Summer 2018 Insight Employer Newsletter


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FitWorks® Rewards helps small group employers have a healthier workforce

For nearly 30 years, Independent Health has been providing employers throughout Western New York with the tools, resources and expertise they need to motivate their employees to take charge of their health. One of the key ways we do this is by offering FitWorks® Rewards, a wellness program that is included with all of our small group products at no additional cost. Plus, Independent Health manages the entire program, meaning employers don’t have to do anything.

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Choosing Wisely: When less is more in health care

by Michael Merrill, MD, MS, MBA, Medical Director, Clinical Performance Management, Independent Health

Health care costs continue to rise, approaching 20% of the total Gross Domestic Product in the United States. More than $800 billion dollars of that spending is wasteful. Studies have also found that an unnecessary service is provided in 1 out of every 5 doctor visits. In fact, certain medical tests and treatments can do more harm than good.

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Palliative care services benefit both patients and their families

Independent Health is pleased to offer a palliative care program that is available to Commercial, Medicare Advantage and Self-Funded members who reside within the eight counties of Western New York. Interested individuals may self-refer themselves for this program.

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Plenty of ways to stay fit and active this summer

As a way to improve the overall health of our community, Independent Health and the Independent Health Foundation are proud to partner with various local organizations and businesses to offer summer programs and activities that encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors. For example:

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Introducing Zipongo®

Independent Health has unveiled a new online health resource called Zipongo®. This innovative, web-based tool includes nutrition coaching, meal planning and other tools that make it easier to select, purchase and prepare healthy foods that people love. To get started, your employees simply need to register and log in to their secure Independent Health online member account, then click the Zipongo logo that appears on their account dashboard. For more information, click here.

WNY’s Healthiest Employers honored

Independent Health was once again proud be the presenting sponsor for Western New York’s Healthiest Employers® Awards Luncheon, which was held July 19 at Buffalo RiverWorks. We congratulate all of the employer groups who were recognized as finalists, especially the 12 groups that currently work with Independent Health’s Corporate Wellness Department to achieve a culture of health in their workplace. Learn more about Independent Health’s unique worksite wellness programs that are available to employers by clicking here.