2017 Press Releases

Press Releases


Press releases for 2017

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.

September 21, 2017: IHF Awarded $650,000 Grant to Support the Soccer for Success Program in the City of Buffalo and Beyond
Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s after-school youth development program offered free to participants by the Independent Health Foundation in collaboration with Algonquin Sports, will bring programming to nearly 1,750 children in grades K-8 throughout the City of Buffalo during the current year.

September 20, 2017: Independent Health once again among the nation’s highest-rated health plans for service and quality
The Soccer for Success program in the City of Buffalo, now in its sixth year, has scored a major goal as the Independent Health Foundation today announced a three-year grant totaling $650,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to help expand the program in the region.

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.