Boosting outcomes — and saving money — through ACO model

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | May 22, 2020

The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization (GBUACO) remains the region’s only state-designated accountable care organization (ACO), overseeing care for about 30,000 patients across the region insured by government programs through Fidelis and YourCare Health Plan.

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COVID 19 TESTING AVAILABLE- Pick up at your home! Urban Family Practice

(Buffalo) GBUAHN and Urban Family Practice is currently offering Pick up and drop-off for patients testing at Urban Family Practice sites at 564 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY and at 1315 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208.

Patients needing COVID 19 Testing should call: 716 882-0366 or 716 604-0504 MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 9am TO 4pm

Remember you must call to be picked up and dropped off.

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Contact tracers: Does Erie County have enough to re-open?

By: Taylor Epps | May 13, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Contact tracing is key to re-opening WNY, it's one of the seven benchmarks we need to reach to get approved by the state.

"In order for us to come down this mountain, you've gotta know your trails and I think contact tracers are actually guiding us how to get off this mountain," said Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO of Urban Family Practice in Buffalo.

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Getting a COVID-19 antibody test

By: Hannah Buehler | May 3, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Antibody testing is ramping up in Western New York.

It’s a blood test, that tells if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or have been infected with the virus. If your test comes back that you have a high antibody count, you likely had COVID-19.

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The region will stay in limbo without more Covid-19 testing

Effort mostly targets patients with Medicaid

By Scott Scanlon/REFRESH EDITOR/BN | May 3, 2020

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week used results of early antibody testing across the state to estimate that 7.1% of those in Western New York have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

That would leave about 1.4 million people in the eight-county region still vulnerable to the virus.

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Mobile Testing Starts in Poorer Parts of City

Effort mostly targets patients with Medicaid

By Scott Scanlon/REFRESH EDITOR/BN | April 28, 2020

Novel corona virus testing will become more visible this week in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Buffalo.

The testing will roll out, literally, in two vans. “If I get 15% of my people tested, I get a good feeling for what we’re dealing with around the whole area,” said Dr. Raul Vazquez, who secured the testing vehicles from two health insurers, United Healthcare and Fidelis Care.

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Testing availability expands for Covid-19 virus, antibodies

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | April 29, 2020

Western New Yorkers will soon be able to get tested for Covid-19 at local pharmacies and new drive-through sites. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said both Erie and Niagara counties will be included among a handful of counties where drive-through testing will be added; while issuing an executive order to allow testing at 5,000 pharmacies statewide.

Cuomo also called for expanded diagnostic testing criteria to allow all first responders, health-care workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren’t symptomatic.

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New mobile COVD-19 testing unit will head to Buffalo's East and West sides

Urban Family Practice has partnered with United Healthcare to create a mobile COVID-19 testing unit to bring testing to areas with vulnerable populations.

WKBW | Olivia Proia | April 29, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Urban Family Practice has partnered with United Healthcare to create a mobile COVID-19 testing unit to bring testing to areas with vulnerable populations.

“The problem we have is certain zip codes with populations that have no testing. If we don't sample those, we're not going to get a full, nice picture of all of Western New York,” said Dr. Raul Vazquez, the CEO of Urban Family Practice.

The mobile unit will rollup to churches on the East and West sides of Buffalo. Church leaders will let the community know it's there.”

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Local doctor says people are taking advantage and getting tested for COVID-19

Panorama Hispano News | April 29, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. - COVID 19 testing will become more visible this week in communities of color neighborhoods in Buffalo.

The testing will roll out in two vans provided by United Healthcare and staff by Urban Family practice.

“If I get 15% of my people tested, I get a good feeling for what we’re dealing with around the whole area,”

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Over 14,000 tests completed in the county, 5,000 in the last ten days alone

WGRZ | Steve Brown, Andy DeSantis | April 29, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — For weeks, Erie County lagged behind other smaller Upstate counties in COVID-19 testing. Not anymore.

In both large and small-scale ways, testing has ramped like no other county north of Dutchess County.

