Study shows enhanced walking programs lead to better health

Results from a nine-month study by Independence Blue Cross (Independence) demonstrating that an enhanced walking program encouraged people to walk more and led to weight loss and improvements in mood, energy levels, and overall feelings of well-being, appear today in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

 

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Brian Lobley named to new industry coalition

Brian Lobley, president, Commercial and Consumer Markets, Independence Blue Cross, was selected to join a new coalition formed by The Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center (OWHIC), the OWHIC Leaders Alliance.

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CPR Ready Campaign aims to save lives through CPR Preparedness

The Philadelphia Regional CPR Awareness Coalition (“the Coalition”) today launched CPR Ready, a campaign designed to increase the number of people in the region who are qualified and willing to perform bystander Hands-Only CPR, as well as use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

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Hilferty - Independence CEO Dan Hilferty speaks on Morning Joe
As the 2016 Democratic National Convention convened in Philadelphia this week, the topic of health care reform was at the forefront of many lively policy discussions. Independence Health Group President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty shared his thoughts on the issue with appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and a Washington Post Live roundtable discussion. On Morning Joe,…
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Nation’s oldest memorial for Medal recipients was the focus of the day’s cleaning efforts

Philadelphia, PA  – On Thursday, July 14, in the spirit of civic engagement and community service inspired by the upcoming 2016 Democratic National Convention, more than 60 Independence Blue Cross associates participated in a day-long service project at the Medal of Honor Grove in Phoenixville,…
Independence Blue Cross (Independence) President and CEO Daniel Hilferty welcomed attendees to the fifth annual MedCity CONVERGE conference in Philadelphia on July 12. The event, held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, brings together cutting-edge organizations to discuss innovations in the health care industry. It was attended by more than 400 policymakers, entrepreneurs, and investors, as well as representatives from digital health,…
Philadelphia, PA — Independence Blue Cross (Independence) today announced that Donna Crilley Farrell, who most recently served as executive director of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, has joined Independence as vice president of Corporate Communications. In this role, Farrell will lead the team responsible for media relations, executive communications, and corporate branding. Prior to her role with the World Meeting of Families,…
On June 27, Anthony Coletta, MD, MBA, president of Independence Blue Cross’s Facilitated Health Networks and executive vice president of Independence, joined a panel discussion at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Policy Summit: Emerging Issues and Opportunities in Health Information Technology in Washington, D.C. Dr. Coletta and his fellow panelists addressed the state of health information technology (HIT) and its role in implementing the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative….
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Philadelphia, PA — Results from a nine-month study by Independence Blue Cross (Independence) demonstrating that an enhanced walking program encouraged people to walk more and led to weight loss and improvements in mood, energy levels, and overall feelings of well-being, appear today in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Nearly 460 employees from six Independence employer groups participated in the randomized study;…

Annual Foundation Community Report highlights awards totaling $6.2 million in 2015

Philadelphia, PA — The Independence Blue Cross  Foundation (Foundation) provides vital support for our region through its funding for community health center clinics, nursing education, community organizations and targeted initiatives aimed at improving the lives and health of area residents, especially the underserved….
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Philadelphia – Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is now offering coverage for bronchial thermoplasty, an innovative, device-based procedure that aims to improve symptoms in patients with asthma that are unable to be managed by the most aggressive inhaler and oral medication regimens. This coverage option makes Independence the first health insurer in Pennsylvania and only the seventh Blue Cross plan nationwide to offer bronchial thermoplasty to eligible adults….
  Independence Blue Cross congratulates 15 of our customers and affiliates for receiving the Philadelphia Business Journal 2016 Healthiest Employers Award, which recognizes Greater Philadelphia organizations for their commitment to cultivating a healthy workplace. Independence customers and affiliates receiving the 2016 Healthiest Employers Honor include: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. CBIZ Conner Strong & Buckelew DLL Drexel University Giles &…
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Brian Lobley, president, Commercial and Consumer Markets, Independence Blue Cross, was selected to join a new coalition formed by The Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center (OWHIC), the OWHIC Leaders Alliance. The OWHIC Leaders Alliance is comprised of senior executives from all areas of health care who have committed to work collaboratively on key issues impacting consumer value and overall industry sustainability….
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