Health and Safety

Empire Participating Physician Practices Become Patient Centered Medical Homes

Tom Canty, Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government & Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldJuly 8, 2011
Tom Canty, VP and General Manager Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Empire is pleased to announce that a growing number of our participating physicians have had their medical practices accredited by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (“NCQA”) as a “Patient Centered Medical Home.” In a patient centered medical home, the medical practice is organized around the patient and affords improved access to comprehensive primary care services where care is personalized and coordinated.

What is an Occupational Disease?

June 21, 2011
By Matthew A. Funk, Esq. Brecher Fishman Pasternack Walsh Tilker & Ziegler, P.C.

Worker’s Compensation Corner

Most of us know that Workers Compensation Law protects workers who become injured on the job. Under the law, workers can be compensated for accidental injuries, which often happen suddenly and traumatically at the work site. No big surprises there.

When Kids Are Overweight

Tom Canty, Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government & Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldJune 15, 2011
Tom Canty,Vice President & General Manager Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Believe it or not, 40 percent of kindergartners through eighth-graders – or about half a million kids in New York City are too heavy. One in five kindergarten children is obese.

This has to stop.  With overweight kids, it’s not just that they’re more likely to be taunted and bullied by their classmates it means they’re at risk for diabetes, high blood and high cholesterol.

The Psychological Effects of Workplace Injuries

Dr. Howard M. Rombom PhD, Behavioral Medicine AssociatesJune 13, 2011
By Dr. Howard M. Rombom

John Smith, a New York City subway conductor, was piloting his train into the station one day when a commuter leaped from the platform onto the tracks.

After Smith witnessed the suicide, he followed all of the appropriate procedures as mandated by the New York City Transit Authority. He contacted the supervisor, spoke to a union representative and underwent testing for drug and alcohol use. Smith went home that evening feeling “okay.” However, the following morning he began to feel uncomfortable; everything started to seem a little surreal.  

Vince Lombardi is Not Available

Tom Canty, Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government & Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldMay 25, 2011
Tom Canty, Vice President Sales, Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Most of us agree, there have been times when we’ve needed a coach. Our closets are a mess and our bank account, even more so. Marital bliss is far from effortless, and our own teenage angst was a walk in the park compared to what we’re currently living with.

And yet, while family health doesn’t top our list, according to a new Empire BlueCross BlueShield survey, sometimes this kind of guidance is exactly what we need. Disability can happen to any of us at any time. In fact, the actual odds that a new worker will experience a long term disability before retirement are one in three.

Myths About Worker’s Comp

May 19, 2011

Myth - I cannot afford an attorney, so how will I be able to represent myself at a hearing?

Truth - Lawyers only get paid if they win.

After Joe was injured on his construction job he asked his employer about workman’s compensation. He needed help to cover the medical bills for his swollen ankle. But his employer said Joe’s injury didn’t seem that serious.  So Joe sent him a doctor’s note that showed the severity of his injury. He didn’t hear back from his boss, even after Joe followed up with phone calls. He started to get the feeling he was being put off. Joe realized that to get the compensation he deserved, he might need to talk to a lawyer. But he hesitated. After all… aren’t lawyers pretty expensive? How was he going to afford the help he desperately needed?

Get a lawyer Joe!

These Regulations Save Lives and Jobs

April 29, 2011
By Joel Shufro

Today, April 28th is Worker Memorial Day, a day on which we remember the millions of brothers and sisters, here and throughout the world, who have died as a result of a job related injuries or illnesses and when we recommit ourselves to fight for the human right of every work to a safe and healthful job.

Substantial progress toward a safer workplace has been made in this country, particularly since the enactment of the OSHA law and mine safety laws Literally tens of thousands of workers are alive today because of regulations enacted and enforced by government agencies.

New Tools Help You Get the Most from Your Health Benefits

Tom Canty, Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government & Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldApril 21, 2011
By Tom Canty, VP & GM Sales, Empire BlueCross BlueShield

What’s the difference between a co pay and co insurance? What does it mean if a doctor is ‘out of network’? How does a Health Savings Account work? Understanding your coverage and benefits should be a top priority. That’s why Empire BlueCross BlueShield has developed interactive eTutorials to help you get the most from your health plan.

The Basics of Health Insurance eTutorial can be viewed at, and the Web Overview eTutorial can be viewed at  When you log on, you can:


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