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CCP and CDPHP Historic Partnership


Posted: 11/22/2021
CCP and CDPHP Historic Partnership

Two of the Capital Region’s leading health care organizations are joining forces!

You likely heard in the news last week about the historic partnership between Community Care Physicians (CCP) and Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP). We are teaming up to further enhance the quality and experience of care for patients throughout the region, while maintaining the autonomy of CCP’s clinical practice.

As our patient, we want to make sure you know the reasons for this partnership, what will change and, most importantly, what won’t change – and that’s our dedication to you and your care.

As part of the partnership, CCP and CDPHP will create a new management services organization (MSO) that will provide the administrative, non-patient care work needed to run the doctors’ offices. The MSO will be under the CDPHP umbrella, separate from our clinical practices, and will support all non-clinical functions for the CCP family of practices, allowing our doctors and clinicians to continue to focus their time and attention on taking care of our patients. 

 

What does this mean for you?

You probably won’t notice a thing. The new MSO will function not dissimilarly to how the back-office functions now in CCP. While the MSO is working in the background to develop new and innovative ways to take care of you, your CCP practitioners will continue to provide you care. In fact, by CCP and CDPHP working more closely together, we expect that patients will experience greater coordination in care and an improved patient experience.


What’s different:

  • Community Care Physicians will be a PLLC instead of a PC (this is a legal formality).
  • All non-clinical staff will be part of the MSO.

 

What’s not different:

  • The care you receive – there will be no interruption in the care you receive.
  • Your practitioners - You will continue to see your practitioners in their current locations under the same practice names.
  • The teams you see in the office – the team members you’re used to seeing in the office will remain there, even if technically part of the MSO.
  • The insurances CCP accepts – you do not need to be a CDPHP member to be seen by a Community Care provider. CCP will continue to accept patients with all types of insurances.

 

How will this impact the cost of health care in our community?

Premiums will not change as a result of this partnership. In fact, we expect the cost of care to be reduced through greater care coordination. Our teams will be working in lockstep to ensure our patients get the right care, at the right place, at the right time. Partnering together, we’re confident we can improve the health of our community, which will lead to lower health care costs for all.

 

Why would a doctor’s office team up with a health plan?

The simple answer is – we have a lot in common. Our like-minded organizations were both founded by local, practicing doctors and we share a mission of making a difference in the health – and happiness – of patients throughout the region.

 

What will we all gain from this partnership?

  • It makes referrals easier in the network.
  • It reduces prior authorizations.
  • It allows quicker access to specialties.
  • It removes the hassle factor and improves care and coordination.
  • It improves access to data.
  • It assists with attracting new talent, which means greater access to care and services for you.
  • It helps us innovate with technologies that will improve your experience and the experience of your practices.
  • For over 35 years, CCP has been an independent organization with physicians at the helm guiding the organization and seeing firsthand how those decisions affect patient care. This partnership allows the CCP family of practices to continue as an independent organization with physician oversight, which leads to better decisions and better care.

 

What we do day in and day out and why we’re here is to improve the lives and health of our patients, and that will always be our beacon and what drives us forward. We’re incredibly excited to begin this journey with CDPHP, and we look forward to helping our patients live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

We await approvals by the necessary State agencies, and the partnership is expected to be finalized by Dec. 31, 2021


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