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Rory Marraccini, MD, named Co-Director of Physicians-for-Physicians mentor-based well-being program
This program is offered to Valley Preferred clinicians as a component of the organization’s well-being services led by Chief Wellness Officer, Joseph Patruno, MD. Valley Preferred is preferred provider organization aligned with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). P4P is a peer-support program that assists clinicians who are experiencing stresses, especially those brought on by their professional roles.
Joseph Patruno, MD, invited to join national Collaborative for Health and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM)
This national network comprises health care CWOs or equivalent executive-level leaders responsible for overseeing the health care professional well-being efforts of their institutions.
Dr. Nina Taggart Elected to Board of Directors of NAACOS
Nina Taggart, MA, MD, MBA, FAAO, Senior Medical Director of Accountable Care at Valley Preferred, the physician hospital organization affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), has been elected to the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) 2021 Board of Directors for a three-year term.
Synchronous prescription renewal can save time
Whenever possible, bundle the prescription renewal process and synchronize prescription timing with patients during their annual visit. To make this process smoother, call local pharmacies and ask what their preferred process is to start synchronous renewal for patients with existing prescriptions on file.
Resiliency is key to fighting burnout
Physicians who develop self-care techniques are better equipped to thrive in a challenging, and even chaotic, environment.
Start small to make a major impact
When that one little frustration – a flickering light, leaky plumbing, missing equipment – goes unaddressed for too long, it can quickly become the “last straw.”
Valley Preferred Adds Two Members to its Board of Trustees
Valley Preferred continues to expand and mature. Its most recent update is the addition of Robert Kruklitis, MD, PhD, MBA, FCCP, and Terry Purcell, President of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s newest facility in Mahoning Township, to its Board of Trustees.
Throw a lifeline to struggling colleagues
Quick tip: Changes in attitude or personality are a signal that a colleague is struggling to stay afloat. Physicians who are burned out often become cynical, rushed, and indifferent or lack empathy for their patients.
Highmark Launches New High Performing Networks in northeastern Pennsylvania
Highmark has launched two new high-performing networks in Pennsylvania that will help employers in the Lehigh Valley and northeastern Pennsylvania offer workers access to the best local doctors and hospitals at the lowest cost.
Medication adherence can improve the health of your patients and save time
Statistics from a JAMA study indicate that, for every two patients you see, one of them isn’t taking their medicine as prescribed.
Boost productivity and team morale by communicating in real time
Don’t lose sight of the fact that everyone in your practice is on the same team. Routine huddles contribute to team culture and improved relationships that, in turn, help deliver safe and reliable patient care.
Be a Smart Shopper for ACA Health Insurance
(Northeastern PA Version)
The annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace has arrived. From November 1 through January 15, 2021, individuals and families across Pennsylvania can choose from a range of high-quality, affordable health insurance options that are tailored to meet their particular health needs.
If you don’t have health coverage through your employer or another government program, the ACA marketplace has a plan that’s just right for you. Bill Tuthill, vice president of federal markets for Highmark, offers his insights about the ACA and shares some tips to help you be a smart shopper during open enrollment.
Burn Prevention Network Partners with WFMZ to Host 15th Anniversary Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Virtual Event
The Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, with a virtual event in partnership with WFMZ. Join thousands of viewers Thursday, October 22 at 6 p.m. as 10 local heroes are honored for risking their own lives in order to save others from a fire or burn injury.
Joseph A. Patruno, MD, Joins Valley Preferred/LVPHO as Chief Wellness Officer, to Prioritize Organizations' Well-Being Focus
Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization (LVPHO)/Valley Preferred has recruited Joseph A. Patruno, MD, Chief Wellness Officer at its affiliated health system, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), to create and lead newly established wellness programing and professional fulfillment initiatives.
Q&A with an Independent Valley Preferred Member: William Ofrichter, DPM
When the crisis with COVID-19 started, there was so much to think about. Valley Preferred came along and offered PPE supplies, and resources for getting what was essential. We couldn’t have asked for more: that was the help we needed desperately and there it was!
Nancy T. Maulick, MHS, PA-C, Named Valley Preferred’s Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs)
Nancy Maulick, who has been serving as Regional Practice Lead of Lehigh Valley Physicians Group West (the Macungie, Trexlertown, Blandon, Kutztown, Moselem Springs, and Hamburg LVPG offices), and Practice Lead at the Blandon and Moselem Springs LVPG offices, has recently advanced to the role of Director overseeing all Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs).
