Making an Impact for Women and Girls in New York

On August  2, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the State’s first-ever Council on Women and Girls to recognize and advance women’s rights across New York State. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, the New York State Council on Women and Girls will work to affect statewide policies and…

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Dr. Gary Goldstein Honored for Serving Community

Recently, Gary Goldstein, Director, Dental Program, and Doctor of Dental Surgery, in Albany, N.Y., was inducted as a fellow into the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Every year, the Pierre Fauchard Academy selects dentists Involved in community service from around the world to join as active fellows. These dentists have contributed to the art and science of…

Karen Ignagni Receives Heritage Healthcare Leadership Award

EmblemHealth President & CEO Karen Ignagni received the 2017 Healthcare Leadership Award at the 2nd Annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards for New York on May 22 held at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. The ceremony, which honors innovators who have improved the quality of affordable healthcare in the community, was hosted by Heritage…

The Health Equity Factor: Columbia University’s Health Policy & Management Conference

On Friday, April 21, 2017, health care leaders, faculty, students and alumni came together to discuss where equity fits within the evolving health care system at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s 2017 Health Policy and Management Conference. Michael Sparer, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University, kicked off the conference…

Health Care Access and Affordability: Karen Ignagni at Fordham University

On Wednesday, March 29, EmblemHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Karen Ignagni joined Fordham University faculty and students for “Healthcare Access and Affordability: Challenges for the Insurance Industry,” a discussion organized by the Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center (GHIMC) at the Gabelli School of Business. The discussion was moderated by Falguni Sen, head of the…

More than the Title: Meet the Problem Solver

This leadership series will introduce you to the men and women who drive EmblemHealth forward – their hobbies, passions and how they got where they are today. EmblemHealth is a local, neighborhood health plan that has served the New York City area and surrounding communities for more than 75 years. That’s the kind of experience…

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Event Roundup: Karen Ignagni on Post-Election Health Care & Innovation Opportunities

Last month, Karen Ignagni, EmblemHealth President and CEO, participated in several live and televised discussions with policymakers, academics and executives on the post-election health care landscape and opportunities for innovation and collaboration. On November 16, Ignagni, along with Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing, and Maya MacGunieas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget,…

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Innovation & The Internet of Health Care: Karen Ignagni at SVB HealthTech

On September 8, Karen Ignagni, President & CEO, EmblemHealth, joined Vivek Garipalli, CEO, Clover Health, in a fireside chat at the Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) HealthTech conference in New York, moderated by Bloomberg News’ Sasha Damouni Ellis. Featuring speakers from Cleveland Clinic, ZocDoc and Johnson & Johnson, SVB HealthTech examined how rapidly-changing technologies — including…

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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…

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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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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…

Working Together to Drive Affordability

EmblemHealth’s Transition to Value-Based Payments

The American Journal of Managed Care recently spoke with EmblemHealth President and CEO, Karen Ignagni about the health care industry’s transition toward improving affordability and access to care for patients and members. Innovative health plan strategies are only one component to an effective…

Improving Value-Based Care in New York

“The Journey from Volume to Value” panel brought together prominent health care leaders to discuss the unique value-based care challenges in the New York market, as well as the catalysts needed for change on a national and local level. Bunny Ellerin, Co-founder and President, NYC Health Business Leaders (NYCHBL), gave opening remarks and thanked Oliver…

On Health Care

How New York Is Adapting to Changes in the Health Care System

A Recap of City & State’s Annual ‘On Health Care’ Conference

On May 19, City & State held its annual “On Health Care” conference, bringing together experts from health care businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and academic institutions to examine and discuss the current health care ecosystem in New York. Noting that it can…

How the Affordable Care Act Helps Meet Unique Needs of Women

By Cindy Goff, VP, Policy, EmblemHealth

When Congress crafted the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they carefully considered how some of the unique health care needs of women could be better met under a reformed insurance system. Before the ACA, things like gender-rating and lack of maternity coverage in the individual market made health care insurance…

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The Power of Women

By Jay Sheehy, Senior Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth

National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, should be celebrated all year long as females play the most integral role in the health care system. The purpose of NWHW is to empower women to make their personal health a priority, and…

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Four Trends From the 2016 d.health Summit

Aging in the Age of Disruption

On May 4, EmblemHealth CEO Karen Ignagni participated in a panel discussion on the changing landscape of health insurance at the second annual d.health Summit. Hosted at the New York Academy of Science, this year’s summit brought together health care leaders, policymakers and startups to examine technology-enabled solutions and…

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Underage Drinking and Alcohol Dependency

By Scott Breidbart, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Underage drinking is a serious nationwide problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that alcohol is a factor in the deaths of more than 4,000 young people, under age 21 each year. In addition, on a yearly average, more than 180,000 young people are…

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Health Care’s Future: 2016 HPM Conference

