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.

Mercy Comprehensive Care Center – AstraZeneca Heart Smart for Life Program

Western New Yorkers are now able to get Heart Smart for Life thanks to a generous $165,770 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation to combat heart disease in one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods. The Mercy Hospital Foundation is one of only ten nonprofit organizations across the country to receive this funding as part of AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program.

Heart Smart for Life is focused on improving the underlying causes of heart disease for high-risk patients and residents. The need for top-notch cardiovascular care in Western New York is quite clear.

Located on Louisiana Street in the city’s “Old First Ward,” the MCCC serves more than 12,000 patients and provides over 39,000 visits annually in this culturally diverse, economically depressed community.

The Mercy Comprehensive Care Center’s (MCCC) Heart Smart for Life program is a collaborative initiative aimed at ensuring vulnerable populations – those who otherwise might fall through the cracks – have access to nutrition education, biometric health screenings, wellness programs, and other resources focused on preventing heart disease.

Heart Smart for Life is an innovative community based service that serves a vulnerable population through screening, education, treatment and healthy lifestyle support targeting Cardiovascular Disease and its risk factors.  MCCC’s providers promote and perform cardiovascular screenings and refer eligible participants to the education program.

Participants receive up to 20 sessions on cardiovascular health, healthy eating, exercise, behavioral health issues and medication usage. Weekly food demonstrations provide healthy, inexpensive, and easy to prepare meals. Weekly exercise sessions are available at the local community center that has committed to partnering with us in this effort.  Classes are held in a judgment free zone at the MCCC and in the community where small successes are celebrated and rewarded.

Participants do not need to be current MCCC or Catholic Health patients.  The program is open to the community and enrollment is offered on a rolling basis.

Please call 716-923-6152, to learn more and get Heart Smart for Life today.

Additional Heart Smart for Life information can found HERE.


“Join the Conversation” Presented by the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

Where:   VIP Tent at Canalside Buffalo
Date:    Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Time:    10:00 a.m.

Please join us for the launch of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Campaign, “Join the Conversation.” The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition was formed to address the stigma surrounding mental illness. The campaign is designed to start a community conversation to educate the public on the real facts surrounding mental illness and give those who suffer a voice in an effort to reduce or eliminate stigma in Erie County.

Mental illness is a disease. As with any disease, prevention, early intervention and treatment save lives. One in 5 Americans are living with a diagnosable mental health condition. Normalizing the conversation around mental health issues is the first step in helping those who suffer get help and leads to creating a healthier community for all.

The campaign is being funded by The Patrick P. Lee Foundation, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, Erie County Department of Mental Health and the donations and in-kind services of the coalition founding partners.


‘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

Request for Proposals DSRIP Project 2cii: Telemedicine

Telemedicine is typically defined as interactive telecommunications equipment to support direct, active communication between providers and patients.  CPWNY seeks to fund projects that implement telemedicine services, aimed at reducing avoidable hospital use by increasing patient access to services not otherwise available and/or increasing specialty expertise of primary care providers and their staff in order to increase availability of scarce specialty services.  CPWNY also seeks to fund projects that include implementation of health assessments or consultations, and support evidence based interventions related to the social determinates of health over the telecommunications infrastructure.

For additional Request for Proposal (RFP) information, including proposal scope and requirements click here.

Telemedicine project information can be found HERE.