Pocono Provider Payer Enrollment Transitions to Populytics Provider and Payer Services
Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) Revenue Cycle Operations is pleased to share that Pocono Provider Payer Enrollment will transition to the Populytics Provider and Payer Services department. The Populytics Provider and Payer Services department will provide and manage Provider Insurance Enrollment for Lehigh and Schuylkill counties, and our Pocono regions.
Valley Preferred adds board members as Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization Grows
Valley Preferred, which supports physicians and other health care providers excel in practice, has added four members to its Board of Trustees. They include Matthew McCambridge, MD, MS, FACP, FCCP, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer, LVHN; Glenn Kratzer, MD, Associate Medical Director, Valley Preferred; Robert Kruklitis, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation; and Allison Yudt, Administrator, Payment Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Populytics.
Former Green Beret Greg Stube to Speak at 2019 Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage
Former Green Beret, Afghanistan War veteran, and author Greg Stube will be the guest speaker at this year's Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage award celebration on October 1, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.
Valley Preferred Wins 2019 Corporate Challenge
Valley Preferred’s Team No. 1 took the top prize at the Corporate Challenge bicycle race after two hours of competitive heats, and two months of training in the hot summer sun.
Populytics and Valley Preferred Join Together in Physician Wellness
Valley Preferred and Populytics are working together to promote physician and clinician well-being. The well attended Provider Pathways Forum featured speakers who discussed availability of counseling services, and outlined the comprehensive health coaching that are available to support our community of caregivers.
Kevin McNeill, MD, Receives 2019 Healthcare Heroes Award
Valley Preferred is proud to announce that Associate Medical Director Kevin McNeill, MD was selected as a winner in the 2019 Healthcare Heroes Award program, sponsored by Lehigh Valley Business. The award honors individuals who are making a significant impact on health care in the Greater Lehigh Valley through medical expertise, innovative approaches, management skills, community outreach, and patient care.
2019 Rodale Corporate Challenge Set for Friday, August 9 in Trexlertown, PA
Valley Preferred is sponsoring the 2019 Rodale Corporate Challenge, and two teams bearing its name will be racing. The teams include Populytics and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) riders. That gives the August 9 bicycle race at the nationally known Velodrome in Trexlertown, PA three organizational dimensions. No matter who you might be routing for, the race never fails to deliver en exciting evening at the track!
Burn Survivor, Activist to Speak at 2018 Spirit of Courage
Natalia Ponce de Leon, who was instrumental in establishing tougher laws on chemical attackers in her native country, Colombia, will speak at this year’s Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage award celebration on October 2, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.
VIEW ASK-FIVE VIDEO ON MRIs AND BACK PAIN
New patient-directed video series poses five important questions to ask during an office visit; providers can encourage communication.
LVPHO Annual Report Wins National Marketing Award
The 2017 Progress Update, our annual report, was chosen among 4,000 entries for an advertising/marketing award.
Valley Preferred's Cycling Teams Make the TopThree in the 2016 Corporate Challenge Race
Valley Preferred's two cycling teams came in second and third in the 2016 Rodale Corporate Challenge Race at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center on Friday, August 12.
Highmark Blue Shield and Lehigh Valley Health Network announce joint effort to reduce health care cost trends, improve coordination of care
Two local health industry organizations have announced plans to work together to create long-term health improvements in the community.
LVPHO receives NRC Path-to-Excellence Award
National Research Corporation recognizes the LVPHO’s commitment to Improving the Patient Experience
Civilians and First Responders Receive Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards for Burn Heroism
The 10th Annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage event featured actor Randolph Mantooth of landmark television series "Emergency!" Learn about the lifesaving efforts of our first responder awardees and inspirational story about the Phoenix awardee.
10th Annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Celebration
Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Award Celebration honors local heroes for their exemplary bravery and dedication to safety. Time: 5-9 pm; Location: Coca Cola Park in Allentown, PA.
Valley Preferred Puts Two Cycling Teams in Top Four at Corporate Challenge
Two teams of cyclists representing Valley Preferred finished among the top four during the 16th annual Corporate Challenge at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown on Friday, August 7.
Valley Preferred Wins National Healthcare Marketing Award
Valley Preferred, an Allentown-based preferred provider organization, was named a winner in the health care industry’s largest marketing communications competition, the 32nd Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. Valley Preferred won a bronze award in the Annual Reports category for its 2015 Progress Update titled “Informed Action.”
LVHN Chosen to Be Exclusive Health Care Provider for Valley Preferred Cycling Center
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) was recently chosen to become the new exclusive health care provider of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. With this new partnership, LVHN will provide medical direction on-site at the cycling center and train junior, elite, and professional athletes at LVHN One City Center in downtown Allentown, Pa.
