Three Simple Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer to the Homebound

From Bronx Voice

For many of us, the holidays are considered the “most wonderful time of the year.” But, for the frail, elderly, or homebound among us, the holidays can be a disheartening reminder of one’s own isolation and stripped independence. Read the full article.

Guiding People Living with HIV to the Recovery Finish Line

From, HIV Plus magazine

By Hany Abdelaal, D.O.

New York’s new Medicaid special needs plans deliver vital, targeted care to people living with HIV and others who need it most. Read the full article on or in HIV Plus magazine.

Important Tips for Managing Diabetes

From Bronx Voice, The Wave, The Queens Times

By Joan Brown, RN, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans

Helping people better manage their diabetes and supporting them when lifestyle changes are needed is one of the most important things I do as a registered nurse and care coordinator. We have conversations every single day about how to apply “doctor’s orders” at home and keep diabetes under control for those who are at risk or coping with the disease. Read the full article in the Bronx VoiceThe Waveor The Queens Times on page 2.

Politico New York Health Care

From PoliticoNewYork

Around New York - State health officials have approved an expansion of the VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth HIV/AIDS Medicaid Special Needs Plan to Westchester and Nassau Counties. The move makes it the first state Department of Health SNP of its kind to be available outside the New York City area, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York said. Read the full article.

VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth Expands Service Area


VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth, a New York State Department of Health Special Needs Plan (SNP) for Medicaid-eligible New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and/or who identify as transgender or live in a Homeless shelter, will now be available for residents of Nassau and Westchester counties. SelectHealth is the first and only SNP of its kind to be available in New York State outside of New York City. Read the full press release.

Identifying and Preventing a Silent Killer: Sepsis


By Hany Abdelaal, D.O., president of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans

If you aren’t familiar with the term “sepsis,” you should be. Perhaps the most potentially lethal condition facing medically compromised patients today, sepsis is hard to diagnose, fast developing — and its incidence is rising at an alarming rate. Read the full article.

Health Autonomy Comes in All Sizes


By Hany Abdelaal, D.O., president of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans

Culturally tailored care management is helping safeguard the health of America’s diverse (and growing) senior population. "With this in mind, I’d like to share inspiring portraits of four Americans who, with the support of their providers and MLTC plans, are pursuing their own version of Health Autonomy — blazing a new and diverse trail of proactive health management for other seniors to follow, " writes Abdelaal. Read the full article.

7 Tips for Caring for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

From Bronx Voice

By Joanna Ignatiades, RN, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans

As a nurse care coordinator with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, my job includes educating family caregivers about how to support their loved one and also how to best care for themselves. Here are a few reminders that I encourage family members to keep in mind when caring for a loved one with memory issues. Read the full article.

Life-Saving Lessons in High Blood Pressure Education from Nurse Care Coordinators


"May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and a good time to share insights from nurse care coordinators like Marian Unterman, who cares for patients like Florence, making a difference by simply taking the time to help people learn, change and adopt new healthier lifestyles," writes Hany Abdelaal, D.O., president of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans. Read the full article.

National Nurses Week Celebrated: No Place Like Home for a Visiting Nurse

From Bronx Voice

As a registered home care nurse working with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, I am honored to count myself among the skilled clinicians who find unique ways to connect with patients and help them achieve the best quality of life possible," writes Joanna Ignatiades, RN, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans. Read the full article.

Home Care Nurses Help Close the Gap in Diabetes Control

From Bronx Voice

Approximately one-third of our patients have diabetes in addition to their primary diagnosis,” says Yael Reich, a nurse diabetes specialist with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) who advises nurses on how to help patients and health plan members with diabetes manage their glucose levels. “This means our nurses are treating thousands of patients with diabetes on any given day,” by Joan Brown, RN, MSN, CCM, CDE VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans writes. Read the full article.

Social Workers: Strengthening the Long-Term-Care Safety Net


“Care for home-bound patients doesn’t end with just making sure they are taking their meds,” says Clarene Richards, Lead Social Worker with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s (VNSNY’s) CHOICE Managed Long-Term Care health plan. “It’s also keeping them psychologically grounded, monitoring their ability to function successfully and independently in their homes, and coming to the rescue with solutions when they can’t manage for themselves.” Read the full story.

Want to Reduce HIV Nationwide?


"Want to reduce HIV nationwide? Follow New York State's successful model for HIV treatment and prevention," writes Hany Abdelaal, D.O., president of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans. Read the full story.