In a small but important effort, coronavirus testing has rolled into impoverished neighborhoods on Buffalo’s West Side and East Side. Some of the highest concentrations of COVID-19 positive cases lie in zip codes in these neighborhoods that bookend the city center.”

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Mobile vans start COVID 19 testing in Communities of Color

Shannon Smith/WIVB | April 27, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez talks about how people are taking advantage and getting tested. G-Health Enterprises network has offered drive through testing for both types of tests, and have done nearly 400 of them in two weeks. Click below for more information.

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Mobile Vans to start Covid-19 testing in poor city neighborhoods

Buffalo News | April 27, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BN) — Nurses and other health providers spent Monday afternoon outside Urban Family Practice on Jefferson Avenue conducting blood tests on Medicaid patients to see if they’ve already had the new coronavirus and now have antibodies.

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Western New York doctor starts drive-in testing clinic for patients

Dr. Raul Vazquez is using his practice to get more tests for people in vulnerable communities

Karys Belger/WGRZ | April 16, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez has been advocating for weeks to get more COVID-19 tests for communities in Buffalo where there are high rates of underlying health conditions and lack of access to resources.

His practice recently began administering tests to try and close the gap.

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Buffalo doctor creates coronavirus testing site

Olivia Proia/WKBW | April 16, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It all started when Dr. Raul Vazquez’s 24-year-old daughter Nadia got sick. She had a fever and shortness of breath. Three days after coming home from the hospital, she received a call that she was positive for COVID-19.

The process caused him to think: How would this experience have been if he wasn’t a doctor? Or if his family had no doctor at all?

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$8M will fund fight against Covid-19 in Buffalo's most 'vulnerable communities'

By Caitlin Dewey| April 22, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BN) — A broad slate of Buffalo health care providers, faith leaders and community organizations will receive more than $8 million in state funds to battle Covid-19 among the city’s most vulnerable residents.

The wide-ranging plan – announced Wednesday by executives at Erie County Medical Center and the regional health care consortium Millennium Collaborative Care – aims to both expand testing in low-income, high-risk communities and increase medical services and social support for people who fall ill..

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Yes, this virus discriminates, because we still do

Dr. Raul Vazquez says Buffalo Niagara needs a community-based approach to fight the novel coronavirus and reach people who might not have primary care doctors. But experts like him have yet to be brought into the planning discussions.

By Rod Watson/BN | March 31, 2020

"This virus does not discriminate ... (it’s an) equal-opportunity virus that can affect anyone of any age, of any race, from any ZIP code."– Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

While the point he was making – that everyone should follow social distancing and other precautions – is certainly valid, the idea that the novel coronavirus is colorblind is no more true than is the notion that American society is colorblind.

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N.Y.C. Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count

David Goodman and William K. Rashbaum/NYT | April 14, 2020

New York City, N.Y. — New York City, already a world epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, sharply increased its death toll by more than 3,700 victims on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.

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Urban Family Practice continues drive-thru testing for high risk patients. 37 patients were tested in Urban Family Practice’s 2nd COVID-19 drive thru


14125 zip code most affected by COVID-19 in Erie County

WGRZ | April 9, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — Is a community that's 80% African American, and the population has a history of chronic illnesses. Dr. Raul Vazquez says these factors present a great risk for the community, because most of these individuals don't have access to a primary care physician.

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Dr. Raul Vazquez is working on a community action plan to help connect patients to doctors amid the coronavirus pandemic

Karys Belgar/WGRZ | April 8, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — As more information is released about COVID-19, local community leaders are continuing to raise concerns over how the pandemic will affect communities of color in Buffalo and Erie County.

The African American Health Equity task force recently called on local leaders to take steps toward making sure communities of color, particularly on Buffalo's East Side, get access to testing. The concern is that the chronic health conditions that already exist in communities of color will cause the COVID-19 pandemic to be even more devastating.

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Dr. Vazquez sits down with Big Picture with Phil Arno from WBBZ - Watch the interview here:

New guidelines, new priorities: healthcare workers say not all can get access to testing

Madison Carter/WKBW | March 25, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Wednesday afternoon Erie County Executive announced new guidelines for priority testing in the County.

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