Health Care

May 21, 2021

Pandemic a catalyst for reviewing, updating HR policies

COVID-19 could change the way a business operates, with the pandemic causing companies to review policies on topics ranging from remote work and employee assistance programs to vaccinations. Taylor Brodell, senior human resources and benefits manager at The Bonadio Group, says the firm is focused on finding the right balance between safety protocols, education, cultural […]

May 19, 2021

HCR Home Care in search of new leader

HCR Home Care Founder and CEO Louise Woerner this week said she would step away from the CEO role when a successor is found. Woerner will remain on the board as executive chairman. “The past year proved the strength of our organization,” Woerner said in a statement Tuesday. “Not only did HCR navigate safely providing home […]

May 14, 2021

Casana develops device to monitor heart health at home

A Rochester-based healthcare technology startup has launched its Smart Integrated Technologies Lab and is looking for volunteers to help with a study aimed at improving heart health with a device people will ultimately be able to use from the comfort of their homes. Leaders at Casana said the lab is dedicated to developing and validating […]

May 12, 2021

Homebound individuals to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Homebound individuals in the nine-county Finger Lakes Region will now have the ability to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Monroe County, the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and other local partners have finalized plans to bring access to the COVID-19 vaccine to the roughly 1,000 homebound individuals in the region. “Providing […]

May 11, 2021

Report card: Rochester trails state in 5 key areas

The Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area trails New York state in five of eight key areas used to assess the nine-county region’s wellbeing, a new report from ACT Rochester shows. The 2021 Nine-County Regional Report Card, presented Tuesday by ACT Rochester, an initiative of Rochester Area Community Foundation, shows that the Rochester metro area’s economic security […]

May 11, 2021

RHIO to improve demographic data within health system

Rochester RHIO will use $222,000 in funding from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation over the next two years to improve the quality and completeness of demographic data collected and shared in electronic health record systems across the region. The effort aims to reduce disparities in identification, treatment and analysis of care, since studies have found accurate […]

May 11, 2021

Greece dental practice providing a day of free care to uninsured

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but for one day the uninsured can receive free dental service, thanks to Dr. Oliver Cabrera. Cabrera and his staff at Greece Family Dentistry & Implantology in Greece will host their fourth annual Free Dentistry Day for the uninsured on June 5 at their office […]

May 11, 2021

Tips from experts on easing into a fitness routine

Thinking about starting a fitness routine like walking, jogging, yoga, Pilates or weightlifting? Workout options are plenty and starting a workout regimen can be an overwhelming task, but experts say regular exercise is an important component of healthy living and there are some ways to make the process a little bit easier. “If you ask […]

May 10, 2021

Studies show pandemic incites increased amount of alcohol consumption for women

Women drank more during COVID-19 than they had previously, as stressors ranging from the pandemic itself to changes in work and home life played a role in the increased consumption. The good news is there are several resources for women to consider if they feel they are drinking too much. Ellen Kuhn, a therapist in […]

May 7, 2021

Prioritizing health care, regular screenings imperative for women

Studies show that women have been more likely than men to go without health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, but those in the field say health care appointments may be more important than ever. Kathleen Robischon, M.D., a medical director at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, says women tend to be the health care monitors in families, […]

May 6, 2021

What employers need to know about the new COBRA subsidy

One of Congress’s goals in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was to provide continued health care coverage to employees who lose their health coverage as a consequence of the pandemic. The federal government achieved this goal by agreeing to pick up the cost of employees’ COBRA coverage for up to six months, beginning April 1, 2021. Administering and c[...]

May 5, 2021

Report: Highland Hospital among best for not ordering unnecessary tests

Highland Hospital has been named among the top hospitals nationwide in a new study that looked at avoiding unnecessary hospital tests and procedures. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index ranked the Rochester hospital fourth among nearly 3,200 facilities nationwide, behind just Scott County Hospital in Scott City, Kansas; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; and […]