Advancing Primary Care
In 2013, the Foundation established a priority area focused on advancing primary care. Given the growing demand for primary care, the need to control health care costs, and the opportunities to develop new models of care as New York implemented health reform, NYSHealth had a unique moment to have impact on our primary care system. This area also gave the Foundation an opportunity to build on previous investments related to primary care: efforts to improve clinical care for patients with diabetes; strengthen community health centers; integrate mental health and substance use services; and improve care coordination and reduce costs for people who have multiple chronic conditions.
NYSHealth focused on three key strategies to advance primary care:
- Expanding primary care capacity and access;
- Encouraging new approaches to primary care delivery for high-need populations; and
- Advancing payment reform.