Promising Signs of Primary Care Transformation, February 2012
PCDC and Essential Learning Partner to Launch Online Medical Home Training
7th Annual Gala to Honor Berardo, Brezenoff, Kennedy, and Harlem United
Primary Care Investments in Brooklyn and Buffalo
New Partnership to Transform New Orleans Primary Care
PCDC and NACHC Partner to Offer Business Continuity Planning

Primary Care Marketmakers? Aetna, UnitedHealth, and Wellpoint Signal Major Move Toward Value-Based Care


In what could be a major development in health care payment reform, three of the country's largest health insurance payers recently announced new payment models that reward providers who improve health outcomes and care quality while lowering overall costs. High-quality primary care is central to all of the plans.  


The latest move comes from UnitedHealth, the nation's largest insurer, which will soon roll out new financial rewards for primary care doctors, hospitals and physician groups that reduce avoidable hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and hospital readmission rates. WellPoint Inc. plans to invest $1 billion to increase doctors' fees by about 10 percent and pay them for services that currently aren't covered, including care management. Aetna is offering a new fee for primary-care practices that meet certain standards for improving care. Wellpoint and Aetna have also launched significant patient-centered medical home pilots.


Click here for the Wall Street Journal's coverage in "New Way to Pay Doctors" 

PCDC and Essential Learning Partner to Provide Online Medical Home Solutions


PCDC and Essential Learning are partnering to provide flexible and customizable training solutions for primary care providers, including topics such as achieving PCMH recognition and sustaining a culture of continuous quality improvement.


Essential Learning's specialized curriculum for health care providers assists healthcare organizations to comply with standards of the Joint Commission and the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care. In addition, the library offers workforce development courses and continuing education for medical, behavioral health, and dental staff.


Click here to read the press release 

PCDC to Honor Joseph Berardo, Stanley Brezenoff, Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Harlem United on June 11th 


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Lynda Baquero, NBC 4,
 to host 7th Annual Gala. 
Join us on Monday, June 11th as we celebrate "Building Healthy Communities" at PCDC's 7th Annual Gala. The event will be held from 6:00PM - 9:00PM at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers.

We're thrilled to honor the achievements of Joseph Berardo, Jr., President & CEO of MagnaCare; Stanley Brezenoff, President & CEO of Continuum Health Partners; Ted Kennedy, Jr., President of Marwood Group; and Harlem United.   


NBC's Lynda Baquero will host this year's gala, where we expect to host more than 600 PCDC supporters and friends. To learn more, visit

PCDC Primary Care Investments: Expanding Primary Care in Brooklyn and Buffalo

Brooklyn Site Preserved Saved through Hospital/Health Center Partnership: New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) and theJoseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center have partnered to preserve vital primary care services and increase visits by 50% for the Red Hook, Brooklyn community. With $1.125 million in PCDC financing, Addabbo purchased the South Brooklyn Health Center from NYM. Along with basic adult primary care services, pediatrics and HIV/AIDS care currently being offered, Addabbo will expand services to include OB/GYN, dental, podiatric, ophthalmologic and endocrinology services. Click here for press release.

Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB) Expands:
CHCB recently celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded 50,000 square foot facility in downtown Buffalo. The site will help meet growing demand for primary care, dental and behavioral health services for more than 12,000 low-income patients; and create more than 120 jobs in the Buffalo community. PCDC supported the $7 million project with a $450,000 loan, including capital from Create Jobs for USA, a national job creation initiative led by Starbucks and the Opportunity Finance Network.  

PCDC and Crescent City Beacon Partner to Transform New Orleans Primary Care 

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In partnership with the Crescent City Beacon Community, PCDC will launch a regional effort to transform primary care for 50,000 underserved patients in Greater New Orleans. The initiative will build on post-Katrina investments in the health care delivery system and create a model for improving patient care, population health and health care costs. 


PCDC will support 18 community health centers in their efforts to introduce innovative health IT systems and tools, including disease registries; care management programs for chronic disease patients; and clinical decision support systems.


Click here for press release. 

NACHC and PCDC Team Up to Launch 2012 Virtual Business Continuity Institute 

nachc logoPCDC and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) will provide a hands-on, interactive Virtual Business Continuity Institute. The Institute will help primary care practices develop a Business Continuity Plan to prepare for emergencies and disasters and avoid disruption to patients, staff and the community. This 7-part webinar series will run from April to July, and conclude with an interactive tabletop exercise.


Click here to learn more.   

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