Parkinson's Disease Care - New York
ABOUT THE PDCNY PROGRAM
PDCNY Is a multi-disciplinary, largely virtual, Parkinson disease care network for New York State. This program aims to address barriers to access and improve satisfaction with care, quality of care, patient function, reduce caregiver burden and lower costs through a coordinated telemedicine program, including a Parkinson's Disease specialist/neurologist, a nurse specializing in Parkinson's Disease and an experienced telemedicine coordinator.
WHAT THE PDCNY PROGRAM COVERS
All care from the dedicated PDCNY team at the University of Rochester is provided at no cost. Medications or treatment that is provided via a referral from our care team is not covered.
Telemedicine is simply used to provide care remotely. A video visit is like regular doctor’s visit and includes a history, a focused examination and recommendations to improve your health.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR VIDEO VISIT
You will need access to the internet in a private location and a device that is capable of accessing the internet, such as a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. An iPhone is not required to receive care from the PDCNY team.
PDCNY PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Medicare beneficiaries with PD who are treated by a neurologist are less likely to have PD-related hospitalizations, such as hip fractures. Further research suggests that beneficiaries who do not receive neurologic care for PD are more likely to be placed in a skilled nursing facility within one year of diagnosis and are also more likely to die within six years of diagnosis. Yet, 42% of Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson's Disease do not have access to a neurologist.
The PDCNY telemedicine program provides access to neurological treatment for Parkinson's Disease at no cost, which can impact PD across several important areas:
- Increase patient satisfaction
- Better quality of care
- Improve patient function
- Ease caregiver burden
- Reduce cost of care