Please be aware of changes in the Blue Cross insurance plans available on the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange

To our valued patients,

The following message is intended for those of you that purchase insurance on Idaho’s health insurance exchange (www.yourhealthidaho.org), especially those of you who subscribe to Blue Cross Qualified Health Plans (insurance on the exchange and individual plans).  This message does not pertain to those of you who participate through your employer’s Blue Cross group plan or Blue Cross managed Medicare.  Open enrollment on the health insurance exchange ends on January 31, 2017.  At this point, we are not sure if there is going to be a repeal or if a repeal and replace is waiting in the wings.  Either way, we want to share some things we have learned regarding health insurance sold on the exchange that affects our communities:

  • If you were enrolled on the exchange in 2016, you may have been automatically renewed under the same insurance plan you had last year.  If you are happy with that plan, carry on.  If not, please contact your insurance broker to review alternatives available to you.  Even though you automatically renewed, you still have until 1/31 to select your plan.

 

  • If you subscribe to a Blue Cross Qualified Health Plan, and you live in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties, you are automatically part of the Mountain View insurance network.  If your Primary Care Provider practices in Madison County, you have two options: find a new Primary Care Provider practicing in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties who participates in the Mountain View insurance network, or select a different insurance product sold on the health insurance exchange that has your provider in network.  If you stay with Blue Cross insurance sold on the exchange, you can be referred to Primary Care and Specialty (e.g. surgeons) Providers practicing in Madison County that are members of the Mountain View insurance network.  However, that referral must be approved by Blue Cross.  If you see a provider that is not in-network based on the county where you live, you may/will be subject to the Blue Cross out-of-network deductible of $50,000.

 

  • Madison Memorial Hospital is a “back-fill” hospital for the Mountain View insurance network.  This means you can have all the services offered by Madison Memorial Hospital, and not be subject to the $50,000 Blue Cross out-of-network deductible even if you live in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties.

 

  • If you subscribe to a Blue Cross Qualified Health Plan, and you live in Madison County, you are automatically part of the Hometown East insurance network.  If your Primary Care Physician practices in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties, you have two options: find a new Primary Care provider practicing in Madison County who participates in the Hometown East  insurance network,  or select a different insurance product sold on the health insurance exchange that has your provider in network.  If you stay with Blue Cross insurance sold on the exchange, you can be referred to Primary Care and Specialty (e.g. surgeons) providers practicing in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties.  However, that referral must be approved by Blue Cross.  If you see a provider that is not in-network based on the county where you live, you may/will be subject to the Blue Cross out-of-network deductible of $50,000.

 

  • Madison Memorial Hospital is in-network for the Hometown East insurance network.  This means you can have all the services offered by Madison Memorial Hospital, and not be subject to the $50,000 Blue Cross out-of-network deductible.

 

This is what we know for now, and we hope this information will be of assistance to you as the open enrollment period on Idaho’s health insurance exchange comes to a close for 2017.

 

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LuAnn Dixon Receives Credential

LUANN DIXON EARNS CERTIFIED INFECTION CONTROL CREDENTIAL
Milwaukee, WI [Date] – CBIC has announced that LuAnn Dixon, Infection Control Prevention of Madison Memorial Hospital has earned the Certified in Infection Control (CIC®) credential and has demonstrated a mastery of infection prevention and control knowledge by taking and passing this comprehensive examination. Certification is maintained through successful completion of a re-certification examination every five years.
The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. CBIC®) administers the exam certifying individuals as Certified in Infection Control (CIC”). The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by providing standardized measurement of current basic knowledge needed for persons practicing infection control; encouraging individual growth and study, thereby promoting professionalism among infection prevention and control professionals; and formally recognizing infection prevention and control professionals who fulfill the requirements for certification. Individuals who earn their CIC® credential join approximately 5,000 practitioners worldwide who are Certified in Infection Control. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredits CBIC’s certification program, which signifies that CBIC has met the highest national voluntary standards for private certification. CBIC periodically conducts job analyses to assure that certification measures current practices and knowledge required for infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology.
The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) is a voluntary autonomous multidisciplinary board that provides direction for and administers the certification process for professionals in infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology. CBIC is independent and separate from any other infection control – related organization or association. For more information about CBIC, visit www.cbic.org.

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Da Vinci Open House

Be a surgeon today with our new Da Vinci Surgical System from 2-7pm at Madison Memorial Hospital.

da Vinci SURGICAL SYSTEM open house for the public is today, (10-26), from 2-7 pm.

Posted by Madison Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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Madison Memorial Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Institute Team up.

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Officials from Madison Memorial Hospital today announced a new affiliation with Salt Lake City-based Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah that will extend the resources of a premier cancer center to Madison County and the surrounding communities. This opportunity offers clinical best practices, research advantage, and educational resources. It also provides the best possible access to cancer care for our community, and positions Madison Memorial for greater success in todays rapidly evolving healthcare environment.

This agreement provides life changing benefits to patients as Madison Memorial will have access to the resources and clinical expertise of a top ranked, academic, medical center. Huntsman Cancer Institute will provide staff development and business efficiency with educational opportunities and operating efficiencies connected with the large cancer center.

Both organizations emphasize the affiliation does not change ownership, local control and governance, or restrict patient choice in providers. Instead, both organizations are dedicated to the best care for the cancer victim while remaining in their community.

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