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Primary Care Practices to Participate in National Quality Initiative

Albany Medical Center’s adult primary care practices are among 75 practices statewide selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in a nationwide, four-year project to help primary care providers increase the quality of care they deliver, improve patient outcomes and increase cost-effectiveness.

Providers participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Initiative will use a new health care service delivery model focused on keeping patients healthier through disease prevention and on keeping chronic conditions from worsening.

After two years of using the model, patient outcomes for each provider will be measured. Providers with improved outcomes will be paid a portion of the savings generated by having kept patients healthy and reducing their need for expensive medical care.

“Participating in this initiative is an opportunity for Albany Med to strengthen and improve our established quality measures, add new ones and help shape the future of the nation’s primary care delivery system,” said Ferdinand Venditti, MD, vice dean for clinical affairs and head of the 350-member Albany Med Faculty Physician Group.

As participants in the CPC initiative, Albany Med’s primary care practices will receive resources from CMS to better coordinate primary care in order to ensure:

  • Patients with serious or multiple medical conditions receive appropriate medical care and/or medications;
  • 24/7 access to primary care utilizing patient data tools with real-time health care information;
  • Appropriate and timely preventive care;
  • The ability to engage families and patients in active participation in their care;
  • Effective use of electronic health records to coordinate all aspects of a patient’s health care.

“Primary care is the cornerstone of health care delivery, responsible for a patient’s overall health and long-term outcomes. By participating in the CPC initiative we will further improve outcomes for our patients through better coordinated, patient-centered health care services,” said John Rosenberger, MD, head of the Division of Internal Medicine.