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New Individual Market Plan, Inspire by Medica, Introduced in Iowa | Business Wire

New Individual Market Plan, Inspire by Medica, Introduced in Iowa | Business Wire

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MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medica today announced a new health plan option for individuals and

families in Iowa. The plan, Inspire by Medica, will be available

starting November 1, 2017 when the Open Enrollment Period for 2018

begins. A variety of benefit design options are available, including

copay plans, health savings account compatible plans, and a catastrophic

plan for those who qualify. Enrollment in the plan is available on the

Iowa Health Insurance Marketplace (

for coverage on or after January 1, 2018.

Inspire by Medica is available to Iowa residents who live in the

following counties: Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler,

Cedar, Clayton, Dallas, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Greene, Grundy,

Iowa, Jackson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Scott, Tama,

Warren and Woodbury.

The Inspire Network includes UnityPoint Health® and its

provider network, including primary care and specialty doctors,

hospitals, home health services, plus urgent care and outpatient centers

throughout Iowa. Network providers can be found at

Additionally, care for certain transplants, rare cancers and other

complex medical conditions is available through the Mayo Clinic Centers

of Excellence program. An allowance for transportation, lodging and

living expenses for the patient and one travel companion is included.

Other key features of the plan include access to online health

information, which allows members the ability to schedule appointments,

view test results and communicate with doctors. Inspire by Medica also

provides access to UnityPoint Health® – Virtual Care, which

allows members to have a virtual visit consultation with a provider to

diagnose and treat a variety of medical issues through secure video on a

computer, smartphone or tablet. Inspire by Medica also features the

Healthy Living with Medica program, a personalized wellness program with

reward and discounts earned for participation.

“Medica is committed to making care more efficient and accessible in

Iowa,” said Geoff Bartsh, Medica vice president for individual and

family business. “Inspire by Medica does that by providing a seamless

care experience.”

Inspire by Medica is one of three plan options available to individuals

and families in Iowa from Medica in 2018. “Our commitment to Iowa

continues to be demonstrated through our product portfolio

diversification,” said Bartsh. “Medica Insure, our market entrance

product in 2017, will continue to be offered in 72 counties in Iowa.

And, another provider partnership product will be introduced in two

counties in western Iowa. Medica is committed to working collaboratively

with Iowa’s health care systems to provide a range of product offerings

to meet the needs of the individual market.”

About Medica
Medica ( is a health services

company headquartered in Minneapolis and active in the Upper Midwest.

The non-profit company provides health care coverage in the employer,

individual, Medicaid and Medicare markets in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas,

Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Medica also offers

national network coverage to employers who have employees outside the

Medica regional network.

Medica’s vision is to be trusted in the community for our unwavering

commitment to high quality, affordable health care.

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Iowa Health System, Methodist Health Services Corporation Complete Affiliation | Business Wire

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Iowa Health System and Methodist Health Services

Corporation, Peoria, Illinois, today finalized an agreement making

Methodist the eighth senior affiliate of the system. This strategic

affiliation will result in more resources to serve patients in Central

Illinois and economic efficiencies that will help contain the cost of

health care. With the addition of Methodist’s 329 tertiary beds, Iowa

Health System becomes the fifth largest nondenominational health system

in the United States.

“This is a historic moment for Iowa Health System and Methodist,”

said Bill Leaver, President and CEO of IHS. “It brings together two

leaders in health care innovation with a shared commitment to deliver

the best outcome for every patient, every time.”

Debbie Simon, Interim President and CEO of Methodist Health

Services Corporation said, “This was the right decision at the right

time. We chose IHS because its model promotes local control so we can

continue to make decisions that are best for our patients, community,

physicians and employees. At the same time, being a part of IHS gives us

the tools and resources we need to better serve our community in an

increasingly complex health care environment. We are very excited about

the future and look forward to our role in IHS’s vision for Illinois.”

IHS operates a successful, decentralized governance model

emphasizing physician-driven, patient-centric care. The model allows

affiliates to maintain local autonomy in all significant areas where

local control provides the highest quality, most cost-effective service

to patients and their families. Methodist will retain its Board of

Directors. Its local leadership team will maintain its responsibility

for operations. Employee status will not change.

