Do you know Mike? His life is about to change.

When I was getting ready to head home yesterday, I started receiving reports from some of my co-workers about how many people they had enrolled in health insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder. Some of the numbers reported were 36…and 52. I paused and thought, wow, that’s amazing! And then I got an email stating 59! What? Was that a typo? Two people enrolled 59 folks in just one day? Yes – that happened! I had to stop and pause a little longer.

Of course, those aren’t just numbers, those are people. Those are individual people who may have previously put off getting treatment because they didn’t have insurance and couldn’t afford to pay out-of-pocket for their visit. It may have been a decision between buying groceries, paying for gas, or getting that nagging cough checked out.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, in Washington State, adults between the ages of 19 up to 65 are now eligible for Medicaid if they have incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level. Broken down, it looks like this:

Household Size 138%
1 $15,856
2 $21,404
3 $26,951
4 $32,499
5 $38,047
6 $43,594

For others who may not qualify for Medicaid, there are tax credits available for those with incomes between 138%- 400% of the federal poverty level.

There has been so much misinformation and political talk about this subject that sometimes the negative seems to overtake the positive. But when I reflect on what it all really means, I simply become thankful. I’m thankful that I live in a country that is taking a step towards a healthier future. I’m thankful that I live in Washington State where my friends, family and neighbors can get the health care they deserve. I’m thankful that people like Richard (age 23), Kathleen (age 62), Mike (age 30), and Valentina (age 45) are now going to be able to seek care when they actually need it – or a novel idea – practice preventative wellness! Yes! Finally!

Richard, Kathleen, Mike, Valentina, and so many others are about to experience a life change. They are about to be granted one of the most important rights we all should have. Access to health care. And for that, I am thankful.

More information about health care in Washington State can be found at:

Kelley Charvet is the Communications Manager at Community Health Association of Spokane

CHAS Enrolls Over 2,800 in First 55 Days

CHAS Enrolls Over 2,800 in First 55 Days

Since the beginning of open enrollment, October 1st, CHAS In-Person Assisters (IPAs) have been busy!

In the first 55 days of open enrollment, our IPAs have enrolled 2,802 patients in Washington’s expanded Medicaid plan (Washington Apple Health) or a qualified health plan.  IPAs have been meeting with individuals throughout all CHAS clinics and at various community events, helping answer questions and complete the enrollment process. Despite issues with the federal online marketplace, Washington State’s Healthplanfinder has enrolled nearly 100,000 Washingtonians. In Washington, it’s working!

Recently, the Huffington Post referenced the success that is being experienced in Washington State: http://huff.to/17SiszT

Assistance is available via phone or in person. Visit any CHAS clinic during clinic hours or call 509.444.8200 for more information or to enroll in an appropriate health plan.

PSPC: Another CHAS-ism or a Glimpse into Integrated Care?

The following individuals are part of the core PSPC team (most of team pictured above): Pharmacists Heather McNamee and Kelly Smoot, Pharmacy Technician Amber Frohberg, ARNP Kathryn Sander, Pharmacist Jason Doss. Dietician Keri Smith and Quality Improvement Manager Amy Walker  (not pictured).

CHAS’ Pharmacy Department has become well-known for advancing the responsibilities of Pharmacists, not only in Spokane, but contributing to moving the profession forward nationwide!

One such recent effort which has spotlighted the Pharmacy Department is its’ involvement in the Patient Safety and Clinic Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC).  According to HRSA’s website, the PSPC is “a breakthrough effort to improve the quality of health care across America by integrating evidence-based clinic pharmacy services into the care and management of high-risk, high-cost, complex patients.”

CHAS became involved in the PSPC in October 2010 stemming from a desire to have Pharmacists recognized as providers while tracking measurable patient outcomes.  A barrage of high-risk conditions were considered, but diabetes was selected as the focus because it closely aligned with work that was already being done at CHAS related to the Beacon and Patient Centered Medical Home initiatives.  The ultimate goal of CHAS’s PSPC efforts is to take patients with high-risk diabetes and stabilize them using an integrated care model.  And isn’t CHAS the perfect place to do such a thing?! With Pharmacists and medical providers all under one roof, it was a no-brainer!

Primary Care Providers can refer patients with complicated diabetes to the team, those whose A1cs are too high or those who simply have educational needs.  The model looks like this: a Pharmacist, who also happens to be a Certified Diabetic Educator, meets with the patient and performs a needs assessment which includes documentation of all medications, insulin titration needs, creating an educational plan and goal setting by the patient.  From there, the patient can be seen strictly by one or a combination of the team members which includes a primary care provider, pharmacist, and dietician.  The data measured which includes A1c, adverse drug events, potential adverse drug events and medication reconciliation is reported internally to Quality Improvement and nationally. 

To date, approximately 180 patients have enrolled in this integrated program.  Visits include in-person, over-the-phone, and monthly group educational sessions (see upcoming schedule below). “As predicted, the patient results have been great,” states Pharmacy Director, Heather McNamee.  Kelly Smoot, Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator goes on to say that the team approach has made a bigger difference to patients than she originally thought.  “We’ve gotten a lot of positive patient feedback.  We’ve had a lot of patients lost in care and out of control for years, but now they feel like they have people they can call.” 

Another unexpected consequence of the PSPC program has been the increased role of the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).  “I never expected as many combo visits with the provider. It opens the door to help monitor for complications.  A lot of CDE’s don’t get to do this.  I love my job,” says Kelly.  

