More Seniors Turn to The Silver&Fit Program During Medicare Open Enrollment for Broader Choices of Virtual Home Exercise and Fitness Solutions

The Silver&Fit program’s virtual, online home-based options and gym-based options are designed to accommodate all levels of fitness and workout preferences. Features include: 

  • 1,700+ Digital Fitness Videos. The Silver&Fit online video library provides a broad collection of workout options, allowing members to customize their own at-home exercise routines including cardio, strength, yoga, dance, Tai Chi, and many others.
  • At-Home Fitness Kits. For those who want to create or enhance their own workouts at home, the Silver&Fit program offers home fitness kits. Kits may include a yoga mat, resistance bands, dumbbells, or wearable fitness trackers.
  • Live Telephone Coaching. Members seeking help with fitness goals or lifestyle improvements can work with a live coach over the phone to obtain advice on fitness, social isolation, sleep, and other healthy living habits.
  • Access to Social and Community Connections. Silver&Fit members can browse information and links to more than 120,000 social organizations ranging from chess, painting, and classic car clubs, to nature organizations. This resource encourages members to join in on club video programs or socially distanced meetings to safely connect with other like-minded individuals.
  • In-Person Gym Access. As gyms are permitted to open, members who feel comfortable returning can use their subsidized gym benefit to get back on their fitness track. With the Silver&Fit program, seniors can choose from a nation-wide network of more than 15,000 fitness centers, YMCAs, and fitness studios.

For information about whether your Medicare plan includes the Silver&Fit program, contact your health plan or 1-800-MEDICARE. Visit for more information about the program.

About American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc. (ASH Fitness):
ASH Fitness, a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH), provides no-cost and low-cost fitness and exercise programs for Medicare beneficiaries and group retirees (through the Silver&Fit® program), and for commercial health plan members and employer groups (through the Active&Fit®, Active&Fit DirectTM, and ExerciseRewardsTM products). ASH is one of the nation’s premier independent and privately-owned specialty health services organizations. For more information, visit or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter at @ASHCompanies.

About Silver&Fit’s Daily Free, Publicly Available Facebook Live and YouTube Workouts:
Silver&Fit also offers four daily free older-adult workouts for the public on Facebook Live or YouTube. Anyone can join these popular exercise classes tailored to the needs of older adults. These half-hour classes premiere Monday through Friday on Facebook Live and YouTube at 9 AM PT, 10 AM PT, 11 AM PT and Noon PT. Participants may also use the workout videos later, since they remain available on YouTube for two weeks after they premiere. Classes include cardio, yoga, strength, flexibility, and others taught at various levels, from beginner to intermediate to advanced. All classes are taught by certified instructors with experience creating classes. To participate in a free exercise class, follow Silver&Fit on Facebook at or view the classes at

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Tokyo dentist nabbed for allegedly selling gargle solutions by pitching coronavirus efficacy

Gargling solutions and other items seized by the Metropolitan Police Department are seen in this photo taken at Kojimachi Police Station in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Nov. 20, 2020. (Mainichi/Takuya Suzuki)

TOKYO — A 58-year-old dentist and three others were arrested for allegedly advertising and selling gargle solutions, which have not been approved as pharmaceutical products, as effective in countering the novel coronavirus.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s life environment division announced on Nov. 20 that it had arrested the four, including dentist Kiyoshi Amano from Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, on suspicion of violating the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act.

It is conducting further investigations on the assumption that the four suspects sold the solutions to a total of 8,500 people between January and July via the internet and earned around 44 million yen (roughly $423,867).

The suspects are specifically accused of advertising on an online sales site four types of gargle solutions that have not been approved by the minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, including Periotreat, as “highly likely to have a sterilizing effect against the novel coronavirus,” and selling a total of 67 such items to five customers in Tokyo for some 150,000 yen (about $1,450). They are also accused of storing some 4,200 gargle items for the purpose of selling them.

According to the life environment section, Amano has told investigators, “The advertisement did not have contents violating the law. We didn’t sell them as pharmaceutical products.” The other three have also reportedly denied knowing their actions were illegal.

