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November 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

ACO UPDATE

Personal Health Assessments will be mailed to ACO beneficiaries in the first week of December. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Caillouet at 850-438-4487.

Required Training – Please have all ACO physicians and office staff complete the mandatory compliance training before the end of the year. These programs are completed online in individual sessions. The link for the online training is provided below.

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OPEN ENROLLMENT

Open season for Medicare Advantage plans is in full swing, and will end on December 7th. There are a number of Advantage plans doing business in our service area. Frequently patients will have questions about the plans, and they turn to their physicians and the office staffs to help them understand what they are supposed to do. If you need help with any of the questions, please contact Jenny Caillouet at 850-438-4487.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

On Friday, October 12, 2012, Health First Network joined forces with the United Way of Escambia County, and with over 1300 volunteers from local businesses and military commands to bring caring, purpose, advocacy, and inspiration to the lives of others in our community by participating in the 20th Annual Day of Caring. Health First Network staff were joined with two new nurse care coordinators from the Accountable Care Coalition of NW Florida in a special project at the Area Agency on Aging, Adult Day Care Center Facility, on Royce Street, the only facility of its kind in the Escambia County Area, for clients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The day began with several Health First Network staff members joining in the 7 a.m. celebratory breakfast at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. The day continued as HFNI and ACO staff assembled at the Council on Aging Day Care Facility on Royce Street, to assist clients with breakfast, word games, singing, exercising, bingo games, interacting and lunch activities.

Last year United Way mobilized more than 1,100 volunteers from local businesses and military commands who contributed 5,620 hours of service for 110 projects. These caring volunteers saved local non-profits and schools $120,000 in labor costs. They helped with lawn maintenance, painted homes for the elderly, read to children and facilitated canned food and supply drives.

When the United Way asked for a volunteer group to work with the Council on Aging Adult Day Care Center for Alzheimer’s and Dementia clients, Health First Network Staff were eager to help and volunteer with this project. “Helping people, positively contributing to the community” is part of the mission of Health First Network.

Health First Network staff enjoyed the warm welcome from clients at the Adult Day Care Center, and look forward to other community events.

Serving Those Who Served to Protect Us: Health First Network staff assist with Stand Down Day 2012

On Friday, October 26, 2012, Health First Network staff joined forces with the VA Medical Staff and with other volunteers and numerous local community agencies to partner with the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System as they hosted a Homeless Veteran Stand Down Day 2012, at the Joint Ambulatory Care Center on Veterans Way in Pensacola.

A Stand Down Event is a cooperative event between the Veterans Administration, local military and Veteran Organizations, and community organizations to provide resources, services and information to local homeless Veterans and the families of Veterans.

This year’s event provided health screenings and exams, immunizations, housing assistance, reading material, social services and ID paperwork assistance, comfort kits, showers, haircuts and massages, legal assistance, sleeping bags, clothing, cold weather pants, coats, sweaters, jackets and gloves, undergarments, shoes and supplies, breakfast and a hot meal for lunch.

All HFNI staff members who volunteered at the event felt it was an honor to participate.

HFNI SHAREHOLDERS MEETING NOTICE

The Annual HFNI Shareholder’s meeting will be held on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at Health First Network.

Newly Approved CLIA waived tests

CMS has released the list of the latest newly added waived tests that are approved for an effective date of January 1, 2013. Medicare payment contractors have been notified. For information and CPT Codes for these newly approved CLIA waived tests, please click the link below.

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MEDICARE GUIDANCE REGARDING MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing direction and coverage and billing guidelines to Medicare Contractors based on CDC information on the recent fungal meningitis outbreak. This guidance is also related to parameningeal infections and septic arthritis associated with contaminated steroid products produced by the New England Compounding Center. Additional information for clinicians is available on the CDC website. The link is provided below.

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NEW PHYSICIANS JOINING THE NETWORK

Health First Network would like to welcome the most recent physician to join the Network:

Amy Doyle, M.D. Hospitalist
Amy Lee, M.D. Hospitalist
Peter Godleski, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgery

** To determine which health plans each physician is participating in please check the “Find A Doctor” section on the HFNI website.