New Mexico Department of Social Services Announces Primary Care Council Membership

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NMHSD News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Social Services (HSD) announces the names of the 22 people selected to serve on the HSD Primary Care Council.

The nine members of the board are:

  • Eileen Goode, RN: CEO, New Mexico Primary Care Association
  • Jennifer K. Phillips, MD: Professor and Associate Chair, Family Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Kathy R. Fresquez-Chavez, IP: CEO, Bella Vida Health Care
  • Lori Zink, MD: Physician, BCA Pediatrics
  • Matthew Probst, PA: Quality Manager, El Centro Family Health
  • Valory Wangler, MD: Family Medicine Program Director, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services
  • Second. Tracie Collins, MD: New Mexico Department of Health
  • Jeff Clark, MD: New Mexico Department of Human Services
  • Julie Weinberg: Director, Life and Health Division, Office of the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance

The 13 advisory members are:

  • Alisha Parada, MD: Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Integrative Medicine, University of New Mexico Center for Health Sciences
  • Anjali Taneja, MD: Executive Director, Casa de Salud
  • Cindy Browning: CEO, Cañoncito Band of Navajo Health Center
  • Gretchen Ray, PharmD: Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, UNM College of Pharmacy
  • Jason Mitchell, MD: Senior Vice President, Director of Medical and Clinical Transformation, Presbyterian Healthcare Services
  • Jon Helm, RN: Nurse Flow Manager, First Choice Community Healthcare
  • Maggie McCowen, LISW: Executive Director, New Mexico Association of Behavioral Health Care Providers
  • Rohini Mckee, MD: Quality and Safety Manager, University of New Mexico Hospital
  • Ruby Ann Esquibel: Health Policy Coordinator, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee
  • Scott Flury: Patient Advocate, La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba
  • Susan Wilson: Executive Director, New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value
  • Troy Clark: Executive Director, New Mexico Hospital Association
  • Wei-Ann Bay, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico

Board members have backgrounds in clinical practice, medicare, healthcare funding, public health, government, advocacy and more. The Council will analyze the state-wide primary care budget, examine barriers to accessing primary care services, recommend policies, address primary care workforce shortages, and develop a plan five-year strategy to increase access, improve quality and reduce costs of primary care throughout the state.

“High quality primary care is the foundation of a strong health system,” said HSD Council representative Dr Jeff Clark. “I agree with the National Academics of Science, Engineering, and Medicine [1] that primary care provides ongoing, person-centered, relationship-based care that takes into account the needs and preferences of individuals, families and communities.

As stated in House Bill 67, the council aims to:

  • Increase access to primary care, improve the quality of primary care services, reduce the cost of providing primary care, address the shortage of primary care providers, and reduce overall health care costs across the country. the state.

“Promoting increased access to primary care services and incentivizing primary care spending in health care has always been of critical importance to me,” said Debbie Armstrong, sponsor of Bill 67 “Now that the Primary Care Council has emerged, we can begin to promote population health through partnerships and action. Together with HSD, we are committed to doing this important work.

“It has never been more essential to have a set of primary care providers and professionals across the state to serve, represent and express the primary care experiences and needs of New Mexicans,” said the Social Services Secretary, David Scrase, MD. “These people have the expertise and passion to promote accessible health services within the context of family, community and personal health needs, and we could not be more optimistic about the positive changes underway. “

The figure below illustrates where funding, services and medical care are spent in health care. In the United States, 5-7% of all of its health care is allocated to primary care. Research suggests that investing in primary care is linked to positive health outcomes, such as lower death rates, fewer heart disease deaths, and higher self-reported health scores. [2] Along with the changes planned for the next five years related to primary care, HSD predicts that the state will also save nearly $ 11 million in General Fund spending.


Source: Jabbarpour, MD, Y., Greiner, MCP, A., Jetty, MPH, A., Coffman, MS, M., Jose, MD, C., Petterson, PhD, S., Pivaral, K., Phillips , MD, MSPH, R., Bazemore, MD, MPH, A., & Neumann Kane, A. (2019). Investing in Primary Care A State Level Analysis. Patient-centered primary care collaboration.

The Council is scheduled to hold its first meeting in the summer of 2021. Primary Care Council meetings will be open to the public.

HSD serves 1,100,445 New Mexicans (approximately 52% of the state’s population) through several programs, including the Medicaid program, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance program (SNAP), the child support program and many behavioral health services. .

[1] https: //www.nationalacademies.org / our-work / implementation-high-quality-primary-care

[2] https://www.pcpcc.org/resource / primary-investment-state of care analysis


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