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Tapping The Power of IBM Watson Technology For Complex Cases

Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldMay 31, 2012
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Empire is looking at ways to help health care evolve, and a better, healthier, more efficient and affordable future may be just around the corner. Our parent company is teaming up with IBM to create an original clinical use for their Watson technology. We envision this powerful tool helping physicians identify options in the treatment of our members by providing advanced insights and access to the very latest medical research.

HRM Foundation Provides Lifeline to Impoverished Children

Helen Mutchler, founder of HRM Children's FoundationMay 7, 2012
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
 
The HRM Children’s Foundation was incorporated in 2009 with the intent of assisting poor and underprivileged children in the Philippines. The Foundation helps house, clothe and feed dozens of needy children while arranging for their schooling. These efforts have already borne fruit with numerous young people finding a way to continue their education rather than starting on menial poor paying jobs at a young age, a common occurrence in the Philippines.  

4 Tips for Healthy Eating

May 2, 2012
By Dr. William A. Gillespie, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, EmblemHealth

In keeping with EmblemHealth’s longstanding commitment to the health and well-being of New York’s working men and women, I have written Health and Wellness Tips, an article series dedicated to helping you stay healthy, get well and live better. We hope you’ll find the health information in these articles useful to you and your welfare fund members. Look for Health and Wellness Tips articles in future editions of LaborPress.

Empire Puts the Patient in the Center of the Health Care System

March 12, 2012
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Starting this summer, Empire BlueCross BlueShield will begin to implement a new patient centered primary care strategy which will offer primary-care doctors increased reimbursements - estimated at 10% -- with the likelihood of additional payments increasing by as much as 50%. In addition, Empire will provide resources to enhance information sharing and provide clinical care management support.

Cost Savings in Health Care

March 1 2012
By Bendix Anderson

The following is based on remarks by Joseph Stamm, President and CEO of NYCHSRO/ MedReview, Inc., at “Cost Savings in Health Care,” an event held September 22, 2011 in New York City organized by LaborPress and NYCHSRO/MedReview, Inc.

Many companies that now offer health care as a benefit to workers are considering dropping their health benefits plans.

Myths vs. Realities About Healthy Eating

Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldJanuary 26, 2012
By, Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Myth: Desserts are forbidden
Reality:
Correction – desserts are allowed! Try healthful choices like fruit salads, low-fat yogurt with fruit, sorbets, frozen fruit juice bars, angel food cake or frozen yogurt.
 
Myth: If you work out, you can eat whatever you want
Reality: 
Hold on there, champ...  Eating plans can certainly differ based on how active you are and how intense your workout is. While professional athletes and construction workers pack a tremendous amount of physical activity into a day, that doesn’t mean they get to super-size any food they want. To stay lean and healthy, it’s best to choose the most nutrient-rich foods from the basic food groups every day, eat them in the right portions, AND stay active.
 

Coping with Painful Changes

Dr. Howard M. Rombom PhD, Behavioral Medicine AssociatesJanuary 16, 2012
By Dr. Howard M. Rombom

A diligent worker copes with her forced retirement.

After 15 years of hard work as a housekeeping employee, excruciating pain began to spread through Maria R.’s arms, hands and shoulders. The pain became intense that she was unable to continue her work at a large hotel in New York City — a job she had held for 15 years.

Doctors diagnosed Ms. R. with carpal tunnel syndrome and the treatment required surgery to both of her wrists. But even after the surgery, Ms. R. continued to feel pain, though its level had somewhat diminished. She was also unable to use her hands and arms as she had in the past. Doctors define her as “permanently partially disabled” and she was unable to return to work. As a result of this significant change in her life, she became depressed.

Healthcare Construction Remains Strong Despite Weak Economy

December 19, 2011
By Neal Tepel

New York's healthcare sector continues to invest heavily to improve and expand its facilities, even in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of data from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge.

Between 2005 and November of this year, DOH has approved $17.3 billion in construction spending on healthcare facilities throughout the State. Work has already begun, and in some cases is complete, on $10.4 billion of these projects.

Thinking About Becoming More Physically Active?

Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldDecember 13, 2011
By Tom Canty Vice President and General Manager, Labor, Government and Special Accounts, Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Good for you! Just by thinking about it, you’re one step closer to becoming healthier and more energetic. If you’re procrastinating about when the magic moment to start actually is, ask yourself this question: Isn’t the best time for positive change right now?
 

Don’t Look Now.... But You Just May Be Exercising!

Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldNovember 21, 2011
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield

That’s right. You may be exercising and not even realize it. Carrying grocery bags, gardening, scrubbing the bathtub or washing and waxing a car are all forms of moderate exercise that can cause you to burn between 105 and 210 calories in a half hour.  And, your heart, bones, lungs and muscles are reaping the benefits of these activities as well.

Bus, Subway and Truck Operators… Waste Disposal Drivers and Haulers

David Klein, Partner, The Klein Law Group P.C.November 14, 2011
By David Klein

Rumbling rides along uneven streets. Lurches and jolts over potholes. The pressure of your foot pushing on the brake, hour after hour.
It all takes a toll…

If you are one of the men and women who operate buses, subways or trucks, then your job can cause you serious medical problems over time. It is possible to develop disabling conditions, even when there is no particular accident you can point to. You need to be aware of your rights on the job. Although an employer and his insurance company may try to tell you otherwise, if you develop a medical condition because of your job, you are entitled to file for workers’ compensation benefits.

Union Trust Fund Administrators Seek Healthcare Solutions at Expo

Andrew Johnson and the MedReview staffNovember 8, 2011
by Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
 
About 50 providers of healthcare services and investment managers in the union trust fund industry recently exhibited at the 18th Annual Health & Benefits Expo organized by the Teamster Center Services (TCS). The exhibitors’ diversity ranged from health insurance companies to software companies that develop specific applications that help union welfare funds gain detailed insights into their members’ health issues.

Healing from Violence on the Job

Dr. Howard M. Rombom PhD, Behavioral Medicine AssociatesOctober 27, 2011
By
Dr. Howard M. Rombom, Ph.D.

Jane Doe couldn’t forget the passenger who hit her. Jane operates a New York City bus for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. One day, as Jane’s bus rolled on her regular route, a passenger asked for a transfer ticket. When Jane replied that there were no transfers on her bus line, the passenger shouted that he would punch her in the face.

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