven leader and change agent with over twenty-five years of clinical care and management experience in diverse health care settings; acute, community, rehabilitation, long term care as well as Managed Long Term Care. Ms. O’Connor has been working in MLTCP since 2002 and was instrumental in the startup operations of Senior Health Partners (SHP). She has directed the company through successful New York State Department of Health audits and working in cooperation with the Medical Director, leads the annual Quality Assurance Performance Improvement activities.


Her enthusiasm and energy, along with her clear and focused direction has been instrumental in company start-ups and development of successful business relationships. The recipient of several awards, Ms. O’Connor has been honored with “Subacute Leadership Team” from the New York State Department of Health, “Women in Communication” Clarion award, and “Excellence in Practice” Nurse Recognition Award, New York State.

Ms. O’Connor is currently Vice President of Clinical Excellence, of Senior Health Partners, a Healthfirst Company. She leads the Education, Quality Management, Appeal and Grievances, Auditing/Delegation and Provider Services for MLTCP.  She skillfully managed her team to build a network of providers to service members throughout NYC, including Nassau County.


Ms. O’Connor graduated from George Washington University, receiving both her Bachelors and Masters of Education, Program Planning. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a certification in Health Care Compliance (CHC).


Beverly Roberts
Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care, The Arc of New Jersey


Since 1989, Beverly Roberts has been the Director of the Mainstreaming Medical Care Program at The Arc of New Jersey. She has more than 25 years of experience in the human services and developmental disabilities fields as a health care advocate, newsletter editor and administrator.  Ms. Roberts is actively involved in advocating for quality standards and safeguards in the area of managed health care for people with developmental disabilities.  She serves on several statewide committees and advisory groups including the Medical Assistance Advisory Council (MAAC). Ms. Roberts has received many awards for her successful health care advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities, including the Ann Klein Award. 


If you have questions or would like more information about Healthfirst NJ’s Provider Symposium Series, please contact Dr. Deborah Hammond at or (973)497-2364.