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EmblemHealth Represented at Population Health Summit

Kerri Tamer, Lead Quality Improvement Specialist at EmblemHealth was grateful for the opportunity to represent the company at the fourth annual New York Population Health Summit, “Working Across Sectors to Address Social Determinants of Health.” The event was held on December 12, 2016 at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. EmblemHealth presented…

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Last Chance to Enroll in a Plan for 2017

There is still time to renew or enroll in a health plan for 2017. The deadline is January 31! Choose from one of our many EmblemHealth plans: New plans with dental and vision care for adults and children Plans with free primary care visits and free generic drugs Plans with $0 or low monthly payments,…

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Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline Extension

You now have until January 18 to enroll in or renew health insurance coverage beginning February 1, 2017. Have you made your health insurance selections for 2017? There’s good news – you now have three extra days to get coverage that starts on February 1! The NY State of Health Marketplace has extended the deadline…

ACPNY Appoints Navarra Rodriguez, M.D. as New President and CMO

AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) — one of the largest multispecialty practices in the New York metropolitan area, and partner of EmblemHealth — announced that Navarra Rodriguez, M.D. is its new President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at ACPNY and Officer of EmblemHealth. As President and CMO of ACPNY, Dr. Rodriguez will oversee all medical leadership and…

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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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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What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

According to a recent New York Times article, approximately 70 million people are at risk for computer vision syndrome (CVS) — also known as digital eye strain — which is used to describe vision-related issues that result from prolonged computer, tablet or cell phone use. The article cites medical research that indicates 70 to 90…

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E-Cigs Banned for Minors

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) issued new regulations that ban the sale of e-cigarettes cigars and hookahs to minors. According to a recent article by The New York Times, “The move was applauded by public health experts who said the industry needed oversight and who had been waiting nearly…

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Modern Healthcare Interviews Karen Ignagni

Karen Ignagni, EmblemHealth President and CEO, recently sat down with Modern Healthcare to discuss the future of Emblem’s value-based payment agreements, the upcoming industry changes in employer-coverage plans and how the company works collaboratively with one of the largest physician-led multispecialty practices in New York, AdvantageCare Physicians. “This plan has a storied past, a 75-year…

EmblemHealth and Northwell Improving Quality

EmblemHealth and Northwell Health announced today — March 25 — that the two organizations will embark on a new agreement that focuses on collaborative care approaches that drive quality rather than volume. “As a New York State leader on innovative value-based relationships, EmblemHealth is proud to partner with Northwell to drive greater access to the…

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What Hospital Consolidation Means for Consumers

The Manhattan Institute recently gathered health care industry executives and educational leaders to discuss hospital consolidation and its effects industrywide. “Race to the Top: How New York Can Better Encourage Value-Based Competition in Hospital Markets” focused on how competition can improve the quality of delivered care, and why consolidation increases overall health care costs. The…

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Dr. Ramnarine Explains Zika to Parenting Magazine

Infectious disease specialist, Jotir A. Ramnarine, MD, AdvantageCare Physicians, recently sat down with Parenting.com to explain the Zika virus and what families should look out for during tropical spring break vacations. “Cases of active Zika transmission have been confirmed in more than 30 countries in the Americas alone, from Mexico and Brazil to the U.S….

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Access to a More Affordable Health Care for City Employees

EmblemHealth, the City of New York and the Municipal Labor Committee — a coalition of employee unions — announced they are working together to provide expanded access to affordable, innovative health care in an effort to support benefit cost reductions for city workers. According to a Crain’s article on the partnership, “About $150 million of…

U.S. Cancer Centers Strongly Urge HPV Vaccinations

On January 27, all 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Centers issued a joint statement urging health care providers and parents to take the necessary steps to have girls and boys complete the three-dose human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination at age 11 or 12. “Together we recognize these low rates of HPV vaccination as a…

First National PSA Campaign About Prediabetes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have partnered with the Ad Council to raise awareness through a national PSA campaign about prediabetes….

U.S. Dietary Guidelines

The recently released new U.S. Dietary Guidelines focus on three main themes to help Americans make decisions about healthy eating. Eat For Health and For the Long Run The U.S. government suggests developing a healthy eating pattern that can be sustained over a lifetime. According to the guidelines, a healthy eating pattern: Consists of all…

National Institute of Health Funds Autism Research

The National Human Genome Research Institute — a division of the National Institutes of Health — has awarded the New York Genome Center (NYGC) $40 million to create a genome-sequencing program that will study genetic links in common diseases with a strong focus on autism. NYGC will work with family-based groups that include both diagnosed…

EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson in Real Simple Magazine

In a recent article from Real Simple magazine, EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson, senior advisor for family caregiving, was interviewed for some caregiving tips. He suggests a simple thank you is one of the best things you can do. “Caregivers regularly burst into tears when I thank them for what they’re doing—because it’s the first time anyone…

