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December 13, 2018:
Independent Health Brief: Advancing Safe, Cost-Effective Treatment of Chronic Eye Conditions
Independent Health has a long history of collaborating with physicians to achieve the triple aim of better health, better care and lower health care costs for our community. One area of particular focus has been on the different available medications used to treat macular degeneration and other related serious eye conditions related to chronic illness.

November 14, 2018:
Independent Health and Brook expand patient-driven partnership
Independent Health and Brook, a leading digital health platform for chronic disease management, have made it easier for Independent Health members to self-manage their care and make the best decisions about their overall health by expanding the capabilities of the Brook Health Companion for smartphones.

October 24, 2018:
CMS designates Independent Health as a 4.5 Star Rated Medicare Plan for 2019
Independent Health has once again been recognized as a 4.5 Star Rated Medicare Plan* by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The annual Star Ratings are designed to help Medicare beneficiaries assess the quality, value and performance of every Medicare Advantage plan throughout the nation.

October 18, 2018:
Special Report: WNYers Understand the Important Role of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) in Coordinating and Delivering Effective, Patient-Centered Health Care
The importance of primary care to our nation’s health care system – and to patient health – cannot be overstated. Primary care enables better coordination and collaboration of care among providers, improves patient outcomes, and addresses inefficiencies and cost. Families, individuals, employers, and the entire community all benefit from a health care system with a robust primary care structure in place. A new special report by Independent Health discusses what it takes to create a dynamic care system that helps primary care physicians deliver the most effective and efficient care.

October 15, 2018:
Get healthy and be rewarded by taking part in this fall’s Health & Wellness Challenge
The ninth round of the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge will take place from October 22 through December 2. By meeting daily goals and completing easy and fun healthy activities, participants in this fall’s community-wide initiative will earn points and be eligible to win a variety of prizes, including a $5,000 cash grand prize.

October 4, 2018:
Independent Health among top plans for lowest number of complaints in New York state
According to the recently released 2018 New York State Consumer Guide to Health Insurers, Independent Health is among the highest overall ranked plans based on the lowest number of complaints from health care providers and consumers.

October 1, 2018:
Independent Health’s RedShirtsSM are ready to help during this year’s Medicare open enrollment period
With the start of the Medicare annual enrollment period just two weeks away, Independent Health’s experienced RedShirtsSM will be available at six Medicare Information Centers and other community sites throughout Western New York to help make sure people choose the Medicare plan that’s right for them for 2019.

September 20, 2018:
Independent Health among the nation’s highest-rated health plans for service and member satisfaction
Independent Health is one of the highest-rated health insurance plans in the nation for clinical quality and member satisfaction, according to the 2018-2019 Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

September 7, 2018:
Independent Health Provides Federal Officials With Input on Future Policies to Address Growing Drug Prices
Michael W. Cropp, President & CEO of Independent Health, voices support for efforts to lower the price consumers pay for prescription drugs and cites success of its Pharmacy Benefit Dimensions™ affiliate in providing a unique, transparent pricing model.

August 6, 2018:
Good for the Neighborhood® offers free health screenings and farmers market throughout August
The Independent Health Foundation is continuing its successful program, Good for the Neighborhood® (GFTN), with five free community events in August. These programs will focus on starting a healthy school year: showcasing healthy recipes and fun nutrition education activities for kids. Each location will also be giving away school supplies to children present at the event, while supplies last.

August 2, 2018:
NYS Senator Jacobs Secures $50,000 to Launch High School Program to Fight Heroin Epidemic
New York State Senator Chris Jacobs (60th SD) announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funds to support the implementation of a High School Student Ambassador Program in the City of Buffalo. Developed by the Independent Health Foundation and Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the pilot program is patterned after the successful Leadership in Training (LIT) middle school program.

July 23, 2018:
Independent Health partnering with Zipongo® to make it easier for members to eat well
Independent Health is teaming up with Zipongo®, a San Francisco-based organization, to offer its members a digital food marketplace that will help them select, purchase and prepare healthy foods from home or on-the-go. Our members can now use Zipongo to access recipes and meal plans highly personalized to their tastes, dietary preferences, restrictions and medical needs, including recommendations for quick and healthy meals.

July 17, 2018:
Reddy Bikeshare to Celebrate Two Years in the City of Buffalo with Free and Discounted Memberships; Promotional Giveaways all Week
Free Annual Memberships, Sunglasses and $2.00 Hourly Passes will be available to the public through Saturday July 21. Reddy Bikeshare and Independent Health will honor the bikeshare program’s second full year in the City of Buffalo with a week long celebration at various community events.

