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Fighting the battle on opiate use disorder in Western New York

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MISSION
Regional hospital systems, through the Buffalo Matters network are partnering with community-based substance use treatment programs as well as the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Erie County and New York State Departments of Health and local hospitals to increase access to Buprenorphine based opiate use disorder treatment for the citizens of Western New York.

VISION

  • To aid our shared patients in initiating and continuing successful opiate use disorder treatment.
  • To reduce morbidity and mortality associated with opiate use disorder in Western New York.
  • To provide a best practice model for Emergency Department Initiated Buprenorphine Programs that others can emulate. To provide the same high level of care to patients suffering from opiate use disorder that we would for any other emergency medical condition.

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VALUES

Hospital Partners will follow these values:

  • We will prescribe buprenorphine for patients when appropriate based on our guidelines.
  • We will not automatically disqualify patients from receiving buprenorphine if they engage in polysubstance abuse (especially benzodiazepines and/or alcohol).
  • We will refer patients to the most appropriate follow up possible based on their unique needs.
  • We will inform patients of the referral program’s expectations.
  • We will continuously evaluate our program and share our lessons learned with others
Buffalo Matters will partner with community-based substance use treatment programs that embody these values:

  • They will accept and work with patients regardless of insurance status.
  • They will accept ED patients who have not been prescribed buprenorphine in the past.
  • They will offer timely appointments to patients referred from the emergency department.
  • They will accept referred patients even if previously discharged from a treatment program.
  • They will not automatically disqualify patients from receiving medication assisted treatment if they engage in polysubstance abuse (especially benzodiazepines and/or alcohol).
  • They will not place undue financial burden on the patient.
  • They will provide care that is culturally appropriate for the target population of patients with substance use disorder.
  • They will provide feedback to UBMD regarding the disposition of referred patients to improve our processes.

Hospital Partners

  • Kaleida Health
  • Catholic Health
  • ECMC
  • Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
  • Brooks-TLC Health System
  • Wyoming County Community Hospital

Treatment Center Partners

  • Evergreen Health
  • Endeavor Health
  • Best | Self
  • Beacon Center
  • GCASA
  • Horizon Health Services
  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • Spectrum Health & Human Services
  • MCCC
  • OLV
  • TLC Healthcare
  • Northpointe Council

Other Partners

  • Mercy Flight of WNY
  • Abbey Mecca & Co.
  • Erie County Department of Health
  • New York State Department of Health
  • Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force
  • UB|MD Emergency Medicine
  • John R. Oishei Foundation
  • Praxair
  • New York State DOH AIDS Institute
  • University at Buffalo Research Foundation
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Process

News

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Contact

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