Rochester Regional Health Commission Takes Collaborative Approach to Health Care

Creation of a Rochester, New York, Regional Health Commission

This project supported the formation of the Rochester Health Commission in 1996, which was designed to assist major health care stakeholders in Rochester (physicians, hospitals, insurers, business and industry, labor, government, and consumers) in improving the quality of and access to health care.

In addition, the health commission was established to create better-informed health care consumers in the community.

Key Results

The Rochester Health Commission:

  • Conducted a study of managed care performance in Rochester.

  • Began the process of establishing community-wide clinical guidelines; clinical guidelines for treating diabetes were the first to be established.

  • Convened a forum to examine the possibility of restructuring health insurance so that all businesses would pay the same rates.

  • Explored a way to track patients' medical histories across health care facilities.