On Friday, April 15, 2016, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health brought together health care leaders, faculty, students and alumni to discuss the current landscape and the future of health care policy and management at its 2016 HPM Healthcare Conference. Michael Sparer, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University, kicked…

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Let’s Talk: STD Awareness

By Scott Breidbart, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Many Americans are hesitant to discuss sexual health issues and diseases. As health professionals, we are responsible for making patients and members comfortable talking about their sexual activity. We must also give them the information they need about the risks, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)…

City & State Honor 25 Exceptional New York Women

City & State — the New York government and policy news media outlet — selected EmblemHealth’s President and CEO, Karen Ignagni, as an honoree at the fifth annual “Above & Beyond” awards gala, which was held last night in New York City. Above & Beyond is an annual celebration that honors 25 exceptional New York…

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Colon Cancer Awareness

Get Screened to Decrease Your Risk

By Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and is preventable for many average-risk patients through colorectal screenings. Individuals who are at an average risk…

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Improving Oral Care

By Gary Goldstein DDS, MBA, MA
Director, Dental Program
EmblemHealth Family Dental Practice

EmblemHealth is proud to support optimal health programs, and our dental department makes every effort to assure that achieving positive outcomes in oral health is a part of that effort. Through our…

AHIP’s Health Insurance Exchanges Forum: Lessons From Year Three

Jay Sheehy, Senior Vice President, Product Innovation at EmblemHealth, participated in a panel discussion on consumer engagement at America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Health Insurance Exchanges Forum in Washington, DC. Sheehy, who leads the development of new customer solutions for the New York and tristate marketplace, spoke alongside Florida…

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A Health Care Transformation

In the March 7, 2016, City & State issue — Health Care and Hospitals — Karen Ignagni EmblemHealth President and CEO shared an op-ed piece on value-based payments and how the transformative reform policy is revolutionizing the health care system…

Raising Food Insecurity Awareness for NYC Seniors

The Aging in New York Fund — the fundraising arm that supports the NYC Department for the Aging — held its third food insecurity symposium, “New York City Seniors and The Rising Food Insecurity Crisis,” in partnership with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation on February 23. Leaders from…

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Protect Your Heart

By Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. While people of all backgrounds can develop heart disease, African Americans are at a much higher risk, as more than 40 percent of African-American men and women have some form of cardiovascular disease…

Embracing the Future of Payment Reform

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Leadership blog recently featured an op-ed piece on value-based payments by Karen Ignagni, EmblemHealth President and CEO. “Embracing the Future of Payment Reform” speaks to the fundamental shift toward health care payment innovation and the importance of rewarding those for value rather than volume….

Karen Ignagni on Health Care Reform

Karen Ignagni, EmblemHealth President and CEO, kicked off the University of Rochester, Simon School of Business’ “Succeeding in the New Health Care Economy” series on February 11, 2016, with an in-depth conversation about the future of health care reform and its impact industrywide…

Health Care 2021: A Vision for New York

EmblemHealth President and CEO Karen Ignagni joined fellow health care leaders in panel discussion on how health plans and providers are leading reform and adapting to changes in the health care system. Co-sponsored by United Hospital Fund and the New York State Health Foundation, “Health Care 2021: A Vision for New York” featured a keynote lecture by…

A Healthier Change

By Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Currently, there is an industrywide focus on the personalization of health care. Studies suggest that dietary advice should differ from person to person, that specific genetic tests should…

Motivating Youth: The Armory Track & Field Foundation

By Rita Finkel, Chief Operating Officer, Armory Foundation

The Armory Track & Field Foundation, a NYC nonprofit and home to the premier indoor track and field center in America, is committed to our community. We serve our youth by promoting excellence and fitness through a broad range of athletic, educational and community programs, made possible…

Skip the Don’ts and Enjoy the Do’s

By Maritza Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Home Farmers Markets

Happy New Year from all of us at Harvest Home Farmer’s Market! In 2015, with support from EmblemHealth, Harvest Home provided more than 8,000 samples of tasty recipes prepared with more than 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables at five markets in New York City….

Developing Healthy Habits That Last a Lifetime

By Deborah Antoine, President and CEO, New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL)

Our partnership with EmblemHealth speaks volumes about the value of “experiential” learning. Since the development of the Healthy Living program, a program that teaches students how to make smart nutritional choices in a…

EmblemHealth Delivers Flu Shots to NY

By Victor Sone, Manager, Corporate Pharmacy Program, EmblemHealth

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the influenza virus causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every season. It’s so important to get vaccinated in order to prevent…

Health Care Leaders Discuss Delivery in NY

Health plans, physicians, hospitals and other practitioners are part of a fundamental shift in the delivery of health care to a system that is more efficient and innovative. EmblemHealth’s market leadership in value based health care was recently recognized at the Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP Government Leadership Forum. The conversation focused on the…

