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2017 Who's Who in Health Care

July 29, 2017

Welcome to Who’s Who in Health Care, your source for information about the men and women who are involved in the well-being of Western New Yorkers.

Business First invited doctors, medical professionals, CEOs, financial executives, medical company CEOs and office management to be part of this feature.

In addition to biographical information, we asked what we thought was a pertinent question: “What’s the best part of your job?” We hope you’ll enjoy a look at these medical professionals.

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Bundled health care payments put focus on quality

October 31, 2016

As the federal government readied last spring to begin a bundled payment program for orthopedic surgery patients, McGuire Group President Stephen Mercurio was busy ramping up the company’s network of rehab units and skilled nursing facilities.

Mercurio knew that in order to capture a share of the post-surgical rehabilitation market, his staff would need upgraded training and certification and his facilities would need new equipment and processes in place.

Unlike in the past, when a rehab provider would bill out for services, new bundled payment programs from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guarantee a share of payment only if providers meet certain quality and efficiency standards.

“You want to provide the highest quality and lowest cost to the system,” Mercurio said. “Right now payment is on a per diem basis, but Medicare’s intention is payment will be paid not per diem but over time, and there will be a finite amount paid.”

Change is constant in the health care industry, whether it’s standards of care, regulatory requirements or even ownership. But changes in payment models away from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance and bundled payments could be the biggest shift yet.

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Buffalo Health Group Lands State's First Medicaid Value Program

NY State's First ProgramSeptember 8, 2016

A Buffalo group is among the first groups in New York state to pilot a new value-based payments program for Medicaid recipients.

The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization, an affiliate of the Greater Buffalo United Independent Practice Association, was authorized by the state Department of Health last month as an accountable care organization, a model that pays groups of providers to work together to reduce costs and increase health care outcomes.

It’s part of a new pilot program that brings together health care providers and Medicaid managed care organizations to coordinate care for patients.

The group ultimately will receive financial incentives for reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and duplicative costs for Medicaid patients in the same way that federal ACO programs work for Medicare patients. Catholic Medical Partners operates the region’s only ACO through the federal program through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The program has seen mixed results in the programs first three years.

The GBUACO will include 140 Buffalo-area providers, including physician providers at the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network. The program will accept both ACO and commercial payment models.

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Women of Influence

July 28, 2016

Business First's 2016 Women of Influence!

Inspiration honors women leaders who, through their words, actions and attitude, inspire those who work with and around them.

Congratulations to Toni Vasquez with GBUAHN.

Furthermore, you are cordially invited to this event and clasp hands with this years honorees - women from a multitude of arenas with their fingers on the pulse of success. Business First will present awards to area women who have made contributions to the community in 8 categories.

This event will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at 11:30am – 1:30pm

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West Side medical practice preps $5M expansion

$5M ExpansionJuly 28, 2016

It took three years and as many different designs, but a medical practice expansion on Buffalo’s West Side is finally ready to begin.

The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network will break ground Aug. 3 on a 40,000-square-foot, two-story addition to its existing site on 7th Street. With a project cost of $5 million, the expansion will bring a series of services together in one site that are now scattered around at eight GBUAHN practice sites in the city.

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City medical practice expands services

HIV/AIDSApril 26, 2016

The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network has expanded with a new care coordination program for individuals with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted diseases.

It’s the next phase of expansion for the organization’s Medicaid health home program, which is already among the largest such programs across the state.

The program serves Medicaid recipients with two or more chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure. It will also accept eligible individuals with HIV/AIDS or serious mental health conditions.

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Buffalo health practice to mentor tech start-ups

Tech MentorSeptember 15, 2015

Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) will serve as a mentor to healthcare start-up companies chosen for the third annual New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a four-month program run by the Partnership Fund for New York City and the New York eHealth Collaborative.

The Digital Health Accelerator program supports growth-stage digital health companies that are developing technology products for healthcare providers and patients in such areas as care coordination, patient engagement and workflow improvement.

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Urban health network plans $10M expansion

New FacilityJune 22, 2015

A Buffalo physician practice is hoping to break ground in 30 to 60 days on a $10 million expansion at its West Side facility.

The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) has plans for a 40,000-square-foot, three-story facility on Seventh Street, an expansion of an existing 12,000-square-foot facility.

The project is scaled up from an initial plan in 2013 that called for a 17,600-square-foot expansion. Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO, said the project will expand the Urban Family Practice site that also houses GBUAHN, which is now operating at capacity.

“We have almost 200 people coming in daily so we’re pretty much at capacity,” he said. “We’re hoping with the new facility we’ll be able to expand to about 500 daily visits per day, almost tripling capacity.”

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WNY’s Most Admired Companies

Admired CompaniesJanuary 15, 2015

Western New York has countless talented individuals who strive to maximize the potential of their workplaces and the community at large. They are the building blocks of successful, thriving companies – and we have hundreds, if not thousands, of them. Throughout the year, Business First recognizes those star companies through a variety of publications and awards programs, from the Book of Lists to Fast Track Companies to Best Places to Work and Top Private Companies.

To close out the year, we compiled a list — with some assistance from our readers -— of companies that deserve to be respected. We considered company growth, success as an employer and connection with the community. And now, we're proud to share with you the list of Western New York's Most Admired Companies.

GBUAHN was proudly on that list.

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Rite Aid to test market new program in Buffalo

Rite Aid Press ConferenceMarch 10, 2014

Top executives from Rite Aid Corp. were in Buffalo Monday to launch a new national program linking the pharmacy giant with local healthcare providers to better treat patients with chronic conditions.

The Rite Aid Health Alliance is a collaboration with healthcare providers designed to provide comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions.

Dr. Raul Vazquez, president of Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network and one of the first Rite Aid Health Alliance partners, joined Rite Aid executives at a Bailey Avenue Rite Aid to kick off the initiative.

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Providers receive funding for home health care

Providers Receive FundingMarch 10, 2014

Four health-care organizations will receive over $1 million combined in new state funding to further advance their home programs.

The funds are part of a $12.8 million allocation from the state Department of Health in stage II implementation grants to help home health designees better work with providers with such areas as interconnectivity improvements.

The funds follow an initial distribution of $2.2 million in stage one funds, with grant amounts determined based on health IT connectivity, geographic and demographic factors as well as the prevalence of chronic conditions and other qualifiers.

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From Rashes to Anxiety, There’s an App for That

There's an App for that!December 13, 2013

Epocrates and Isabel might sound like an exotic couple but don’t be fooled – those are the names of two mobile health software applications in a fast-growing industry that experts say is dramatically changing the world of medicine.

With new apps regularly being developed to help diagnosis a problem, improve patient monitoring and reduce hospital visits, it’s an exciting time for doctors, patients and others.

“This is real,” said Anne Constantino, president and CEO of Horizon Health Services.

“I like this stuff. It’s fun,” said Dr. Raul Vazquez, who runs the Urban Family Practice on Niagara Street in Buffalo.

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Health Network Targets Site for West Side Medical Program

GBUAHN OfficeJuly 17, 2013

The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network is building a medical practice space for its health home program.

Led by Urban Family Practice, the network filed plans for a two-story, 17,600-square-foot medical office at 501 Seventh St. between Jersey and Pennsylvania streets on Buffalo’s West Side.

The $2 million project calls for medical offices on the main floor, basement space for wellness programs and a kitchen for nutrition programs and diabetes counseling, with administrative offices, case management and a conference center on the second floor.

Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO, said the facility will face the back side of Urban Family Practice’s building on Niagara Street.

“We’re trying to create this urban medical corridor,” he said.

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