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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Jan. 30, 2015 | Archived Issues

Recognition for Chugh, Danovitch, McGovern

Physician News

Sumeet S. Chugh, MD, has received a grant to study how to better predict sudden cardiac arrest, a group led by Itai Danovitch, MD, has published a guide to insurance options for coverage of addiction treatment, and Dermot P.B. McGovern, MD, PhD, has been elected a member of the International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Meetings and Events


Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - January 2015


Milestones

Do you know of a significant event in the life of a medical staff member? Please let us know, and we'll post these milestones in Medical Staff Pulse. Also, feel free to submit comments on milestones, and we'll post the comments in the next issue. Click here to email us your milestones and comments.

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Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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Individual/Family Plan Contracts Signed With Health Net and Blue Shield

From Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

Our patients now have more options for individual and family plans that provide coverage for Cedars-Sinai. We recently signed a contract with Blue Shield that allows us to offer individual and family plans on and off the exchange and extended our contract for these plans with Health Net off of the exchange.

Open enrollment for individual and family health insurance runs through Feb. 15, 2015. During this time, people can enroll in coverage or change their plan. Please note that this open enrollment only affects people who purchase their own insurance policies for themselves and their families; it does not affect those who receive health insurance through their employer, such as Cedars-Sinai employees.

The following plans now provide coverage for care from Cedars-Sinai:

Through the Covered California health benefit exchange:

  • Anthem Blue Cross Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plans (all metal levels — e.g., Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Blue Shield of California PPO plans (new option) (all metal levels, coverage for Cedars-Sinai takes effect March 1, 2015)

Through an insurance broker or insurance company directly (off the exchange):

  • Anthem Blue Cross EPO
    • Anthem Blue Cross EPO plans (all metal levels — e.g., Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze)
    • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a Tier 1 facility in EPO plans.
    • Patients can keep coverage under a grandfathered Anthem Blue Cross plan that offers their full network of providers as long as they continue to pay premiums under the plan.
  • Assurant Health PPO
    • Assurant Health offers a full range of Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) network plans — using the Aetna PPO physician and hospital network.
  • Blue Shield of California PPO (new option)
    • All metal levels (e.g., Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze) of Blue Shield of California PPO plans will provide full coverage for care from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and many of our physicians beginning March 1, 2015.
    • Patients can keep coverage under a grandfathered Blue Shield plan that offers a full network of providers as long as they continue to pay premiums under the plan.
  • Health Net PPO (contract extended)
    • All metal levels (e.g., Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze) of Health Net PPO plans will provide full coverage for care from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and many of our physicians.
    • Patients who currently have coverage through a Health Net PPO plan purchased off of the exchange will continue to be covered for care at Cedars-Sinai.

We also recognize that there are many people who want to come to Cedars-Sinai, but may be concerned about out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles and co-pays for hospital services. To make things easier for our patients, we offer a variety of financial assistance programs that can help people with some of these costs. These programs are available to a wide range of incomes and more information is available online or by calling Patient Financial Services at 323-866-8600.

For the most up-to-date information and guidance, please access the following resources: