HIP Health Plan of New York
HIP was founded in 1947 as a prepaid group practice health plan conducting business in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. HIP currently offers a variety of insured products to its approximately one million members to whom it provides medical care through contracted medical groups and through an expanded provider network of approximately 22,000 providers.
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HIP has achieved, among other things, the following:
- HIP's Web site is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean, with additional languages to come;
- With the the acquisition of Vytra Health Plans of Long Island, HIP's membership is more than one million;
- HIP members have access to close to 22,000 physicians in more than 33,000 locations;
- Our participating providers have met HIP's strict credentialing criteria;
- Members have access to innovative products that can provide choice and flexibility;
- Disease management programs are available to help members with asthma, diabetes or arthritis manage their condition and improve the quality of their life;
- HIP provides alternative medicine as another extra value, enabling members to access a participating network of providers for acupuncture, massage and yoga therapy at discounted rates;
- A continuing introduction of new products, including laser vision correction treatment.
HIP members have exceptionally wide choices in how they obtain access to care. Members can go to convenient health centers operated by private, multi-specialty physician groups; or to health centers operated by some of the top New York City area hospital systems, including Continuum Health Partners (Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center); Montefiore Medical Center; Lenox Hill Hospital; and, St. Barnabas Hospital. Members can also obtain care through a network of 20,000 doctors who work out of neighborhood offices in private practice.
HIP also provides a pastoral care program (Integrative Wellness) in many of HIP's participating hospitals. Through this program, HIP-trained volunteers make more than 2,000 visits every month to hospitalized HIP members. The volunteers provide non-denominational spiritual support and companionship during hospital stays for members who are worried or lonely, or for those who find spiritual guidance an important part of their treatment and recovery from serious illness.
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