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(Wednesday, July 12, 2017) NYCHSRO/MedReview is pleased to announce that our CEO and President, Joseph Stamm, is one of this year’s honorees at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Second Annual 9/11 Commemoration Honoring Heroes for Tolerance

NYCHSRO/MedReview is pleased to announce that our CEO and President, Joseph Stamm, is one of this year’s honorees at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Second Annual 9/11 Commemoration Honoring Heroes for Tolerance to be held at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2017. The ceremony takes place at 11:45am in Luxury Suite #2, followed by the Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays game at 1:05pm.

 

SWC Director Michael Cohen explains the decision behind the award:

 

“Over your storied career,” he wrote in a letter to Mr. Stamm, “you have truly exemplified what it means to follow in the steps of Simon Wiesenthal and the mission of the center which bears his name. From the boardrooms of the health care industry, to the halls of government, to the issues facing your local community, you have consistently proved to be a fighter for fairness and justice for all, regardless of the consequences, and that is the definition of a hero of tolerance.”

 

Why Yankee Stadium?

 

“The Yankees are one of the institutions that help make New York what it is and one of the institutions that helped in the healing process following the September 11 attacks on this great city. It is therefore appropriate that the event ‘Heroes for Tolerance’ be held at Yankee Stadium on the day that we remember the innocent victims of terrorism and the citizens of this country who strive every day to make America a great place,” says Mr. Cohen.

 

We hope you will show your support for this venerable organization and its honorees who stand for tolerance and diversity in this region and around the world.

 

For information on purchasing tickets for the event and game, see invitation or for any questions contact the Simon Wiesenthal Center at 212-697-1293. Or www.wiesenthal.com/heroesfortolerance

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

(Tuesday, July 6, 2017) Top of the Line: Sergey Podkopaev & Curtilla Noel Named ‘Employees of the Month’

In July, NYCHSRO/MedReview’s top brass named the company’s first two “Employees of the Month” from a pool of nominees picked by their colleagues. The April and May award winners were Systems Help Desk Analyst and Administrator Sergey Podkopaev and Data Analyst Curtilla Noel, both long-time staff in the MIS department. At a boardroom breakfast attended by all personnel, CEO/President Joe Stamm presented each honoree with a financial incentive award and unveiled the plaque engraved with the winners’ names to be displayed just outside the executive suite.

Sergey Podkopaev was awarded for his key role in configuring, implementing, supporting and troubleshooting our technology systems from onsite hardware through remote users. Valued by colleagues for his willingness to go out of his way, Sergey always comes to the rescue with a smile and the calm demeanor of a professional who knows how to solve the problem, whatever it is. He has degrees in engineering from the Ukraine and in computer science from NY’s Globe Institute of Technology.

Curtilla Noel, who is a data analyst in quality assurance and precertification, was recognized by all as a very hard worker who is the first to volunteer whenever anyone needs assistance. A native of Belize, where she studied business, Curtilla came to the US in 2008 and joined NYCHSRO/MedReview in 2011.  “I have grown and learned a lot since I came here. I couldn’t do it without the support of the MIS team,” she says.

 

  

(Tuesday, June 27, 2017) Celebrating Jewish Heritage Month at the ‘Center Of The Universe’.

On June 27th on the lawns of Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bill De Blasio celebrated Jewish Heritage Month

First Lady Chirlane McCray, who co-hosted the outdoor barbeque, spoke about her own appreciation of the contributions of the Jewish people.  “Among the many expressions I learned during my years working at Maimonides Medical Center, tikkun olam—heal the world—is my favorite,” she said. “Making the world a better place for all those who suffer from mental illness and for their families—that’s my mission!” she added, referring to a personal cause inspired by their daughter’s hard-won battle with depression and addiction.

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray host a reception in celebration of Jewish Heritage. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik is the honoree. Gracie Mansion. Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

 

 

  

He ended the event by proclaiming the date as Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Day, in honor of the Rabbi’s leadership of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn, his work as FDNY chaplain, and his 35 years as co-host of “Religion on the Line” on WABC radio.

 

Along with CEO/President Joseph Stamm and Maurice Bortz from NYCHSRO/MedReview and numerous Chiefs of Staff from the Mayor’s office, attendees included City Council members David Greenfield and Chiam Deutsch; State Assembly members Dov Hikind and David Weprin; and Consul General of Israel Dani Dayan, among other dignitaries.