Papers accusing sales site operator Amano Dental, headed by Amano himself, of the same charges were also sent to prosecutors.

The gargle solutions originally cost about 700 yen (about $6.7) per 500-milliliter bottle, but were sold at around 2,000 yen (about $19.3) each on the website from January 2019. They had been advertised to have an effect against influenza, diabetes, esophageal cancer and other diseases, even since before the spread of the coronavirus.

Amano has appeared in newspapers, magazines, TV and other media as a dentist on topics including dental health and bad breath.

(Japanese original by Makoto Kakizaki and Takuya Suzuki, City News Department)

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NextGen Healthcare’s Integrated Solutions Chosen by Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NextGen Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXGN), a leading provider of ambulatory-focused technology solutions, today announced that Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center (OSMC)—a premier orthopedic center in northeast Kansas, has selected NextGen® Enterprise as its core electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) solution. OSMC will implement the musculoskeletal integrated solution across its two orthopedic practices to increase interoperability and enhance the patient experience with capabilities such as patient self-scheduling and telehealth.

NextGen Enterprise with Orthopedic Suite is a fully integrated, single database platform that provides intuitive clinical workflows designed for complex orthopedic organizations who provide their patients an integrated surgical, non-surgical and rehabilitation experience. OSMC has adopted the entire NextGen Healthcare platform including: NextGen® Orthopedic Suite, NextGen® Therapy Suite, NextGen Virtual Visits™, NextGen® Patient Experience Platform, NextGen® Managed Cloud Services and NextGen® Provider Mobile+.

“A key reason we selected NextGen Healthcare is because the innovative software suite brings our practice to the next level and provides a more effective way for our patients and providers to interact,” said Lisa Wassemiller, practice administrator for Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center. “The integrated platform provides greater access, speed and convenience for our providers to communicate with patients and the workflow is tailored to the needs of our specialty.”

“In today’s healthcare environment where patient experience is an important aspect of driving loyalty and engagement, patients expect to connect with their physician and care team effortlessly,” said John Beck, chief solutions officer for NextGen Healthcare. “With the NextGen Orthopedic Suite, OSMC can provide a higher level of service to their patients while simultaneously improving clinical and financial outcomes.”

Click here to learn more about NextGen Healthcare’s orthopedic solutions.

About Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center

As a full-service orthopedic center, Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center has six orthopedic surgeons, six advanced practitioners, six physical therapists, six physical therapy assistants and one athletic trainer throughout two locations and three satellite clinics in Northeast Kansas. The group began in 1983 and offers orthopedic surgery, physical and rehabilitation therapy services. They have been the team physicians for the Kansas State University’s athletics department for over 30 years. Learn more at

About NextGen Healthcare, Inc.

NextGen Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXGN) is a leading provider of ambulatory-focused technology solutions. We are empowering the transformation of ambulatory care—partnering with medical, behavioral and oral health providers in their journeys to value-based care to make healthcare better for everyone. We go beyond EHR and PM. Our integrated solutions help increase clinical productivity, enrich the patient experience, and ensure healthy financial outcomes. We believe in better. Learn more at, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.

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JetBlue and Northwell Direct Partner to Provide Long-Term Health Solutions to COVID-19

Northwell Direct and JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline, (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced that they are partnering to provide the airline with a comprehensive set of COVID-19 services and programs to support its crewmembers (employees) across JetBlue’s operation and add a clinical layer to the airline’s Safety From the Ground Up program.

The customized set of solutions from Northwell Direct – a Northwell Health company that provides a broad range of health care solutions to employers in the tri-state area – will support JetBlue as it considers testing approaches for its teams in New York City, clinical concierge services for crewmembers, and consulting and advisory services for JetBlue’s leadership. The program, which is expected to evolve and expand based on needs, is designed to detect and prevent COVID-19 and to aid in the recovery of the airline industry.

The suite of services and the ongoing evolution of the program will collaboratively be designed by clinical experts at Northwell Health, which has treated over 93,000 patients with COVID-19, and JetBlue’s leadership, and are based on science and the latest medical knowledge around COVID-19 and the specific needs of the company’s crewmembers. Tests conducted as part of any JetBlue programs will be processed by Northwell Health Labs, which has invested more than $30 million in COVID-19 testing equipment and supplies since the start of the pandemic – more than any other hospital-based lab in the country.

