How comfortable are you with VBP? Please Take our Survey!

We, the DSRIP programs of Community Partners of WNY and Millennium Collaborative Care, are proud to continue to offer opportunities to learn about the changes to health care and its payment models. This survey is a chance for you to give feedback on our education efforts to date.

As you may already be aware, The New York State Department of Health is changing the way healthcare providers and networks are compensated. As part of this change our network offers on-going and periodic opportunities to learn about Value Based Payment (VBP) planning and arrangements. VBP  holds providers and payers accountable for the health of their patients to improve health outcomes and reduce costs by shifting from fee for service payment models. This is part of a statewide transformation in healthcare and strives to account for 80% of provider payments by Medicaid by next year (2020). We are offering our partners assistance in evolving during this time of change and we’d like to know if you’ve been able to access this guidance or if it’s useful to you.

Thank you for your feedback on this survey. We will keep this survey open until February 28, 2019. If multiple individuals in your organization would like to reply, we welcome multiple perspectives on our work.

Doula Forum: Expansion of Doula Coverage, Creating Connection to Reframe the Maternal and Infant Mortality Rate in Erie County  

A discussion is being held in the light of a new pilot program to expand Medicaid coverage of Doula services in Erie County. Doulas are non-medical birth coaches who assist women during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and post childbirth. Research shows that this support has positive effects the health outcomes of both mother and child, and could help lower maternal and infant mortality rates in New York State. The purpose of the event is to identify challenges and plans to overcome them, set forth a roadmap, and come together as a community in support of this program.

The meeting will be held on Friday, February 15th, from 9 – 11 am, at the Trinity Center on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. To register for this event, please RSVP at their event page using the password “doula”

Any questions can be directed by email to the Population Health Collaborative at


Tobacco Cessation Education Materials Created

CPWNY has partnered with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to provide patients and providers educational materials about smoking cessation and options to help patients quit smoking. The materials can be found here:

Smoking Cessation Pamphlet – Nicotine Replacement Education for Patients 

Smoking Cessation Pharmacotherapy Guidelines – Physician and Clinician Guide & ICD-10 Codes

These materials may be ordered in print form through Lauren Moore – please send an email with how many of each you would like to have printed, or any questions you may have, to

VBP – Early Lessons Learned Webinar October 30

On Wednesday, October 30, 2018, from 2:00-3:30, the Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs, Bureau of Social Determinants of Health, will be hosting the third in the series of Early Lessons Learned Webinars from Value Based Payment (VBP) Pilot participants.


The webinar is for Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Managed Long-Term Care Plans, Managed Care Organizations, and VBP Contractors, who are interested in, or are in the process of, creating and entering into a VBP contract for a social determinant of health intervention. This webinar will feature a joint presentation from SOMOS Community Care and Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC).


Leaders from both sides will discuss the creation of their intervention along with the challenges, opportunities, effective strategies, and early successes with their social determinant of health intervention.

Register Here

Questions may be sent to


Fall Healthcare Forum – October 26, 2018

Triple Aim Event October 26 – Healthcare in 2018: What’s Next?

UB School of Management and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) are hosting a Fall Healthcare Forum on Friday, October 26th, 8:30-4pm, at Templeton Landing.

With expert discussions from physicians and health plans, as well as local health systems and community panels, this event aims to take a look at where we are and where we are going in healthcare. Register here

Please note there is a fee to attend this event.

Formore information, click here.

To view the event agenda, click here.


You’re Invited! Increase Your VBP Velocity: The Shift to Value Based Payment Conference, June 6

You’re Invited!

Increase Your VBP Velocity:
The Shift to Value Based Payment Conference

Community Partners of WNY and Millennium Collaborative Care, in partnership with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Healthcare Executives Forum, enthusiastically invite you to attend:

The Shift To Value Based Payment

Wed., June 6, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Adam’s Mark Hotel
120 Church St., Buffalo, NY 14202

This dynamic, full-day conference will feature a series of presentations by nationally recognized experts on Value-Based Payment and performance, as well as a wide array of break-out sessions and collaborative discussions in the afternoon.

Featuring speakers such as Kent Bottles, MD, healthcare futurist; Jason Helgerson, healthcare change agent;
Scott Wetzler, Ph.D, population health initiative leader; and more.

Click here for a full listing of conference presenters and panelists, and register to reserve your spot.

CPE and ACHE continuing education credits will be available. CME credits to be announced.

Registration is free for partner organizations and practices.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free parking is available.

Please note: Seating is limited. Please keep registration to relevant staff.
Registration will be open until May 25, 2018, or until the event reaches capacity.

Save the Date: VBP Conference June 6

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Join us for a dynamic full-day conference featuring clinical, executive and financial healthcare professionals to explore the shift to Value-Based Payment. The conference will feature a series of presentations by nationally recognized experts on Value-Based Payment and Performance, as well as a wide array of break-out sessions and collaborative discussions in the afternoon.

CPE and ACHE continuing education credits will be availables.

CME credits to be announced.

More information to come!

Community Partners of WNY Spring 2018 Newsletter Now Available!

This issue includes:
Cover Story Feature: Time to Think & Act Differently Concerning Mental Health: Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace
Features Highlighting: Value-Based Payment Webinars Now Available, the DSRIP Learning Symposium held in February, December 2017 Project Advisory Committee Meeting Recap, Chautauqua County Health Network Named Rural Health Champions, and more!

For the complete quarterly update, access the newsletter by clicking here!

Value Based Payment Recorded Webinars Available

Community Partners of WNY, in collaboration with Millennium Collaborative Care PPS offer three series of Value Based Payment webinars for Community Based Organizations, Behavioral Health Providers, and Primary Care Practices:


Behavioral Health Webinars

1.      Introduction to Value-Based Payment for Behavioral Health Organizations

2.      Personalizing your Organizational VBP Strategy for your Behavioral Health Providing Organization

Visit our Behavioral Health Provider Resources page to view these webinars


Community Based Organization Webinars

1.      Creating your Community Based Organization Strategy for Value-Based Payment

2.      Operationalizing Value-Based Payment for your Community Based Organization

Visit our CBO Resources page to view these webinars


Primary Care Webinars

1.      Personalizing your Organizational VBP Strategy

2.      Working the VBP Distinctiveness Wheel

Please visit our Primary Care Providers Resources page to view these webinars


The links to the webinars are in our password protected section for partners. If you have any difficulty accessing them, please contact us.