Heart-Healthy Tips to Follow All Year Long

From Buffalo Healthy Living

Ann Marie Moran, R.N. with VNSNY CHOICE, writes: "As a Registered Nurse with VNSNY CHOICE, I work with many patients who are diagnosed with [heart] conditions. I educate them on managing their disease and help them follow simple tips that get them on track for making healthier lifestyle choices." Read the full story.

Long-Distance Caregiving

From Buffalo Healthy Living

Ann Marie Moran, R.N., with VNSNY CHOICE, offers tips for caring for a loved one who is far away. Read the full story on page 26.

Avoiding Dangers of the Flu for Older Adults

From Buffalo Healthy Living

Ann Marie Moran, R.N., with VNSNY CHOICE and The Eddy Visiting Nurse Association, offers these tips to avoid the dangers of the flu. Read the full article on page 31.

When Senior Loneliness is More Than Just the Holiday Blues

From Bronx Voice and Your Health Voice

Joanna Ignatiades, RN, Care Coordinator at VNSNY CHOICE writes, "The holidays are a time of happiness and celebration for many of us. For most, it’s a festive time. But, especially for older members of our community who don’t get out as much as they once did, or who may have recently lost a loved one, things may not feel cheery at all." Read the full article in the Bronx Voice or Your Health Voice.

Keep Chronic Inflammation in Check with Your Diet

From Bronx Voice and Your Health Voice 

Inflammation isn’t always a bad thing—it’s an effective tool that your body uses to get you to pay attention, whether to a blister or bursitis. But when inflammation becomes chronic, it goes beyond helpful. Read the full article in the Bronx Voice and Your Health Voice.

10 Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

From Buffalo Healthy Living 

Anne Marie Moran R.N., with VNSNY CHOICE and The Eddy Visiting Nurse Association explains that cognitive decline is the type of age-related change that can have a dramatic impact on a person's life, affecting his or her ability to live independently. Read the full article on page 39.

VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans Receive SAGE Platinum Certification in LGBT Cultural Sensitivity Training

From Buffalo Business First and EDGE Media Network

VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, the managed care affiliate of the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, has been awarded Platinum-level certification by the LGBT advocacy group SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Read the full article at Buffalo Business First and EDGE Media Network

Easing Senior Loneliness: It's More Important Than We Think

From Buffalo Healthy Living

Social isolation is a little-thought-of, but growing, factor in the health and well-being of people 65 and older. Read the full article on page 39.

How a Special Needs Plan is Helping New Yorkers


A year and a half ago, Gregory Brown, formerly homeless and long estranged from his fourteen children, was suffering from such severe HIV, drug use and breathing problems that he was all skin and bones. What a difference a knock on the door makes. Read the full article.

Aging Safely at Home: It Takes a Team


Living alone in his Brooklyn apartment, Tomas Castro was heading toward a downward emotional spiral — and nobody knew it. Nobody, that is, except Elizabeth Almanzar-Wright, RN, his health insurance plan’s care coordinator. Read the full article.

Education Nation: Five Tips for Boosting Healthcare Literacy


As the focus of health care increasingly shifts from acute, episodic care delivery to wellness management for chronic conditions, patients and family members are becoming important partners on their own healthcare teams. Read the full article.

Innovative Medicare-Medicaid Products are Reshaping Healthcare Delivery for Vulnerable Americans


Integrated care is a term that Americans have been hearing more and more frequently over the past few years. It can apply to coordinating both Medicare and Medicaid benefits within one seamless system in order to provide improved care for “dually eligible beneficiaries” — people who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, based on their age, income and/or disability status. Read the full article.

Heart Healthy Tips for Women at Any Age!

From Bronx Voice 

If you're surprised to hear that heart disease kills more American women every year than all types of cancer combined, you are not alone. Heart disease is the number one killer in women — with a disproportionate effect on African American women — and yet only 47 percent of women are aware of this. Read the full article.

Flu Shots: An Ounce of Prevention Is Especially Vital for the Elderly 


"What if I told you there was a simple shot that prevents thousands of deaths each year among older, frail Americans? I’m talking, of course about, a flu shot," writes Hany Abdelaal, D.O., president of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans. Read the full article.

Bomb Cyclone Hits Home Care Providers in Northeast

From Home Health Care News

A major winter storm, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” for its rapid intensity, pummeled the northeast region of the United States on Thursday, forcing in-home care providers to switch into overdrive to keep clients, patients, and caregivers safe. Read the full article.

