The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded a $1.65 million grant, to be paid over a five-year period, to the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Department of Family Medicine, for primary care training and enhancement programs, officials from the university stated.
The Department of Family Medicine is one of 32 organizations in the U.S., and one of five in New York state, which has been awarded the funds.
The grant will fund a Nurse Practitioner (NP) Residency program which will be integrated into the U of R’s existing residency program.
In addition, according to officials, the program will be the first of its kind in New York state, and one of only 40 across the country.
Funding from the grant will also be used to create the Finger Lakes Center for Primary Care Clinician Education (FLC-PCCE), which will provide educational assistance to physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, in order to ensure they have the adequate training, skills, and tools to transform their practices, and thrive in an integrated delivery system.
“We are very excited about incorporating a nurse practitioner residency into our Family Medicine Residency Program, one of the most respected in the country,” said Tom Campbell, M.D., chair of the University of Rochester’s Department of Family Medicine. “Our goal is to support the transition of highly-skilled nurse practitioners into leadership roles, in primary care offices that will function as patient-centered medical homes.”
Campbell said Mel Callan FNP, and Ginger Agnello FNP, will direct the program.
In addition, the Finger Lakes Center for Primary Care Clinician Education, under the direction of Colleen T. Fogarty M.D., will provide collaborative learning opportunities for primary care clinicians, in order to prepare them for state and federal healthcare payment reform initiatives.
Sessions will be held at Highland Family Medicine on South Clinton Ave. in Rochester, and participants will spearhead quality improvement projects within their practices.
An online learning component is also in development.
According to officials, the program has been designed to accommodate 10 clinicians from 13 counties throughout the Finger Lakes region.
“This grant will help us support the goals of the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS), which represents a partnership of 28 hospitals, 3000 healthcare providers, and more than 600 healthcare and community-based organizations in 13 counties, that have agreed to work together to transform the Medicaid healthcare delivery system using the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program,” Campbell stated. “The goal of DSRIP is to improve clinical outcomes, and reduce avoidable ED use, and hospitalizations, by 25 percent over five years.”