From Our Leadership Team


From the Executive Director


Reaffirming ‘People First’; More System Transformation, Clinical Integration

By Al Hammonds, CSSBB

Man we’re living in interesting times!
Healthcare in America has been on a roller coaster ride; and the ups and downs of change keep coming at us at what seems like a mile a minute! No doubt, it’s been easy to get consumed with policy and process; and how new programs like “Pay-For-Performance” are going to work. These are all important. But, as I was reminded recently by a re-wind of New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson’s remarks at our May Population Health Conference, “HOW” we are working to improve health care delivery is not MOST important. What’s most important, and what we need to keep clearly in focus, is the “WHY” behind everything we do. READ MORE


 Population Health Conference Thank You !!! 

Millennium’s May Population Health Conference earned a “thumbs up” from attendees including Tom Quatroche, Jr. Ph.D, President & CEO, ECMC;  Dr. Jonathan Burroughs, MD,MBA,FACE,FAAPL, President and CEO, The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, Inc. ; Anne Constantino, President and CEO, Horizon Health Services, Chair, Millennium Board of Managers; Al Hammonds, CSSBB, Executive Director, Millennium Collaborative Care.

Sincerest thanks to all Partners for attending and enthusiastically engaging in our recent Population Health Conference! Overall, the Conference exceeded our expectations, and the feedback we continue to receive has been overwhelmingly positive. There were two major anchor talks that drove the day. Dr.Jon Burroughs’ presentation on Population Health and what it means on a global scale; and New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson’s message around DSRIP and how that connects to Population Health. Both received great reviews. The third was the Value Based Panel that was facilitated by Ann MonroeCo-Chair NYS DSRIP Project Approval and Oversight Panel and Former President.  Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, that also received excellent feedback.



From the Chief Medical Officer

Partners Answering Need, Expanding Behavioral Health Treatment Access

By Anthony J. Billittier IV, MD, FACEP

Behavioral Health Integration continues to be one of single largest initiatives at Millennium Collaborative Care.
In our Q4 Update, we discussed our collaborative work with local Behavioral Health providers and primary care physicians to develop community best practices for depression and substance abuse. In response to the growing needs of the primary care community for better access to behavioral health treatment, Millennium’s Behavioral Health Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) Partners have developed and expanded on open access intake hours to expedite the process to get a patient into treatment. We are excited to share the services that our Behavioral Health partners are offering in one single place. BH Providers and Information  READ MORE



From the Chief Clinical Integration Officer 

Building Up ‘Patient Centered Medical Neighborhoods’

By Michele Mercer, RN, MSHA
In our DY2, Q4 Update, I began to introduce the concept of the “Patient Centered Medical Neighborhood” (PCMN) as an emerging priority for the Millennium Clinical Integration Team.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) articulates that a successful “Medical Neighborhood” will “focus on meeting the needs of the individual patient, but also incorporate aspects of population health and overall community health needs.” The “Medical Neighborhood” is defined as a clinical-community partnership that includes the medical and social supports necessary to enhance health, with the PCMH practice serving as the patient’s primary “hub” and coordinator of health care delivery.



Value Based Payments Update 

Regional Clinical Integration Incentive Program Planned for Fall  

By Christine Blidy, Chief Network Officer, DSRIP

In early Fall of this year, Millennium will be launching a new regional Clinical Integration Program highlighted by an opportunity to earn substantial incentive funds.
The program will be established in each of three regions: Southern Tier; Niagara County; Erie County. It will be open to Partners within each respective region including: Regional Hospital; Primary Care Providers and Clinics that serve a large number of Medicaid recipients; and Behavioral Health Agencies/Providers within each respective region. READ MORE




Project Catalyst 

 Turning Data into Timely, Actionable Information

By Jon Phillips, Chief Analytics Officer
Over the past year, we have been working with our service providers to unlock the patient data they capture in their electronic medical record (EMR) systems and share it with Millennium to help improve population health.
This is being done in one of two ways: either by sending clinical document summaries to HEALTHeLINK, or by sending their clinical records directly to Cerner HealtheIntent, our population health management platform. HealtheIntent aggregates the data and provides the tools to help our network manage the health of our Medicaid members.  This is done through chronic disease and wellness registries; a care management tool and an enterprise data warehouse that we can use to build reports and perform data analysis. Ultimately, it is Millennium’s responsibility to turn this vast web of disparate clinical data into actionable insights that our providers can use to improve the health of our community residents. What kind of actionable insights will we be able to generate?  READ MORE  Jon Phillips, Millennium’s Chief Analytics Officer, center, with Cerner team members James Kanary, Senior Director, left, and Dane Sutherland, Senior Account Executive, right. at MCC’s May Population Health Conference.


Igniting Change!!!


Behavioral Health  

 Addressing Barriers; Improving Provider – Client Communications
Key Steps Towards System Transformation, Clinical Integration

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

Millennium’s Behavioral Health Partners have been diligently working together to advance System Transformation.

In October of 2016, two separate work groups gathered in Erie and Niagara Counties to begin a process to identify barriers to healthcare for our Medicaid clients and to develop strategies to address those challenges.


