Press releases for 2017
September 21, 2017: Independent Health once again among the nation’s highest-rated health plans for service and quality
Independent Health is again one of the highest-rated health insurance plans in the nation according to the 2017-2018 Health Insurance Plan Ratings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, leading organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
September 18, 2017: Independent Health Members Can Now Use Their Alexa-Enabled Device to Ask Alexa for Assistance with Plan and Provider Information
“Alexa, ask Independent Health what’s my deductible?” “Alexa, ask Independent Health what’s my cost to see my doctor?” “Alexa, ask Independent Health where can I go for urgent care?” Independent Health members can now get answers to those questions, and several more, using the Independent Health skill for Amazon Alexa, a hands-free voice service, with the launch of a new skill developed by members of the health plan’s eBusiness team.
July 24, 2017: Reddy bikeshare Celebrates its First Year of Operation in the City of Buffalo
Shared Mobility, Inc. and Independent Health are celebrating the first full year of the Reddy bikeshare program in the City of Buffalo. According to Jennifer White, marketing and communications director for Reddy bikeshare, milestones for the first full year of operation include more than 4,000 total riders, more than 40,000 miles traveled and more than 1.6 million calories burned.
July 7, 2017: Thousands of Western New Yorkers participate in this spring’s Health & Wellness Challenge
More than 19,000 Western New Yorkers stepped up this spring to take part in the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge. Overall, 3,285 new participants registered for the online community-wide health and wellness initiative, which ran from April 24 through June 4.
June 21, 2017: Independent Health Establishes New Company to Help Physicians Achieve Excellence as the Health Care Industry Quickly Moves to a Value-based Model of Care
Independent Health today announced it has established Evolve Practice Partners, a new company that will help primary care physicians achieve excellence in care and best patient outcomes, while also remaining independent as the health care industry quickly transitions to a value-based model of care.
May 26, 2017: Independent Health recognized as the second highest ranked plan for member satisfaction in the New York region by J.D. Power
Independent Health is the second highest ranked health insurance plan for member satisfaction in the New York region, according to J.D. Power’s 2017 U.S. Member Health Plan Study
SM. Independent Health's overall score was 747, which is 45 points above the regional average score of 702 and eighth highest in the nation.
May 22, 2017: Greater Buffalo Region selected for Innovative Primary Care Initiative
The collaborative efforts of Independent Health helped to secure the selection of the Greater Buffalo region to participate in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Initiative, an advanced medical home model aimed at strengthening primary care to support improved care, better population health and lower health costs.
April 28, 2017: Thousands expected to take part in this year’s Kids Run
In keeping with its mission to promote positive healthy changes and behaviors in the community, the Independent Health Foundation encourages all children and families to register for this year’s Kids Run, which will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 3, in Delaware Park near the corner of Colvin Blvd. and Amherst St.
April 17, 2017: Get rewarded for being healthy by taking part in this spring’s Health & Wellness Challenge
Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills have announced that the sixth round of the Health & Wellness Challenge will take place from April 24 through June 4. In addition to achieving a healthier lifestyle, Challenge participants will be eligible to win a variety of weekly prizes, as well as a grand prize trip to South Beach to see the Bills take on Miami during the 2017 season.
March 16, 2017: Transformational Approach to Behavioral Health Designed by Independent Health
Optimizes Quality, Access and Cost of Care for Patients
Mother of pediatric patient says it’s “such a relief” as the program successfully integrates behavioral health into primary care practices.
January 4, 2017: Reddy Bikeshare Program in the City of Buffalo wraps up a successful first season
Independent Health and Shared Mobility Inc. are very pleased with the year-one results of the Reddy bikeshare program, which launched last July. In 15 weeks, the total distance traveled by Reddy bikeshare members equaled the round trip distance from Buffalo to New Zealand and the total calories burned was the equivalent of nearly 7,500 chicken wings.