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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.

Share Your News

Know an interesting colleague we should profile? A story we should tell? Submit your ideas, meetings and events for consideration.

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Medicare Advantage Contracts With Cedars-Sinai

From Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

We're pleased to announce that Cedars-Sinai will be participating in two Medicare Advantage HMO plans. This is the first time in 15 years that Cedars-Sinai has had a Medicare Advantage option for our patients. The agreements are with the UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage HMO and Blue Shield 65 Plus plans. Patients in these plans can choose a primary care doctor in either the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group or Cedars-Sinai Health Associates.

These new agreements are part of our efforts to provide the community with a variety of ways to get coverage at Cedars-Sinai.

In a related development, effective Nov. 1, 2014, nearly 2,000 members of the UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage HMO plan who previously were assigned to Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Olympia Medical Center are being transitioned by UnitedHealthcare to have Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as their primary hospital.

The timing of these agreements is meaningful, as Medicare's open enrollment period runs Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Coverage takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. During open enrollment, Medicare beneficiaries can change their plan coverage, including entering into a Medicare Advantage plan, for the following year.

If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Litt Deculus at