The IHS affiliation agreement provides Methodist with the


  • Commitment to invest $175 million into strategic capital

    initiatives identified and initiated by Methodist. This means

    Methodist will be able to expand its spectrum of services with new

    technology and improved coordination of care

  • Greater capacity to share best practices across a multi-state

    system that includes hospitals, physicians and a range of other


  • Increased cost savings opportunities by sharing support services

    among a large group of facilities

  • System-wide resources to invest in the full continuum of care to

    better serve the people of the region

  • Access to strategic investment capital due to IHS’s strong AA

    credit rating

About Iowa Health System:

IHS has relationships with 26 hospitals in metropolitan and rural

communities and more than 140 physician clinics. With

annual revenues of $2.3 billion, IHS entities provide patient care in

Western Illinois and much of Iowa, employ nearly 20,000 employees and

see more than 2.5 million patient visits per year. Including

Methodist, IHS has eight senior affiliates: Allen Health Systems, Inc.

(Waterloo, Iowa); Finley Tri-States Health Group, Inc. (Dubuque, Iowa);

Iowa Health – Des Moines (Des Moines, Iowa); St. Luke’s Health System,

Inc. (Sioux City, Iowa); St. Luke’s Healthcare (Cedar Rapids, Iowa);

Trinity Health Systems, Inc. (Fort Dodge, Iowa) and Trinity Regional

Health System (Rock Island, Illinois).

Over the years, IHS hospitals have received national recognition

for quality, service and patient satisfaction, including the Magnet

Award for Nursing Excellence, Top 100 Heart Hospital designation,

HealthGrades Patient Safety Award, Gold Iowa Recognition for Performance

Excellence and more. Currently, 63 communities are served

by more than 140 IHS physician clinics. IHS also includes three

accredited colleges of nursing and/or allied health fields and more than

600 employed physicians.

About Methodist Health Services Corporation:

Peoria, Illinois-based Methodist Health Services Corporation is a

single hospital integrated health care delivery system, with 37 sites

serving 19 counties in Central Illinois, and annual revenues of $400

million. It includes Methodist Medical Center of Illinois

(Methodist), a 329-bed tertiary hospital with a staff of almost 600

board-certified physicians; Methodist Medical Group, a network of more

than 150 primary care and specialty physicians, and Methodist College of

Nursing. Established in 1900, Methodist is nationally recognized for

delivering outstanding health care. In 2009, Methodist was named one of

America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, including

being in the Top 10 for nursing care and pain management. Methodist is

also the first hospital in downstate Illinois to be awarded Magnet

designation for Excellence in Nursing Services, the nation’s highest

honor in patient care, and has twice been named one of the 100 Top

Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S. In 2010, Methodist was ranked among

the Top 100 hospitals for major orthopedic surgery. In 2006, Methodist

received the Lincoln Gold Award for Achievement of Excellence, the State

of Illinois’ highest quality award. A leader in health care information

technology, Methodist is among the fewer than 10 percent of hospitals

nationwide to fully implement Computerized Physician Order Entry and

electronic medical records. Methodist was recently named one of

America’s Most Wired Hospitals for 2011.

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Iowa Health System Looks to Grow with Strategic Affiliation | Business Wire

DES MOINES, Iowa–()–Des Moines-based Iowa Health System and Methodist Health Services Corp.

of Peoria, Ill., have entered into a non-binding letter of intent to

explore a strategic partnership between the two nationally recognized

health systems.


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Career Opportunities in Healthcare Management Through Online Healthcare Training

Career Opportunities in Healthcare Management Through Online Healthcare Training

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A healthcare administration career via online healthcare management training requires no medical background. This is the field relating to the leadership, management and administration of healthcare systems, hospitals and hospital networks. Healthcare administration covers a broad area of activities and there is usually a set of factors that determine the types of jobs that need to be done to run any given facility; these often include the size and scope of the facility in question and the kinds of medical/ healthcare facilities they have.

Healthcare administrators are vital to the successful operation of any healthcare system. The day to day running and financial sides to healthcare require dedicated professionals to work on areas from clerical to administrative to financial. Healthcare professionals, also known as healthcare managers or health services managers are regular business managers who plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health services. These managers can be specialists in charge of a specific department or managing entire facilities. Healthcare education has recently found a new home on the internet, with thousands of people pursuing online healthcare education and online training in order to improve their professional skills and profiles or to take the opportunity to switch to this lucrative and satisfying career from another field.

