Isaac Kastenbaum Appointed Managing Director of Performance Improvement

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PCDC recently announced the appointment of Isaac Kastenbaum as Managing Director of its Performance Improvement practice, following a highly competitive national search.

Kastenbaum will lead the strategic direction, growth, and strengthening of the organization’s capacity building and training efforts. He will also oversee its growing team of experts in practice transformation, care coordination, Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition, HIV prevention/treatment training, and other content areas.

PCDC has trained and coached more than 9,000 health workers and supported more than 570 primary care practices to achieve PCMH recognition, improving care for millions of patients.

“PCDC’s staff share a commitment to building, expanding, and strengthening primary care,” said CEO Louise Cohen. “Isaac stood out immediately for his expertise in improving health outcomes for patients and communities, and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him.”

Kastenbaum previously served as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP)’s Director of Population Health and Network Development, managing its Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Performing Provider System, relationships with post-acute care providers, Medicaid Health Home, and other initiatives to meet patients’ psychosocial and behavioral health needs.

He also worked on clinical transformation and Medicare bundling initiatives, supported the expansion of the NYP Healthcare System, and launched a PCORI-funded initiative to combine seven health systems’ EHR data to support prospective and retrospective research.

Earlier, Kastenbaum was instrumental in a Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Partners In Health collaboration to improve care for vulnerable patients in the U.S. His responsibilities included working with health center staff to integrate community health workers (CHWs), supporting multiple cost/quality evaluations, implementing smartphone care coordination tools, and helping build a training practice to bring CHWs to new provider settings.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston University and Master of Public Administration in Health Policy from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.