Senior Pet Companions Help Ease Loneliness 

From Buffalo Healthy Living 

While many people associate pets with kids who can't wait to welcome the first cat or dog into their homes, pets can benefit aging men and women as well. Read the full article on page 40.

Stress-Busting Tips for Caregivers This Holiday Season

From Norwood News

Two words that the holidays bring to mind for many of us these days are food and stress. With no shortage of sugary, fattening foods and a seemingly never-ending to-do list, it is easy for people with busy lives, particularly family caregivers who often lack time to care for themselves, to resort to unhealthy food habits like stress-eating during the holidays. Read the full article

Keeping the Holidays Cheerful When Managing Diabetes

From New York Amsterdam News

Although the holidays are a source of enjoyment for many who look forward to quality time with loved ones, the unprecedented focus on eating and drinking can make this time just as much a source of distress for those with diabetes. Read the full article. 

Simple Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer to the Homebound

From Buffalo Healthy Living 

For many of us, the holidays are considered the "most wonderful time of the year." But, for the frail, elderly, or homebound among us, the holidays can be a disheartening reminder of one's isolation and stripped independence. Read the full article on page 14.

The Opioid Epidemic: Don't Overlook the Elderly

While the opioid epidemic has taken its greatest toll on younger people, with the highest misuse death rates among males in their mid-twenties to mid-forties, studies show that the epidemic has increasingly affected the elderly Medicare population as well. Read the full article.

Maintaining Independence for Seniors

From: Buffalo Healthy News

As a registered nurse and care coordinator, my colleagues and I help frail, elderly, and disabled individuals live safely and independently in their own homes and communities as long as possible. Read the full article on page 37.

Fall Allergies Are Nothing To Sneeze About For Seniors

From Buffalo Healthy News

While fall allergies aren’t fun for anyone, they place an extra burden on older adults, many of whom live with preexisting medical conditions that can be complicated by allergy symptoms such as congestion or a sore throat. Read the full article.

How Older Adults Can Reduce Their Risk of Falls

From Buffalo Healthy News

Falls are one of the biggest contributors to fatal and nonfatal injuries among seniors. In addition to threatening safety, falls can compromise a person's independence and cause broken bones, impaired mobility, and even death. Read the full article (page 47).

Elderly Especially Susceptible to Heat

From Buffalo Healthy News

Alicia Schwartz, a nurse with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, warns that elderly men and women, in particular, are susceptible to the effects of hot temperatures. Read the full article (page 27).

Vision and Hearing Loss: Seeing the Big Picture of Depression and Falls

From The Huffington Post 
As a nation and a health care system, we are coming to appreciate that the best way to treat health issues — especially in vulnerable populations like the frail elderly — is to see each person as a whole and treat each issue in the context of an entire life. Read the full article

June Checklist for Summer Allergies and Asthma Concerns

From Buffalo Healthy Living

As a Registered Nurse Care and Care Coordinator with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, I’ve noticed that seniors can really be caught off guard during allergy season, and are often surprised to learn that they can develop asthma at an older age. Read the full article.

Stand Up for Your Own Health on National Nurses Week

From Buffalo Healthy Living 

May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week, a time to recognize the men and women who dedicate their lives to the nursing profession. Read the full article (page 40).

Transportation: A Vital Connection to Independence and Care for Older Adults

From The Huffington Post

Sometimes, access to a simple car ride can be a life or death matter, especially for the chronically ill and homebound. Read the full article.

Taking Shared Responsibility for Your Health

From The Huffington Post

As we age, it is not uncommon to experience kidney problems, but for some people talking about symptoms even to a doctor can be a challenge. It is important to understand the causes of kidney disease and to take steps to maintain good kidney health at any stage of life. Read the full article.

Preserving Medicaid for the Most Vulnerable: Complex Care, Complex Conversations

From The Huffington Post

Medicaid is more complex and extensive than is generally acknowledged — and it’s important to take this complexity into account when considering steps to modify how Medicaid is run. Read the full article.

Heart-Healthy Tips to Follow All Year Long

From Buffalo Healthy Living

Here are a few helpful reminders from Alice Schwarts, RN Coordinator, to help those with heart disease make healthier lifestyle choices. Read the full article on page 35.

Armed With New Training and Technology, Home Health Aides Boost Quality Care for Elderly Americans

From The Huffington Post 

There is important new thinking in managed long term care and across the healthcare landscape about ways to enhance and expand the role of a home health aide. Read the full article.