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Take Care Health Systems Expands Treatment for Skin Conditions and Minor Injuries | Business Wire

Take Care Health Systems Expands Treatment for Skin Conditions and Minor Injuries | Business Wire

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Take Care Health Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreens

(NYSE:WAG) (NASDAQ:WAG) and the largest and most comprehensive provider

of convenient care clinics and worksite health and wellness centers in

the country, is now offering a new set of procedures for skin conditions

and minor injury treatments.

As part of this expansion of services, Take Care Clinics now offer the

following procedures:

  • Wart removal with Cryotherapy

  • Skin tag removal

  • Closure of minor cuts with Dermabond®

  • Treatment of skin irritations (Contact Dermatitis)

  • Expanded scope of skin evaluation and treatment for skin infections,

    injuries and rashes

Take Care Clinics provide access to high-quality, convenient and

affordable health care to meet the needs of patients and their families.

The addition of these new services is a result of feedback from

patients, Take Care Health Providers and recent research which

identified a desire for the treatment of these types of skin conditions

in the convenient care setting. According to the Department of Health

and Human Services, over 48 million skin examinations are conducted each

year, which result in 3.2 million viral wart procedures and 3.3 million

skin tag removals.

“Patients are very satisfied with the service and offerings at Take Care

Clinics, and we’ve found that they are looking for additional

high-quality, convenient and affordable treatment options in our care

setting,” said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and

CEO. “We will continue to evaluate and implement new services which meet

the needs of patients and can be offered with clinical excellence at

Take Care Clinics.”

Take Care Clinics are professional walk-in health care centers open

seven days a week, with extended evening and weekend hours. Clinics are

staffed by board certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants

who treat patients 18 months and older for common illnesses such as

strep throat, ear and sinus infections, pink eye and poison ivy, and are

able to write prescriptions when necessary. The clinics also offer

preventative services, such as camp, sport and back-to-school physicals;

men’s and women’s health evaluations and vaccinations including GARDASIL

(HPV), Menactra (Meningitis), the Shingles vaccine and others.

Take Care Health Systems encourages all patients to have a health care

home, a primary care provider they see for ongoing medical needs and

routine exams. If a patient’s condition falls outside the scope of

service at a Take Care Clinic, the patient is referred to an appropriate

site for care, such as a primary care provider or specialist.

“Take Care Health Systems employs exceptional health care professionals

who are educated and prepared to offer high-quality treatment for an

array of skin conditions,” said Sandra Ryan, RN, MSN, CPNP, FAANP and

chief nurse practitioner for Take Care Health Systems. “If a patient at

a Take Care Clinics is seeking treatment for a condition that falls

outside of our scope of service, our clinicians expertly advocate for

patients, making sure they get the right care, in the right place, at

the right time.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 345 Take Care Clinics at

Walgreens drugstores in 35 markets across 19 states, including locations

in: Atlanta, Boulder-Longmont, Colo., Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland,

Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Green Bay, Wis., Houston,

Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas,

Louisville, Madison, Wis., Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, Tenn.,

New Orleans, Orlando, Fla., Oshkosh, Wis., Peoria, Ill.,

Philadelphia-area, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Rockford, Ill., St. Louis,

Tampa, Fla., Topeka, Kan., Tucson, Ariz., West Palm Beach, Fla. and

Wichita, Kan.

About Take Care Health Systems

Take Care Health Systems (,

a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens and part of Walgreens Health and

Wellness division, is the largest and most comprehensive manager of

worksite health and wellness centers and convenient care clinics in the

country. TCHS is comprised of Take Care Consumer Solutions (

and Take Care Health Employer Solutions (

Take Care Consumer Solutions manages Take Care Clinics at select

Walgreens drugstores throughout the country. Patient care at each of the

Take Care Clinics is provided by Take Care Health Services, an

independently owned state professional corporation established in each

market. Take Care Health Employer Solutions manages primary care, health

and wellness, occupational health, pharmacy and fitness centers at large

employer campuses. Combined, Take Care Health Systems manages more than

700 worksite and retail health care centers.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (

is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2008 sales of $59

billion. The company operates 6,857 drugstores in 49 states, the

District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most

convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective

pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail

drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and

Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients

and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health

Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service

Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and

SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities).

