What You Need to Know About Diabetes

Learn what you can do to help prevent or control it Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose (sugar). If you have diabetes, it means you have too much sugar in your blood. It is caused by a lack of or low insulin. Insulin is a hormone…

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Talk to your doctor about getting screened today. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It includes cancers found in the large intestine (colon) and rectum (the lower part of the large bowel). Colon cancer often starts as a small polyp, a growth of extra tissue. Some polyps…

Take Care of Your Heart!

February marks American Heart Month. This is the perfect time to remind you of one of the best ways to care for your own heart – have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis and keep it under control. What is blood pressure? Blood pressure measures how hard your heart has to work to…

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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…

What Is a Health Home?

A Health Home is an optional Medicaid State Plan benefit that coordinates care for people with Medicaid who have chronic conditions. Health Home providers operate under a “whole-person” philosophy that integrates and coordinates all primary, acute, behavioral health and long-term services and supports to treat the whole person. This is done primarily through a “care…

Why You Should Wash Your Hands

International Infection Prevention Week
October 16 – 22, 2016

By Alexandra Ingber, Lead Program Development Specialist, EmblemHealth, MPH in Global Health, Infectious Diseases

Hand hygiene is an easy and effective way to help break the chain of infection. International Infection Prevention Week, recognized every year during the third week of October, helps teach families, caregivers…

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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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…

Bladder Control

Do You Have Bladder Control Issues?

Bringing up urinary incontinence, even with your doctor, is enough to make anyone squirm. But without treatment, you could suffer rashes, sores and urinary tract infections. So ask for your doctor’s help. Urinary incontinence may be caused by medication side effects, weak or overactive muscles, nerve damage from some chronic conditions or an enlarged prostate…

Keep Your Treatment Team on the Same Page

You may see both medical and behavioral health doctors for separate conditions that may impact each other, especially if you are taking multiple medications. Health plans and doctors need to work together to get a full understanding of your health so you can get the best results. That’s why it’s important for all your doctors…

How Stress Damages Your Body

In this educational TED-Ed video, Sharon Horesh Bergquist shows us how chronic stress can essentially damage every part of the human body. To counter the daily stressors we feel every day, it’s important to adopt a healthy lifestyle that helps clear the mind and improves the body’s immune system. Some basic stress reducers — regular…

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…

Follow the Script

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…

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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…

Leaving the Hospital?

Before leaving the hospital, your nurse will prepare discharge instructions explaining the steps you need to take when you get home. This will include a list of all the medications you have been prescribed. They will also include instructions about your follow-up care and any scheduled doctor appointments with your primary care physician (PCP) or specialists. They may…

Medicare: Annual Wellness Exam Checklist

Your primary care doctor (PCP) is your partner for good health. It’s important to visit your doctor once a year for a yearly checkup and to build a good relationship. There is no out-of-pocket cost for this checkup, as long as you see your PCP. Remember to discuss your blood pressure and weight with your…

Get Smart about Antibiotics

Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections. They should only be used to fight bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics incorrectly can actually strengthen bacteria, making them less effective. Patients need to use antibiotics sensibly. Avoid asking for antibiotics for illnesses caused by…