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P and T Approvals, Changes for Hydrocodone, Tramadol

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the Aug. 5 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is more strictly controlling hydrocodone combination products, and more details are available about tramadol's new status as a controlled substance.

Mark Your Calendar

Surgery Grand Rounds

Click the "read more" to see information about upcoming Surgery Grand Rounds.

Grand Rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.

Educational Schedule

Click the PDF link below to see the Department of Surgery's educational schedule.

Educational Schedule - September 2014 (PDF)

Surgery Scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

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Cedars-Sinai and Other Major Providers Collaborating With Anthem Blue Cross on Innovative Health Partnership

From Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

As part of our ongoing efforts to develop new and innovative partnerships that expand access to Cedars-Sinai for people throughout the region, we are joining with six other major local health systems to participate in a first-in-the-nation insurance product from Anthem Blue Cross that integrates the seven health systems and shares financial risk and gain between the health systems and Anthem.

The insurance product, which Anthem is calling Vivity and which was announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, includes the hospitals and affiliated medical groups of Cedars-Sinai, Good Samaritan Hospital, Huntington Memorial Hospital, MemorialCare Health System, PIH Health, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and UCLA Health. It is initially being offered to employers with more than 50 employees.

In keeping with our strategic goal to develop new relationships in a changing healthcare environment, Vivity is one example of how we can create opportunities for Cedars-Sinai to collaborate productively with other area providers. In addition, Vivity provides an innovative insurance option for employers, and will enable more people to come here who might otherwise not be able to access care at Cedars-Sinai through their insurance.

It is also significant that CalPERS, which has not had an HMO option that included Cedars-Sinai for many years, has already agreed to use Vivity doctors and hospitals within their Select HMO network in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Other large employers can start requesting proposals on Oct. 1, with coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

Below, for your information, is the news release issued by Anthem Blue Cross.

Vivity News Release (PDF)