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Rochester Hospitals Collaborate To Reduce Medicaid Costs

The major health systems in the Rochester area say they are leading a consortium that will look at redesigning the way that health care is delivered to the region's 320,000 Medicaid recipients.

The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital admissions by 25 percent over five years by keeping patients healthier.

This coalition, called the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System, was established by officials from UR Medicine, Rochester General Health System and Unity Health System. They are also working with more than 200 community-based organizations throughout the area.

This new program is seeking federal funding available for efforts like this which is being administered by the state.

Among the potential projects from this effort are creating additional primary care services for Medicaid patients, who often rely on hospital emergency rooms because they don't have a doctor.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.