July 10, 2018:
This spring’s Health & Wellness Challenge a huge success!
More than 24,000 Western New Yorkers took the steps to lead a healthier life by participating in the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge. Overall, 3,400 new participants registered for the online community-wide health and wellness initiative, which ran from April 23 through June 3.

June 28, 2018:
Case Study: Unique partnership has led to improved medication adherence and patient outcomes in Western New York
Since October 2015, Independent Health and the Pharmacists’ Association of Western New York (PAWNY) have partnered on a unique program to help educate patients on the importance of adhering to their medication regimen with respect to timing, dosage and frequency. Read how this collaboration has helped improving medication adherence and health outcomes through direct pharmacist-to-patient interactions.

June 12, 2018:
Brook and Independent Health Forge Strategic Partnership to Bring Augmented Intelligence to Chronic Disease Management
Brook, a leading digital health platform for chronic disease management, and Independent Health today announced a strategic partnership to provide enhanced resources to help its members self-manage their care and make the best decisions about their health. In addition to collaboration on technology development and delivery of new services, Independent Health is participating in Brook’s round of financing.

May 02, 2018:
Reddy Bikeshare Expands to NFTA-Metro’s LaSalle Rail Station to Commence National Bike Month
Reddy Bikeshare, in partnership with Independent Health, has expanded into the University Heights with its 39th station in the city of Buffalo. The bikeshare program, which launched in July of 2016 with 200 GPS-capable bicycles, hosted a free “Bike Breakfast” to celebrate the beginning of National Bike Month.

April 18, 2018:
Celebrate 30 years of family fun and fitness at this year’s Kids Run
The Independent Health Foundation encourages all Western New Yorkers to participate in this year’s Kids Run, which will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 2, in Delaware Park. The 30th annual free event will include a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5, a diaper derby for all babies who crawl, and a 1.8-mile family run/walk for all ages.

April 16, 2018:
Step up and take the Health & Wellness Challenge
The eighth round of the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge will take place from April 23 through June 3. By meeting daily goals and completing easy and fun healthy activities, participants in this spring’s Challenge will earn points and be eligible to win a variety of prizes, including a $5,000 cash grand prize.

April 10, 2018:
Case Study: Changing the Way Urology Care is Delivered for Better, Lower-Cost Outcomes
For the past three years, Independent Health and WNY Urology/Cancer Care of WNY have partnered on a series of value-based reimbursement programs payment model that rewards physicians for adhering to best practices when treating conditions that impact the urinary-tract system and male reproductive organs, such as prostate cancer. Read how this unique partnership has helped improve the quality and efficiency of care that WNY Urology/Cancer Care of WNY patients receive and lower overall medical costs in our special case study report.

February 13, 2018:
Reddy Bikeshare’s Second Season Pedals Past Year One
Independent Health officials announced final results for the second season of the innovative bikeshare program in the City of Buffalo, and both organizations are once again extremely pleased with the community’s incredible support and enthusiasm.

January 24, 2018:
Health & Wellness Challenge achieves milestone
The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge has officially surpassed the 20,000-participant mark. The seventh round of the popular community initiative recently concluded, with more than 35 outstanding prizes awarded to participants along the way, including a grand prize trip for two to Nashville, Tennessee.

October 26, 2017:
Independent Health’s Medicare Advantage Plans All Earn 4.5 Star Rating for Quality and Service
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans. All of Independent Health’s Medicare Advantage plans again received a 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating from CMS. The Star Ratings are determined based on a combination of access to care and preventive services, as well as customer service and member satisfaction.

October 5, 2017:
Achieve a healthier lifestyle by joining this fall’s Health & Wellness Challenge
Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills have announced that the seventh round of the Health & Wellness Challenge will take place from October 9 through November 19. By meeting daily goals and completing easy and fun healthy activities, Challenge participants will earn points and be eligible to win a variety of great weekly prizes, as well as a grand prize trip for two to Nashville, Tennessee.

October 4, 2017:
Collaborating with Cardiologists: Case Study
In 2012, Independent Health invited a select group of six forward-thinking cardiology groups to participate in a multi-year effort to decrease variation in cardiology services and move toward consistency in adhering to evidence-based medicine. Read how this collaborative effort resulted in closer adherence to evidence-based medicine, improved patient satisfaction, and a reduction of cardiac costs our special case study report.

September 28, 2017:
Independent Health Special Report: A Catalyst for Change in Moving to a Value-Based Model of Health Care Delivery
The health care industry is quickly moving to value-based care and reimbursement models, which reward physicians for providing patients with evidence-based medicine, while advancing safe, appropriate and effective care as opposed to a volume-based, fee-for-service model that drives unnecessary overutilization of visits, tests, treatments and procedures. Independent Health has published a special report about the rise of Value-Based payment methodologies aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of care.

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