Summer 2017 Insight Employer Newsletter


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Innovative primary care initiative coming to Greater Buffalo region

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has selected the Greater Buffalo region to participate in its Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Initiative beginning in 2018. This five-year initiative will help to further revitalize and grow primary care in Western New York.

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Preventive care vs. Diagnostic care

Independent Health is proud to offer your employees more than 60 preventive care services and screenings that are performed FREE of charge. However, there are times when some diagnostic screenings may have an associated cost – even when included on our $0 cost preventive services list.

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Recognizing the worksite wellness efforts of area employers

Several local companies and businesses were selected as finalists for this year’s Western New York’s Healthiest Employers Award. These employer groups were honored at a luncheon in May for doing their part to better the health and vitality of our community, while lowering rates of preventable illness and medical costs.

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Independent Health Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary

As a way to encourage exercise, recreation and green transportation, Independent Health, in partnership with Shared Mobility, Inc., has launched the second season of the Reddy Bikeshare program.

For 25 years, the Independent Health Foundation has been dedicated to providing Western New Yorkers with the support and resources they can use to lead healthier lifestyles. After all, a healthy community is something that everyone can benefit from.

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Insight Newsletter Archive: Fall 2017, Summer 2017, Spring 2017

Healthy summer events and activities

Independent Health and the Independent Health Foundation are proud to partner with local organizations to offer Western New Yorkers healthy ways to enjoy the warm weather. From burning calories at a Fitness in the Parks exercise class to sampling Healthy Options at Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square, your employees and their families can have fun and stay healthy this summer. For a full list of programs and events, view our Calendar of Events.

New MSP Reporting Form to be mailed

In order to ensure that we continue to process your employees’ and their dependents’ claims correctly as per Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) regulations, Independent Health is requesting your assistance. Within the next few weeks, we will be mailing a new reporting form to all of our employer groups that will help us verify certain information in support of MSP compliance. To complete this form, you will need to know your Employer Identification Number(s), your total number of employees and the corresponding effective date for the total employee count. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.