GRIPA Receives Distinction

June 14, 2017


GRIPA Delivers Exceptional Quality
GRIPA achieves extraordinary care scores through Excellus BlueCross BlueShield program


Rochester, NYThe Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association (GRIPA), in conjunction with the Rochester Regional Physician Organization and the Rochester Regional Health, is pleased to announce that it has performed better than 90 percent of health care providers nationally on quality in 2016.

Through the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Accountable Cost and Quality Arrangement (ACQA), GRIPA was assessed using national, evidence-based measures of care in areas such as diabetes, blood pressure, coronary artery disease and preventive health care for adults and children. For the second year in a row, GRIPA earned the highest level of health care quality it can achieve in the program. The organization demonstrated a level of quality that outperformed at least 90 percent of health care providers nationally.

The ACQA is designed to achieve enhanced care coordination, improve patient satisfaction and outcomes and reduce health care costs.  Physicians must meet quality standards to ensure that savings are achieved through improving care coordination and providing care that is appropriate, safe and timely.

GRIPA team members have worked diligently with patients to improve physician-patient engagement and outcomes through such efforts as improving access to primary care medical services (to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes and reduce the need for emergency room visits), improving medication adherence rates, and limiting duplication of services.

“GRIPA is focused on improvement initiatives important to the care and outcomes of our patients,” said Joseph Vasile, MD, president and CEO of GRIPA. “We appreciate Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s support of our quality goals and the creative and hard work of our team that positively impacts the people in our community who come to us for care.” 


GRIPA is a partnership of the Rochester Regional Health System and the over 1,300 physicians affiliated with the System, which include both private community physicians and employed physicians. GRIPA’s robust information technology system, experienced multi-disciplinary Clinical Care Managers and effective Provider Relations Professionals work together with the Health System and physicians to provide higher quality health care at a lower cost.  GRIPA was founded in 1996 to improve all aspects of patient care through innovation, collaboration, advocacy and problem solving.  For more information visit

Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and beyond. The system includes five hospitals; primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory campuses and immediate care facilities; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and ACM Medical Laboratory, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health is the region’s second largest employer. Learn more at

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