The Millennium Update

Igniting Healthcare Change in WNY

From the Executive Director

Millennium Receives ‘Very Positive’ State Mid-Point Assessment; Re-Doubling Efforts to Drive Transformational Results

By Al Hammonds, CSSBB

As we complete Year 2, Quarter 3 of the Delivery Service Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP), I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the results of Millennium’s “Mid-Point Assessment” conducted by DSRIP Independent Assessors Ed McGill and Megan Rurak from the Public Consulting Group. Read More


From the Chief Medical Officer

Broad Implementation of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Among Best Strategies for Lowering Care Cost, Improving Quality

DSRIP Efforts Should Be Grounded in Research that has Already Revealed Best Practices

By Anthony J. Billittier IV, MD, FACEP

Much attention will continue to focus on reformation of the U.S. health care system. Continuously soaring health care expenditures are not sustainable, especially when multiple outcome measures reveal a product less effective in many ways to other developed nations that spend significantly less per capita. Read More


From the Chief Clinical Integration Officer 

Efforts to Build ‘Clinically Integrated’ Network Yielding Quality, Value, Advancements in Population Health Management

Active Partners’ Participation Key to 2017 Success

By Michele Mercer, RN, MSHA

At Millennium Collaborative Care, “Clinical Integration” refers to the coordination of care across a continuum of services including, preventive; outpatient; inpatient hospital care; post-acute care including skilled nursing; rehabilitation; home health services; and palliative care. Read More


From the Director of Finance  

Funds Flow Allocations to MPA Partners Key to DSRIP Projects Implementation Success

By Kathrine Panzarella, CPA, Director of Finance

Millennium continues to recognize the importance of engaging our key partners through the funds flow process to ensure the successful implementation of DSRIP projects and related objectives. Read More


Value Based Payments Update 

Moving from ‘Nice to Have’ to ‘Must Have’; VBP Implementation on Horizon, Millennium Ready to Assist

By Christine Blidy, Chief Network Officer, DSRIP

New York State continues to emphasize the importance of transitioning Medicaid payments away from the traditional fee-for-service model to payments that are based on high quality and cost effective care. There is renewed recognition of the importance of the primary care office and community-based care to keep patients out of the emergency room or hospital for conditions that should ideally be managed in an ambulatory setting. Read More

From Project Area Leaders

Ambulatory Services Team Update 

Advanced Care Planning’ Often ‘Overlooked, Underrated’

Providers Need to Fit Important Topic into Practice Workflows

By Saralin Tiedeman, MS, OTR/L, Post-Acute Project Manager

“Advanced Care Planning,” the act of planning ahead for the “what-if’s” of life, is a very important element of healthcare that is often overlooked and underrated. Read More


Behavioral Health Team Update 

Behavioral Health Partners Developing Best Practices For Implementation of Mental Health Care Metrics

By Andrea J. Wanat, MA, CPP, Director of Behavioral Health

Millennium’s Behavioral Health partners across Western New York’s eight counties have been strategizing best practice options to address the following metrics identified by the New York State Department of Health… Read More


Community Engagement Team Update 

Millennium Community Engagement Plan Exceeding Objectives; 12 Health-Related Programs Implemented in DY2

Millennium’s annual Community Engagement Plan strives to implement five community health opportunities per year. Thus far, in DSRIP Year 2 (which concludes March 31, 2017), that goal has been exceeded as 12 programs have been implemented! Read More


Acute Care Team Update 

Inclusive Acute Care Strategy’ Enabling Tailored Support To Expanding Roster of Hospital Partners Across Counties

By Annie Deaver, LMSW, Acute Care Project Manager; and Janet Stoeckl RN, CCM, Clinical Director

As DSRIP Q3 turns the page, Millennium’s Acute Care Team has been keenly focused on supporting our hospital partners as they complete deliverables due in March. Read More


Post-Acute Care Team Update 

‘Re-Engineered Hospital Discharge Program Aimed at Lowering High Rates of Potentially Avoidable Readmissions

By Saralin Tiedeman, MS, OTR/L, Post-Acute Project Manager

According to the Western New York Community Needs Assessment which was completed in 2014, our baseline Potentially Avoidable Readmission rate is 5.8/100 patients. Niagara, Orleans, and Chautauqua Counties are nearly double the goal rate, with a rate as high as 8.9/100 patients. Read More

