A team from NYU Langone Medical Center will lead the Greater New York City Practice Transformation Network (GNYC-PTN), one of 29 such networks across the country selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced last week by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.
The GNYC-PTN will receive up to $6.9 million to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in the greater New York City region with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.
The GNYC-PTN will support approximately 1,800 clinicians to expand their quality improvement capacity, learn from one another, and achieve common goals of improved care, better health, and reduced cost. To help participating clinicians transform outpatient care, the network will provide guidance and support to practices, beginning with foundational stages of leadership engagement and team-based care and moving towards advanced stages of population management, care coordination, and patient and community engagement.
“The strength of our practice network is that it is comprised of primary care and specialty clinicians in every type of outpatient setting, from academic faculty practices to small independent private practices, multispecialty private practice groups, school-based clinics, mobile outreach vans, homeless shelters, community health centers, and more,” said Leora Horwitz, MD, who will lead the Practice Transformation Network and is associate professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone and director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science.
The NYU Langone team will be comprised of faculty and staff from the Department of Population Health, the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Sciences, DataCore, and the Clinically Integrated Network. The GNYC-PTN also includes nine federally qualified health centers, clinicians from the NYU Faculty Group Practice, and partnerships with the Community Health Center Association of New York State and the Primary Care Information Project of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
These awards are part of a comprehensive strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act that enables new levels of coordination, continuity, and integration of care, while transitioning volume-driven systems to value-based, patient-centered, health care services. It builds upon successful models and programs such as the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Organization Program, Partnership for Patients with Hospital Engagement Networks, and Accountable Care Organizations.
“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our health care dollars more wisely,” said Secretary Burwell. “These awards will give patients more of the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and give clinicians access to information and support to improve care coordination and quality outcomes.”