Walgreens Health and Wellness division includes Take Care Health Systems.

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Healthcare a Costly Affair For Aam Aadmi in India

Are the Multi Crore corporate Hospitals making Health-care, A Costly affair for the “Aam Aadmi” in India?


Are they bringing in cutting edge advancements in Healthcare, which were earlier beyond the reach, rather inaccessible for the Common man?


Is it the declining state of the public healthcare system that has fueled the growth of private healthcare sector with no regulations or monitory control over the ever-growing private healthcare sector, which has made things worse for the common man?

All this are matters of great debacle to justify whether the big corporate hospital groups, which have come up in the recent past, having pumped crores into infrastructure development with a touch of luxury offer services beyond the horizons of treatment and cure. Are they leveraging on the declining state of the public healthcare system?

Earlier Hospitals and health services segment used to be the business of some irresponsible governments which never had accountability for any lapse that happened because of poor management of health issues.

Or that of some Missionaries supported by some business conglomerates, which out of compulsion and with some CSR on agenda, provided some relief to the diseased population.

Getting a speciality care was far out of the scope of a common man. Now there seems to be a complete deviation from the ancient concept of hospital which provided help and care to the diseased and needy, hospitals were considered as temples of love and care.

Now with giant corporate's venturing into this industry, the so-called temples have turned out into business centers with focus on profits.

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Austin and Boxerman's information systems for healthcare management, 7th ed.

Austin and Boxerman's information systems for healthcare management, 7th ed.


Austin and Boxerman’s information systems for healthcare

management, 7th ed.

Glandon, Gerald L. et al.

Health Administration Press


288 pages




Glandon (health services administration, U. of Alabama,

Birmingham), Smaltz (Ohio State U. Medical Center), and Slovensky

(health services administration, U. of Alabama, Birmingham) present an

overview of how the management of healthcare organizations can be

improved by the intelligent use of information technology. The text is

suitable as a reference text for practicing healthcare executives and

managers, and as a textbook in a one-semester graduate or advanced

undergraduate course in health information systems. The seventh edition

includes expanded discussion of strategic planning, an updated chapter

on project management, a new chapter on the government’s role in

information management and information technology (IM/IT), a new chapter

on how IM/IT investments are evaluated, updated information on the

electronic health record and other clinical and administrative

applications used in healthcare enterprises, and a profile of hospital

IM/IT leadership.

([c]2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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UnitedHealth Group Recognized by The Civic 50 as Nation’s Top Community-Minded Health Care Company for Third Year in a Row | Business Wire

UnitedHealth Group Recognized by The Civic 50 as Nation’s Top Community-Minded Health Care Company for Third Year in a Row | Business Wire

MINNETONKA, Minn.–()–UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) was recognized today as an industry

leader by <i>The Civic 50</i>, an initiative from that highlights companies that improve the quality of life

in the communities where they do business.

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The company ranked first in the health care industry for the third year

in a row, and has been included in the rankings every year since The

Civic 50 initiative began in 2012.

“This recognition reflects the commitment of our people to serving

others,” said Stephen J. Hemsley, CEO of UnitedHealth Group. “They

embrace our mission to help people live healthier lives and bring that

mission to life in communities around the world every day through their

work, their giving and their volunteerism.”

Through community-centered programs and initiatives, UnitedHealth Group

focuses on fostering partnerships that serve people who are most in

need, helping employees give back and providing actionable data to drive

important discussions. Three UnitedHealth Group efforts highlighted this

year include:

  • Supporting Service Members, Veterans and Their Families:

    UnitedHealth Group and United Health Foundation continue to deepen

    community relationships with military service members, the nation’s

    veterans and their families. From partnerships to improve access to

    mental health services to meeting the needs of wounded warriors,

    UnitedHealth Group is committed to serving those who are serving and

    have served. In

    May 2015 UnitedHealth Group partnered with Fisher

    House Foundation to provide a “home away from home” in Camp

    Pendleton, Calif., for people visiting service members who are being

    treated at nearby military hospitals. The house is able to serve more

    than 280 families annually by providing no-cost housing.

