Archive for December, 2010

Many Faces of Medicaid

Monday, December 20th, 2010

In the current budget crisis, many states are experiencing shortfalls due to the economic recession. Solutions abound about how to manage this crisis. In each state, Medicaid programs are receiving a great deal of discussion. On December 14, 2010, in South Carolina, the Medicaid program released a provider bulletin about a $228 million shortfall in funding for the remainder of the Medicaid FY, June 30, 2010. Immediate changes are taking place in order to safeguard the financial viability of the Medicaid program in this budget year. For example, effective February 1, 2011, the South Carolina Medicaid program will discontinue coverage of Hospice Care services for adults. Additional information is available at the following website: http://msp.scdhhs.gov/msp.

Medicaid is the nation’s health coverage program for low-income Americans. Medicaid helps to pay for health and long-term care services for about 850,000 people in South Carolina. For our state, this includes very poor families, people with disabilities, and low-income elderly. The federal government and the states share in the funding of Medicaid. Each state administers the program within federal guidelines. In South Carolina, the program is funded about one-fourth by the state, with the federal government paying the majority of the cost.

There are many misconceptions about the Medicaid program. Below is about a 10-12 minute video which explains those who are currently on the Medicaid program. It was produced by the South Carolina Hospital Association. Please take a few minutes to inform yourself about this vital program affecting over 800,000 people in our state.

Thanks,

Rob

Visit the South Carolina Hospital Association’s website to view the full version of The Many Faces of Medicaid

McLeod Health Risk Assessment

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

To all McLeod Health Staff who participated in the Health Risk Assessment:

Please be sure to take the time to view your Personal Health Report.

By this Saturday, December 18, you need to log in to myviverae.com and view your “Personal Health Report”. This is an overall report of the results of your health assessment questionnaire and biometric screening. It is the final step needed in order to receive your 2011 Wellness Credits.

To access your Member Health Assessment:
1. This report is available on the Viverae website at www.myviverae.com and can be accessed from your work or home computer system.
2. PC (personal computer) Cafés will be set up for you to view your completed Personal Health Report.
3. HR representatives will be on hand to help you at the PC Cafés located at McLeod Regional Medical Center during the following dates, times and locations:
December 13
McLeod Pavilion – Café Du Jour
7 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

December 15, 16, 17
Tower – Next to ATMs
7 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

December 14, 15, 16, 17
Anyone who needs assistance, but is unable to visit one of the PC Cafés, please contact the HR Service Center at 777-2595.

If you would like help creating goals to lose weight or improve your health, you can contact your Viverae Health Coach at any time by calling the Viverae Health Center at: 1.888.VIVERAE (848.3723). This service is provided to you by McLeod Health to help you Live Well. There is no charge to use this service!

Rob