For the first time since joining PAGNY five years ago, the Faculty Practice Plan (FPP) at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island generated distribution revenue for the 2015 fiscal year that ended June 30.
“All the members of PAGNY are to be congratulated for improving documentation and working really hard to keep our patients healthy and out of the hospital,” says Dr. Warren M. Seigel, President of the Coney Island FPP and Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. “It’s the healthcare environment of today—the 21st century model of healthcare.”
The excess revenue will be shared with Coney Island’s PAGNY members. “They deserve a piece of the pie,” Dr. Seigel says.
The Coney Island FPP is made up of the hospital’s physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers. It was able to move into the black by working with providers to document their activities on a daily basis, reaching out to patients to emphasize preventive care, and streamlining hospital access so patients could see their providers on an outpatient basis rather than going to the emergency room.
“The healthier our community gets, the less money is spent by the hospital and the physician group benefits,” Dr Seigel says. “The more patients stay healthy and out of the emergency room, we all benefit. It’s a win-win-win. The hospital wins, the patient wins and the doctors’ group wins.”
Dr. Seigel says the success of the Coney Island FPP shows the benefit of Faculty Practice Plans.
“We are a partner in improving the health of the patients we serve,” he says. “As the hospital administration works with us to improve the lives of our patients, we get to attend to more patients. It’s a wonderful example of a private-public partnership. H + H works with PAGNY to improve the health of the communities we serve.”
Dr. Seigel has worked at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island for 27 years and was initially recruited to start the hospital’s Division of Adolescent Medicine. He became Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics 19 years ago. Among the department’s major accomplishments is an immunization rate of greater than 90 percent; that is, more than 90 percent of the department’s patients are up-to-date in their immunizations, protecting them against vaccine-preventable diseases.
The Department is also a leader in screening for autism and lead-related diseases and getting patients into early treatment. It focuses on screening for mental health, behavioral and school issues that can lead students to drop out of school. It also focuses on reducing adolescent substance abuse, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
“We are all very proud of all of our programs as well as our providers, for all the work that they do every day!” Dr. Seigel says.