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AN INNOVATIVE MEDICAL PRACTICE IS BLOOMING ON BUFFALO’S WEST SIDE

THE BUFFALO NEWS | OCTOBER 2016

YourCare Partners with GBUACODr. Raul Vazquez had never visited Buffalo when he applied to the University at Buffalo’s medical school 30 years ago. Today he’s one of the area’s most active physician-entrepreneurs.

The Fordham University graduate grew up in the projects in the South Bronx, the son of parents from Puerto Rico. He was drawn to studying medicine after seeing his Uncle Joe Gonzalez, and their neighbors, struggle to get the proper care for their asthma and other ailments amid a language barrier, poverty and limited access to transportation.

Vazquez flew up to Buffalo on the old People Express airline – “You paid on the plane. Thirty-five dollars round-trip.” – and never left. “I was energized. I said, ‘This is where I want to go,’ ” he recalled.

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MEDICAID ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS: STATE UPDATE

CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE STRATEGIES, INC. | SEPTEMBER 2016

With the imminent launch of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization (ACO), New York is the 10th state to implement a Medicaid ACO program. This CHCS fact sheet describes the components of Medicaid ACO programs and details the state-based Medicaid ACO programs currently underway in 10 states. It also shares promising results from four state Medicaid ACOs — Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont.

Across the country, states are exploring the viability of Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) that align provider and payer incentives to focus on value instead of volume, with the goal of keeping patients healthy and costs manageable. To date, 10 states have launched Medicaid ACO programs, and six more are actively pursuing them.

This fact sheet from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) walks through current progress for Medicaid ACOs. It provides a definition for ACO and describes how emerging state programs are seeking to drive accountability through three key activities: (1) implementing a value-based payment structure; (2) measuring quality improvement; and (3) collecting and analyzing data. It also provides a glimpse of some early state successes.

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YOURCARE PARTNERS WITH PHYSICIAN PROVIDERS ON NEW PILOT

BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST | SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

YourCare Partners with GBUACOYourCare Health Plan has signed on as the first health plan to participate in a new accountable care organization program in Buffalo aimed at helping reduce costs and improve care for Medicaid recipients.

The Rochester-based health plan, which serves 55,000 individuals on government health plans like Medicaid and Medicare, signed a three-year agreement Tuesday to partner with the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization as it develops the state’s first Medicaid accountable care organization.

The ACO model brings together groups of health care providers, insurers and community groups to coordinate care for members with a goal of reducing costs and improving health care outcomes. GBUACO received approvals last month from the state Department of Health and is now working to sign up partners and members. Its provider network also includes physicians associated with the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, MASH, Dent Neurologic Institute and Western New York Medical Group.

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NEW HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION OPENS IN BUFFALO

WBFO 88.7 | SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

New health care organizationA new patient-centered healthcare organization is opening in Buffalo.

The President and CEO of Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization, Dr. Raul Vazquez says, the group’s focus is on increasing quality of services and patient satisfaction.

Vazquez says, doctors are the only prescription for managing healthcare costs not insurance companies.

“They have good ads and things like that. But when it comes down to, ‘I’m the one in the room touching that person’s life, not someone that’s in an office,’ I think that’s what we’re trying to do, is bring that relationship back, that’s been hurt by the current system,” Vazquez said.

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BUFFALO HEALTH GROUP LANDS STATE’S FIRST MEDICAID VALUE PROGRAM

BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST | SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

NY State's First Program
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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BUFFALO’S LOWER WEST SIDE WILL BE HOME TO $5 MILLION INTEGRATED MEDICAL CARE FACILITY

WBFO 88.7 | AUGUST 3, 2016

Groundbreaking!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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GBUAHN HEALTH FACILITY TO BREAK GROUND

BUFFALO RISING | JULY 29, 2016

New Facility!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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WEST SIDE MEDICAL PRACTICE PREPS $5M EXPANSION

BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST | JULY 28, 2016

$5M ExpansionIt 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.

The original plan, filed with city officials in 2013, called for spending $2 million on a 17,600-square-foot expansion.

That plan was scaled up last summer to a $10 million, three-story facility based on the success of the practice’s home health program. The plan also called for two additional expansions at other GBUAHN sites in Lackawanna and on the East Side, where the practice wanted to add 20,000 square feet. But funding from a state capital grants program failed to materialize, which led to the decision to focus on the West Side first, said Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO at GBUAHN.

“Instead of doing all three at one time, we’re going to do this one, finish and then start the others,” he said. “I’d rather end up with a great product and not get caught up in the plan.”

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