2015 Progress Update
From accountable care to workplace wellness, our 2015 Progress Update chronicles Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization/Valley Preferred’s forward-looking efforts to sustain health care quality and value in our communities—an endeavor in which we all play a pivotal role.
Hospitals, doctors, insurers move to accountable care
This article provides overview of the shift toward an Accountable Care Organization market in the local health care community.
Local Heroes Honored at Ninth Annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Celebration
On October 14, 2014, first responders and civilians who saved individuals from a burn injury or death by fire were recognized for their heroic acts.
Valley Preferred Cycling Center World’s Premiere Bicycle Racing Series Returns for the 39th Season
The World Series of Bicycling returns to the Valley Preferred Cycling Center on June 6th.
Aetna, Valley Preferred Sign Accountable Care Agreement
Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Valley Preferred, a preferred provider organization aligned with Lehigh Valley Health Network, today announced a new accountable care agreement that is designed to improve the quality of care and lower overall health care costs for members of fully insured Aetna commercial plans in Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Mertz named General Manager of Valley Preferred
Valley Preferred has appointed Laura J. Mertz to the position of General Manager.
Civilians and First Responders Honored for Burn Heroism at Eighth Annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Celebration
On October 8th, first responders and civilians who saved individuals from a burn injury or death by fire were recognized for their heroic acts.
Through 20 Years of Change in American Health Care, Valley Preferred has Grown through Focus on Founding Mission
Valley Preferred is celebrating 20 years in October.
Step Out: Walk to STOP Diabetes
Valley Preferred is pleased to sponsor the American Diabetes Walk, "Step Out: Walk to STOP Diabetes."
Valley Preferred and BeneFIT Corporate Wellness Launch New Web Sites
Learn more about the debut of our two new web sites.
Second Annual "Valley Preferred Wheels for Hope" rolls out September 14: cyclists ride local routes to fight children's cancer
Event to raise funds for children battling cancer starting at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center.
Carol Michaels named Director, Health Promotion & Wellness of Valley Preferred
Carol Michaels named Director, Health Promotion and Wellness of Valley Preferred
Valley Preferred and Cigna Start Accountable Care Program
Valley Preferred and Cigna Start Accountable Care Program
to Improve Health and Lower Costs
The Week Ahead at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center
What is going on this week at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center?
Wellness Consultation is a Helpful Company Asset
Learn how wellness consultation has proven to boost employee wellness at an eastern Pennsylvania bank.
New Format / Capabilities for Valley Preferred Online PROVIDER DIRECTORY
Updated and upgraded, the newest version of the Valley Preferred Online Provider Directory went live January, 2013.
Valley Preferred’s Behler Appointed Health Educator
Kristin Behler, MPH, CHES, responsible for implementing strategic comprehensive worksite wellness program.
Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care Recognizes Valley Preferred with 2012 Award
Valley Preferred was honored by the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care with it's 2012 LVBCHC Partnership Award.
Civilians and First Responders Honored at the Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Celebration
Civilians and First Responders Honored at Seventh Annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Award Celebration
Join the “Valley Preferred Tour de Hershey” 80+mile bike ride from Macy’s-Lehigh Valley Mall to Hershey
Join the “Valley Preferred Tour de Hershey” 80+mile bike ride from Macy’s-Lehigh Valley Mall to Hershey
First “Valley Preferred Tour de Hershey” rolls out September 15: local cyclists ride to fight children’s cancer
An 80-mile bicycle ride through eastern Pennsylvania to raise funds for children's cancer.
Valley Preferred Cycling Center Kicks Off Race Series on June 15th
This Friday, June 15th is the kick off for the World Series of Bicycling at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center.
Come and get a great deal on bikes, equipment and appreal at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center's VeloFest 2012 on Saturday, May 5.
Gaining Control of Health Care Costs
While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is focusing on fully insured health insurance plans, it may be worthwhile for businesses large and small to take a look at self funding.
Selicia Chronister named Director, Sales and Client Services at Valley Preferred
Selicia Chronister named Director
Local Disease Management Program Earns NCQA Certification
Lehigh Valley Health Network’s disease management program provides education and self empowerment to patients with chronic conditions. The program was created by Valley Preferred, a preferred provider organization aligned with Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Valley Preferred Wins Gold Award
Valley Preferred Wins Gold Award in Largest Healthcare Awards Competition along with 3 other awards in the 28th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, sponsored by Healthcare Marketing.