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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Nurse Egan's Miracle

Miracle

Nurse Egan Gives Thanks to the Team Who Saved Her Husband’s Life

I just wanted to express my profound gratitude and appreciation to the many people of this wonderful hospital for the love, concern, caring and support we have been the recipients of.

When Howard suffered his cardiac arrest, I couldn’t think of anything else. The ER staff jumped in and did a remarkable job, the CODE team. Everyone was “just” doing their job, but it was lifesaving and made all the difference.

We are so thankful for the donated hours, the calls, the support and the many other acts of kindness, known to us and those that were anonymous. You were all a blessing to us, taking care of us when we were so focused on Howard. You will never know how much that meant to us. We have had many tears of gratitude for your generosity.

I am so proud to be part of this institution and don’t know how I can ever pay back all the kindness. It meant everything to us, we felt all of your prayers and good wishes and encouragement.

Howard’s recovery has been miraculous. We feel so blessed.

 

Thank you all. You are all lifesavers!

Love,

The Egans

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New Years Baby 2017

2017 New Years Baby

Congratulates McDaniel Family!!! The newest member of your family is our New Year’s baby.  Alicia and Benjamin are the proud parents of a beautiful 7 lbs. and 10 oz. baby boy.  He is 20 inches long and they are naming him Samson McDaniel. He was born at 9:00 a.m. on January 1, 2017.  He joins the McDaniel family with 6 brothers and sisters.  Madison Memorial congratulated the McDaniel family with gifts compliments of the hospital and area businesses. “We are excited for Alicia and Benjamin for their new addition to the family.  We thank them for letting us be a part of this special event and wish them the very best in the future.” says Public Relations spokesman Doug McBride.

 

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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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