CHI News Update
KentuckyOne This Week will include the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) publication e in each issue. CHI is a sponsor of KentuckyOne and will be sharing news of interest to all employees.
Note: ULH/JGBCC employees will not be able to access all of the links in this issue until they transition to the CHI Connect program.
Information to Help Answer Questions on Health Insurance and Enrollment
Patients, friends, family members and neighbors may ask CHI employees questions about health reform and access to or enrollment in insurance programs. An educational Q&A on health insurance coverage and enrollment will help answer the most likely questions.
On Oct. 1, federal and state governments will launch a six-month open-enrollment period to offer affordable health insurance to as many as 25 million uninsured Americans. Here are key facts about access and coverage:
• All insurance plans available through health insurance exchanges will cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room care and prescriptions
• Many individuals will receive financial help to pay for their health insurance
• Insurance plans won’t be able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions
• All plans will have to show the costs and what they cover in simple language with no confusing legal language or fine print
Access and coverage for all is CHI’s top advocacy priority and a key element of the organization’s mission to create healthier communities. CHI remains committed to offering its employees affordable medical plan coverage and will continue to offer medical plan benefits to all eligible full- and part-time employees as defined by each local organization. CHI has convened a multi-disciplinary committee, led by Colleen Scanlon, to address enrollment efforts and educational opportunities across the enterprise in the coming months. (Note: The CHI medical plan is only offered to KentuckyOne employees in the central and eastern KY market at this time.)
Harrison Medical Center Joins
Franciscan Health System
Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton, WA, is now affiliated with Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System. Harrison is the seventh hospital associated with Franciscan. The affiliation was announced in October 2012, and became official Aug. 7 after reviews by state and federal regulatory agencies were finalized.
Two Long-Term Care Facilities
Will Transfer to Immanuel
CHI and the boards of Alegent Creighton Health and Immanuel have signed a letter of intent to transfer two long-term care facilities located in Omaha, NE, to Immanuel. Pending definitive agreements and regulatory approval, Immanuel anticipates completing the acquisition of The Lighthouse in early October, followed by Immanuel Fontenelle Home in early December.
After Immanuel transferred its sponsorship of Alegent Creighton Health to CHI in November 2012, Immanuel announced that its strategic plan included the addition of long-term care.
Immanuel and CHI will continue their ecumenical collaborative relationship through the development of statewide strategies in Nebraska and Iowa that position Immanuel to meet the retirement housing, program and service needs of seniors and their families in communities where CHI serves medical care needs.
Serving With Heart: Marcus Bouma, RN
The life-changing experiences of international medical mission work are shared by Marcus Bouma, RN, at St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood, WA, in a new Serving with Heart story on Inside CHI.
Serving with Heart is a recognition for members of the CHI family who make extraordinary, heroic efforts to serve the needs of patients, colleagues, neighbors, strangers or entire communities, either where they live or in other places where they are needed. To make a nomination, visit the Make a Submission page on Inside CHI. For more information, contact Lauren Walker.
Healthy Spirit Incentive for New Employees
Action: Share this information with employees hired since June 1
CHI Healthy Spirit has a special incentive for employees hired on or after June 1, 2013. They are eligible to earn a $150 taxable gift card for completing a Biometrics Screening or Personal Health Assessment between now and the end of 2013. This opportunity is also available to employee spouses who joined the CHI Medical Plan on or after June 1.
(Note: The CHI medical plan is only offered to KentuckyOne employees in the central and eastern KY market at this time. Louisville market employees are not participating in Healthy Spirit at this time.)
New employees can follow these steps:
• Visit the My Healthy Spirit website and look for the pop-up banner announcing the incentive.
• Click on the banner where it says “get started,” which will open a “toolkit” page that explains the incentive.
• Look for the Wellness Center on the My Healthy Spirit home page.
New CHI Maps Available on Inside CHI
CHI has posted new, up-to-date maps showing its nationwide presence and total operating revenue by market on Inside CHI. For accurate CHI information, please refer to these maps and other resources on the General Information page of Inside CHI.
CHAN to Expand Audit, Advisory Service
CHAN HEALTHCARE, a joint partnership of CHI and Ascension Health, signed a letter of intent with Crowe Horwath LLP, a nationwide accounting and consulting firm, to establish a partnership that will create a leading provider of high-quality, value-added internal audit and advisory services for the changing needs of the health care industry.
CHAN HEALTHCARE is the only U.S. company focused exclusively on providing internal audit services to health care. CHAN HEALTHCARE maintains a permanent on-site presence in more than 20 tax-exempt health care networks across the nation and operates in more than 350 hospitals and health care facilities.
Interface Software Conversion
As part of CHI’s Application Rationalization initiative to standardize and reduce the number of software programs used systemwide, ITS is replacing the Oracle interface software tools now used across CHI with the Orion Rhapsody software interface tool. Rhapsody replaces eGate, JCAPS and SRE used between applications such as Meditech, Cerner, PACs, Epic and CHI’s servers. Conversions are scheduled in a phased, region-by-region approach through December 2014. Conversions should be seamless to users, and take place after business hours to minimize downtime.
ITS to Upgrade Access CHI Software
On Aug. 27, Information Technology Services (ITS) will upgrade CHI's Cisco VPN Client software, also known as Access CHI. This application is used to securely access CHI’s network from a remote computer. The upgrade should be seamless. If any users have difficulties, they should disconnect their device from the network, then reconnect it. If difficulties continue, contact the ITS Service Desk, 866.236.0441.
New Issue of OneCare's For the Record
A new issue of For the Record, an electronic update on CHI's OneCare program, is available on Inside CHI.
Richter Named Interim Privacy Officer
Lori Richter, division privacy officer for CHI's Nebraska Division and Iowa Division, will serve as interim privacy officer until CHI hires a permanent replacement for former privacy officer Carrie Harding, who is no longer with the organization. During this interim period, division privacy officers will be functionally reporting to Richter.
The position of CHI privacy officer will be posted internally and internal candidates are encouraged to apply. The position will not be posted externally until it is determined if an internal candidate can be hired. The internal job posting will be open through the close of business Aug. 16.
People on the Move
Kevin Lewis, MD, to CMO for Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, TN, from CMO and chief quality officer for Hillcrest Healthcare System, Tulsa, OK, effective Oct. 12.
Jerome Granato, MD, to VP, national cardiovascular service line, from SVP and CMO, Excela Health System, Pittsburgh, PA, effective Sept. 30.
Regina Hutchinson to VP of learning and chief learning officer, from her own organizational and leadership consulting firm, effective Aug. 12.