  • Empowering Employees to Give Back to Their Communities:

    Through UnitedHealth Group’s giving! program, employees throughout the

    company are encouraged to give back to their communities by donating

    their time and talent to programs and organizations that echo the


    mission of helping people live healthier lives. United Health

    Foundation also matches employee contributions – dollar for dollar –

    to nearly all nonprofit organizations. In 2015, donations through the

    giving! program ranged from support for leading disease management and

    cure research organizations, to local community health outreach, to

    disaster relief around the world.

  • America’s Health Rankings:America’s

    Health Rankings is the longest-running annual assessment of

    America’s health on a state-by-state basis, compiled by United Health

    Foundation and published by UnitedHealth Group. The report’s purpose

    is to stimulate action by individuals, elected officials, health care

    professionals, public health professionals, employers, educators and

    communities to improve the health of the U.S. population. An example

    of helping to inform the public health conversation, America’s

    Health Rankings has been used to shape state health priorities and

    lead to important changes for state health systems.

“Since 2012, we have seen a notable shift in the results from the survey

in a direction that speaks to the commitment of American companies to

connect values of community service and civic engagement to the culture

and operating practices of their businesses,” said Jennifer Lawson,

executive director of the Corporate Institute at Points of Light.

The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that

exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities, and was

developed in partnership with a high-profile working group of

researchers and industry thought leaders. As a result of this

collaborative process, the initiative reflects leading insight and

thinking about how corporations can and should connect with communities

in a twenty-first century economy. The findings are determined by an

annual survey and compiled for a report to create a roadmap for

companies seeking to best use their time, talent and resources to

improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a

diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people

live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for

everyone. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and

services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which

provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which

provides information and technology-enabled health services. For more

information, visit UnitedHealth Group at

or follow @UnitedHealthGrp on Twitter.


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Bringing Behavioral Health Into The Electronic Age

Bringing Behavioral Health Into The Electronic Age

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Mental health and addiction treatment providers today face a critical issue – how can they best manage information to improve patient care and safety while protecting patient rights and privacy. Behavioral health is part of the broader healthcare industry, which is in the midst of a massive transformation to better manage patient health information. This transformation has been occurring almost naturally because of advances in information technology and management. It promises an improved healthcare system that will hopefully put an end to the 44,000 to 98,000 patient deaths that occur annually due to preventable information related mistakes.

The federal government is participating in healthcare’s information technology transformation. In 2004, President Bush issued Executive Order 13335 that called for the widespread adoption of information technology in healthcare and established the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) to help achieve this goal. To a service provider, the Electronic Health Record may sound like a software issue, but it is in fact a retooling of business practices affecting patient safety and quality of care.

How can behavioral health become part of healthcare’s information technology transformation? Behavioral health providers must first decide on essential mental health and addictions treatment information for inclusion in a common EHR. This decision must resolve five key policy issues:

1. What unique behavioral health information must be incorporated into an EHR?

2. Should there be time limits on behavioral health information in the EHR – for instance, should a diagnosis of alcoholism be maintained 25 years after sobriety has been attained?

3. What opportunities exist for the behavioral health field to participate in the development of the EHR?

4. What role should behavioral health consumers and service providers play in actively managing behavioral health information and other data standards?

5. How should the EHR address privacy and confidentiality?

How is the behavioral healthcare faring so far in this transformation? Unfortunately, not very well. Information technology used in behavioral health generally supports only administrative reporting and is a far cry from fulfilling the potential to improve clinical decision-making and program planning.

To help behavioral health better react to this transformation, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment sponsored the Behavioral Health Treatment Standards Group (BHTS) in 2005. The mission of BHTS is to increase knowledge, understanding, and use of behavioral health data standards in addictions treatment and mental health. BHTS members include a mix of organizations representing addictions prevention and treatment, and mental health services as well as software vendors involved in developing EHRs for behavioral health providers.

BHTS is achieving results. One important result has been to get standards-setting organizations that are shaping the design of the technology and information infrastructure for EHRs (like Health Level Seven) to reflect the unique needs behavioral health patients and providers with regard to privacy and confidentiality. BHTS is also raising awareness and understanding within the public and private sector about the significant potential of EHRs in clinical services and administrative matters, especially for reporting to the multiple entities that fund behavioral health services. BHTS is now working to collect information about the cost of adopting such systems and to learn more about reporting requirements for behavioral health providers. This knowledge will be used to better shape the public effort to make behavioral health part of the transformation occurring in healthcare.

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