Be In The Know: NYC Restaurants to Display Salt Warning

Starting December 1, 2015, New York City restaurant chains with 15 or more locations are required to display a small salt shaker warning symbol (see right) if a menu item has more than the daily recommended limit of 2,300 milligrams — about 1 teaspoon — of salt. According to the NYC Health Department, “The average…

Say Thanks

A recent article from TIME Magazine reported that being thankful can positively affect your health. It states that gratitude is good for your heart and helps prevent depression, stress and anxiety. Reporter Alexandra Sifferlin writes, “In an April study of 186 men and women with heart damage, researchers rated the people’s levels of gratitude and spiritual well-being. They found that…

Celebrating a Life’s Work with Family Caregiving

EmblemHealth congratulates Rev. Gregory L. Johnson, senior advisor for family caregiving: office of the CEO, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s (HCCN) annual Wholeness of Life Gala on November 5…

Recognition for Electronic Payment Systems to Providers

EmblemHealth has achieved Phase III CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE®) Certification, a voluntary certification program widely viewed as the industry “gold standard.” In the New York City metro area, EmblemHealth is one of only two health plans — and the only nonprofit plan — to achieve this certification. “This is a…

New York State Passes CARE Act

New York State recently passed the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act, which will go into effect late April 2016. It requires general hospitals to allow patients an opportunity to designate — upon admission to a hospital — a caregiver in the their medical record. It also requires the hospital to notify and offer to…

Welcome Stony Brook University Hospital to the Select Care Network

Stony Brook University Hospital, Suffolk County’s only academic medical center, has joined EmblemHealth’s Select Care provider network. Starting November 1 of this year, the hospital will provide covered medical services to Suffolk County plans for individuals and small groups, both on and off the New York State of Health Marketplace. In addition to the hospital,…

Partnering for a Healthier New York

Brooklyn Savvy sat down with Michelle Paige, EmblemHealth, Katherine Harris, AdvantageCare Physicians, Tracey Capers, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Dr. Monica Sweeney, Health Disparity Coalition, to discuss their efforts to improve access to health & wellness resources in underserved communities. Watch the episode above — which originally aired on Sunday, October 18 — to see…

Welcome Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer

EmblemHealth is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Scott Breidbart, MD, MBA, as Chief Clinical Officer. Reporting directly to Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, Dr. Breidbart will be an integral member of the senior leadership team as EmblemHealth works to lead the region in quality-based payment models. “Scott has a distinguished record of performance….

Eat Better: Tips for Healthy Lunches

New Yorkers’ lives move so quickly; we sometimes go for convenience rather than health in regards to lunch options. Recently, New York-based registered dietitian Katherine Harris, director of integrated nutrition at AdvantageCare Physicians, gave Cosmopolitan some helpful tips on ways to eat a satisfying and healthy meal. Katherine explains, “Filling up on carbs leads to…

Preparing for Open Enrollment Period

Malik Abdur-Razzaq, Marketing Segments Manager, EmblemHealth, recently appeared with host Rhina Valentin on BronxNet TV to discuss how to prepare themselves for the upcoming open enrollment period, when individuals make their health insurance decisions for 2016. Malik answered questions to help educate viewers about the process and considerations people should take into account when determining…

Number of Uninsured Americans Declines in 2014

By Paul Zurlo, VP, Small Group and Individual Business

The number of Americans without health insurance continued to decline last year, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released September 16. Nearly nine million people gained insurance, bringing the total percentage of uninsured to 10.4 percent in 2014…

Sharing a Mission, Caring for New York

By Joanne Kroeger, New York Daily News

The Beatles’ 1964 definitive performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The barrier-breaking, all-female FDNY Hong Kong Dragon Boat team. The once homeless Bronx teen invited by Michelle Obama to attend the State of the Union address. These are just a few of the stories which comprise “Your City: Then and Now,” a collaboration between the New York Daily News and EmblemHealth…

Delivering Affordable Health Coverage

Karen Ignagni, who joined EmblemHealth as President and CEO on September 1, sat down with Crain’s New York Business to discuss her recent move to New York to take the helm of one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurance plans. Her strategy centers on sticking to EmblemHealth’s mission of providing affordable, quality health coverage….

AHA Recognizes EmblemHealth for Its Commitment to Employee Health and Wellness

For the fourth consecutive year, the American Heart Association (AHA) has recognized EmblemHealth as a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Company. The title honors companies throughout the country committed to helping employees improve their overall health by improving eating and exercise habits. At the center of EmblemHealth’s health and wellness success is the myHealth PATH program. The…

Stories of Care

Way back when, working New Yorkers had access to affordable health care through nonprofits GHI and HIP, now EmblemHealth. Today EmblemHealth is still innovating, setting a national standard with Neighborhood Care in New York communities. EmblemHealth has been making a difference in the lives of New York families for over 75 years. See EmblemHealth member…