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'Physicians' Is Our Middle Name

Our long-term partnership with our network physicians is – and has always been – a key factor that sets CDPHP apart from the competition. Since our plan was founded, this value-driven, collaborative alliance has transformed health care delivery for the better.

Enhanced Primary Care
Our Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program, launched in 2008, now encompasses more than 200 primary care practices, nearly 900 clinicians, and more than 230,000 CDPHP members. This model of care has improved the coordination of health care services and disease management, leading to better access and outcomes for members and lower total cost of care. In fact, the most recent in-depth study of the program revealed that EPC had yielded a cost savings of $20.7 million. This approach has also yielded significant improvements on a series of quality measures, including screenings for breast and colorectal cancer, as well as childhood immunizations and well visits.

An effective, personalized, doctor-patient relationship is at the core of EPC’s success. The program allows primary care practitioners to tailor preventive care and health guidance, as well as treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, directly to the needs of their patients and to structure their medical practice in a way that works for them and their patients. CDPHP is a true partner in this process, providing clinical information and training to EPC practices and working with clinicians to develop better ways of serving patients. Our EPC program has also helped lay the groundwork for New York’s Capital Region to be selected to participate in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), a new national primary care model of care.

Physician Enablement
CDPHP took its support for physicians to a new level with the establishment of Practice Support Services, LLC, the umbrella organization for two practice transformation entities: Acuitas Health and Strategic Solutions Management Corporation. A population health services organization formed in partnership with CapitalCare, Acuitas Health enables physicians to successfully transition to a value-based model of care in which they are rewarded financially for delivering high-quality care and reducing the costs associated with that care, all while remaining independent. Acuitas Health supports medical practices by providing the expertise, care management resources, and data analytics health care professionals need to offer cutting-edge, evidence-based, and coordinated medical care to their patients. Acuitas’ health management tools will help physicians identify patients who are at high risk or rising risk for disease, as well as those who have gaps in their care, so that they can work proactively to prevent disease, rather than merely treat it, thereby improving health outcomes.

Strategic Solutions recognizes that practice transformation is best accomplished when back-office processes are as well coordinated as patient care. A natural complement to Acuitas Health, Strategic Solutions is a full-service medical billing and consulting firm that provides guidance and support to independent medical practices so they can effectively manage the complexities of their business. The company helps physicians and their staff streamline billing, collections, and coding functions; stay abreast of government mandates and regulatory changes; right-size their staffing patterns; comply with contractual payer agreements; and improve their business’s overall efficiency and profitability.

CDPHP Physicians’ Academy™
Ever mindful of our reliance on the guidance and expertise of our physician partners, in 2016, CDPHP continued its long-standing tradition of honoring the excellence of its physician network through its annual Physicians’ Academy™ awards. Three physicians – Dr. Edward V. Bennett, Jr., Dr. Alan M. Sanders, and Dr. Anthony J. Marinello – were nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of judges in recognition of their outstanding efforts to shape and improve the future and quality of health care in our service area.