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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…

Successfully Preventing Diabetes

Recently, 11 EmblemHealth employees celebrated their graduation from the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) held at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Chinatown. Karen Ignagni, EmblemHealth President and CEO, attended to congratulate those for taking steps toward lifestyle change. The DPP program is offered to all EmblemHealth employees and members at no extra cost. The company launched…

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…

Put Your Wishes Into Words

Accidents and illnesses aren’t age dependent. People of all ages should make their medical wishes known with an advance directive, a legal document that provides directions for your family and caregivers if you are unable to express your wishes for medical or end-of-life care…

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Kale With Garlic and Peppers

This recipe is a nutritional powerhouse and is high in calcium, fiber and vitamins A, C and K. These vitamins and minerals can help reduce the risk for cancer and heart disease. They can also improve bone health and reduce cholesterol.

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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…

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…

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….

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Prevent Joint Damage

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the lining of your joints, causing painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. RA typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet first, and then spreads throughout the arms and legs. Good control of RA requires early diagnosis…

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…

Black History Month

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” –Harriet Tubman.

During Black History Month, we honor and celebrate the great dreamers of the past and present who have inspired the future.

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…

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Event! Lunar New Year

Join us as EmblemHealth celebrates the Year of the Monkey at two Lunar New Year parades! The parade is the highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations, featuring traditional cultural performances and festival booths…

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipe

Gingerbread cookies stay fresher longer and are the perfect care package treat. Try this recipe with a few healthy substitutes. To start, you’ll need a heart-shaped cookie cutter, rolling pin and baking sheet. This recipe uses blackstrap molasses which contains significant amounts of vitamin B6 and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese…

Four Things to Know About Zika

Zika Virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites and is a similar virus to yellow fever and West Nile. In the U.S., there have been no locally transmitted cases reported. Travel-associated cases have been reported to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico and the…

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Your Treatment Options

Your primary care physician (PCP) has full knowledge of your total health and is your best care option. Know where to get the best treatment for your health and wellness needs when your PCP is not available.

Urgent Care Center (UCC) — Get care for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses like minor fractures, allergic reactions, flus and infections, especially after hours or…

Improve Your Heart Health

Quit smoking during American Heart Month — medications and support can make quitting easier.

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

February is American Heart Month — an important time to remember that while we often think of cigarette smoking to cause illnesses such as cancer, chronic…

Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 3, 2016, marks National Girls & Women in Sports Day — a day to highlight the health benefits of sports and exercise. At EmblemHealth we honor this day and encourage all to take small steps toward healthier living. The health benefits of competitive sports are more than just physical. While sports are proven to…