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March 9, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

New Member Benefit Portal - Register Today!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved Exclusive Member Resource Center. As a HFNI member, you now have 24/7 access to our online Benefit, Education and Advisor Portal.

Discover your new Health First Network Member Benefits. Learn what Deep Discounts, Exclusive Services and more that you are already entitled to use in your practice!

Our new benefit partners are fully vetted and endorsed to provide you, the HFNI member, the best in service and the deepest savings available. From discounted EMR and Billing Services to a Free Legal Review of your Employee Handbook, we'll discuss your immediate needs and bring you the best in vendor savings.

Register Today and Schedule your Complimentary Benefit Review through the online portal.

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Physician Leadership Opportunities

We encourage our network physicians to consider becoming a part of HFNI’s leadership. If you are interested in serving on Health First Network’s Board of Directors, please contact Michelle Hamilton by email at

By contributing your time and expertise to HFNI, you can promote our mission to move healthcare forward by advocating and providing high value health care delivered by quality providers with effective and integrated delivery of management services.

Health First Network’s Health Plan Partners

Health First Network’s Health Plan Partners:

Wellcare Medicare HMO
Staywell Medicaid HMO
Staywell Healthy Kids HMO

Aetna Coventry Commercial HMO
Aetna Coventry Healthy Kids HMO

Sunshine Kids HMO
Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO

Humana Medicaid HMO

Clear Health Alliance Medicaid HMO

OIG Report: Case Study of CMS Management of the Federal Marketplace

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) found “that HHS and CMS made many missteps throughout development and implementation that led to the poor launch of Most critical was the absence of clear leadership, which caused delays in decision making and a lack of clarity in project tasks.”

Additional missteps included:
• Devoting too much time to developing policy (and not developing the website)
• Failing to properly manage its key website development contract
• Lack of coordination between policy and technical work
• Making rushed corrections that proved insufficient

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CMS Extends Hardship Application Deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

CMS has extended the application deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process that reduces burden on clinicians, hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). The new deadline for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals is July 1, 2016. CMS extended the deadline so providers have sufficient time to submit their applications to avoid adjustments to their Medicare payments in 2017.

In January, CMS posted new, streamlined hardship exception application forms that reduce the amount of information that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and CAHs must submit to apply for an exception. The new applications and instructions for providers seeking a hardship exception are available by the following the link below.

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Featured Advisors: Your Personal Business Advisory Panel

We are proud to present your elite team of Meridian Certified Business Advisors. Each Advisor has been selected for their renown expertise in their respective field, and their willingness to provide business education to our Physician members.

Featured Advisor

Chris Hynes, JD, CFP
Attorney and Certified Financial Planner

As one of approximately 1,800 attorneys who are also Certified Financial Planners™, Chris Hynes has provided estate planning, insurance planning, financial and tax counsel to hundreds of individuals, businesses and non-profit entities

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Featured Partners

The IDEAL PROTEIN WEIGHT-LOSS METHOD is a medically designed protocol that results in rapid fat loss while sparing the muscle mass. Ideal Protein is a manufacturer and distributor of high biological value foods and supplements and our sales team provides complete training and continual support free of charge.

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Ideal Protein: provides the practice a turnkey solution to implementing the protocol, through IT integration, training, accreditation and ongoing support. Once the practice is trained, healthcare professionals refer the Method to patients that are physically suitable and willing to adhere to the protocol. Patients then purchase the food based on personal taste as well as the necessary supplements.Value Proposition to Your Facility:
• Improve PQRI reporting via lowering patient BMI
• Overall internal healthcare costs lowered
• Employee productivity / morale increased
• Absenteeism lowered
• Patient’s health improvement and cost reduction
• Practice able to fulfill their Population Health and Triple AIM objectives
• On average 3-4 additional Office Visits are generated for prescriber to re-modulate medications
• New cash stream to the facility (even smaller clinics typically report more than $100,000 in first year)

Value Proposition to the Employee / Patient:
• Patients health improvement and quality of life
• Lower out of pocket for co-pays on medications and reduction in total monthly grocery budget.
• Continued nutritional education on proper diet, continuing after the patient finishes the Ideal Protein protocol, i.e. Coaching, cooking instructions, exercise, IP TV

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