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Health Network Targets Site for West Side Medical Program

Buffalo Business First | July 17, 2013

GBUAHN OfficeThe 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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Health Facility Proposed for West Side

The Buffalo News | September 4, 2013

GBUAHN OfficeA group of physicians plans to build a $2 million health center to provide comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services.

One goal of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Health Network, a collaboration among eight physician practices, is to use the proposed 28,500-square-foot building off Niagara Street to centralize and expand its health home services.

The health home concept calls for a single organization to coordinate care, including follow-up after medical visits and referrals to social services, for expensive and difficult-to-treat patients.

The project requires approval by the city’s zoning and planning boards, as well as the Common Council. If all goes well, construction could start later this fall with completion in about a year, said Ralph Hernandez, provider relations director for the group.

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Confronting inequities in medical care

The Buffalo News | September 25, 2013

The fact that Erie County spends a lot more per person taking care of white Medicaid patients than patients of color is nothing new in the world of health care. Glaring racial disparities have been as much a part of the medical system as Band-Aids.

What’s new is the county’s willingness to dig into the numbers to find out why. So is the prospect that increasingly sophisticated data collection under the Affordable Care Act – the very act Republicans want to kill – will, if not eliminate such disparities, make them too obvious to continue ignoring.

All of those challenges add to his medical problems – and to the cost of care.

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

Buffalo Business First | December 13, 2013

There's an App for that!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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