CHI News Update
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CHI, Texas Heart Institute Sign Letter
of Intent for Partnership Agreement
CHI has announced the signing of a letter of intent to begin exclusive negotiations toward a new partnership with the Texas Heart Institute (THI), which has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with St. Luke’s Health System in Houston. An agreement is expected by Dec. 1.
"The Texas Heart Institute and CHI share a vision to create and nurture the health of the patients and communities we serve," said Kevin Lofton, CHI's president and CEO. "A partnership with THI will play a vital role in our effort to achieve health care’s triple aim of improving the patient experience, improving the health of the populations we serve and reducing health care costs."
As a result of this letter of intent, THI has dismissed its lawsuit against St. Luke’s, which sought to dissolve THI’s contract with St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Colorado Floods: Emergency Disaster
Relief for Employees
The thoughts and prayers of the CHI family are with all those affected by the destructive flooding in the greater Denver area. Four counties are now federally designated disaster areas, which means that CHI employees who live in Adams, Boulder, Larimer or Weld County and have suffered damage from the floods can apply for assistance from CHI's Emergency Disaster Relief fund. CHI established this fund to help employees who experience a severe financial hardship as the result of a natural or other catastrophic disaster.
For more information, see HR Policy No. 9, Emergency Disaster Relief Fund for Employees.
Sacred Stories: Submit by Oct. 4
Action: Submit stories to be considered for the 15th edition by Oct. 4
CHI promotes a workplace spirituality in which we can come closer, through our work, to becoming aware of our God working with us and through us in our most ordinary, everyday activities. The CHI publication Sacred Stories provides a glimpse into the lived spirituality of CHI’s ministry culture and has become a hallmark of the organization.
The submission deadline for the 15th edition is Oct.4, and all employees are invited to submit stories. Information on the submission process and using the required consent form is available on the Sacred Stories page of Inside CHI. For more information, contact your mission leader.
Transition to New Platform for Inside CHI
Action: Attend meeting if you manage a page on Inside CHI
Inside CHI and the collaboration communities are being upgraded to a new software platform to ensure that they meet the needs of employees. When the changes are complete, the new Inside CHI will be a go-to resource for CHI news, information and work tools customized to individual employees' needs and interests. The revised inside CHI is anticipated to be live in spring 2014.
Everyone who currently manages pages on Inside CHI should attend a call about the new Inside CHI platform and the transition process:
Inside CHI Transition Live Meeting
Oct. 9, 1 p.m. MT
Join the Meeting
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Audio: 1.888.363.4734, participant code 7608740
Collaboration communities are being upgraded now to better support the work of teams across the system. National groups will be approached by members of the Web Services team during the next six months to discuss the transition to the new collaboration communities.
Cardiovascular Service Line on Track
to Save $5 Million on Coronary Stents
CHI MBOs that perform interventional cardiac procedures have successfully shifted market share to make 70% of drug-eluting stent purchases from Abbott. The shift to Abbott, combined with purchases of other key cardiovascular products, will yield projected annual savings of $5.8 million. A partnership between the National Cardiovascular Service Line (CVSL) Senior Leadership Team and Integrated Supply Chain helped to achieve the 70% goal in late June. The National CVSL is working on additional opportunities to deliver quality care at lower cost through evidence based practices, such as reducing blood product utilization for heart surgery.
CHI, Enroll America Provide Toolkit
on “Presumptive Eligibility”
A key area of the Affordable Care Act involves Medicaid presumptive eligibility. Starting in January 2014, presumptive eligibility will allow hospitals to immediately enroll patients in Medicaid based on a presumption of eligibility, with no waiting period for eligibility determination by the state. This process is not dependent on Medicaid expansion, and provides for all hospitals to be paid for services rendered, even if a patient is later determined ineligible. Enroll America has provided a toolkit to educate hospital staff on implementing this process. See the toolkit and other electronic resources on the Enroll America presumptive eligibility webpage.
People on the Move
Mary Helland to chief nursing officer, Fargo Division, from SVP and chief nursing officer, St. Francis Healthcare Campus, Breckenridge, MN, effective Oct. 13.
Kimberley Moore, MD, to VP for Quality and Associate CMO, Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, WA, effective Sept. 3. Moore joined Franciscan in 2003 as an emergency department physician and has served as medical staff president, chair of the medical executive committee and regional medical director of emergency medicine.