NEW Summer/Fall 2017 Newsletter!

Community Partners of WNY (A DSRIP PPS)  NEW Summer/Fall 2017 Newsletter!

  • Cover Story Feature: Measurement Year 2 Performance – CPWNY Sees Promising Results
  • Features highlighting:  Join The Conversation Campaign, June 2017 Project Advisory Committee Meeting Recap, Information on the upcoming 2017 Medical Record Review, and more!

For the complete quarterly update, access the 2017 Summer/Fall Newsletter here:

Be A Congregational Health Promoter: Bring Health to Your Faith Community

Congregational Health Promoters are members of your congregation who have a desire to help people live healthier lives. These individuals may or may not have medical backgrounds.

The Ministry Responsibilities of Congregational Health Promoters (CHP) are :

  • to promote healthier lifestyles in the congregation and community through education and encouragement
  • to identify people who may be developing an illness which could be serious
  • to be aware of people with long-term or chronic illnesses
  • to refer people to their own physicians ,a physician in the community, or the physicians at the CHC , if needed
  • to assist the congregation in sponsoring health events or activities which will raise the health awareness and issues of the people in their church or community.
  • and MORE!

You’re Invited To An Upcoming Training:

Saturday, September 16, 2017 & Saturday, September 23, 2017
8:30am – 4:30pm

Lunch will be provided.
Participants must attend BOTH sessions.

Lincoln Memorial United Methodist
641 Masten Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209


Pre-registration is required. Contact Brittany Bolden at (716) 862-2166, no later than Monday, September 11.

Congregational Health Promoters (CHP) Information can be found HERE.

CLICK HERE for additional event information.

*This program is made available through funds from the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and the following Performing Provider Systems (PPS):

Funding Opportunity for CBOs

Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) seeks community-based organizations (CBOs) interested in designing, in partnership with local teaching hospitals, immersion training opportunities for primary care residents. Through this partnership, participating CBOs will have the opportunity to ensure that providers can make informed referrals for patients based on their social needs. Participating residents will gain a comprehensive understanding of the CBO mission and experience the important link between social needs and health.


GNYHA will fund CBOs to develop a 1-2 day training for residents that includes the following components:

Defined learning objectives
• Orientation to the community served by the CBO
• Opportunities for resident interaction with CBO clients
• Hands-on learning activities for residents (tours, group meetings, direct observation)

The training must take place at the CBO location.

A formal request for proposals to CBOs interested in developing immersion training programs for residents will be available in summer 2017. To stay informed about this funding opportunity, please email Amy Liu (

For specific questions about the project, please contact Carla Nelson ( or Anu Ashok (

This work is being funded by a grant from the New York State Health Foundation.

CLICK HERE for additional information.

FREE CME Opportunity:  Screening; Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBRIT): What Medical Offices Need to Know & How to Code & Bill

 The Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force, Erie County Medical Society and The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation presents — FREE CME Opportunity:  Screening; Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBRIT): What Medical Offices Need to Know & How to Code & Bill

Given our significant opioid crisis, the Erie County Medical Society is partnering with the Erie County Department of Health and local health plans to roll out Screening, Brief intervention and Referral to treatment (SBIRT). SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders. SBIRT is a billable service.
The Erie County Medical Society invites all physicians (non-members and members) and their practice administrators to attend this important informational dinner session on SBIRT to learn how your office can help with our opioid epidemic.

For physicians, mid-level providers, practice administrators

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dinner and Registration: 5:30 pm, Program 6:00-7:30 pm

Complimentary dinner and 1.0 AMA PRA Category I CME is included.

Location: Erie County Medical Society Conference Center, 1317 Harlem Road Buffalo, NY 14206

Registration is Required (RSVP by September, 5, 2017)
Please complete the registration form below and return via fax to 716-852-2930 or via email:

CLICK HERE for additional information & registration details.

CPWNY 2017 Spring/Summer Edition

Community Partners of WNY has released its Spring/Summer 2017 newsletter!

This edition includes updates on:

Project and Work Stream Progress

Highlighted Projects:

Community Health Workers:  A Bridget Between Communities and Providers

Compliance Corner: Quality Assurance and Self-Auditing Process and Audits

Information about community events, our Spring Project Advisory Committee meeting recap and more…

For the complete quarterly update, access the 2017 Spring/Summer newsletter CLICK HERE

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program continues to expand in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua Counties. The evidence-based program supports a 5-7% weight loss combined with 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week can result in a 58% chance of preventing Type 2 diabetes. The YMCA in Erie County continues to run the program at 4 diverse locations and offers a free membership to participants for 16 weeks.

The Niagara County Department of Health is now running the program at the CHS Neighborhood Health Center and the Community Health Center of Niagara as new locations and will continue to offer at community locations to serve all of Niagara County.

For Southern Tier patients in Chautauqua County the Chautauqua County Health Network will be running a program starting June 27th at the Lake Shore Health Center.

For exact dates, times and locations please contact, Pam Fox of the P2 Collaborative of WNY, Inc. at (716) 923-6580.


Value Based Payment Networking Events – Presented by The Managed Care Technical Assistance Center of NY (MCTAC)

Registration is now open for the upcoming in-person value based payment networking events, hosted statewide in partnership with the Regional Planning Consortiums (RPCs). The events will include a presentation that will review different partnership opportunities relevant to NYS Medicaid behavioral health providers, as well as an opportunity for providers to network among themselves.

Monday, June 12th, 12:30-4 pm
Buffalo Marriott Niagara, 1340 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY 14221
Register here.

‘PPS Value Based Town Hall’ Call

On May 16, 2017 from 9:30-11:00 AM, the NYS Department of Health will host a ‘PPS Value Based Payment (VBP) Town Hall.’ This will be in operated-assisted call format. During the call, the Department will give a VBP status update and discuss strategies for VBP in 2017. There will also be time for an open question and answer session.

This will be an opportunity for PPS to learn, share your thoughts, ask questions, and provide feedback around the move to VBP.

If you would like to submit questions ahead of time, please send them to with the subject line: PPS VBP Town Hall Question.

The call in number for the operated-assisted town hall is (888) 435-1371.

CMS Approval of Annual Update to VBP Roadmap

CMS has approved the NYS Department of Health annual update to the Value Based Payment (VBP) Roadmap.

The Roadmap was developed with the critical input of the Value Based Payment Work Group and other stakeholders, as well as the public through a public comment period.  CMS’s approval of the Roadmap reaffirms that New York State’s Medicaid program is leading the way for the nation to shift towards value based payment and healthcare reform.

The final Roadmap along with CMS’s approval letter is now available on the DSRIP VBP Webpage:

Check out the latest CPWNY Newsletter!

Community Partners of WNY has released its Spring 2017 newsletter!

This edition includes updates on:

Project and Work Stream Progress

Highlighted Projects:

Project Focus: Tiger Text

Information about community events, our winter Project Advisory Committee meeting recap, a recap of the CPWNY PAOP presentation and more…

For the complete quarterly update, access the 2017 Spring newsletter HERE