NYS Patient Centered Medical Home

The NYS AAP District II, A coalition of AAP NY Chapters 1, 2 & 3, will be working with all members on a NYS Patient Centered Medical Home practice transformation project with the support of NYSDOH.
NYSDOH, in partnership with NCQA, has developed a New York specific Patient-Centered Medical Home model, known as, NYSPCMH.  The newly designed NCQA PCMH 2017 model is distinctly different in design than prior programs and NYSDOH has embraced these changes in support of advancing primary care and pediatrics throughout the State.
We will be bringing information, technical assistance and practice supports to all of our members who wish to work to improve the quality of their care, enhance their payment options and participate in the state’s new Value Based Payment Road Map.
The project includes not only free technical assistance support for all size practices from NYSDOH contracted vendors but also several other incentives.  In collaboration with NCQA, NYSDOH is waiving NYSPCMH enrollment fees for the new PCMH and sustaining practices.  NYSDOH and their health plan regional partners are strategizing additional financial support for participating practices.  For more information please visit www.ncqa.org/nyspcmh.
As we launch this new initiative, expect to see monthly newsletters, especially focused on NYSPCMH for pediatrics. We will also be offering two webinars and two face-to-face meetings to drill down into the specifics of how pediatric practices can move toward NYSPCMH.
You are also encouraged to take a look at the Technical Assistance groups ready to help you and your practice now. Technical Assistance, supported by SDOH, can help you take your practice from where you are today to where you might like to be by the end of 2019. NYSPCMH Technical Assistance is free and is focused on the goals and incentives in the new NYSPCMH practice model. The TA is designed for practices who are just starting out on the road to NYSPCMH and the new world of Value Based Payments. It is also for practices who are currently at all Levels of NCQA Patient Centered Medical Homes and wish to participate in NYSPCMH.
We look forward to working with all of you, our members, to move all of New York State pediatric practices forward toward NYSPCMH. We also will be working with you to help you engage in Value Based Payment contracts that recognize the value of pediatric care as primary prevention as well as needed specialty care.
The work of this initiative will span the spectrum of insurance products. As you know, both Medicaid and commercial plans are moving toward Value Based Payment (VBP) contract environments.  This new initiative will help prepare pediatric practices for the road ahead in terms of both credentialing and contracting.
This is just the first introductory Newsletter, announcing the project and offering you some links for additional information.  Much more specific details will follow.
NYSPCMH and Value Based Payment are no longer far in the future.  They are here.  Working together on this project, we can help your practices from Buffalo to the tip of Long Island prepare for the new world of health care delivery in New York State.
Elie Ward, MSW
Project Manager, NYS AAP/NYSPCMH Project
Director of Policy, Advocacy & External Relations, NYS AAP


Coming soon!



Donations – February 2016

Thank you to those who have donated during 2016 to help the children in New York State!

Carolyn Cleary, MD, FAAP
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP
Henry Neilley, MD, FAAP
Henry Schaeffer, MD, FAAP
Warren Seigel, MD, MBA, FAAP
Michael Terranova, MD, FAAP
Aldina Hodve, MSW

Advocacy Day, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Annual Lobby Day

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

University Club
141 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY
(Transportation will be available)


(Print Flyer)

9:00 am        MORNING SESSION

  • Registration & Breakfast
  • Speakers from the Governor’s office and legislature
    Our attendees will learn about the following:

    • Kemp Hannon, Chair, Senate Health Committee
      Richard Gottfried, Chair, Assembly Health Committee
      Priorities for Children and for Pediatricians (Ask questions! Share your
      experiences/point of view of recent and upcoming changes to NYS health care.)
    • Foster Gesten, MD, Medical Director, Office of Health Insurance Programs, NYSDOH
      • Ongoing efforts to create and implement an Advanced Primary Care model of integrated care in all primary care
      • Value Based Payments that will support the new service delivery format
      • What is expected of physicians, insurers, businesses, and the state
    • Donna M. Bradbury, MA, LMHC, Associate Commissioner, Division of Integrated
      Community Services for Children and Families, NYS Office of Mental Health
      Matthew B. Perkins, MD, MBA, MPH, Medical Director, Division of Children and
      Family Services, NYS Office of Mental Health

      • New initiatives in children’s mental health
      • Options for strengthening the connection between children’s mental health
        and primary care
      • What’s new with requested State Waivers
      • What’s new in CAP PC/TEACH

 12:30 pm      AFTERNOON SESSION 

  • Lunch
  • Join pediatricians from across the state, and visit your legislators to advocate for
    our policy and legislative priorities!
  You can look up your legislators here:

Doctors Across New York (DANY) Physician Practice Support and Physician Loan Repayment Programs

The New York State Department of Health, Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management is pleased to announce that applications for Cycle IV of the Doctors Across New York (DANY) Physician Practice Support and Physician Loan Repayment Programs will be accepted beginning July 8 through July 31, 2015.

Physician Practice Support (PPS) provides up to $100,000 in funding to support for new practices, improvements, loan repayment or other support to physicians in exchange for a two year service commitment to provide health care in an underserved region within New York State.

Physician Loan Repayment (PLR) provides up to $150,000 in loan repayment funding in exchange for a five year service commitment to provide health care in an underserved region within New York State.

Application materials can be found on the Department of Health website at:


All applications must be submitted electronically (in PDF) to gme@health.ny.gov

Questions should be directed to:

Physician Practice Support: Lianne Ramos at 518-473-3513 or gme@health.ny.gov

Physician Loan Repayment: Amy Harp at 518-473-7019 or gme@health.ny.gov

Regents Loan Forgiveness Program

The Regents Loan Forgiveness Program is an initiative that seeks to increase the number of physicians practicing in areas of New York State designated by the Board of Regents as having a shortage of physicians, with an emphasis on primary care.  While this year’s deadline is fast approaching, the number of applicants for the current round is quite low.  Physicians and District II members need to know that the application deadline is June 1, 2015.  It would be unfortunate if we did not get enough applicants to fully take advantage of this opportunity.  More information is available here – http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/scholarships/rplfap.htm .

The best place for further information would be to contact the program administration directly:

PreCollegiate Preparation Programs and Scholarships Unit
New York State Education Department
Room 505W, Education Building
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-3719
E-mail: scholar@mail.nysed.gov

Teen’s Health Care Bill of Rights

For free copies, e-mail your name, the quantity of booklets and/or posters you would like, and your mailing address to teenhealthrights@ny3aap.org

2015 AAP Council and Section Executive Committees Vacancies

2015 AAP Council and Section Executive Committees Vacancies

AAP Councils and Sections are a great way to get involved at the National level!  In 2015 there will be more than 100 vacancies to fill on the council and section executive committees.  An executive committee is the leadership body comprised of a chairperson and executive committee members.  Here are brief descriptions of councils and sections: http://www.aap.org/sections

Nominations are being accepted through December 15, 2014 via SurveyMonkeyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015CouncilSectionVacancies

Interested candidates are asked to self-nominate.  All nominees must be current members in good standing of the national AAP and the specific council/section for which they are nominated.  Candidate information will be shared with the nominations committees for each Council or Section, who will weigh in on the nominations received and make their decision by mid-January.  Elections are conducted in March.

Should you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Mackey Amjad at the National office at 800-433-9016 ext. 4079 or via email at sectionelections@aap.org.