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August 2, 2014 | 11:00am
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September 25, 2014 | 5:00pm
November 3, 2014 | 5:30pm
November 13, 2014 | 5:00pm
Michael G. Beyer, MD
Services & Specialties
Adena Regional Medical Center Transitions to Provider-based Designation in 2014
December 18, 2013
On Jan. 1, 2014, Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) will change to the Medicare provider-based designation model, a common practice in the healthcare industry that separates the charges for physician services and facility utilization. The change only impacts patients insured by Medicaid and Medicare. In addition, physician locations will become departments of ARMC. There will be no change in staff or services.
With the provider-based model, those insured by Medicare will likely receive two bills from ARMC for services provided. The first for “professional services,” which cover the medical care provided to patients by an Adena doctor or health professional. The second is a “facility charge,” which covers the cost of outpatient hospital space, exam rooms and equipment, operations, medical recordkeeping, and other services provided by the hospital. Some Medicare patients may also experience a slight change in their co-pay or out-of-pocket expenses. Medicaid will be billed separately for these services as well.
“The provider-based model is an increasingly common way for hospitals to operate their outpatient facilities,” said Lloyd Eichenlaub, Adena’s Manager of Reimbursement. “The change to a provider-based model offers ARMC a more strategic way to manage its resources for the overall benefit of our patients.”
Finally, the hospital’s longstanding mission of providing quality care to our community, regardless of their ability to pay, will be extended to its physician clinic departments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Previously, Charity Care had only been provided in the hospital setting.
Patients with questions or difficulties in paying for any healthcare service may contact ARMC’s Patient Financial Services office at (740) 779-7960.
Adena Leads the Region by Offering da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Adena Health System is pleased to announce it is enhancing critical care patient air transportation in the region by entering into an agreement with MedFlight. To ensure the fastest response time, MedFlight will base a helicopter in Ross County by fall 2014 to better serve the area; and to compliment two other MedFlight aircraft located in southern Ohio.
“When a patient needs critical care transport, by ground or air, time and expertise is crucial,” said Adena’s President and CEO Mark Shuter. “By partnering with MedFlight, our community and region will have a complete network of locally-based medical helicopters and Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU). MedFlight’s response time and their mobile and air intensive care service made them stand above the rest.” Last fall, Adena contracted with MedFlight’s ground transportation service, MedCare.
MedFlight President and CEO, Rod Crane added, “We are honored to serve Adena, its affiliated hospitals and patients with the highest level of complete patient transportation in the country. Adena’s decision to partner with MedFlight will result in better care and transport solutions for patients and caregivers. We look forward to being a larger part of the Ross County community through education, outreach and service.”
For decades, MedFlight has served many regions of Ohio with a high level of non-profit critical care transportation, via helicopter and ground MICU services. In 2012, the company was awarded the Vision Zero Award as the nation’s top air and ground transport operation for safety. MedFlight crews average more than nine years’ experience in helicopter transport medicine, and continue to be state and national leaders in the field of air medical transportation solutions and education.
MedFlight is a shared, non-profit service owned by the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University and Columbus-based OhioHealth. MedFlight has preferred provider agreements with many Ohio hospitals and EMS agencies to create seamless “A-Z” patient-focused transport solutions for communities in need.
In addition to its transport service, MedFlight offers area residents with MedFlight Advantage membership services to reduce patient and family expense if air or ground medical transport is needed. More information about MedFlight Advantage is available at www.medflight.com.
Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation at 7.57 deaths per 1,000 live births. In Ross County, that rate is higher at 8.8 deaths per 1,000. Both rates exceed the Healthy People 2020 goal rate of six deaths per 1,000 live births.
As part of Adena Health System’s Safe Sleep Program, physicians and nurses in Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Women & Children’s Department have been using “Sleep Sacks” to swaddle infants, giving them comfort and a safe way to sleep.
“Educating parents on how to provide a safe sleep environment is an important part of helping to reduce the infant mortality rate in Ohio and our region,” said Sarah Fallow, RN, Nurse Manager for ARMC’s Nursery and Pediatrics Unit. “Sleep Sacks give infants a comforting swaddled feeling without the danger of a traditional blanket that could shift and cover the infant’s face.”
