Leadership Advisory Council

PCDC’s Leadership Council provides strategic vision and advice on policy issues and business strategy. Each member brings a strong background and skills in specific areas of interest. For more information or to join PCDC’s Leadership Advisory Council, please contact info@pcdc.org.

Semi-Annual Meeting Highlights

December 7, 2017

The PCDC Leadership Advisory (LAC) Council luncheon on Thursday, December 7, was hosted by PCDC LAC Chair and co-founder Rick Zall, Partner and Chairman of Proskauer’s health care practice. The guest speaker was Jeff Dobro, MD, Chief Medical Officer of One Medical for the LAC event held in Proskauer’s Times Square office.

One Medical is a direct primary care provider serving New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, DC. Dr. Dobro shared One Medical’s business model, elements of practice, how it utilizes technology, their approach to quality, and how this model – in his view – supports innovation in delivery system and payment reform.

December 9, 2016

The PCDC Leadership Advisory (LAC) Council breakfast on Friday, December 9, was hosted by PCDC LAC Chair and co-founder Rick Zall, Partner and Chairman of Proskauer’s health care practice. Karen Ignagni, President & CEO, EmblemHealth, was the guest speaker. Ms. Ignagni spoke on the dynamics of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on payers, her perspective on the outcome of the election, and her leadership of one of New York’s leading neighborhood health insurance and wellness companies. She discussed her observations of what’s emerging in Washington, D.C. and the impact in the marketplace, trends in the New York City and tri-state region and how we could prepare for the anticipated changes. The market dynamics around Medicaid block grants, MACRA and the potential consumer impact was also discussed, followed by a lively question and answer portion.  

June 30, 2016

On June 30, Dr. Richard Park, MD, CEO of CityMD, attended the Primary Care Development Corporation’s (PCDC) Leadership Advisory Council’s breakfast meeting for a conversation moderated by PCDC CEO Louise Cohen, MPH and Rick Zall, Partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP and Chair of the Leadership Advisory Committee. Dr. Park discussed urgent care and its role within the larger primary care delivery system.

Dr. Park described his philosophy that effective urgent care requires a strong, bi-directional connection with all levels of the health care continuum, utilizing “warm handoffs” that ensure patients get the care they need in the most appropriate setting. CityMD does not seek to replace conventional primary care or the emergency room, rather, provides a middle ground for low acuity emergencies and treatment of non-chronic conditions. However, among his patient population, 40 percent do not have a primary physician or cannot see theirs in a timely manner. For more on this meeting, see our newsletter article.

December 11, 2015

Paul Francis, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services, spoke at the December 2015 Leadership Advisory Council breakfast about New York State’s plans to expand and strengthen primary care. Describing primary care as the “hub of the wheel” for health system transformation, Mr. Francis described New York State’s vision of health care delivery and payment transformation. Mr. Francis noted that New York State was pursuing ways to make more affordable capital available to fuel primary care expansion and use telehealth and other technologies to expand the primary care footprint, particularly in upstate and rural communities.

June 30, 2015

Jason Helgerson, New York’s State Medicaid Director, spoke at the June 2015 LAC breakfast about the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program (DSRIP) and the roadmap to value-based payments. Mr. Helgerson said that moving from a fee-for-service model to value-based payments will enable providers to reinvest funds in parts of the system that deliver the greatest value to patients who pay for care. Recognizing that healthcare transformation presents major challenges, Mr. Helgerson noted that patient-centered care, transparency and collaboration are crucial to success.