• Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:15 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    The Monroe County Department of Public Health has available Pfizer vaccine.  To schedule an appointment,

    click on this link: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:57 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Appointments are still available for vaccination sites in Monroe County this week.

    Clinics are being held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center and Monroe County Fleet Center, as well as specific Rochester R-Centers and Churches.

    To see which site has appointments available or to make an appointment, click here. There, you can also find a link to the state's vaccination sites. 

  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 3:40 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    “The New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP) is very pleased to recognize Member and Program Director at the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Stephen Schultz, M.D., recipient of the esteemed Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award said NYSAFP President Jason Matuszak, M.D..” During the virtual Residency Leadership Summit, which begins March 3rd and runs through March 6, 2021, Dr. Schultz will be presented with this great honor by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. “For nearly two decades, Dr. Schultz has served as a teacher and mentor to countless students who are now board-certified family physicians, serving their patients and communities as he taught. Dr. Schultz places strong emphasis on advocacy and global health, teaching students about the positive impact that they can have, not only on their own communities, but also working with impoverished and underserved areas around the world,” continued Matuszak.

    “Dr. Schultz has led the nationally renowned, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center Family Medicine Residency for the past 19 years,” shared Colleen T. Fogarty, MD, Msc, FAAFP, William Rocktaschel Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester. “During his tenure, he developed and added new programs in Global Health, Political Advocacy and Leadership, and developed Areas of Concentration in psychosocial medicine and maternity care to enhance Family Medicine residents’ training experiences. He additionally developed systems and support for residents’ learning and competency assessment. Dr. Schultz accomplished all of this as Program Director while continuing a longstanding continuity practice at Highland Family Medicine and attending on the Department of Family Medicine inpatient service at Highland Hospital. I’m so pleased for him to be recognized by this national honor!” Upon learning of his award, Dr. Schultz shared, “…This is what I’m meant to do, working with residents and helping patients. Someone comes to me as a medical student, and three years later they’re a board-certified family physician. There’s a high level of satisfaction in that.”

    “Dr. Schultz exemplifies what it means to be a family physician, caring for patients holistically, and teaching future generations how to provide compassionate, patient-centered care while promoting community health as health educators and through community service. Dr. Schultz is a true leader in family medicine that we should all strive to emulate. He has left his mark on so many young physicians and on the Rochester community at large. We congratulate Dr. Schultz on this well-deserved award,” concluded Matuszak.

    NYSAFP represents over 7,000 physicians, residents and students in family medicine across the State. NYSAFP Family Physicians are board-certified and specialize in family medicine. Family physicians focus on the whole patient providing care throughout their lifetime. They provide comprehensive healthcare services to treat diseases and injuries in all age groups from newborns to the geriatric population and across all medical fields. Family Physicians focus on prevention, wellness and overall care coordination for patients and family medicine is the only specialty to focus on the care of the entire family unit. Family Physicians are also a main source of primary health care in New York and across the country.

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:25 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)
    You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. Appointment scheduling for eligible City of Rochester residents opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday, February 24. Eligible individuals can call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX to make an appointment, or visit the NYS “Am I Eligible” website at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

    After the first week of scheduling, appointments will be open to all other eligible residents in Monroe County. The NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline, at the number above, is open for questions from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:09 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    We wanted to make you aware of the details around the mass vaccination site being established at the old Kodak Hawkeye location and ask for your support in getting the word out.

    Here are the details as we know them today:

    • Registration for vaccine appointments will open TODAY (2/24) at 8 AM for residents of the following ZIP codes: 14603, 14604, 14605, 14606, 14608, 14609, 14611, 14613, 14614, 14615, 14619, and 14621.  Appointments are starting on March 3.
    • This will be a site jointly run by FEMA and NYS. 
    • The site will operate with a target of delivering 1,000 vaccines a day for 30 days – resulting in 30,000 available slots for vaccination (NOTE: this is an estimate, we don’t know the exact number of slots that will be made available)
    • After 3/3 people who are eligible and live outside of those ZIP codes will be able to register.  We don’t know how widely the geography will be expanded.
    • The only way for people to register will be via phone: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) or the NYS “Am I eligible” Website https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021 8:34 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    MSSNY's Physician Advocacy Day- Virtual



    Join your colleagues from all around New York State to speak with your legislators and communicate the right health policy solutions for you and your patients! 

