Health Education

Important Notice on MAPD HMO Plan Termination Effective March 1, 2020

Effective February 29, 2020, Quality Health Plans of New York (QHPNY) will terminate its contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Quality Health Plans of New York won’t offer Medicare plans after February 29, 2020. This means coverage through Quality Health Plans of New York will end February 29, 2020.

It has been our honor to serve you. Quality of Health Plans of New York would like to thank you for the opportunity and sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information members should refer to the notices recently mailed or call Customer Service at 1 (877) 233-7058 (TTY/TDD: 711). Until March 31st, you can call us 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from April 1 to April 30th, you can call us Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

You may also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Tell them your plan isn’t going to be offered after February 2020 and you want help choosing a new plan. This toll-free help line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

In keeping with our belief in preventative medicine, the Health Education Articles page is devoted to providing you with the information necessary to foster optimum health. On this, and preceding pages, you will find publications that will contribute to your understanding of good health practices and other information the medical consumer needs to know.

  1. Preventive Health Guidelines

    The Preventive Health guidelines were established by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. They provide health consumers and professionals with standards for health screening measures according to patient age and risk factors. Take a look and see if you are due for a test.

  2. Arthritis Foundation

    The Arthritis Foundation estimates that 66 million Americans, nearly 1 in three adults, suffer from arthritis Learn more about this common ailment.

  3. Back Pain Publications

    According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, back pain is the second most common form of neurological disorder, second only to headache. Americans spend at least $50 billion per year on low back pain. See what you can learn about back pain.

  4. Blood and Lymphatic Publications
  5. Bursitis Publications

    You have more than 150 bursa in your body. These small fluid-filled sacks surround your joints and lubricate the pressure points between bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. If you overuse or repeatedly stress your joints you may develop this painful condition.

  6. Cholesterol Publications

    According to the American Heart Association, cholesterol can be both good and bad, so it’s important to learn what cholesterol is, how it affects your health and how to manage your blood cholesterol levels. These publications will help you to do that.

  7. Diabetes Publications

    According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 18.2 million people in the United States, or 6.3% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 13 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. Following are some excellent publications on the subject.

  8. Dieting Publications

    According to the Food and Drug Administration, poor diet and physical inactivity account for more than 400,000 premature deaths each year in the United States, second only to deaths related to smoking, says the CDC. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease, and joint pain caused by excess uric acid (gout). Excess weight can also cause interrupted breathing during sleep (sleep apnea) and wearing away of the joints (osteoarthritis). Carrying extra weight means carrying an extra risk for certain types of cancer, including endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancer. QHP considers this issue to be of prime importance to our members.

  9. Digestive Disorder Publications

    Researchers have only recently begun to understand the many, often complex diseases that affect the digestive system. Accordingly, people are gradually replacing folklore, old wives’ tales, and rumors about the causes and treatments of digestive diseases with accurate, up-to-date information. But misunderstandings still exist, and while some folklore is harmless, some can be dangerous if it keeps a person from correctly preventing or treating an illness. Following is the latest on digestive disorders.

  10. Hip Injury and Disorders Publication

    According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the tightly constructed hip joint is exceptionally stable. While a handful of overuse and sports injuries are associated with the hip, the majority of hip problems are associated with aging, disease, and fractures in the elderly. For this reason we submit these publications for your consideration.

  11. Heart and Circulation Publications

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for more than 900,000 deaths per year in the US alone, yet this disease is preventable and treatable.

  12. Lung and Breathing Publications

    Breathing is such a vital function your body does it automatically. Your lungs provide an essential step in a system that provides life-giving oxygen to your body. Your lungs also eliminate carbon dioxide, a waste product. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, you should see your primary care physician for evaluation.

  13. Skin Disorder Publications

    Your skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects you from infection and disease and helps regulate your body temperature. Learn more about this vital organ.