Telemedicine Phone App Essential for Family Vacations

A “must have” addition to your packing list for this summer’s family trip won’t take up any suitcase space. It’s an app for your smart phone that gives you access to a board certified telemedicine physician from wherever you happen to be sightseeing. “The ideal situation for getting medical care is when a patient sees his or her own doctor in person,” said Richard Vienne, D.O., Univera Healthcare ... »

First-of-its-kind survey shows early acceptance

Nearly five out of 10 upstate New York adults are aware of telemedicine, and 80 percent of those who have used telemedicine rated their experience as “very good” or “excellent,” according to a survey commissioned by Univera Healthcare. The online survey administered by the polling firm One Research contacted 2,000 upstate New York adults, a representative sample of the region’s U.S. Census Bureau ... »

Empower Receives Lifesaving AEDs from Univera

Empower, formerly Niagara Cerebral Palsy receive semi-automated external defibrillators thanks to an underwriting grant from Univera Healthcare Two sites operated by Empower, formerly Niagara Cerebral Palsy, are now equipped with semi-automated external defibrillators (AEDs) thanks to an underwriting grant from Univera Healthcare. The AEDs will make it easier to respond to sudden cardiac arrest in... »

Avoid Tax Penalty Woes

Avoid tax penalty woes: Sign up year-round for $0/$20 health plan If you’re filing an income tax return and paying a penalty because you had no health insurance last year, consider making a move now to reduce your fine for next year. If you’re currently uninsured, consider whether you qualify for the new $0 or $20 Essential Plan. Those who qualify for the Essential Plan and enroll by March 15 for ... »

Univera Awards $22.4 Million

Univera Healthcare Awards Hospitals $22.4 Million for Quality Improvements Forty-one upstate New York hospitals and health centers last year earned $22.4 million in quality improvement payments from Univera Healthcare as part of its performance incentive program. Since 2005, Univera’s program has paid out more than $210 million.  “To provide the best value for our customers, collaborat... »

New Univera Infographic Discourages Scheduling Early Deliveries

One-third of babies born in 2013 in upstate New York were delivered before they were full term, and a third of them were delivered by cesarean section, according to a new Univera Healthcare infographic discouraging early elective deliveries.  “There may be medical reasons for inducing labor or scheduling a C-section before 39 weeks, the minimum gestational age to be considered full term, but conve... »

Last Call to claim $2.6 million in ‘Forgotten Funds’ 

Summary: Hundreds of people in Western New York, and thousands across the state, have forgotten about $2.6 million in checks sent by Univera Healthcare and its parent. These checks were issued in 2011, but were never cashed. If the funds aren’t claimed by the end of August, Univera is required to turn the money over to New York State. A list of people and companies with checks to claim is online a... »