Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Health and Safety

Health Care for Health Care Workers Ought to be a Given

November 26, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld

While many of us were reviewing guest lists while we stood in line at grocery stores in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Licensed Practical Nurses who are employed at the Northern Riverview Healthcare Center in Haverstraw, Rockland County, were  completing their shifts and heading for another line - a picket line.

Insurers Moving to ‘Population Health’ Systems

November 26, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

U.S. health-insurance companies are moving away from a “fee for service” system, where doctors and hospitals get paid for the specific services they do, to a “pay for performance” system, where they get a flat fee for providing care, and make money if they come in under budget.

On LP Air This Week: The Latest On a Possible Access-A-Ride Strike and More!

November 19, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

LP co-hosts Bill Hohlfeld and Neal Tepel.

New York, NY - This week’s episode of LaborPress’ new radio show and podcast on WWRL 1600AM looks at the latest developments in a possible Access-A-Ride strike, as well as the growing dangers lurking on NYC construction sites. We also get reaction to a startling new report on wage theft that finds millions of workers being ripped off each year. And we hear from an industry leader on how unions can reduce the high cost of health care.

Empire’s Tom Canty: Health-Insurance Leader

November 16, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Empire BlueCross BlueShield is by far the New York area’s largest provider of health insurance for labor unions. It handles plans that cover almost 3 million union members, including city and state employees, SEIU Local 32BJ, 12 Teamsters locals, and most of the building trades.

Physician Practice Acquisitions Driving The High Cost Of Care

November 12, 2015
By MIchael Jordan, President, Labor and Strategic Accounts Division,
 Special to LaborPress

New York, NY - Hospitals across the U.S. are merging and purchasing physician practices in efforts to reduce waste and reward value, rather than volume, and to prepare for accountability. It’s a potentially costly trend that savvy fund managers need to confront head-on.

SEIU 1199 Joins 'Fight for 15'

November 10, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY - Today, Tuesday, November 10th, thousands of homecare and healthcare workers joined fast-food and other low-wage workers to rally and march in support of the $15 New York State minimum wage.

Shared Savings With ACOs

November 3, 2015
LaborPress Staff

Volume-based fee-for-service reimbursement has failed to align incentives across stakeholders. In fact, the current state of the U.S. healthcare system stems directly from plan sponsors’ narrowly focusing on reducing costs versus providers raising prices to battle mounting expenditures. 

Teamster Center Services Announces Speaker Line Up for Health & Benefits Expo

October 20, 2015
By Stephanie West

Teamster Center Services will host the 22nd Annual Health & Benefits Expo on Friday, October 30th at the Grand Hyatt New York.  This popular event brings together multiemployer and public benefit plan Trustees and administrators for an opportunity to network and obtain crucial information on the key issues effecting health and pension funds.  More than 50 companies will be showcasing their products and services in the conference’s exhibit hall.

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