CEO Louise Cohen Appointed to NYC Community Services Board

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On November 22, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced that PCDC CEO Louise Cohen is one of 15 appointees to the Community Services Board (CSB). The CSB is responsible for advising the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on the City’s mental health and substance use treatment services. Ms. Cohen brings to …

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Creating a Primary Care Road Map for DSRIP

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More than 20 years ago, around the time that the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) started out, Barbara Starfield, a pediatrician and primary care advocate, defined primary care as first-contact, long-term, person-focused (not disease focused), comprehensive, and coordinated care. Even then, U.S. and international public health evidence was clear: countries with strong primary care had …

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CMS Proposes Increased Primary Care Payments, Diabetes Prevention Support

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing significant changes to the physician fee schedule that are expected to benefit primary care practitioners (PCP). The proposed changes increase Medicare payments for PCPs serving patients with multiple chronic conditions, behavioral health issues, cognitive impairment, or mobility-related impairments. CMS expects the changes to result in …

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Primary Care Roundup – March

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New York State Awards $87 Million in Capital for Community Health Centers In early March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $87 million in funding for 37 community health center capital projects as part of a $1.5 billion in funding for health care facilities across New York State. See full list here. Evidence Grows for …

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What I learned About Increasing the Primary Care Spend

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A few weeks ago, I moderated a panel at our Primary Care Innovation Circle Annual Summit on how we can help primary care get the resources it needs to succeed. It was invigorating to share the room with so many people working in all aspects of primary care, and an honor to share the stage …

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