CHI News Update
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July 5, 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.
DOMA Decision, Contraceptive Regulations
and CHI Benefits
On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which deals with the definition of marriage, is unconstitutional.
In addition, on June 28, the Obama administration released regulations for religious employers funding contraceptives.
CHI will review both the Supreme Court decision and the regulations to determine what effect they may have on CHI’s employee health benefit programs, retirement plans and leave policies. CHI will provide more details when they are known. If you have questions in the interim, contact your HR team.
ITS Wants to Hear from Customers
Action: Complete and return customer satisfaction surveys
With the goal of improving service, Information Technology Services (ITS) is emailing a customer satisfaction survey to randomly selected ITS users. The survey takes just two minutes to complete, and the information collected will be used to make improvements and recognize positive performance. All responses will be confidential, unless the user wishes to be identified. Everyone who receives a survey is encouraged to complete it, with thanks from ITS.
New Site for ITS Service Requests
On June 28, Information Technology Services (ITS) launched a simpler way to submit requests for ITS services and smaller projects. ITS customers can enter these requests via the new Request for ITS Services site, located on the ITS Services and Resources page of Inside CHI.
The new site gives customers the ability to check the status of their requests at any time. A guide to submitting and tracking requests is available on the ITS Services and Resources page and the Request for ITS Services site.
For immediate ITS support needs, including computer hardware or software problems, call the ITS Service Desk, 866.236.0441. Use the Request for ITS Services site for requests that involve short- or long-term planning for projects, as well as smaller work requests. For more information, contact your ITS site director, manager or national group liaison.
CHI Comments on Inpatient Payment Regulation
CHI has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the policy-packed annual Medicare inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule. CHI joined with its national membership organizations in opposing new medical review criteria for inpatient admission, termination of medical education payments for resident rotations in critical access hospitals, adjustments to the components used to calculate the Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, and ineffective metrics added to quality improvement programs. CHI also voiced concern with CMS’ methodology to dramatically reduce Medicare DSH payments to hospitals.
People on the Move
Francine Sparby, RN, to chief nurse executive, Alegent Creighton Health Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE, from VP for patient care services, Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, NE.