(Monday, June 9, 2017) NYCHSRO/MedReview’s Chief & New York’s Archbishop Talk “Savings” At NYBR Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The New York Board of Rabbis Humanitarian Awards Dinner honoring Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York

 

The NYBR is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the Jewish faith and the well-being of all religious communities.

On June 19 at the Pierre Hotel, CEO and President Joseph Stamm attended the annual Humanitarian Awards dinner of the New York Board of Rabbis. Held this year in cooperation with the Mariano Rivera Foundation, the event recognized three New Yorkers for their altruism, among them His Eminence Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan. While Mr. Stamm had the pleasure to meet two fellow dinner-goers, former New York State Governor David Paterson and Major League baseball great Darryl Strawberry, his personal conversation with Cardinal Dolan was the evening’s highlight.

 

In that encounter, Mr. Stamm spoke about NYCHSRO/MedReview’s work to benefit the New York State Catholic Health Plan, which provides health insurance coverage to New Yorkers of every age under the banner of Fidelis Care New York. His Eminence and Mr. Stamm agreed that they should meet again to discuss MedReview’s services and explore further opportunities to improve care and reduce costs in the New York diocese.

 

The NYBR fosters interfaith understanding and presents its annual award in recognition of individuals dedicated to good works in their personal or professional lives.  The Cardinal’s fellow recipients were Vincent F. Pitta and Robert S. Tucker.

 

(June 9, 2017) MedReview’s Top Three Meet Old Friends & New Clients at AHIP Expo

MedReview’s top executives, Joseph Stamm and Helen Mutchler, were among the first-timers in a crowd of 700 organizations attending the Institute and Expo of America’s Health Insurance Plans in Austin, TX, in June. SVP of Operations and Client Development, Spencer Young, also attended the three-day event, but unlike his cohorts, he was not a newcomer to the scene. A former executive at United Healthcare and Health Data Insights, Mr. Young cited the positive differences in his experience this year versus years past.

  

“AHIP’s 1300 member companies provide health insurance coverage to 200 million people across the Americas and its conventions bring together vendors and customers with the goal of improving consumer services and care,” Young explains. “However, the June Expo is the premiere event of AHIP’s three annual conventions and attracts the industry’s top-tier executives. We went as a vendor, but it was a good opportunity to network with everyone, which we did,” Young explained.

 

The results of that networking were multifold.

“People’s reactions to our booth ranged from intrigued to very interested. For example, a Brazilian healthcare plan was looking to model its system after the US. They were seeking cost-containment methods but were unaware that services like ours existed. After picking our brains, their interest was piqued—and we are continuing the conversation.

 

“We also met with other vendors to see where we might have synergy and find possible partnerships.

 

MedReview is different. We take the review process a step beyond coding audits to scrutinizing the diagnoses and treatment itself. Our company is exceptional in its use of physicians to make adverse decisions on cases under review.”

Mr. Young noted a final difference between this expo and others he has attended throughout his career. “Giveaways are the favorite perk of convention goers, and since it was June in Texas, MedReview sponsored free bottles of cold Perrier and napkins with our logo. But this year, the attendees seemed far less interested in the tchotchkes than in learning about what we do and the services we provide.”

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(Wednesday, May 24, 2017) Joe Stamm Co-Chairs Jewish American Heritage Event at Congressional Gathering in DC

In the nation’s capital on May 24, 2017, members of the House and Senate celebrated Jewish American Heritage Month. What began in 1980 as a week dedicated to American Jewry became, at the request of Congress in 2006, a full month of events highlighting Jewish contributions in the arts, science, medicine, sports, business, government and military service. This year’s gathering held at the Senate Russell Office Building was co-chaired by Joseph Stamm, NYCHSRO/MedReview’s top officer, and was attended by Senators Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Ben Cardin, James Lankford, Jeff Merkley, Gary Peters and Brian Schatz; and Representatives John Faso, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Brad Schneider, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was a driving force behind the event.

 

The honorees were Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews; Esther Kenigsberg, founder of SPARKS, which serves women and families affected by health issues related to premenstrual and postpartum disorders; and Dr. Shani Verschleiser, of magenu.org, a child safety and sexual abuse expert, creator of the “Be a Star” curriculum—and, as Mr. Stamm told the crowd, someone he has known since she was five years old.

