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Advancing Primary Care

In 2013, NYSHealth is adding a new priority area focused on Advancing Primary Care. In this new area, the Foundation will focus on three strategies: (1) expanding primary care access and capacity; (2) encouraging new approaches to primary care delivery for high-need populations; and (3) advancing payment reform. In 2012, the Foundation convened health care leaders from across the State to help inform these strategies; our Community Advisory Committee, Board, grantees, and other experts identified key needs and opportunities to advance primary care in New York State. 

In addition, the Foundation awarded several grants in 2012 that lay the groundwork for the advancing primary care priority area. A project with Refuah Health Center supports delivery and payment reform approaches to improve patient care and reduce costs. Another project, through a grant to THINC, supports the design and development of a shared data platform that will enhance the work of a regional Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative in the Hudson Valley/Capital District. The CPC is a Federal demonstration program designed to foster collaboration between public and private health care payers to promote more effective and cost-effective primary care delivery.

Other projects focused on primary care delivery and payment reform in 2012 include grants awarded to the Institute for Family Health and the Adirondack Health Institute.