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(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.

 

 

(Thursday, January 2, 2017) NYCHSRO/MedReview’s CEO & President, Joseph Stamm, received an invitation to attend the Presidential Inauguration held January 20th, 2017.

NYCHSRO/MedReview’s CEO & President, Joseph Stamm, received a special invitation to attend the  58th Presidential Inauguration held January 20th, 2017. Mr. Stamm was invited to the Presidential Inauguration, and many of the festivities that were part of the celebration. Many of the events were black tie events. The invitation included viewing of the inauguration inside as well as a reserved special section outside.

On behalf of NYCHSRO/MedReview Mr. Stamm extends best wishes to the new Administration, and congratulates Donald J Trump and Mike Pence in becoming the President and Vice President.

   

NYCHSRO/MedReview medical director Forrest Manheimer was invited to attend the inauguration as well.

 

(Monday, December 12, 2016) MedReview sponsored an event hosted by the public Advocate celebrating the holidays.

The Public Advocate Letitia James  hosted a pre-Hanukkah celebration at the Jewish Children’s museum this week. The event was sponsored by MedReview and attended by Joseph Stamm and Spencer Young. They were joined by many community leaders and Joseph Stamm had the distinct honor and privilege to introduce the Public Advocate  a close personal friend and friend of the organization.