CHI News Update
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July 11, 2013
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.
CHI Benefits and the
ACA Employer Mandate Delay
The Obama administration has delayed by one year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate, which requires that employers with more than 50 employees provide health insurance or face penalties. The mandate's deadline is now Jan. 1, 2015. CHI employees will not notice a difference in health insurance coverage due to this delay. CHI remains committed to a comprehensive benefits package, including affordable medical plan coverage, regardless of timeline changes for implementation of the ACA. CHI will continue to offer medical plan benefits to all eligible full- and part-time employees (as defined by each local organization) as it has in the past. For more information, contact your local HR leader.
Outreach for Health Coverage Enrollment
Action: View and share CHA video on enrollment
As part of its longstanding commitment to access and coverage for all, CHI is launching a systemwide campaign to help patients and communities learn about new health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning in January 2014, new health care coverage will be provided to millions of Americans. CHI is committed to ensuring that all individuals are aware of their new rights to health care and know how to enroll and obtain coverage.
CHI has joined with Enroll America, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to maximizing the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage. Enroll America is working with many other organizations, including the Catholic Health Association. To help explain new coverage options and encourage enrollment, CHA has produced a short video to watch and share with others. Enroll America's website, GetCoveredAmerica.org, provides additional information and resources.
CHI's New Physician Management Services Organization
As part of its strategy to improve business services that support ambulatory care, CHI created a new company to provide best-in-class physician practice management services. Catholic Health Initiatives Physician Services (referred to internally as CHIPS), a management services organization (MSO), is designed to deliver key business functions and physician management services through one centralized organization that supports CHI's employed hospital-based and ambulatory physician offices. CHIPS is a CHI majority-owned company led by CHI's MBO physician enterprise executives.
To accelerate the launch, CHIPS will use systems and processes developed by MedSynergies. This company, a minority owner of CHIPS, is a national physician MSO that will also provide services to CHIPS.
Some of the key business functions that CHIPS will provide include practice management and staffing, charge entry, coding, revenue cycle, patient referral/scheduling services and business analytics. The transition to CHIPS will occur in phases during the next two and a half years. The first phase will include organizations in the Fargo division, Alegent Creighton Health and CHI Nebraska. Transition planning will begin in July for a planned transition date of Jan. 1.
CHI and MedSynergies intend to make CHIPS the industry standard for successful physician alignment, strengthening revenue cycle while enhancing patient retention and practice performance.
Degree Advancement Program News
A new issue of Degree Advancement Update, a bimonthly summary of news about the advanced educational programs for CHI employees, is now available on Inside CHI with the latest information on tuition discounts, scholarships and grants. Additional information on CHI's Degree Advancement program is available on the Degree Advancement page of Inside CHI.