Rochester chamber initiative is finalist in innovation award

Rochester chamber initiative is finalist in innovation award

The High Blood Pressure Collaborative, a partnership of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and FLHSA, is one of four finalists for a national innovation award.

Workforce consortium recommends priorities for skills development

Workforce consortium recommends priorities for skills development

Three tensions are emerging in local workforce needs: labor shortages and maldistribution; financial pressures related to wages and payment reform; and increasing pressure to train staff in existing and emerging roles and skills.

Community collaboration helps people transition successfully into and out of hospitals

Community collaboration helps people transition successfully into and out of hospitals

A partnership among senior and home-health service providers and area hospitals to help people successfully transition into and out of care settings recently marked five years of working together.

The Finger Lakes region embraces primary care 2.0

The Finger Lakes region embraces primary care 2.0

For the past four years, sixty five primary care practices—about a third of the region’s primary care providers—have partnered with Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency on an uncharted journey to make our medical system as good at preventing medical emergencies as it is at treating them. The $26.6 million experiment in primary care innovation is showing how teamwork and smart data can improve patient care and reduce costs.

Albany update: health care reform creates opportunities, challenges

Albany update: health care reform creates opportunities, challenges

Health care reform continues at a frenetic pace, creating opportunities for providers and patients but also a challenging clinical environment, our Albany consultant reported June 12. 

Mobile Summer Meals pilot builds off spike in number of Summer Meals served in 2015

Mobile Summer Meals pilot builds off spike in number of Summer Meals served in 2015

Three years of a coordinated, communitywide effort to get more youth in the city of Rochester to participate in free summer meals paid off with a 24.3 percent increase in meals served in 2015.

Rochester hospitals honored for population health efforts

Rochester hospitals honored for population health efforts

Strong Memorial, Highland, Rochester General and Unity hospitals were honored with HANYS’ Community Health Improvement Award for their support of the High Blood Pressure Collaborative.

Number of children reported lead poisoned grows from previous year

Number of children reported lead poisoned grows from previous year

As the number of children reported poisoned by lead grows from last year, officials urged a continuation of local prevention efforts, including aggressive code enforcement of rental properties and screenings for one- and two-year-olds.

Network offers medical practices a running start on new value-based payments

Network offers medical practices a running start on new value-based payments

To get ahead of a shift from volume to value-based payments for medical services, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and the New York eHealth Collaborative are recruiting primary care, pediatrics and specialty care providers to take part in New York State’s new Practice Transformation Network.

Conference helps churches make health ministries more effective

Conference helps churches make health ministries more effective

Building on the success of their 2015 men’s health conference, this year’s Interdenominational Health Ministry Conference focused on health as a spiritual matter and the connection among mind, body and spirit. The conference is part of IHMC’s ongoing work to encourage local health ministries and was sponsored in part by a grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and was supported by Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

Heroin overdoses climb as pain killer overdoses drop in the Finger Lakes region

Heroin overdoses climb as pain killer overdoses drop in the Finger Lakes region

The spike in heroin overdoses in our region between 2012 and 2014 was accompanied by a marked decline in overdoses from prescription pain medications, according to a study of hospital admissions and emergency department visits by Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

Rochester receives Playful City USA designation

Rochester receives Playful City USA designation

For the first time, Rochester is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation. The national recognition, given by KABOOM, honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.