 ‘Join The Conversation’ Mental Health Anti-Stigma Campaign Launches

Millennium team members Andrea Wanat, MA, CPP, Director of Behavioral Health, far left, and Kimberly Backey, MBA, Manager of Cultural Competency & Diversity Initiatives, far right, joined Karl Shallowhorn, Director of Community Advocacy, Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer of Buffalo; Michael Ranney, Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health; and Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive at the Anti-Stigma Campaign announcement.



Care Coordination  

 ‘Coalition of Willing’ Responds to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Tammy Fox, Director of Project Management, Millennium Collaborative Care, right, facilitates a group report out.

Sheila Kee, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, spearheaded the launch of the “Niagara Community Partnership Project”.   


Cultural Competency/Health Literacy  

 Over 3,000 Trained in ‘Mission Critical’ Knowledge and Skills

Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center (ENAHEC) is the lead contractor in Millennium’s CCHL training initiative. The ENAHEC Team pictured above includes Shealyn McCoy, MPH, Program Coordinator; Danise C. Wilson, MPH, Executive Director; Brittany Mitchell, MSW, Program Coordinator;and Greer Hamilton, MSW, Program Manager.



Maternal and Child Health  

 Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center P3 Center
First to Offer ‘CenteringPregnancy’ in Niagara County

Laura DeBacco Malysza, PA-C and Dr. Meaghan Aalto in the P3 “CenteringPregnancy” Center. 


Primary Care  

 Five Kaleida Health Primary Care Clinics Achieve PCMH ‘Gold Standard’
Brings to 16 Number of NCQA Recognized

The Primary Medical Center Staff: Gabriella Jordan; Awilda Alicea; Jeanine Rhodes; Jennifer Dipasquale, Nurse Manager, Ambulatory Clinics; (Center) Jessica Glaser, PCMH Organizer, Kaleida Health; Janet Suindquist, MD Attending Internal Medicine; Michael Sayeta.


Population Health  

UB’s Dr. Susan Grinslade Presents Million Hearts® Program Collaboration 
At International Nursing Conference in Dublin Ireland

Million Hearts®, a community-based cardiovascular health initiative (project 3.b.i.) led by Millennium Collaborative Care, PPS in partnership with Greater Buffalo United Ministries (GRUM) and the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, was awarded a 2016 Spotlight on Population Health Initiatives (SOPHi) Award by P² Collaborative of Western New York at the 2nd annual SOPHi Awards held last October.

The winning team included, from left, Al Hammonds, CSSBB, Executive Director, Millennium Collaborative Care; Pastor Kinzer Pointer, Greater Buffalo United Ministries; Dr. Loralee Sessanna, DNS, RN, CNS, AHN-BC Clinical Associate Professor, University at Buffalo School of Nursing; Priti Bangia, Population Health Manager, Millennium; Dr. Susan Grinslade, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs; Clinical Professor, University at Buffalo School of Nursing; Dr. Ju Joh, Resident, Erie County Medical Center; Michele Mercer, RN, MSHSA, Chief Clinical Integration Officer, Millennium; Dr. Kenneth Gayles, Project Champion, Cardiovascular Disease/Million Hearts®; Vice President of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network.


Million Hearts® Event Screens 110 Community Members
at Olean General Hospital Strawberry Fest and Health FairTeam members from Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie and Wyoming BOCES helped staff the Million Hearts screening tent assisting Millennium team members.READ MORE


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In the Press






Workforce Development Committee Invites Educational Institutions Participation

Josh Russell, Millennium Training Strategy Co-Chair and Jan Brown, Director of Workforce Development, Millennium Collaborative Care at the May Population Heath Conference.



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Happening Now!!!


Niagara Falls Beauty/Barber Shops Offering
Free Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure Screenings

‘Barber & Beauty Shop Initiative’ Launched July 1 

Rachel Laster, Millennium Community Outreach Coordinator; Tawanda Bassham, Fidelis Care; Felicia Johnson, Project Manager/ Community Relations, Community Health Center of Niagara and Ebony Patterson White, Millennium Community Health Worker Coordinator, with Nelson Thomas of Nelson’s Hair Studio. 

Millennium Collaborative Care in partnership with Community Health Center of Niagara; Pastor Raymond Allen of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church-Niagara Falls; and local Niagara Falls barber/beauty shops, have launched free self-monitored blood pressure screening locations, known as the “Barber & Beauty Shop Initiative”.

Adults 18-years of age and older visiting any of the Niagara Falls locations may participate in a free self-screening. For location addresses, please Click Here:



Training/CME Opportunity


SAT., SEPT. 9, 2017
Erie County Opiate Task Force Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Waiver Training/CME

For Physicians/Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners



Sat, September 9, 2017

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Day of Training: Registration & Light Breakfast = 7:30 AM


Catholic Health

144 Genesee Street

Buffalo, NY 14203

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This four-hour in person training, in combination with a separate online four-hour training, will prepare healthcare professionals (MD, DO, NP, PA) to apply for a buprenorphine waiver.





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