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A Message to Our Members Regarding CCS Healthcare
In June, Independent Health notified 22 oncologists at CCS Healthcare (CCS) that we will not renew our contract with them, effective Jan. 1, 2017. This non-renewal does not apply to the 51 other non-oncology providers at CCS, including primary care physicians and other specialists.

Press Releases & Special Reports


November 7, 2016:
Independent Health and Pharmacists’ Association of Western New York: Partnering to improve medication adherence and patient outcomes
Independent Health and the Pharmacists’ Association of Western New York (PAWNY) partnered on a unique pilot program in the fall of 2016 that was dedicated to improving medication adherence and health outcomes through direct pharmacist-to-patient interactions.


November 4, 2016:
Independent Health named among 2017 Best Medicare Plans by U.S. News & World Report
Independent Health has been named one the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Medicare Plans. The U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Medicare Plans ratings is based on recently released data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


September 28, 2016:
Soccer for Success® Program in Buffalo to be Showcased Today During a Visit by Representatives from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
Local organizers and community partners in the successful Soccer for Success® program in the City of Buffalo will have an opportunity to showcase their efforts and transformational results today during a visit by officials from the Corporation for National and Community Service.


September 26, 2016:
Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills launch fifth Health & Wellness Challenge
Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills have announced that the fifth round of the Health & Wellness Challenge will take place from October 3 through November 13. In addition to achieving a healthier lifestyle, participants will be eligible to win a variety of weekly prizes, as well as the grand prize V.I.P. Buffalo Bills Game Day Experience for the team’s home game against Cleveland on December 18.


September 20, 2016:
Independent Health Again Among the Nation’s Highest-Rated Health Insurance Plans for 2016-2017
Independent Health is again one of the highest-rated health insurance plans in the nation according to the 2016-2017 Health Insurance Plan Ratings by The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, leading organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

July 21, 2016:
New Reddy Bikeshare Program Launched in the City of Buffalo
Independent Health and Shared Mobility Inc. launched the new Reddy bikeshare program in the City of Buffalo. Following the announcement, Independent Health President and CEO Michael W. Cropp, M.D., Shared Mobility CEO Michael Galligano, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, and the Reddy bikeshare team led an inaugural group ride around Delaware Park.

July 1, 2016:
Top Major League Eaters to compete at Kale Yeah! The World’s Healthiest Eating Championship
The Independent Health Foundation and the sanctioning body for eating competitions throughout the U.S. have cooked up a fun, new entrée, Kale Yeah! The World’s Healthiest Eating Championship. Professional eaters will compete for the Kale Cup during the 2016 Taste of Buffalo on Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. on the steps of City Hall.

June 24, 2016:
Thousands take part in this spring’s Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge
More than 13,000 Western New Yorkers stepped up this spring to take part in the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge. Overall, 3,360 new participants registered for the community-wide health and wellness initiative, which ran from April 18 through May 29.

June 17, 2016:
Independent Health and YMCA Buffalo Niagara Present Fitness in the Parks for Fifth Consecutive Year
Independent Health and YMCA Buffalo Niagara are teaming up for the fifth consecutive year to offer Fitness in the Parks, free outdoor community exercise classes throughout Western New York. The outdoor classes begin on Sunday, June 19 and run until Saturday, August 27.

April 25, 2016:
Dr. Michael W. Cropp to serve as honorary chairman for 2016 Tour de Cure®
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has announced that Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO of Independent Health, will serve as honorary chairman of the 2016 Buffalo Niagara Tour de Cure. This year’s Tour de Cure will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, beginning at Old Falls Street in downtown Niagara Falls, NY.

April 11, 2016:
Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills launch fourth Health & Wellness Challenge
Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills have announced that the fourth round of “The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge” will take place from April 18 through May 29. In addition to achieving a healthier lifestyle, one lucky participant will be selected to win a trip for two to Los Angeles on the Bills team plane to see them play the West Coast’s newest team.

March 21, 2016:
Independent Health to Partner with Shared Mobility Inc. to Launch “Reddy Bikeshare” in the City of Buffalo
200 GPS-enabled bicycles operating at numerous hubs located throughout the city are scheduled to debut this summer.

March 17, 2016:
Independent Health recognized by J.D. Power as the highest-ranked plan for member satisfaction in the New York-New Jersey region for 2016
Independent Health is the highest-ranked health insurance plan for member satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the New York-New Jersey region, according to J.D. Power’s 2016 U.S. Member Health Plan Study SM. This marks the fifth time in seven years that Independent Health has earned this recognition.

January 29, 2016:
Promoting Communication Between Hospitalists, Consulting Physicians and Primary Care Physicians Improves Patient Care
Communication regarding a patient’s clinical status is an important element in the assurance of the continuity of care, as well as the quality of care, for Independent Health members. Independent Health requires the timely exchange of pertinent patient information among all of the member’s practitioners.

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