2018 Press Releases

Press Releases


Press releases for 2018

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 4, 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).

October 1, 2018: Independent Health’s RedShirts 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 RedShirts 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 2, 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.