Practice Management

The New York State Patient Centered Medical Home (NYS PCMH):
formerly NYS Department of Health Advanced Primary Care Program

On April 1, 2018 the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), in collaboration with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) launched an innovative model for primary care transformation known as the New York State Patient Centered Medical Home (NYS PCMH). This statewide, innovative advanced primary care approach is characterized by a systemic focus on high quality care, population health and integrated behavioral health.

The NYS PCMH Recognition Program, built upon the NCQA PCMH model, is exclusive to New York State and supports the state’s initiative to improve primary care and promote the Triple Aim: Improving Health, Enhancing Quality, and Reducing Costs.

Benefits and resources available through the NYSDOH:

  • Initial Recognition Fees - no cost to practices. NYSDOH will cover the first year NYS PCMH Recognition fee or the first NYS PCMH Annual Reporting fee. The practice is responsible for paying their Annual Reporting fee each year after earning NYS PCMH Recognition.
  • Transformation Assistance. New York state contracted with 15 organizations that specialize in NYS PCMH transformation and provide technical assistance at no cost to participating practices. These entities provide step-by-step assistance in managing the transformation process and support the efforts of improving the patient experience. For more information or to find a Transformation Assistance Contractor, visit the NYSDOH website or
  • Enhanced reimbursement opportunities. Supplemental payments through state programs such as the Medicaid PCMH Incentive Program may be available to practices that participate in NYS PCMH transformation.  NYSDOH is also engaged regionally with commercial payers to implement voluntary, multi-payer value-based payment (VBP) arrangements to support practices that have not had these opportunities through previous transformation efforts.

<<<Read more about the resources offered on our Practice Management page


2018-2019 New York State Budget Update: What Physicians Need to Know

Our Chapter continues to advocate for our members here at the State Capital. The $168.3 Billion budget was approved as the April 1 deadline loomed and several religious holidays were underway.  There were many proposals in the original budget that required our stewardship, and working with our professional society partners such as MSSNY, CHCANYS, and the Medical Specialty Societies, we were able to achieve success in many areas. Please click on the link below for a more in-depth look at the 2018-2019 Budget.

Regarding Opioid Prescriptions:

One important new requirement was included in the budget regarding prescriptions for opioids: No opioids shall be prescribed to a patient initiating or being maintained on opioid treatment for pain which has lasted more than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing UNLESS THE MEDICAL RECORD CONTAINS A WRITTEN TREATMENT PLAN THAT FOLLOWS GENERALLY ACCEPTED NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL OR GOVERNMENTAL GUIDELINES.  This requirement does NOT apply to patients being treated for cancer that is not in remission, who are in hospice or other end-of-life care, or whose pain is being treated as part of palliative care practices.  Originally proposed as relating to Medicaid patients, this final requirement applies to all patients regardless of payer.

<<Read more on our Advocacy Page

Additional News:


NYACP Scientific Meeting
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Westchester Hilton Hotel
Rye Brook, New York

4 Breakout Sessions
3 MOC Sessions
2 Plenary Sessions
1 Poster Competition


Find out More Information
and to Register

NYACP Legal Counsel:

Laurie Cohen, Esq., Partner at Nixon Peabody, LLP and the Chapter's Attorney provides members with support and direction through articles and answering questions relevant to general practice. Now named “Law Firm of the Year” in Health Care Law by U.S. News and World Report!


Update on
Berkshire Hathaway Transaction

MLMIC Risk Management Tips
for Today's Medical Practice - Volume II

MLMIC to Host Spring 2018 Network Meetings Across NYS

New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians
744 Broadway, Albany NY 12207
Tel: 518-427-0366
Fax: 518-427-1991