Health Network Targets Site for West Side Medical Program
Buffalo Business First | July 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.
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.