Until now, the Sleep Sacks were hospital property, which were laundered and reused like gowns and sheets. Parents hated to leave without the Sleep Sacks after using them in the hospital; and while the device is becoming more readily available at stores and online shops, Adena caregivers recognized that some families may not be able to find them easily or afford them.
To be sure every newborn has a healthy start, the Adena Health Foundation’s Women and Children’s Fund is now providing families with a Sleep Sack to take home when discharged with their newborn. This ensures the parents of babies born at Adena have this important new apparatus to help provide a safe sleep environment for their child.
New parents Lisa and Michael Jaruwannakorn, recently welcomed son Noah at Adena, and both see the value of the Sleep Sack, and what it means for their son. “Sleep Sacks are much easier to use (than a blanket) and make everything simpler,” said Lisa. “It is important to us that Noah is comfortable and safe.”
The Sleep Sacks provided by the Adena Health Foundation are pink for girls and blue for boys, and include the Adena Logo. Learn more about Adena's Women & Children services.
Adena Health System has extended its successful free lung cancer screening program indefinitely. Created as a one-month, free screening to promote Lung Cancer Awareness last November, the overwhelming response made it clear there was a tremendous need to continue offering screenings at no cost to individuals meeting high-risk criteria. The free screening program was first extended through 2013, then to April 2014 and now remains available to high-risk individuals at any time.
“The response to the free lung cancer screening has been great,” said Adena President and CEO Mark Shuter. “There is a huge need for this kind of service in our community. Thanks to Adena’s free screening program, patients who may not have come in for a screen are being diagnosed earlier, which is critical in their chances of surviving this disease.”
To date, more than 470 people have come to Adena for a free lung cancer screening since the program began in Nov. 2014. Several have been diagnosed with lung cancer and have or are currently undergoing treatment.
“We have a high rate of lung cancer in Southern Ohio,” said Adena Cancer Center Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey VanDeusen. “There is no doubt that early detection saves lives. Adena is doing the right thing for the community by providing this free screening, as well as smoking cessation counseling.”
Lung cancer screening is a simple, painless, low dose CT chest scan. In addition to lung cancer, the screens at Adena have found a number of heart issues including aneurysms, and even a case of breast cancer.
Patients who benefit most from lung cancer screening are: between the ages of 55-74; still smoking or quit smoking fewer than 15 years ago; and have 30 “pack years” of smoking in their recent or distant past. A “pack year” is calculated by taking the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day and multiplying it by the number of years the person smoked. Therefore, a two-pack a day smoker, who smoked for 15 years is considered a 30-pack year smoker and should be tested. With early screening and detection, those in the screening population who are without symptoms, have a lung cancer survival rate of up to 80 percent.
All patients who have been scanned receive a reminder when it’s time for their annual screening. “It’s important for those who fall into this high risk category to be tested every year,” added Dr. VanDeusen. “The screening should be part of a patient’s yearly prevention and wellness plan.”
Anyone interested in having a free lung cancer screening may call (740) 542-LUNG (5864).
The heat of summer can be a dangerous time when the temperatures start to rise. Because of the excessive heat and humidity, it’s harder for the body to cool itself.
Those 65 and older, children 4 and under, people who are overweight, suffer from a heart disease or other illnesses are at greatest risk for heat related illness. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and the more serious heat stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control heat exhaustion can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and not enough fluids. These are the symptoms you need to watch for: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, feeling tired or weak, headache, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting.
If you think you are suffering from heat exhaustion drink cool fluids, preferably water, take a cool shower or bath and rest in an air conditioned room.
If the symptoms of heat exhaustion are not treated it can escalate to the more serious heat stroke.
These are the warning signs of a heat stroke: extremely high body temperature, skin that is red, hot and dry to the touch, but person is not sweating, rapid , strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea , confusion, and unconsciousness.
If you recognize any of these signs seek immediate medical attention.