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  • Beyond the Exam Room: How Health Records Reflect Wider Social Conditions

    April 24, 2019

    Imagine experiencing stomach pain so severe you visit the hospital emergency department (ED) for help. Doctors and nurses conduct all the right tests, but they can’t identify a cause for your distress, so they give you antacids and send you home. A week later, the pain returns—and you’re back in the ED. Now, imagine if one ...
  • How Technology is Addressing SDOH

    April 14, 2019

    Reider says that in 15 years, everyone will control all of their health information with a biometric key. Then social and medical care providers, as well as trusted family and friends, will be able to input information, order services (based on their role), and all communicate with one another more easily. “The core ...
  • 4 Ways Health Plans and Communities Can Address SDOH

    March 22, 2019

    The increasing emphasis on social determinants of health is based on recognizing that “health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and communities.” It’s well-documented that health plan members are often treated “downstream” of where their health problems actually begin. This is especially true of economically disadvantaged people who face housing, transportation, food, and related social ...
  • Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid will cause overall health-care costs to rise

    March 20, 2019

    President Trump’s proposal to cut $1.4 trillion from Medicaid over 10 years not only is unethical in its heartless attack on the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable — it’s also bad policy that will cost taxpayers far more than it saves in the long run. The proposal, unveiled in Trump’s 2020 budget, was a shocker that nonetheless surprised no ...
  • Time to tackle IT and culture barriers to social data integration, says Jacob Reider

    March 20, 2019

    “Social care is an imperative part of improving the health of a population,” said Reider. There are basically three types of care – of increasing levels of acuity and, most would argue, expense, he explained: social care, healthcare and medical care. Most might think it’s “self-evident” that if a society invests more money on the lower end ...
  • Q&A: Alliance for Better Health CEO Jacob Reider on achieving interoperability

    February 23, 2019

    “The part of the CMS regulation that says payers have to share clinical data with consumers might reduce payer enthusiasm in acquiring clinical data. Historically, payers don’t capture much clinical data. They haven’t adopted the standards used in the health information technology of health systems. Some companies have bought health IT firms to capture and ...
  • HIMSS19 Highlight with Dr. Jacob Reider, CEO for Alliance for Better Health

    February 18, 2019

    HIMSS19 in Orlando, FL, February 11-15. Roberta Mullin talks to Dr. Jacob Reider, CEO for Alliance for Better Health and former Deputy National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC). Dr. Reider discusses his new direction taking on this non profit health organiztion in New York to help coordinate care and living for Medicaid patients. Listen to ...
  • A new kind of food pantry opens at Ellis Health Center

    February 13, 2019

    Opened only a month now at the Ellis Health Center, the Food Farmacy, is more than just an average food pantry.  Their goal is to provide food for the short term, but a food education to last. With a referral from the Ellis health system, you make an appointment to meet with one of the food ...
  • Food Farmacy: An innovative way to eat

    February 7, 2019

    Alliance for Better Health, in conjunction with Catholic Charities of Albany and Ellis Medicine, has launched the Food Farmacy program at Ellis’ McClellan campus. The Farmacy, one of the first of its kind in upstate New York, allows people to receive advice from nutritionists as well as  fresh produce and other healthy foods. “Catholic Charities of ...
  • Food Farmacy a source of guidance as well as healthy food

    February 6, 2019

    The Food Farmacy is based at Ellis Medicine’s McClellan Street campus and serves Medicaid-eligible patients referred by Ellis for reasons such as limited access to nutritious food and limited understand of what good nutrition entails. The joint venture of Ellis, Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, and the Alliance for Better Health is ...

Press Releases

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  • SDoH Advocate Lori Petersen Joins SIREN Gravity Project Development Team

    May 2, 2019

    TROY, N.Y. (May 02, 2019) – Alliance for Better Health, engaging medical and social service providers in promoting the health of people and communities, today announced that senior business analyst Lori Petersen, a vocal advocate for improving how social determinants of health (SDoH) contribute to health decisions, has joined the SIREN Gravity Project as a ...
  • On-Site Food Farmacy Will Be One of the First in Upstate New York

    January 31, 2019

    For Immediate Release January 31, 2019 Media Contact: Charles Wiff: (607) 743-8314 or (518) 326-6400 On-Site Food Farmacy Will Be One of the First in Upstate New York A partnership between Alliance for Better Health, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany and Ellis Medicine will bring innovative preventative health service to Ellis Medicine patients. TROY, NY – Alliance for Better ...
  • Alliance for Better Health and Unite Us Selected as Finalists for State-Wide Innovation Award

    September 17, 2018

    Troy, N.Y. (September 17, 2018) – The New York State Department of Health has announced the nine finalists of the Social Determinants of Health ‘Call for Innovations’ Initiative. The solicitation for innovations, a first of its kind in New York State, attracted over 200 applicants from across the country, all of whom have come up with creative and ...
  • Providers look to shift mental health patients from ED to community-based care

    August 27, 2018

    Thanks to Modern Healthcare for this in depth look at one of our Innovation Award projects. The Ellis and RSS ‘Living Room’ will be an incredible new resource for our community. Read the article here:
  • National ‘Living Room’ Model Funded for Partnership Between Ellis Mental Health Clinic and Rehabilitation Support Services

    August 15, 2018

    Alliance for Better Health, a Performing Provider System under New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, announced an award of $424,000 to the Ellis Mental Health Clinic in partnership with Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS), to establish “The Living Room,” a resource that will serve as an alternative to Emergency Departments for individuals ...
  • Regional Consumer-Directed Health Information Exchange

    July 26, 2018

    Alliance for Better Health Announces Launch of Regional Consumer-Directed Health Information Exchange: First in Nation to Support Medicaid Members Alliance envisions an integrated health delivery system where every clinician or social service provider has a view of the whole person they are serving, not just the issue presented on that day. In our effort to achieve better health ...
  • $5.6 Million Promotes Innovation to Improve Health: Alliance for Better Health Funds Over 55 Innovation Projects Across Region

    March 21, 2018

    Download the press release here.
  • Alliance for Better Health partners with Unite Us to improve health outcomes in Upstate New York

    January 18, 2018

    Download the press release here. The coordinated care network will connect Alliance for Better Health’s clinical and social service partners together to address patients’ social determinants of health and reduce avoidable hospital admissions. Troy, NY – Alliance for Better Health (Alliance) announced that it has partnered with Unite Us, a Veteran-owned technology company as the software ...
  • $2.2 Million Promotes Innovation to Improve Health

    November 13, 2017

    Alliance for Better Health Provides Seed Money for Local Social Service Organizations to Innovate to Improve Health Download the press release here. Alliance for Better Health has awarded more than $2.2 million to 14 medical, behavioral health and social service organizations as part of its mission to transform care to improve health. The money came from Alliance’s ...
  • Regional Efforts Expand Treatment Access for Opioid Use

    June 1, 2017

    Alliance for Better Health, in partnership with New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and St. Mary’s Healthcare Amsterdam, announces two regional medical training opportunities to help expand patients’ access to treatment for opioid use disorders. Trainings held on June 9 in Albany and on June 17 in Amsterdam will ...

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