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)…

TED-Ed on How Stress Changes the Brain

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to positive or negative life situations. It isn’t abnormal for stress to occur; however, the way it’s dealt with is important to personal health. It’s important to counter stress by adopting a healthy lifestyle to help clear the mind and improve the…

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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…

Changing the Narrative of Cancer

On April 7, 2016, the American Cancer Society (ACS) hosted its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay for Life Most Valuable Partners (MVP) Event at EmblemHealth’s corporate headquarters. The event honors key Making Strides and Relay for Life partners, sponsors, teams, fundraisers and vendors. It’s a way for the organization to…


How to Recognize and Prevent Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

Does your heart sometimes skip a beat or bounce around? Does it occasionally feel fast or fluttering? If so, these can be signs of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), which is a common heart rhythm disorder in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are…


Small Steps With the YMCA

As the Official Sponsor of Small Steps to a Healthier You, EmblemHealth supports the YMCA of Greater New York. Through this relationship, EmblemHealth has the opportunity to offer its members a number of discounts to any one of the YMCA’s branches in New York City. Benefits include: A guest pass good for free use of…

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…

Event! Teen Battle Chef: The Sizzle of Pursuit Premiere

Join FamilyCook Productions for a special screening of Teen Battle Chef: The Sizzle of Pursuit on Tuesday, April 5 from 6-8 pm. The documentary film follows a group of teens training to develop culinary skills and healthy eating habits to battle the chronic diseases and life stresses of growing up in poverty-dense communities. Students from…

National Doctors’ Day

Say Thanks To Your Doctor With EmblemHealth

March 30, 2016, marks National Doctors’ Day — a day to celebrate the contribution of medical doctors who serve the U.S. by caring for its citizens. At EmblemHealth, we honor this day and encourage you to thank your doctor for his or her quality service. See below for…

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Follow the Script

It’s important to take your medicine as directed by your doctor so you don’t become sicker or end up in the hospital. If you find yourself missing doses or not taking your medicine at all, you are not alone. Some of the most common reasons for not taking medicine are: Not filling or refilling a…

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…


Preventive Care Checklist

Are You Getting All Needed Preventive Care?

Regular checkups are important at all ages. It’s the best way to get the health care advice and services you may need. If you’re only going to the doctor when you are sick, there…


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…


Dr. Ramnarine Explains Zika to Parenting Magazine

Infectious disease specialist, Jotir A. Ramnarine, MD, AdvantageCare Physicians, recently sat down with 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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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…


Sleep: Why It’s Good for You

EmblemHealth is raising awareness for the importance of sleep during March 6-13 for the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) Sleep Awareness Week. According to the NSF, most adults need approximately seven to nine hours of sleep each night to feel fully rested and well prepared for the following day. The amount of sleep needed varies between…