Cancellation of Board Meeting
At the regular Board Meeting held on September 9th 2013 the commissioners announced the cancellation of the regular board meeting for Thursday, November 28thth 2013.
The next regular Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 12th 2013 at 7PM in the Administration Board Room, North Valley Hospital, 203 S. Western Ave., Tonasket.
PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 4
OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON
(DBA North Valley Hospital)
/s/Helen Casey, President of the Commission
Open Enrollment Begins For the Health Exchange
October 1, 2013—North Valley Hospital is happy to join in the celebration of the opening of Washington HealthPlanFinder. Starting today, uninsured residents in Okanogan County can enroll in quality, affordable health plans simply by calling or visiting www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.
North Valley Hospital will be doing community outreach at the local grocery stores and schools to assist with information and questions about the Exchange. We will also be providing a computer in our lobby at the Hospital that will be accessible by the public to sign up for the Exchange, our Admitting staff will be available for questions, and we will have a dedicated phone programmed to dial the Health Plan Finder hotline. Eventually our computer in the lobby will also serve as a kiosk to make our Charity Care Application and Tax Discount Program Application readily available as well as many other patient resources.
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Coverage Is Here
Starting October 1, 2013 residents will be able to visit Washington HealthPlanFinder to shop for health insurance for coverage to begin on January 1, 2014. For hundreds of thousands of people, health insurance will be free or at a much lower cost than is now available.
HealthPlanFinder is a program of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, and provides a single point of contact for any business, individual or family who is looking for health coverage.
If you are a Washington State resident, you will be able to call and have a customer service representative walk you through the process of getting health insurance for you and your family. Based on your income, you may be enrolled in Medicaid-funded health care or receive discounts to purchase your choice of commercial insurance.
The whole process is expected to take between 15 minutes and an hour, and you can also apply via the web, in-person, or through the mail.
All the plans offered by the Washington HealthPlanFinder are required to have good levels of coverage. You can learn more about the levels at http://wahbexchange.org/about-the-exchange/policy-discussion/.
-Article by Washington State Hospital Association
Medicaid cuts hospital reimbursement
North Valley Hospital District received a notice from Washington State Medicaid on February 15th 2013 that they will be cutting reimbursement to the hospital effective January 1st 2013. Reimbursement for in-patient services has been cut 4.624%, however they are increasing the out-patient services reimbursement by 1.813%.
Get Up To $500 Off Your Hospital Bill
North Valley Hospital is now offering a tax discount to customers who live within the North Valley Hospital District. You can get up to a $500 discount each calendar year for the amount you pay on property taxes to our hospital district. That credit can be applied to your or your dependants account balances. We developed this program as a way to show our gratitude to the people in our community who help support the hospital district.
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Wenatchee Valley Medical Center donates funds for new fetal monitor
Dr. Freed from Wenatchee Valley Medical Center presented North Valley Hospital with a check for $10,000 to purchase a brand new Philips Avelon fetal monitor for our Labor and Delivery Department. Thank you WVMC for your generous donation!
Washington Reinstates Quit Line Benefits
I am very happy to let you know the Washington State Quit Line benefits have been reinstated. Anyone who lives in Washington State is eligible for at least one call and many qualify for additional phone based counseling and medication support through the Quit Line. I have attached a Quit Line coverage sheet that outlines these newly updated benefits which now also include Medicare recipients. You will see that in addition to the continuation of benefits for the Medicaid clients, many other levels of benefits have been brought back.
It is important to remember nearly 70% of tobacco users continue to express interest in quitting tobacco long-term, 52% make at least one quit attempt each year, yet only 6% report a successful quit in the past year. By consistently referring your patients to evidence based treatment, you can help more patients achieve a successful quit attempt and improve health outcomes.
You can also find additional information on the Quit Line website: http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/TobaccoRelated/QuittingTobacco.aspx
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