Immunizations Back to School

Back to School Vaccine Safety

To ensure your child is well prepared for the new school year, schedule a well-child visit with your family physician. It’s a perfect time to address important health issues that may impact your child’s school year, including age-appropriate vaccines. Vaccines are the best defense against contagious diseases, such as the flu, measles and pneumonia. They…

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Hitting the Trails for National Parks Month?

For your next hiking trip, here are a few things you should remember to pack . Also, to protect your skin from UV rays and insect bites the CDC recommends applying sunscreen before using bug spray.

Farmers Market

Farmers Markets — So Much More Than Just Fresh Food

Why Shop at a Farmers Market? Summer and fall are great times to visit a local farmers market. It’s a place to find fruits and vegetables at the peak of freshness, as well as fish, locally grown flowers and skin care products. You’ll even get to meet the people who grow the food you buy….

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CDC Recognizes EmblemHealth for Diabetes Prevention Program

Today, EmblemHealth became the first U.S. health insurer to receive full recognition from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for its Diabetes Prevention Program in New York City. The program is offered in both English and Spanish and led by trained lifestyle coaches. Launched in 2012, the CDC-led National DPP is based on research…

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5 Ways to Eat Healthier at Outdoor Festivals

By Katherine F. Harris, RDN, CDN, CDE, CPT, AdvantageCare Physicians

Summertime means outdoor festivals for New Yorkers — ice cream, corndogs, soda and more. They might be delicious, but healthy? Not so much. So, how can you try and stick to your diet, or simply eat healthier at outdoor festivals this summer? In addition to…

Therapy Animals

Therapy Animals: Natural Healers

By Diane Petchesky-Buffolino, Senior Communications Specialist, EmblemHealth

When Meghan Dyer, E-Correspondence Representative, EmblemHealth, adopted Jetta, a female mixed-breed puppy from a Syracuse shelter, she never guessed how it would change her life. Meghan was working at a residential facility where an adolescent girl with a strong affinity for animals was being treated. The girl’s therapist…

NYC Encourages New Yorkers to Drink Tap Water

The New York City Department of Health used little New Yorkers in its most recent video ad campaign, “Drink NYC Tap Water,” to encourage people to drink more water and less sugar-based drinks. NYC Health states that today, Americans consume approximately 300 more calories a day than they did 30 years ago. And, nearly half…

Grand Opening ACPNY Express

On July 20, EmblemHealth and AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) celebrated the opening of the first ACPNY Express, which provides holistic health and wellness support to City of New York employees. Emblem and ACPNY’s leadership were joined by City and Union leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening, followed by tours of the new facility…

Safe Summer

Stay Safe While Having Fun This Summer!

Whether grilling for a weekend barbeque or jogging after work, use the following tips to help keep you, your family and friends safe during the hot summer months. Keep your eyes and skin safe with sun protective clothing and sunglasses. These defenses can block close to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. In addition to…

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Expanding Access to Health Care for City of New York Workers

By Karen Ignagni, President and Chief Executive Officer, EmblemHealth and Russell C. Petrella, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, AdvantageCare Physicians

EmblemHealth and AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) are opening the first ACPNY Express to support the holistic health and wellness of City of New York employees. We are proud to strengthen our companies’ joint commitment to the City and to offer its workers another convenient way to access medical care and wellness programs. EmblemHealth’s partnership with the City of New York and its…

Health Care Exchanges

Achieving Success and Sustainability with Health Care Exchanges

Jay Sheehy, Senior Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth, recently spoke on a panel alongside executives from Kaiser Permanente, Community Health Options and Florida Blue at the 7th Annual World Congress Private and Public Exchange Summit in Washington, DC. Paul Wingle, panel moderator and Aetna’s Executive Director, Individual Business and Public Exchange Operations and Strategy, kicked…

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EmblemHealth Pharmacies Provide One-Stop-Shop Experience

Did you know that EmblemHealth has its own branded pharmacy locations? EmblemHealth Pharmacies have been serving New York City and Long Island communities for more than 50 years. While EmblemHealth owns the pharmacies, they are not restricted to members and are open to the public. Most major insurance plans, as well as union and government…

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Improving the Consumer Experience

How Health Plans Can Better Engage Consumers

The American Journal of Managed Care recently spoke with Jay Sheehy, Senior Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth, about how consumer segmentation can drive effective engagement and member retention. To engage with individuals, health care companies need to leverage technology to create data-driven strategies that center around consumers’ wants and…

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Improving Cancer Care in the United States

EmblemHealth will be part of an innovative program to improve cancer quality and care coordination in New York State for Medicare members.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that EmblemHealth, along with 16 other health insurers and approximately 200 physician group practices across the country, will participate in a five-year plan to improve cancer care and lower costs…

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Summer Ready?

Summer is here and for many that will mean weight loss is on the mind. Here’s how to do it safely and successfully.

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

Now that summer has officially arrived, how many people are thinking to themselves, “I need to lose weight before I set foot on the beach?” Well you’re in luck, because summer is one of the best times to launch a healthy eating and fitness plan to trim those winter pounds. This time of year has…

Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Fact vs. Fiction

By Dr. Jotir A. Ramnarine, AdvantageCare Physicians

By now, just about everyone has heard of Zika virus. This mosquito-borne virus can be dangerous to women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant because it may cause birth defects. But with so much written about Zika in the media, it’s important to…

Why You Need to Drink Water

In this educational TED-Ed video, Mia Nacamulli, TED educator, details the necessary role water plays in the human body and how much H20 we actually need to stay healthy. According to recent studies, the amount of water the human body needs varies between gender, weight, environment and activity levels. On average, women need between 2…

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Come Join Us for Men’s Health Day

EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care invites you to a free Men’s Health Day celebration! Come participate in the events of the day and learn about preventable health problems and the importance of early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. You can participate in a free health screening and exercise classes, enjoy refreshments and a…