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When patients, providers, and health insurance companies work together, we can create happier, healthier communities. CDPHP values the partnership we have with you and want to work alongside you to make sure you have the resources you need to get your job done. From easy access to patient benefit and claims information through the provider portal to in-office visits from our provider relations team, CDPHP is committed to working with you.

Chances are the health care landscape today looks much different than when you started your career: regulations are implemented and then change, quality measures evolve and shift, and patients face an increasingly complicated and costly system. We’re committed to keeping you up to date with news you need to know. Visit here often for the information and resources you need to stay current on the local health care landscape.

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Intensive Outpatient Therapy: An Effective Approach to Treating Eating Disorders

The HPA/LiveWell intensive outpatient program (IOP) is widely regarded in the Capital District and Hudson Valley as the standard for outpatient treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, and other conditions related to eating and feeding. In contrast to inpatient therapy programs for eating disorders, which are often costly and located at a distance from the patient’s home community, the IOP approach offers innovative, dynamic, and cost-effective treatment that supports patients in their recovery efforts while allowing them to maintain their daily lives and personal relationships.

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Accurate HIV Coding Can Improve Patient Care

CDPHP supports the NYS Department of Health (DOH) initiative to remove barriers and combat the stigma associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and treatment. In 2018, the DOH updated HIV testing regulations, removing the requirement to obtain either written or verbal consent from patients. This change has helped to streamline access to HIV testing and has resulted in increased testing rates at regulated settings.

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Seven Tips for Highly Effective Patient Engagement

With ever-increasing documentation requirements and the press of an often jam-packed clinical schedule, physicians are finding it increasingly difficult to establish a trusting, empathic relationship with their patients. Yet patients place great store in the time and attention their physicians give them, and a successful physician-patient partnership can actually improve health outcomes and compliance.

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Screening Tools for Measuring Depression

When a patient seeks treatment for depression, it’s a good idea for the physician to use a scale to measure subjective symptoms. Several screening tools are available to assess mood, motivation level, and suicidal thoughts. For example, the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) is an appropriate tool for identifying depression in teens and adults, whereas older patients should be screened with a Geriatric Depression Scale. If the scores on these tools are indicative of depression, treatment is likely warranted.

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