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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…