We are Creating Change…

Project Catalyst 

Launching Exciting New Age of Population Health Management in WNY

By Jon Phillips, Director, Health Information Technology

After much planning, design, build and validation, Millennium’s population health management platform will be deployed this month, starting with chronic disease and wellness registries and reporting out of the enterprise data warehouse. Read More


Millennium News

Christine Blidy Appointed Chief Network Officer, Millennium Collaborative Care

Christine Blidy has been appointed Chief Network Officer effective Dec. 3. As Chief Network Officer, Blidy will serve as the primary liaison to Millennium’s partners including physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers. Read More


Millennium Organizational Changes

Michele Mercer, Chief Clinical Integration Officer, announced the following organizational changes effective Dec. 5, 2016:

Janet Stoeckl, Clinical Director has a new team which includes:  Priti Bangia, Project Performance Manager; Annie Deaver, Acute Care Manager; and Saralin Tiedeman, Post-Acute Care Manager.  Nina Obot, Clinical Integration Coordinator, will continue to report to Annie Deaver. Janet will continue to report directly to Michele Mercer.

Andrea Wanat, Director Behavioral Health has a new team which includes: Kimberly Backey, Cultural Competency and Diversity Manager, and LaTonya Diggs, Behavioral Health Manager. Andrea will continue to report directly to Michele Mercer.

Rita Hubbard–Robinson, (Consultant) Project Director Patient Activation Measure (PAM), has begun working with the Community Engagement Team which includes Sandra McDougal, Project Manager, Maternal Child Health; Rachel Laster, Community Outreach Coordinator; and Ebony Patterson-White, Community Health Worker Coordinator.  Both Rachel and Ebony report directly to Sandy.  Rita will report directly to Michele Mercer.

Dr. Anthony Billittier, Chief Medical Officer announced the following organizational changes: Jillian Barone-Greenbaum has been promoted to Director of Ambulatory Care Transformation and Provider Engagement.  Jillian’s team includes Laura Kennedy, Practice Transformation Specialist; Christina Brooks, Practice Transformation Specialist; and Amy Pease (contract) Practice Transformation Specialist. Jillian will continue to report directly to Michele Mercer.

Dr. Kenyani (Kiki) Davis, Internal Medicine MD – UB/MD, has been contracted as part-time Assistant Medical Director, Millennium Collaborative Care and Millennium Collaborative Care Champion: PAM project. She will report directly to Michele Mercer.


Millennium Learning Center

We are building skills for generational change.

Introducing the Millennium Learning Center … the Workforce Development and Training and Education hub of Millennium Collaborative Care. Located on the lower half of the landing page of ; the Millennium Learning Center is your “One Stop” for Workforce Development… and Training and Education. Read More

In the Press

Millennium in the News

JANUARY 2017 DSRIP DIGEST: Millennium Collaborative Care PPS Helping WNY Primary Care Attain PCMH Gold Standard; Driving Clinical Integration Read More

Buffalo News: Another Voice: Medical team responding to cardiovascular alarm Read More

Business First: With $33 million spent so far, state health regulators assess local providers Read More

Buffalo News: New WNY awareness campaign designed to help youth with addiction, depression Read More

Buffalo News: Initiative spurs more end-of-life talk as way to avoid unwanted tests and treatments Read More

Buffalo Rising: Healthy Corner Store Initiative Expands Reach Read More

Niagara Gazette: Local officials confronting county’s high rate of drug addicted newborns Read More



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 ‘Community Connections’ Briefing on Partnerships to Reduce Avoidable Hospital Utilization Among Pediatric Populations 1 PM – 4PM GNYHA Conference Center 555 West 57th Street, 15th floor New York, NY 10019 Registration: Individuals from non-member organizations should contact Ana Isalguez to register. Read More

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 3rd Annual BIG DATA & ANALYTICS Summit Canada 1 PM — CASE STUDY: MILLENNIUM COLLABORATIVE CARE “Use Open-source Tools to Build Sustainable, Innovative Analytics and Reporting Capabilities” Speaker: Jamie Bono, Chief Reporting Officer, Millennium Collaborative Care Follow the summit on twitter @BIGDATASummitCA Read More

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 How to Make it Happen: Engaging Patients in Advance Care Planning For Further Information Contact: P² Collaborative of WNY
355 Harlem Rd, Building C, 2nd Floor West Seneca, NY 14224 Ph: 716.923.6572 Email: Read More


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