 

As Co-Chair, Mr. Stamm also had the honor of introducing keynote speaker, Montana Senator Steve Daines. Calling him “outspoken” in his support of Israel and the Jewish community as a whole, Mr. Stamm praised the Senator who not only cosponsored two bills penalizing the UN financially for the passage of Resolution 2443, but also has asserted publically that instead of “finding fault in Israel,” he believes the “solutions lie with Israel.”

 

“He has consistently showed support for maintaining close ties with Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East,” Mr. Stamm stated.

 

In his own remarks, Senator Daines reminded the gathering of the importance of remaining vigilant to discrimination in any form and spoke about acts of anti-Semitism in his home state during a past Hanukah and the spontaneous show of unity with the Jewish people by citizens of all faiths in response to this hate.

Ezra Friedlander, Abe Eisner, Greg Rosenbaum and Stanley Treitel co-chaired the event with Mr. Stamm.

(Friday, May 12, 2017) Putting the ‘FUN’ in Fundraiser at the HRMCF Chinese Auction

After hours on May 12, NYCHSRO/MedReview hosted its ninth annual fundraiser for the HRM Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization spearheaded by EVP Helen Mutchler to provide housing and education to impoverished youth in rural Philippines.

In addition to a spread of food and drinks, the event featured the yearly Chinese Auction with its own spread of 50 prizes ranging from household gadgets to decorative platters and crystal bowls. The grand prize of four seats at a Yankee game was the big ticket item–$10 per bid versus $2 and $4 for the other items displayed. The crowd included executives and staff as well as company vendors, one of whom was this year’s grand prize winner. The evening’s deejay was Shamark Black, receptionist Trish Black’s son.

 

To date, nine children have graduated from college and two more will finish next year thanks to HMRCF. On average, the organization supports up to 35 children a year in public school and university, providing housing, uniforms, supplies and internet access, as well as college tuition. Without such assistance, 2 out of 3 Cebu school children drop out and work to help their families survive.

“In the Philippines, public school is free but there are no freebies for universities. In addition, college entrance requires an 85 grade average. That’s not a problem for our students who meet that cut-off to be eligible for our program,” says EVP Mutchler. “In fact, our children must maintain a 90 average, or a few points less, depending upon their family circumstances.”

 

This year, the auction raised 12.5 percent of HRMCH’s $40,000 yearly budget, while the largest portion of funds is collected through an annual appeal letter. The remaining monies come via the daily dollar purchases by NYCSRHO/MedReview employees of coffee and snacks provided in house for the dual benefit of HRMCF and the staff themselves, who can enjoy the discounted refreshments any time and pay on the honor system. One-hundred percent of these monies go directly to the foundation.

(Thursday, April 20, 2017) In Memory: Lou Gordon Of Balcony

LOU GORDON | BALCONY New York

 

In April, NYCHSRO/MedReview lost a long-time friend and associate, Lou Gordon, Executive Director of the Business and Labor Coalition of New York. Lou was known for his tenacity and strength in advancing BALCONY’s mission to “improve New York for all New Yorkers” by rising above partisan politics to address issues impacting the daily lives of individuals and families in the workforce.

“Lou stepped on many toes in his pursuit of fairness for both workers and businesses,” states the BALCONY obituary. “However, he often found the common ground to resolve issues from Healthcare to Social Justice…Lou was a caring friend, seriously concerned for the rights and health of everyone he knew.”

 

As a member organization of BALCONY, we share the admiration as well as the loss felt by everyone who knew him.

(Monday, January 9, 2017) MedReview CEO/President Mr. Joseph Stamm and his wife Anne hosted The Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio at their home

Mr. & Mrs. Stamm


The Mayor was introduced by Rabbi Ralbag, Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam and the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Avenue K. The Mayor thanked the Stamms for their hospitality and spoke briefly about their long standing relationship, acknowledging Mr. Stamm’s 40/70 celebration  (40th anniversary/70th birthday) and described what a “Mentsch” Joe was in his personal and professional life.

The Mayor then spoke about his accomplishments in the city and his vision for 2017 and beyond.  He took full advantage of the intimate setting and seemed to connect personally with all the attendees.  After the Mayor spoke there was a brief Q & A session, followed by light refreshments.