In addition, the program allows JetBlue to offer tri-state crewmembers 24/7 access to expert guidance and assistance with questions or concerns about the virus. These clinical concierge services provided by Northwell Health Solutions, Northwell’s care management arm, if appropriate, will also be able to provide fast and seamless navigation to care. These crewmembers will also have access to Northwell Health’s COVID Ambulatory Resource Support (CARES) program, which offers hospital-level care in the safety and comfort of home.

“JetBlue’s leaders reached out to Northwell Direct because they believe, as we do, that the path to recovery is built on a foundation of health and safety,” said Nick Stefanizzi, CEO of Northwell Direct. “We’re proud to partner with them in supporting their crewmembers and in working to restore this vital sector of the economy.”

The arrangement also provides JetBlue leadership with consulting and advisory services from Northwell Health clinical leaders to ensure corporate strategies are evidence-based and to take advantage of the latest advances in the fight against the new coronavirus. The multi-layered set of protective strategies complement JetBlue’s extensive Safety from the Ground Up program, which, along with maintaining healthy crewmembers, focuses on travel flexibility, clean air and surfaces, and more space with fewer touchpoints.

“Keeping our crewmembers healthy is an important pillar of our Safety from the Ground Up program. By partnering with a healthcare leader like Northwell, we are leveraging their experience to provide our crewmembers with confidence that they are healthy,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue. “Our crewmembers are doing an exceptional job in these challenging times, and are

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Consumers Adopting Digital Fitness Solutions: Survey

With more than 50,000 respondents from across multiple geographies, a Gympik survey tracks key wellness trends such as mental health, emerging fitness solutions, and new industry challenges

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The novel coronavirus outbreak has had a drastic impact on every aspect of daily life, whether personal or professional.

The survey titled ‘COVID-19 Fitness Behaviour Survey’ draws insights from the responses of over 50,000 fitness enthusiasts from multiple regions. It maps the changes brought by the pandemic upon the fitness behavior of the Indian consumer. The report reveals trends related to holistic fitness, as well as novel challenges that the Indian fitness industry faces in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The paradigm-changing shift towards digital fitness

A significant finding of the survey details the future shape of a post-pandemic reality. The Gympik survey highlights how consumers have adopted digital fitness solutions to counter the physical restrictions posed by the pandemic.

The extended lockdown drove a massive surge in the demand for virtual classes for yoga by 87 per cent and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio workouts such as Zumba by 72 per cent, aerobics by 67 per cent, and pilates by 22 per cent. Moreover, an overwhelming 84 per cent of fitness enthusiasts tried live-streaming fitness classes at least thrice during the lockdown—marking a significant increase over the corresponding numbers in 2019, which stood at 29 per cent. During the lockdown, 77 per cent of Indians also tried to stay fit by combining household chores with virtual classes and DIY (do-it-yourself) home workout routines.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, it was the younger audiences who led this charge in the demand for virtual fitness. Consumers between 25 and 34 years of age were the most willing to adopt digital fitness solutions, with female users (60 per cent) being more open to virtual classes than male users (40 per cent). Major urban centers such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi/NCR dominated the country’s virtual fitness landscape.

Going back to the gym: Concerns, possible solutions, and the way ahead

The report also analyzed consumer’s enthusiasm toward resuming gym workouts with strong sanitization, social distancing, and spot temperature checks emerging as the key areas of concern.

As gym owners gear up to resume operations, implementing better on-premise sanitization can help them allay such concerns and get their business back to pre-pandemic levels. With customers also open to continue paying for digital fitness post-lockdown, they can also look at implementing hybrid physical/digital memberships to make their business more viable, sustainable, and future-ready.

Holistic health in the pandemic: The challenges and solutions

The social isolation enforced during the lockdown has had a major impact on the mental health of India’s fitness enthusiasts. Almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of the respondents felt the COVID-19 situation has worsened their mental health, with 45 per

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