Daily Archives: Oct 17, 2017

(BUFFALO, N.Y., October 16, 2017) – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) has received level two NCQA case management accreditation. GBUAHN is the first and only health home organization in New York State to achieve NCQA recognition for case management.

Earning NCQA’s Case Management Accreditation shows that GBUAHN’s case management program is dedicated to care coordination, patient-centeredness and improving quality of care: getting the right care to patients. NCQA sets its standards high to encourage case management organizations like GBUAHN to continuously enhance the quality of services they deliver. NCQA Case Management Accreditation is the only program that focuses on care transition.

“This NCQA accreditation in case management for GBUAHN is huge in our organization’s commitment to providing smart, coordinated health care for the Medicaid patients we serve,” said GBUAHN CEO Raul Vazquez, M.D. “Our patient health navigators, or care coordinators, work tirelessly to organize the right services for our members through the development of individualized care plans.”

NCQA Accreditation standards are developed with input from researchers in the field, the Case Management Expert Panel and standing committees, employers, both purchasers and operators of Case Management programs, state and federal regulators and other experts.

“Case Management Accreditation moves us closer to measuring quality across population health management initiatives,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, President, NCQA. “Not only does it add value to existing quality improvement efforts; it also demonstrates an organization’s commitment to the highest degree of improving the quality of their patients’ care.”

About NCQA
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

About GBUAHN

Founded in 2013, the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) has 7,500 members and is the seventh largest Medicaid health home in New York State. Medicaid health homes were established under Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act as a team-based clinical approach offering coordinated care services to individuals with multiple chronic health conditions, including mental health and substance abuse disorders. This free service integrates all primary care, acute, behavioral health and long-term services and supports to treat the whole person. Care teams work closely with patients to get them all the services they need in the community (i.e. food, housing, and clothing). For more information on GBUAHN, visit www.gbuahn.org

 

FOR THEIR ROLE IN ENHANCING RELIEF FOR PUERTO RICO

Buffalo, New York – As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to an end, Mayor Byron W. Brown today recognized the local partnerships that came together quickly in the Buffalo area to support and help the millions of displaced people in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Mayor Brown stated, “As the City of Buffalo concludes its annual month-long recognition of the Hispanic Heritage Culture, we continue to pray for our friends and loved ones in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. We also recognize the many individuals and organizations in our community for their immediate response in stepping forward to help the millions of displaced people by providing life-saving supplies and significant monetary donations. With the help of these volunteers, coordinators and donors, we are able to show the people of Puerto Rico why Buffalo truly is the City of Good Neighbors.”

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, catastrophic, category 4 Hurricane Maria made direct impact across the island of Puerto Rico. It left the entire island without electricity and knocked down cell towers, stopping all communications and other major damage. Mayor Brown, in partnership with Western New York Latino Leaders, strategized on how to best serve the victims of Hurricane Maria.

Multiple donation centers were set up, collecting items for emergency relief at Buffalo City Hall, County Buildings, ECC, as well as at the Belle Center in Buffalo, St. Anthony’s Church in Lackawanna, and a number of Buffalo City Schools. The items were transported to the Connecticut Street Armory and, as arranged by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will be flown to Puerto Rico. A bank account, managed through The Belle Center, was also established at M & T Bank with Tax-deductible donation checks made payable to the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund.

To date, the donation drive collected over 7 tons of food, 8,270 gallons of water and raised $51,441 in monetary donations. Residents also generously donated 28,450 paper products and personal items including batteries, flashlights, candles, paper products, matches, lighters, manual can openers, tarps, blankets, portable radios, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes and feminine hygiene products.

Today, Mayor Brown recognized the following individuals for their role in the local relief effort.

Edwin Martinez and Fernando Martinez

Panorama Hispano News

David  A. Rivera

Majority Leader City of Buffalo

LUCY CANDELARIO

Executive Director, The Belle Center

OSWALDO MESTRE JR.

Chief Service Officer

WILMER OLIVENCIA JR.

President, Agustin PUCHO Olivencia Community Center

CHITO OLIVENCIA

Agustin PUCHO Olivencia Community Center

TAMARA ALSACE

Secretary, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY

NADIA PIZARRO JOSE PIZARRO

President, Latino Veterans

MARITZA VEGA

Vice President, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY

GILBERT HERNANDEZ ANDY GARCIA

  1. JOSE G. RIVERA
  2. GLISET COLÓN

SUNY Buffalo State

LUIS RODRIGUEZ

Board Member, The Belle Center

CHARLIE TORRES and JOHN SANABRIA

Director, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY

ERICA LEON PAGAN

Director, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY

FREDDIE PAGAN DINORAH SANTOS

The Belle Center

ANA LEON-RODRIGUEZ

The Belle Center

PALMIRA ORTIZ

Office of State Senator Timothy Kennedy

ISABEL BONET ANN FIGUEROA

SHEILA BROWN

WUFO

JENNIFER PARKER

JacksonParker Communications

MAJOR JEFFREY FIORITO

New York Army National Guard

SGT. JAMES RUSSELL

New York Army National Guard

VIVIANA COLONDRES-YANTIN

Agustin Pucho Olivencia Community Center

ABDUEL IBRAHIM

Mayor Byron Brown’s Urban Fellow Program

HERMAN GARCIA

Garcia’s Home Improvement

ANTONIO REGULIER

Americorps VISTA

JAMES KPAINAY

Americorps VISTA

THROSBY WELLS

Americorps VISTA

MALIK STUBBS

Americorps VISTA

RAHEL BELETE

Americorps VISTA

YAN DUAN

Americorps VISTA

CLIFFORD CANONO

Americorps VISTA

GAIA OLIVER

Americorps VISTA

MADISEN HUGHES

Americorps VISTA

DYLAN STEED

Americorps VISTA

 

 

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