PSPC services are available in the following clinics: Valley, Maple, and North County, with hopes to eventually offer these at all locations. 

 2013 Diabetes Group Visits
Pre-registration is required.  Patients can call 509.444.8200 to register or for more information.

Valley Clinic

Date

Topic

March 15, 2013
April 19, 2013
May 17, 2013
June 21, 2013
July 19, 2013
August 16, 2013
September 20, 2013
October 18, 2013
November 15, 2013
December 20, 2013
Know Your Healthy Numbers
Oral Health
Stepping into Activity
Diabetes Drugs
Dining Out & Eating on the Road
Monitoring and Your Meter
Insulin-Facts and Myths
The Natural Progression of Diabetes
Holiday Meal Planning
Coping with Diabetes Emotions

 Maple St. Clinic

Date

Topic

March 22, 2013
April 19, 2013
May 17, 2013
June 28, 2013
July 12, 2013
August 9, 2013
September 20, 2013
October 18, 2013
November 15, 2013
December 27, 2013
Monitoring and Your Meter
Know Your Healthy Numbers
Foot and Eye Care
Stepping into Activity
Diabetes Drugs
Dining Out & Eating on the Road
Insulin-Facts and Myths
The Natural Progression of Diabetes
Holiday Meal Planning
Coping with Diabetes Emotions

 North County Clinic

Date

Topic

March 28, 2013
April 18, 2013
May 23, 2013
June 20, 2013
July 25, 2013
August 22, 2013
September 26, 2013
October 24, 2013
November 21, 2013
December 19, 2013
Know Your Healthy Numbers
Foot, Eye and Oral Care
Stepping into Activity
Dining Out & Eating on the Road
Diabetes Drugs
Monitoring and Your Meter
Insulin-Facts and Myths
The Natural Progression of Diabetes
Holiday Meal Planning
Coping with Diabetes Emotions

Is Your Child Ready for Back to School?

Hello!

It’s Dr. Moorman, Pediatrician at the North County Clinic. Summer flew by and it’s already time for back to school! Does your child have everything he or she needs to remain healthy this year?

I put together a few questions to help you figure out if your child is back to school ready. If you answer NO to any of the following questions, give us a call at 509-444-8200 to schedule an appointment.

• Has your child had a Sports Physical completed for athletics?
• Is your child up to date on all of his/her Immunizations? Have your teens and pre-teens received immunizations too?
• Does your child have a new Epi pen or Inhaler for his/her Asthma? The cold and flu season is just around the corner.
• Does your child have fluoride supplements?
• Has your child gotten a Dental check up?

Get this school year started off right. If your child struggled last year with behavior or school work and you need a Pediatric evaluation to help get them the help and services they need this year to thrive, please make an appointment today!

Dr. Dan Moorman

General Health

Bye-bye colds and flu

Welcome spring and summer! Bye-bye colds and flu. It’s time for spring cleaning and that includes not only your homes but time to make sure you are getting your family’s health in order as well. Dental care is often overlooked or forgotten, but it’s time to get back in for that dental visit if this has slipped your attention. Pediatric and Adult Dental services are available at CHAS. Dental services are important because living in the Spokane area provides many challenges for dental care as our community does not have much, if any, fluoride in our water systems and wells. The current guidelines are for supplemental fluoride for children from 6 months old up to 16 years old. If you have run out of fluoride or forgot to get it at your last medical or dental visit please give us a call so we can make sure we are protecting your children’s teeth as best as possible.

It’s also time to dig out those old immunization records along with that house cleaning and make sure your children are up to date on all of their immunizations for the year. If you are not sure please give us a call so we can help you figure out what may be needed.

With the Sunshine returning to our area it’s time to think about sunburns and protecting our skin and our children from sunburns and potential skin cancer later in life. A light and breathable layer of clothing plus a hat is a great physical barrier, and is a better sun blocker than liquid sun block as it provides the right protection for your infant as well as for any family member. When wearing less than full coverage; a good sun block with both UVA and UVB provides the most protection. The American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends a SPF level of at least 35 for all children, but remember that sun block can wear off with sweat or with water. Remember to reapply sun block as needed to avoid that summer burn.

Also, along with spring cleaning it’s time to find that old book you haven’t read in a while. New books are always nice but search for that old favorite too. Remember to read to your children daily or better yet, have them read to you when old enough. Help them to read their old favorites to continue that love for reading and make sure they have books to read for their Spring and Summer breaks. The library is always a good place to find new favorites and it doesn’t cost you anything. So get out there and read and explore new worlds, you’ll be glad you did.

Daniel Moorman, MD

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Upcoming Events!!

CHAS will be participating in a couple of mommy and baby friendly events in Spokane!  The first event is the Baby Fair, which is held at the Spokane Convention Center on Sunday March 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.  At this event CHAS will be represented and will give away some great gift baskets as well as offer some great activities for the audience.  Please come by and learn more about what CHAS can offer you and have a little fun while doing it!

CHAS will also be present at the first ever Mother’s Gala hosted by Community  Health Education & Resources (CHER) at the Glover Mansion on Saturday March 26, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This event is focused on finding a balance between motherhood and personal life and will offer information about women’s health and wellness.  Both of these events are great opportunities to learn more about what Spokane has to offer for the women and mothers in our community.   So come by and see us at one or both of these fantastic events!!  See you there!