News And Alerts For FamilyCare Medical Group

80% by 2018 Blog

A new 80% by 2018 Blog, featuring the work of the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, an 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award Honoree, is now available at:  Learn about their “All teach, all learn” approach and their creative use of jelly beans to motivate providers!  Thank you to Emily Bell for her work on the blog, and of course, special thanks to Nancy Beaumont and Judy Beck for sharing their incredible work with us! 


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Congratulations Retirees

FamilyCare Medical Group says goodbye to several physicians as they embark in their new adventure of retirement.  We would like to thank Dr. Connolly, Dr. Barash and Dr. Westlake for their many years of service.

Health Care Giant Teams with Syracuse Docs to Serve the Poor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- One of the nation's biggest Medicaid managed care companies is teaming up with a large medical practice with 40 offices in Central New York to make it easier for the poor to get health care.

Molina Health Care Inc., a California company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange and specializes in Medicaid, Medicare and other government health insurance programs, is also working to open its own clinic in Syracuse by the end of this year. The clinic will serve people enrolled in Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Molina also plans to offer another low-cost government-funded health plan for low-income people who don't qualify for Medicaid.

The company recently hired the former executive director of the Spanish Action League, an organization that serves the area's Latino community on Syracuse's low-income Near West Side.

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St. Joseph's Health Refresher Course

On March 4, FamilyCare Medical Group had a vendor table at the St. Joseph's Refresher course that is held each year.

Colorectal Initiative Update

Replay of March 1st Countdown to 2018 Broadcast from New York City Available

In case you missed it, the replay of our livestream kick off of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month from last week is now available, featuring many celebrity guests dedicated to the cause, including Katie Couric, Luke Perry, Craig Campbell, Jorge Bernal, Karen Walsh, Roma Torre, and Scott Lagasse, Jr. 


The early metrics of the event indicated that the event was viewed tens of thousands of times and had reach into the millions.  Congratulations to the planning committee and to the event hosts for a wonderful event:  Fight CRC, ACS, and NCCRT and to the event supporters: Stand Up To Cancer, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, the Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences.  It was a true team effort, and we were grateful to have been a part of it.


New American Cancer Society Report on Colorectal Cancer Statistics

The ACS released a 2017 CRC report last week that found dramatic reductions in overall colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, but also striking disparities by age, race, and tumor subsite remain. That’s according to the latest publication of Colorectal Cancer Statistics and its companion publication, Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures, published every three years by the American Cancer Society.  CRC incidence rates continue to decline in people 50 and older, dropping by 32% just since 2000. This trend is thought to be largely a result of screening, which can prevent CRC by detecting and removing precancerous polyps. Incidence rates are dropping fastest in people ages 65 and older and for tumors located in the distal colon, while the drop is slowest for people ages 50 to 64 and for rectal tumors.  Among adults aged <50 years, CRC incidence rates increased by 22% from 2000 to 2013, driven solely by tumors in the distal colon and rectum.  Similar to incidence patterns, CRC death rates decreased by 34% in people 50 and over during 2000-2014 but increased by 13% in those under 50.

The article also highlighted National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data indicating that from 2013 to 2015, screening with any guideline-recommended test increased from 53% to 58% in those ages 50 to 64, from 65% to 68% in those 65 and older, and from 59% to 63% in both age groups combined. This rise, which follows a plateau in screening between 2010 to 2013, translates to an additional 3,785,600 adults (>50 years) screened in 2015. If screening prevalence remains at the 2015 rather than the 2013 level, an estimated 39,700 additional CRC cases and 37,200 deaths will be prevented through 2030.

Congratulations to Rebecca Siegel, Stacey Fedewa, Dennis Ahnen, Reinier Meester and the other authors!

FamilyCare of Cicero Welcomes New Physician

FamilyCare Medical Group, P.C. is pleased to announce to the local professional medical community that Joy Commisso, MD, MPH will be joining FamilyCare of Cicero in January 2017.  Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Commisso provides expertise in treating both children and adults of all ages with services including: well and sick visits, immunizations, preventive health care and much more.  For more information about scheduling an appointment with Dr. Commisso, please call the office at (315) 698-0290.