    Following the morning program, physician and allied groups will meet with legislators and their staff!


    • Oppose cuts to Medicaid
    • Maintaining adequate supply of PPE
    • Oppose inappropriate scope expansion
    • Expand Telehealth coverage
    • Discuss health concerns with legalizing recreational marijuana
    • Reject Unfair Professional Discipline changes
    • Reducing prior authorization hassles
    • Rejecting burdensome mandates
    • Shape the discussion surrounding Single Payor Healthcare
    • Preserving opportunities for NY’s medical students and residents

    Register Here!

    For More Information Contact:

    Raza Ali

    Legislative Associate


    For more details: 

    Advocacy Day Schedule

    MSSNY 2021 Legislative Program

    Lobby Day Flyer

  • Friday, February 05, 2021 8:37 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Updated facts on the COVID-19 Vaccine from the CDC.


  • Monday, February 01, 2021 10:11 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    2021 has brought in sweeping changes for coding. Coding by time when treating mental health patients in the primary care setting is not necessarily the best option any longer! Clinicians need to understand the new coding rules and how to apply them in order to be properly paid for their care and services. Join us for a one-hour webinar given by a fellow primary care clinician explaining the new rules in plain language, including real case examples and a coding calculator.


    February 25, 2021

    Time: 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

    Location: via Zoom Registration


    Dr. Lashley has been in pediatric practice since 1990. His undergraduate training was at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Lashley finished his medical training at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, and completed his residency in pediatrics at The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Lashley is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Nassau Academy of Medicine. He was president of the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2013-2015, and now serves as an advisor to them. Dr. Lashley also has been on the Executive Board of the Nassau Pediatric Society for several years as the Chairman of both the Membership and Immunization Committees and was President of the Nassau Pediatric Society in 2002. He is a member of Allied Physicians Group of NY and is on their Board of Managers. Dr Lashley has been appointed to the faculty of Hofstra Medical School and is a student mentor for them. In 2018, Dr. Lashley was given the prestigious Top Doctor Award from NY TopDocs.

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  • Friday, January 15, 2021 10:59 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Below are two new clinic options for populations eligible for vaccine. Reminder that appointments are needed. Please remind your staff and any individuals they work with that currently no one may walk in.

    1. A state-run vaccine clinic at the Dome Arena will open on Wednesday January 20th.

    Appointments are available starting at 8am today (1/15) online through the Am I Eligible? website or at the NYS hotline: 1-833-697-4829

    1. Twelve Rite-Aid stores in the Finger Lakes region are receiving vaccine doses this week.

    Store locations are in Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe, Yates and Ontario Counties. The specific locations are available on the sign up link.

    Each store is receiving 100-200 doses. Rite-Aid has built a custom scheduling tool for its New York State stores. Appointments are for 65+ only, and should be made using this link only:


  • Thursday, January 07, 2021 4:13 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Effective this afternoon, the Monroe County Health Department (MCDOH) has opened up 5,000 additional appointment slots to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    Details are as follows:

    Who:  Unaffiliated Healthcare Workers* = healthcare workers who are not affiliated (i.e., credentialed, on the Medical & Dental staff, employed) by either RRH or URMC)

    Day/Dates:        1/7/2021 – 1/23/2021

    Time:                   To register for an appointment: click on this link -  https://www.monroecounty.gov/healthcalls/vac/index/hcw

    Location:            Monroe County Fleet Center, Bldg. 10, 145 Paul Road, Rochester, NY 14624

    Bring:                  1) Driver’s License/Photo ID; 2) Note/letter from employer attesting to their employment; 3) Attached, completed Consent Form; 4) Health Insurance Card

    *= you must meet the following criteria to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the MCDOH

    1. System Affiliation: this is for health care providers not affiliated with any hospital system or IPA
    2. Patient-facing Responsibilities: clinical and non-clinical staff must have patient-facing responsibilities (this is key!). If possible, show proof that you actively see patients (i.e., letter from your office manager, physician).  This is a mandate from Governor Cuomo.

    If you  meet Criteria #1 & 2 above, you will be able to receive the vaccine.  If not, you may not be able to get the vaccine at this location.”

    Consent for COVID 19 vaccine from NYSDOH 12-20-2020 (002).pdf

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