November 19, 2021 News

CDPHP Joining Forces with Community Care Physicians

It’s an historic day in the Capital Region as two of the most trusted names in health care have announced – we’re joining forces!

Community Care Physicians (CCP) and Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP) are teaming up to further enhance the quality and experience of care for patients throughout the region.

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 a doctor’s office. The MSO will support all non-clinical functions for the CCP family of practices, allowing doctors and clinicians to focus their time and attention on taking care of patients.

Some of you might be thinking, “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.

You may also be wondering, “What does this mean for me?”

The short answer is – CCP patients and CDPHP members probably won’t notice a thing. While we’re working in the background to develop new and innovative ways to take care of you, there will be no disruption in care for CCP patients or CDPHP members. In fact, we expect that – by working more closely together – patients will experience greater coordination in care and an improved patient experience.

You do not need to be a CDPHP member to be seen by a Community Care provider, and CCP will continue to accept patients with all types of insurers.

There have also been questions like, “How will this impact the cost of health care in our community?”

We’re proud to say that we expect this partnership will lead to lower health care costs. To accomplish this, our teams will be working in lockstep to ensure our customers get the right care, at the right place, at the right time. That means, if a CDPHP member needs a colonoscopy or mammogram, we’ll work directly with CCP physicians to ensure the appropriate screening is scheduled and all necessary follow up care is received.

Partnering together, we’re confident we can improve the health of our community, which will lead to lower health care costs for all. We’re incredibly excited to begin this journey together, and we look forward to helping local patients live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Dr. Shirish Parikh
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Community Care Physicians

Dr. John D. Bennett
President and CEO, CDPHP

John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP
About Author

John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP, is president and CEO of Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP), an award-winning, physician aligned, not-for-profit health plan based in Albany, NY. Bennett has held the position since 2008 after serving more than 10 years as chair, vice chair, and board member for CDPHP. During his tenure, CDPHP has been ranked among the top-performing health plans in New York and the nation, most recently named #1 in Customer Satisfaction in the J.D. Power Member Health Plan Study 2021. Under his leadership, CDPHP has also become known as a model employer regionally and nationally, and was recently named among the top three Best Companies to Work for in New York by the Society for Human Resource Management, as well as Forbes Best-in-State Employers 2021. Prior to joining CDPHP, Bennett served as founding member and CEO of Prime Care Physicians, PLLC. During his tenure, he co-led a team of 25 cardiologists and helped grow the practice to a 100-physician multi-specialty group. Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in internal medicine and cardiology. He earned his medical degree at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a Bachelor of Science degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bennett completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. Bennett is currently board chair for the Center for Economic Growth, and vice chair for the Palace Theatre. Bennett also serves on the boards of the Capital Region Chamber, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Russell Sage Colleges. Bennett is a member of the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council, where he helps shape decisions related to New York State's public health and health care delivery system. Well-known locally and nationally for advancing health care innovation, Bennett was recently named to Crain’s New York Business 2021 Notable in Health Care, as well as the Albany Business Review’s Power 50 list.

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