In this June Issue...
-Message from the CEO
-Medicare Information Session
-Unclaimed Funds at Univera
-Independent Health: How A Smartphone Can Keep Diabetics Healthy
-Maternity Care Recognized at Suburban
-What's for Dinner? Fire Up The Grill!
Message from President/CEO A.J. Baynes
Recently, the local health insurance carriers released their proposed insurance rates for next year to the New York State Department of Financial Services. As similar with previous years, there is a wide-range for 2019. These are just proposals. The Financial Services Department has the final say. Its approval won't come until early fall, and the Chamber will ensure that you know what you will be paying before the end of the year, so you can make an informed choice when it comes time to renew. We are committed to providing as many options as possible and the best in customer service to make sure you are covered and you and your families' needs are met. As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our healthcare team. We are here for you!
Mark Your Calendar!
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Medicare Information Session Coming in August!

Will you be Medicare eligible in 2018 or are you looking to change your current Medicare plan? Be proactive and prepared to choose a Medicare plan that’s right for you -- or for parents you may be assisting! The Amherst Chamber and Univera Healthcare will offer a summer Medicare Information session Wednesday, August 22 from 5-6 pm at the Chamber office. Understanding Medicare health and prescription drug coverage options is time well spent. For more information or to reserve now, call 716-632-6905 or email healthinsurance@amherst.org .
 
Sign Up for Texting and We'll Remind You!

For upcoming Amherst Chamber events and information sessions, text reminders are available now. To sign up, text notify acc to 313131 .
Money for Past and Current Univera Clients
Univera is Looking for Owners of Unclaimed Funds
 
More than 10,400 individuals and companies in New York State have not cashed more than $2.1 million in checks issued by Univera Healthcare. This is money that was paid for claims or refunded premiums. It rightfully belongs to Univera members or providers and we want to make sure they have one more chance to claim it. Is your name on the list? Click here .
Your Amherst Chamber of Commerce licensed brokers
are here to help!
Penny LaPlaca
Christine Langenfeld
Olivia Dann
Call the Chamber offices at 632-6905 to get your questions answered.  
Controlling Diabetes With Your Smartphone
The Unplanned Cost of Diabetes: How Your Smartphone Can Help You Stay Healthy and Productive



By Deirdre Wheat, MD, MPH, MMedSci, FACMQ, FACPM
Medical Director, Quality, Disease & Case Management
Independent Health
 
Aside from the serious impact diabetes has on an individual’s health, the chronic condition has concerning implications for businesses across the country. In fact, according to a report by the American Diabetes Association released in March , diabetes results in $90 billion in reduced productivity.  
 
Another study, the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index , estimates that lost productivity in the form of unplanned absenteeism related to diabetes costs U.S. employers $20.4 billion each year.
 
Successful self-management of diabetes often depends on lifestyle change and support. While clinicians do all they can to take care of their patients, it’s during the time between appointments that people with diabetes may benefit from extra help and guidance. Of course, optimizing self-management between appointments is easier said than done without the right tools and resources. 
 
This is when technology can help.
 
Smartphone technology provides the opportunity to give people with chronic conditions tailored, ongoing support to successfully manage their conditions between appointments. 
 
With that in mind, Independent Health has partnered with Brook, an innovative company that has created a smartphone-enabled assistant for people with diabetes. 
 
Available for free to both iPhone and Android smartphone users, Brook uses a blend of technology and diabetes experts, such as registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators, to provide personalized feedback and guidance to users.
 
Support from Brook has helped users stay on track with their self-care, which can help minimize issues leading to absenteeism and lost productivity. Users are able to:

·          Securely store their historic diabetes data—blood glucose readings, medications, food and activity;
 
·          Connect Brook to wireless fitness trackers and other devices, so it can provide insight into which behaviors are working to keep glucose levels in a healthy and safe zone.
 
·          Receive personalized lifestyle support, feedback and guidance based on their daily activity and answers to questions.
 
·          Obtain support from both interaction with Brook diabetes experts, and the sharing of ideas and resources by Brook users in the community forum.
 
The Brook personal assistant can be downloaded for free at www.brook.ai .
               
Providing opportunities for better long-term health among the workforce can help address the drivers of health care costs. Moreover, addressing chronic conditions such as diabetes is particularly important for employers to maintain a productive and competitive workforce. Smartphone resources, like the Brook personal assistant, can provide meaningful support to people with chronic conditions, helping them to maintain healthy working lives.  
Millard Fillmore Suburban Honored
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Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Recognized for High-Quality Maternity Care
--Local Hospital Receives National Designation as Blue Distinction Center®--
 
Buffalo, N.Y. -    BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has again recognized Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital with a Blue Distinction ® Center+ for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.  
 
These designated centers are medical facilities recognized for delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective, transparent measures on patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community.
 
Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization and cesarean sections the most common operating room procedures, according to National Centers for Health Statistics and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).
 
The Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on quality measures for vaginal and cesarean delivery. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, a hospital must also demonstrate cost-efficiency.
 
Quality is key: only the hospitals that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.
  
“We are honored to receive this recognition for Maternity Care again this year,” said Darcy Craven, president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital . “Being nationally recognized for the high level of quality care provided to moms and newborns at our hospital demonstrates the compassion and commitment to excellence of our nurses, physicians and staff.”
 
"We are pleased that Millard Fillmore Suburban has been recognized for their maternity care,” said Dr. Thomas Schenk, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York . “BlueCross BlueShield is proud of the work they do each day to ensure that mothers and babies throughout our community have access to safe, high quality and cost-effective care."
Honey-Lime Tilapia and Corn Foil Pack
We could all use to have more fish in our diet, but a lot of us are intimidated by cooking it. Not anymore! Here's a quick and easy way to enjoy tilapia on the grill that even the novice griller can master!

Click here for the recipe. 
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