Volume 01 | January 2018
January 2018 G-Health Enterprises Newsletter
Introducing – The premier issue of G-Health Enterprises newsletter

G-Health Enterprises is proud to present its very first newsletter. Here you will find the latest updates from the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) and the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization (GBUACO).

GBUAHN and GBUACO are now affiliates of the newly minted G-Health Enterprises. G-Health Enterprises is composed of all of the companies for which Dr. Raul Vazquez is CEO (chief executive officer): GBUAHN, GBUACO, Urban Family Practice, the Greater Buffalo United Independent Physician Association (GBUIPA) and the Raul and Tony Vazquez Foundation. 

We will be rolling out G-Health Enterprises brand over the next several weeks. GBUAHN and GBUACO branding will not disappear – the two organizations will maintain their own identities – and will retain their current logos.  

G-Health Enterprises affords us a way to refer to all of our entities consolidated under a single name. G-Health wishes you a very happy and prosperous New Year!
GBUAHN and WIVB host telethon to help survivors of Hurricane Maria
WIVB-TV (Channel 4) and GBUAHN hosted a telethon on December 13, 2017 to benefit survivors of the devastating hurricane that hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. For six-and-a-half hours, GBUAHN staff members and other volunteers manned the phones as callers phoned in their donations. The telethon raised over $36,000. GBUAHN CEO Dr. Raul Vazquez and CSO Toni Vazquez (on behalf of the Raul and Toni Vazquez Foundation) donated a total of $1,500.

“It’s not like ‘oh this happened things are better,’ things are still not good,” said Dr. Vazquez during News4’s live 6:00 p.m. broadcast.” And a lot of these people are coming (to Buffalo), so that’s what we’re doing here – trying to support them.”

All of the funds raised in the telethon will stay in Western New York and will be used to pay for housing, furniture, clothing, appliances, etc. Thank you to Gil Hernandez, GBUAHN compliance manager, who put the event together along with members of the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund.  
Dr. Ted Triana and Compassionate Family Medicine joins GBUIPA 
GBUIPA has expanded to Syracuse, N.Y. as the organization welcomes Ted Triana, D.O. and his practice, Compassionate Family Medicine, to its network of providers. With the addition of Compassionate Family Medicine, GBUIPA now has its first network provider located outside of Western New York. 

News from GBUACO partner YourCare Health Plan…

YourCare Health Plan is a not-for-profit health insurance organization that serves the Western New York and Greater Rochester regions with access to affordable health care coverage through plans like Medicaid Managed Care, Child Health Plus, and the Essential Plan, backed by the nearly 50 years’ experience of their parent company, Monroe Plan for Medical Care.  

Introduced August 1, 2015, YourCare prides themselves on putting members first through compassionate, patient-centered service, and is committed to meeting the needs of current and prospective members wherever they work, live, and play. Through embracing a highly collaborative approach to working with a vast network of local, respected providers and community organizations to coordinate care, improve health outcomes, and enhance quality of life, YourCare is working with partners like G-Health to facilitate access to quality health care for all area residents. Mission driven, YourCare and G-Health share a unique approach to providing thorough and extraordinary care to every single member and patient, respectively.   

YourCare focuses exclusively on the safety net population, and offers Medicaid Managed Care, Child Health Plus, and Essential Plan to eligible residents in seven counties - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe, Ontario, and Wyoming. Not only does YourCare offer free or low-cost health insurance, we also make each of your patient’s needs a priority. That means we’ll help them understand which plans they qualify for – and if they need assistance getting access to things like food, clothing, and transportation, we can help with that, too. Excellent care is the forefront of the focus of every provider with which we contract, and why our partnership with G-Health is invaluable.  

Let us help your patients find out if they qualify for one of our free or low-cost health insurance plans.
Recommend that they stop by our downtown Buffalo office – 446 Main St., just steps from Lafayette Square, or our northtowns location, 6400 Sheridan Dr., Ste. 120. If phone is easier, have patients give us a call – 1.866.273.6121. We have dedicated Marketplace Facilitated Enrollers ready and waiting to help them. YourCare can help your patients get one step closer to getting the care they need – for their health and for their lives. 
“Code Blue” saves lives when the thermometer dips
A Code Blue is issued when the temperature, wind chill and precipitation combined together cause the mercury to drop near or below 20° F. In this cold, weather conditions pose a threat of serious harm and/or death to an individual without shelter.

When a Code Blue is endorsed; the city of Buffalo implements extraordinary measures to help preserve the lives of chronically homeless individuals by providing short term emergency shelters. Below you will see where to go in the event of a code blue.

If you see or know of someone who needs shelter during cold weather, call 211.

Code Blue 32
 "Code Blue 32" refers to any time the lowest night temperature is between 15 and 32 degrees. Overnight warming shelters are open at:

-  Matt Urban Hope Center (385 Paderewski Drive)
Restoration Society, Inc. (241 Genesee Street)
Harbor House (241 Genesee Street)

Harbor House also offers a daytime warming center​

Code Blue
When the low drops below 15 degrees, it's a general Code Blue and three sites are open:

Matt Urban Hope Center (385 Paderewski Drive) -  Restoration Society Inc. Harbor House (241 Genesee Street)
St. Luke's Mission of Mercy (321 Walden Ave)

There is a daytime warming center at Harbor House.

Training Department Updates
Over the past quarter, the G-Health Enterprises Training Department has gone through a myriad of changes both in structure and content. The training team now consists of Training Director Carlton Brock III and Corporate Trainer Kimberly Cede ño. The training department now handles all GBUAHN new hire training, employee retraining, downstream provider training, HIPAA training, HARP training, electronic learning, and more.

Regarding GBUAHN training, the program has been completely revamped to have a new focus on the practical components of working at GBUAHN. Employees that come through training must pass with an 85% or higher on the new multi-part exam before they can make it to the floor. This has led to new hires coming to the field with more technical knowledge than ever before. We have also made efforts to bring the current hires up to speed. We recently trained the entire staff on changes to documents as a part of our continued education initiative.

With the introduction of so many new aspects to training over the course of the last few months, training is more successful and vital to the company operation than before. Next quarter we will doing more continued education, including the managerial and executive programs. We will also be implementing the new Relias system to better our digital training platform and extend it out to our downstream providers for the first time.
Your community KONNECTION :
From Ava White, G-Health Enterprises Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement

Check out these happenings:
Public Forum for Parents and Concerned Community Members of Buffalo: The Buffalo Public School’s Code of Conduct Discussion 


East High Community School
820 Northampton Street
Buffalo, NY 14211
Date: January 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 am -12:00 p.m. 

Seneca Babcock Community Center
1168 Seneca Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Belle Center
104 Maryland Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Lafayette High Community School
370 Lafayette Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213
Date: March 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Northwest Community Center
155 Lawn Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14207
Date: March 8, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Your voice matters! We hope to see you there!
Fundamentals of Disaster Mental Health Practice :  February 1, 2018, 8:00 to 4:30 at Buffalo Psychiatric Center Strozzi Building, Room 2036. The NYS Office of Mental Health has developed the Fundamentals of Disaster Mental Health Practice (FDMHP) as a core curriculum for training mental health workers interested in providing mental health assistance to survivors of disaster. Participation as an OMH DMH responder requires completion of this course or its predecessor, Disaster Mental Health: A Critical Response (DMH: ACR).
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