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.

Community Partners of WNY – Winter 2016 Newsletter!!


Community Partners of WNY has released its 2016 winter newsletter!

The newsletter includes updates on:

Project and Work Stream Progress

Highlighted Projects:

Behavioral Health: Breaking Barriers

Project Focus: Maternal & Child Health

Information about community events, our fall PAC meeting recap, Value-Based Payment and more…

For the complete quarterly update, access the 2016 winter newsletter here. – New WNY awareness campaign designed to help youth with addiction, depression

picture1’s mission is to give Western New York youth and young adults the tools and confidence to start the conversation about their mental health or behavioral health issues such as substance abuse. By helping a young person reach out for help as early as possible, we can increase the use of intervention services and decrease the likelihood of the issue turning into an emergency. is a public awareness initiative led by the Mental Health Association of Erie County and the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ECCPASA), in association with Millennium Collaborative Care and Community Partners of WNY, and with support from organizations representing Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties.

Check out the featured Buffalo News Article HERE.

For more information, including how to get involved CLICK HERE.

MATx – Introducing a Mobile App To Support Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Introducing MATx:


A Mobile App To Support Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
In 2015, nearly 2.4 million Americans had an opioid use disorder, and an estimated 80 percent of these individuals did not receive treatment. MATx empowers health care practitioners to provide effective, evidence-based care for opioid use disorder. This free mobile app supports practitioners who currently provide medication-assisted treatment, as well as those who plan to do so in the future.

MATx features include:

  • Information on treatment approaches and medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the treatment of opioid use disorders and treatment approaches for practitioners
  • A buprenorphine prescribing guide, which includes information on the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 waiver process and patient limits
  • Clinical support tools, such as treatment guidelines, ICD-10 coding, continuing education opportunities, and recommendations for working with special populations
  • Access to critical helplines and SAMHSA’s treatment locators.

Download MATx Today!