PCDC's Impact: Rural Health
Access to primary care is one of the most frequently cited and urgent health problems facing rural populations. Primary care provider and workforce shortages are significant obstacles to increasing access to care. And in rural areas, primary care providers are often the only source for primary care, behavioral health, social support services, and more.
PCDC’s Capital Investment team provides flexible and affordable services to fast-track funding and expansion for rural providers, bolster vital health services, as well as enhance provider recruitment and retention for rural communities. Our Performance Improvement team works with rural practices to achieve PCMH recognition and supports rural providers with a wide range of capacity building services to improve health outcomes and implement new, effective, and cost-saving efficiencies.
With support from a HEAL 10 grant, the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, which serves patients in rural communities in Northern New York is working with PCDC to help practices adopt electronic health records (EHR); achieve NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition; achieve “meaningful use” of EHR certification; and exchange health information across provider settings. …