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Buffalo Rising - Construction Watch: GBUAHN Health Facility

GBUAHN Health Facility!July 6, 2017

A $5 million, 40,000-square-foot medical facility is nearing completion at 505 7th Street. Once open, the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) medical facility, an extension of Urban Family Practice, will be the “singular largest commercial development on the lower West Side in the last 25 years” according to the healthcare providers.

Taking a look at the building’s layout, the main entranceway is situated in the rear of the structure, facing Urban Family Practice on Niagara Street. Parking is also situated in back.

After 20 years servicing the medical needs of the lower West Side, Urban Family Practice set out to expand its medical offerings via the new facility on 7th Street. Once open, the expanded practice anticipates on providing medical care for 50,000 people a year.

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DOH Letter from the Director of Medicaid

May, 31, 2017

Letter from the Director of Medicaid


Panorama Hispano News - It’s not too late to vaccinate – GBUAHN recognizes Influenza Vaccination Week

It’s not too late to vaccinateDecember 5, 2016

December 4 -10 is National Influential Vaccination Week 2016 and the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) wants to let the public know that it’s not too late to vaccinate. At this time of the year, many people think it is too late to get a flu vaccination, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that flu vaccination efforts continue throughout the flu season.

“Flu season often peaks between December and March, but activity can occur as late as May,” says Dr. Raul Vazquez, Chief Executive Officer of GBUAHN. “At GBUAHN, we are encouraging people who have not yet been vaccinated this season to get vaccinated now.” It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies that fight the flu virus to develop in the body, so it’s best to get a flu shot early.

For millions of people each season, the flu means a fever, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches and fatigue. Millions of people across the U.S. get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people actually die from the flu each year.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu shot for everyone six months of age or older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses. This season, CDC recommends the use of injectable flu vaccines. The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) is not recommended for use this season because of concerns about effectiveness.

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CHCS - Celebrating Health Home Successes for New Yorkers with Complex Medical and Social Needs

Supported by enhanced federal financial incentives, Medicaid health homes have rapidly spread across the country, with 19 states and the District of Columbia using this approach to coordinate care for people with complex health and social needs. As an early adopter, New York launched its Medicaid health home program in 2012. Since then, it has used health homes to not only transform care coordination services for Medicaid beneficiaries, but also to encourage connections to housing and job training for high-need individuals, while also addressing other social determinants of health.

New York has 35 designated lead health homes that are partnering with broad networks of community-based providers and other organizations to serve more than 230,000 individuals with chronic physical and behavioral health needs. With funding from the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has supported this work via a four-year Learning Collaborative that brought together health homes, community partners, state officials, and other stakeholders to share learnings and emerging best practices, and inform ongoing policy and implementation.

Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization helped K. access medical and social services including dental care, transportation, temporary housing, and legal services. K. is particularly grateful for his care manager’s availability whenever he needed resources and considered her a true partner in maintaining his health and stability.

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Panorama Hispano News - Greater Buffalo United Independent Practice Association lands State’s first health value program

State’s first health value programSeptember 14, 2016

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 the state’s first Accountable Care Organization, a model that pays groups of providers to work together to reduce costs and increase health care outcomes.

How ACOs work

- Local health care providers and hospitals volunteer to work together to provide you with coordinated care.
- The doctors and other providers who are helping care for you will communicate with each other, and partner with you in making health care decisions.
- You may spend less time filling out medical history paper work because your doctors may already have this information in an electronic health record.
- You’ll likely have fewer repeated medical tests because your doctors and hospitals will share information and coordinate your care.
- You’ll be in the center of care, and your doctors will be better able to keep you informed, and to keep listening and honoring your choices.

Unlike HMOs, managed care, or some insurance plans, an ACO can’t tell you which health care providers to see and can’t change your Medicare or private insurance benefits.

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WBFO 88.7 - Buffalo's Lower West Side will be home to $5 million integrated medical care facility

Groundbreaking!August 3, 2016

Buffalo’s Lower West Side is now the future home of a $5 million integrated medical facility. Groundbreaking for the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network’s newest project took place Wednesday afternoon in a grass and gravel lot on Seventh Street.

GBUAHN Chief Executive Officer Dr. Raul Vazquez said the planned 40,000 square-foot building will combine elements of health and wellness never before seen together in the West Side community.

“We’ll have nutritional classes, we’re putting about a quarter-million dollars in exercise equipment for employees and members. We have our community health workers that are going to help people with disease management and health coaching on that floor. The first floor on top is primary care and behavioral. Those two systems have never really worked together and a lot of the costs of ER and in-patient care has been because of that,” said Vazquez.