A Mission to Prevent Diabetes

By Patricia Kidd, Diabetes Prevention Specialist, EmblemHealth

In keeping with its mission to improve the overall health in the communities that it serves, EmblemHealth launched the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and AHIP in July 2013. Conveniently held at…

The Silent Patients

By Gregory Johnson, Senior Advisor for Family Caregiving; Office of the CEO

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor and reflect on the often forgotten or silent patients: caregivers. Research shows that the burdens of being an unpaid family caregiver…

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City Parks Foundation is Helping New Yorkers

By Heather Lubov, Executive Director, City Parks Foundation

At City Parks Foundation (CPF), we work in more than 300 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City’s five boroughs to promote healthy and vibrant communities…

" Healthy eating habits are the foundation of health. Our choice of what we eat and how large our portions are can reduce our risk of chronic diseases and cancer. "Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Citymeals-on-Wheels Helps End Hunger

By Beth Shapiro, Executive Director, Citymeals-on-Wheels

New York City nonprofit Citymeals-on-Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to our homebound elderly neighbors. Working in partnership with community-based organizations and senior centers, Citymeals prepares and delivers over 2 million weekend…

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ACP Leading the Way in Health Care Delivery

By Dr. Navarra Rodriguez, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, AdvantageCare Physicians

As the Electronic Medical Record champion at AdvantageCare Physicians, I was delighted – and more than a little proud – to hear that ACP has been recognized for reaching Stage 6 (out of seven) on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM…

The Benefits of Collaboration

By Maritza Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Home Farmers Markets

For over two decades, Harvest Home Farmer’s Market has connected low-income communities to fresh fruits and vegetables via local farmer’s markets. We realized long ago that fostering real change requires bringing together organizations with disparate aims but convergent strategies, and our collaboration with EmblemHealth…

Paying Tribute to the Heroes of Labor

By Karen Ignagni
President and CEO, EmblemHealth

Every year, the men and women who work at EmblemHealth look forward to partnering with LaborPress to present the Heroes of Labor awards. This year, I am honored to join my colleagues in paying tribute to the brave, imaginative and pathbreaking union members who keep us safe, make our lives better, and are role models for our children…

Embracing the Health-Conscious Consumer

Consumers are more health conscious than ever, demanding healthier products and services. In response, brands across all industries are increasingly focused on helping people achieve their health goals. EmblemHealth has a long commitment to helping all New Yorkers stay healthy, get well and live better. During 2015 Advertising Week, a four-day event featuring inspiring thought…

" I am thrilled that Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is able to collaborate with EmblemHealth as we move forward with a new initiative focusing on family caregivers. We already have learned so much from the work of Greg Johnson, who provided the leadership that has made the family caregiver program at EmblemHealth so outstanding, and we are confident that there is even more we can learn together that will improve the lives of family caregivers and those for whom they care. "W. Daniel Hale, Ph.D. Special Advisor, Office of the President Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

" In honor of National Physician Assistants (PA) week, EmblemHealth proudly recognizes all hardworking PAs who provide outstanding quality care to our members. We thank you for your continuous commitment to the people of New York and the services you provide so they can stay healthy, get well and live better. Join me in saying thanks — we greatly appreciate your tireless dedication to patient care, and recognize the positive impact you make in health care. "Dr. Joseph Zeitlin, Chief Medical Officer, EmblemHealth

Celebrating Our Commitment to Our Customers

By Suzanne Ronner, VP, Customer Experience, EmblemHealth

Today’s shifting health insurance landscape is putting the consumer at the center and that’s exactly where they should be. Our world is fast-paced and constantly moving. We understand we need to adapt along with it in order to meet the needs of our customers and help them live the healthiest lives they can…

Commitment to Care

By Joseph Shen, Sr. Director, Applications Development, EmblemHealth

I am never more proud of working at EmblemHealth than when we honor the unsung heroes of New York’s communities — the nonprofit organizations that are truly making a difference in the lives of people who need them the most. One of the most meaningful programs that EmblemHealth hosts in our communities is the Commitment to Care Lecture and Award Series…

Building Healthier Minds and Bodies

By Deborah Antoine, President and CEO, NYJTL

There is something remarkable about watching children make smart decisions about their health and nutrition, especially when so many other options are available. At New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL), our mission is to develop the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court…

Protect Yourself Against the Flu

By Dr. Joseph Zeitlin, Chief Medical Officer, EmblemHealth

Flu season is just around the corner, so it’s time to protect yourselves and your families by getting your seasonal flu shot. As New Yorkers, many of us live, work or go to school in very cramped quarters, which can increase our likelihood of coming in contact with the influenza virus…

Our Legacy Continues

For 30 years, Frank Branchini had a long and distinguished career at GHI and EmblemHealth as President and CEO. I am honored to take the wheel and continue EmblemHealth’s mission — to provide our members with access to quality, affordable health care. I’m also excited about the opportunity to tell the EmblemHealth story; how, as…