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…

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…

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…

Eat for Life!

By Chef Kenny Minor, Personal Chef and Author

Living a healthy and balanced life is all about making SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) choices for your life. However, in today’s growing fast-food culture, one has to ask: can I truly live a richer life based on smart food choices only? In 2015, more than…


Broccoli and Parsnip Stir-Fry

Healthy Broccoli Recipe Ingredients: 1 leek, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 bunch broccoli, chopped 2 parsnips, thinly sliced and boiled until tender 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/3 cup water 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce Preparation: Heat oil. Add garlic and leek. Cook for about 5 minutes until leek is softened. Add reduced…

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…

Karen Ignagni

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…

" Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women. "Michelle Obama

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…


The Truth About Immunizations

By Dr. Jack Skowron, AdvantageCare Physicians

I have been a practicing pediatrician for over 30 years now. While I have seen significant changes throughout the years, the most dramatic has been the drop in severe, life threatening infections. I often used to care for patients hospitalized with meningitis, pneumonia, measles and other major infections. Now, I rarely see patients with these serious illnesses. The primary reason for this drop is…

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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…