Vazquez said that with the reduction in ER and in-patient care the facility will provide, those lowered costs will be seen by Medicaid, insurance companies, and individual patients that GBUAHN works with. The facility will also house a cancer treatment center, nutrition services, a pharmacy, ambulatory csurgery center, imaging center, laboratory, 24-hour call center, and GBUAHN’s administrative offices.

“We’re tying in, not just managing a patient in the office. We’re managing in this community, creating these medical neighborhoods, which I find are crucial,” said Vazquez. He believes having all of a patient’s needs taken care of under one roof is the answer for effective healthcare.

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Buffalo Rising - GBUAHN Health Facility to Break Ground

New Facility!July 29, 2016

Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) has scheduled a groundbreaking for its $5 million, 40,000-square-foot medical facility. Shovels will go in the ground on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, (12:00 noon) at 505 7th Street on the city’s lower West Side. According to GBUAHN, this is the singular largest commercial development on the lower West Side in the last 25 years. The medical campus will offer residents a full range of healthcare services, to a neighborhood that is purportedly lacking in such amenities.

"The building will feature a variety of physicians’ and specialists’ offices, a cancer treatment center, nutrition services, a fitness and wellness center, pharmacy, ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, laboratory, and a 24-hour call center."

“This will be an exciting addition to our community,” said Raul Vazquez, MD, GBUAHN chief executive officer. “It will help decrease the fragmented healthcare that has been at our end of the city for a long time.”

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PR WEB - GBUAHN Gets a Second Opinion. Partnership with VisualDx Provides Differential Diagnoses at Point of Care.

July 8, 2016

The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) and the Greater Buffalo United Independent Physician Association (GBUIPA) are teaming up with Rochester-based company VisualDx for better accuracy in diagnosing patients. VisualDx is a web-based decision support system that provides 40,000 medical images and peer-reviewed expert information to improve and speed up diagnosing while the patient is still in the office.

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PR WEB - Sense Health Partners with GBUAHN

January 10, 2016

Sense Health, an NYC-based healthcare technology company has partnered with the GBUAHN Health Home in Buffalo to create, deliver, and monitor interactive patient support plans, called “Scripts,” for use with Erie County’s Medicaid beneficiaries. Scripts are algorithmically tailored text messages, sent by healthcare professionals to a patient’s phone, that educate, motivate, remind, and check-in on patients and their self-care. Sense Health alerts providers when a patient requires more intensive medical / behavioral attention.

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CHALLENGER COMMUNITY NEW - “Hattitude 2015”: It’s About Women’s Health & Well Being!


“Filling a vital need in Western New York for program management & coordination, and health education programs aimed specifically at diverse cultures in the Western New York area, is what we have done for more than 15 years,” said Catherine J. Lewis, CEO of LEWAC Associates of WNY, Inc. (Lasting Education for Women, Adults, and Children)

LEWAC will honor GBUAHN – Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network with its “2015 Health Matters” Award. GBUAHN has clearly demonstrated its commitment to the Western New York community.

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PARTNERSHIP FOR NYC - Partnership Fund’s New York Digital Health Accelerator Announces Selected Companies for 2015 Program

September 10, 2015

Mentoring will be provided by seventeen leading healthcare organizations, insurance companies, medical centers, and hospital groups. The mentors are Aetna, Allied Physicians Group, Central New York Health Home, Community Healthcare Network, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, Hospital for Special Surgery, MediSys Health Network, Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, North Shore-LIJ Health System, NYU Langone Medical Center, Onondaga Case Management Services, Rochester Regional Health System, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

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PANORAMA HISPANO NEWS - Turkey giveaways abound as Thanksgiving spirit engulfs Buffalo

GBUAHN Donates Turkeys!November 28, 2014

A local organization stepped up to help feed their less fortunate neighbors this week with over 100 turkey donations for needy families across the city.

Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) and the employees joined forces to distribute turkeys via their outreach office on Niagara Street this past Wednesday.

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OPEN MINDS - Rite Aid Launches Pharmacy - Based Chronic Disease Management

Rite Aid LaunchesMay 4, 2014

Rite Aid Launches Pharmacy - Based Chronic Disease Management, Partnering With ACOs & Medical Homes

On March 11, 2014, retail pharmacy chain Rite Aid launched the Rite Aid Health Alliance, in which Rite Aid pharmacists and in-store care coaches provide community-based health management services. Rite Aid partnered with a Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) and a Medicaid health home provider organization to pilot the services. The early adopters are Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN), a Medicaid health home in New York, ApolloMed ACO in Southern California; and Cornerstone Health Care ACO in North Carolina. The pilot started in the fall of 2013; during the pilot the Rite Aid Health Alliance delivered over 2,300 coaching visits to almost 1,500 enrolled patients.

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