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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF November 20, 2015 | Archived Issues

P & T Approvals, FDA Statement About Plavix

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the October meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that long-term use of Plavix does not change the risk of death for patients with heart disease.

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Meetings and Events


Grand Rounds

Click here to view upcoming grand rounds.


Upcoming CME Conferences

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

CME Newsletter - November 2015 (PDF)  


Milestones

Viorica Ionut, MD, PhD, Ali Kashani, MD, and Arnold Klein, MD, have died.

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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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Open Enrollment for Individual/Family Plans Runs Through Jan. 31

From Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

We are about to embark on the third annual open enrollment period for individual and family health insurance plans since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.

This does not impact those of you who are covered by Cedars-Sinai-sponsored health insurance plans through Anthem Blue Cross. If you receive questions from patients — or if you have friends or family members who purchase individual and family health insurance plan on their own — you can advise them that only certain plans cover care from Cedars-Sinai.

Open enrollment for individual and family health insurance runs through Jan. 31, 2016. 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.

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

  • Through the Covered California health benefit exchange:
    • Anthem Blue Cross PPO plans
      • All metal levels — e.g., Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze
      • Those who belonged to an Anthem Blue Cross EPO plan in 2015 will automatically have their plan change to the PPO plan for 2016.
    • Blue Shield of California PPO plans
      • All metal levels — e.g., Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze
  • Through an insurance broker or insurance company directly (off the exchange):
    • Anthem Blue Cross PPO
      • All metal levels — e.g., Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze
      • Those who belonged to an Anthem Blue Cross EPO plan in 2015 will automatically have their plan change to the PPO plan for 2016.
    • Blue Shield of California PPO
      • All metal levels — e.g., Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze

Two insurers that previously provided plans that included coverage for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have changed their offerings for the 2016 plan year. Patients enrolled in plans from these insurers will need to select a new plan by Dec. 15, 2015, to avoid a lapse in coverage.

  • Assurant Health has discontinued offering individual and family health insurance coverage and will not participate in this open enrollment period.
  • Health Net has discontinued offering the individual and family PPO plans that previously covered care from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

We recognize 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: