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The Learning Center for the Deaf Outpatient Audiology Clinic Welcomes MassHealth Members

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- The outpatient Audiology Clinic at The Learning Center for the Deaf has been credentialed as a MassHealth provider, increasing access to their comprehensive audiological and hearing aid services for children and adults.

"Our outpatient Audiology Clinic serves adults and children alike, from within our programs, and across the region," explained Lydia Colon, Director of Audiology. "Until recently, it was challenging for families and individuals on MassHealth to find approved audiology providers for services like ours. We are delighted to be able to support these families and individuals."

TLC's Audiology Clinic provides comprehensive audiological and hearing aid services to the MetroWest community and beyond. The clinic was recently awarded the 2019 Best of the Best MetroWest

Award for Audiology services in the area. Services include complete diagnostic hearing tests, analysis of middle ear function, and hearing aid consultations, including sales, fittings, service, and repairs.

Our audiologists are fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

If you or a family member would like to schedule an appointment, please call 508-875-4559 or email audiology@tlcdeaf.org to set up a consultation. All proceeds from services provided and products sold benefit the children and families served by TLC.

About The Learning Center for the Deaf:

Selected in 2019 as Outstanding Organization of the Year by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) is a nationally-recognized leader in educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. TLC is the largest provider of services to deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in New England, and one of the largest private employers of Deaf individuals in the State of Massachusetts.

The organization honors and celebrates Deaf culture through bilingual-bicultural education; linguistically accessible and culturally-responsive service provision; ASL classes for the community; audiology and hearing aid services; public school consultation; professional research, training, and scholarship; Deaf community events; interpreting services, and a Deaf Cultural Center.

For more information on consultation, education, interpreting, audiology, assessment, research and behavioral health services, visit http://www.tlcdeaf.org/.

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Anti-Psychotic Drug Reduction in Skilled Nursing Facilities Through Telepsychiatry

OMAHA, Neb. -- An Encounter Telehealth analysis of 40 skilled nursing facility partners in Iowa revealed a 6.7% reduction in the use of anti-psychotics. This reduction occurred after an average of 14 months of partnering with Encounter on psychiatric care. The national average was less than a 4% reduction during the same period.

The analysis shows the percentage of anti-psychotic drug use among facilities in 2015, prior to working with Encounter, and in 2018.

The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and can be accessed on CMS Nursing Home Compare: https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html

Of the 443 nursing homes in Iowa, the 40 facilities that Encounter Telehealth partners with have shown an average 6.7% reduction in the use of anti-psychotics between 2015 and 2018. Some facilities have shown substantial reductions, including one facility that went from 28.6% in 2015 to a low 7.3% in 2018. That is a 21.3% decrease in the usage of anti-psychotics, and nearly one half of the current national average. Encounter Telehealth's partner facilities in Iowa had an average 12.1% of residents on anti-psychotic medications as of 2018, which is 2.4% below the average of total Iowa nursing homes.

CMS estimates that only a small fraction of long-term residents will ever have a condition warranting the use of anti-psychotics, however they are repeatedly over-prescribed and at a great price. Facilities that do not show a reduction in anti-psychotic medication distribution can be penalized with a maximum 2% Medicare reduction. However, facilities that prove a reduction in their use of anti-psychotics are eligible of a maximum bonus of 1.6% Medicare payouts.

Through Encounter Telehealth, patients receive evaluations and psychiatric medication management services by Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. This ensures proper diagnoses and medication management from the convenience of the facility. Encounter also offers talk therapy, which has been proven to be beneficial to patients with dementia and cognitive decline. In addition, Encounter provides staff training. Proper staff training can ensure quality healthcare and safety for everyone. When staff is trained to use alternative, non-pharmacological interventions, studies have shown statistical benefits in patients with dementia.

Encounter Telehealth provides behavioral mental healthcare in long term communities. At Encounter, our providers are focused on administering compassionate, consistent, and quality care.

About Encounter Telehealth LLC:
Encounter Telehealth, based out of Omaha, Nebraska, was founded in 2012 with a mission to provide access to quality mental and behavioral healthcare. Our providers offer psychiatric medication management, staff training, evaluations, and therapy over a video telehealth platform to patients across America.

Connect with Encounter Telehealth on our website: https://www.encounter.health/ - or on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook

Encounter Telehealth, 900 S 74th Plaza, Omaha, NE 68114, Tel (844) 485-3041.

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Five Steps to Get Your Adult Child ‘Unstuck’: Darien Wellness Hosts a Conversation on This Important Topic

DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien Wellness, Fairfield County's premier mental health group, is excited to kick off its second annual Lunch & Learn series with an important topic for Connecticut families. Across the nation, young adults (age 18 and up) are suffering from the inability to successfully launch themselves into adulthood. Darien Wellness, in collaboration with Greenwich's Institute for Restoring Cognitive Health, will be holding a discussion addressing this crisis.

The seminar, called "Is Your Adult Child Stuck?" will be given by Gregg Pauletti, the director of The RCH Institute in the Darien Wellness conference room. He will discuss this on-going crisis and teach parents and other family members effective steps to combat the issue.

This event is Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 from noon at Darien Wellness, 30 Old Kings Highway South in downtown Darien.

Across Fairfield County, our young-adult sons and daughters often seem lost as they struggle with the transition to adulthood. If you do not have a child in this situation, chances are you have friends who do.

The issue of failure to launch has become a growing crisis across the United States for the past decade.

Here are some of the alarming facts:

* A study from 2016 reports that 45% of young adults in New Jersey live with their parents.
* The rate of young men neither working nor looking for work has increased over 25% in the past decade.
* This phenomenon has typically effected young men, but increasingly young women are falling victim to this "quarter-life crisis" as well.

Locally, there has been an exponential rise in the number of calls related to families with an adult child who seems incapable of moving on with their lives. "We have so many families seeking help," said David Ezell, CEO of Darien Wellness, "and I felt we had to offer more services to these young people, and their families, to help them get their lives back on track. This workshop is a first step in that direction."

There are evidence-based solutions to this crisis and they will be discussed at this important meeting. Seating for this complimentary event is very limited. Please call (203) 883-0464 to reserve your spot and we encourage you to bring a friend as well. Feel free to bring a lunch and Darien Wellness will provide drinks, condiments and utensils.

About The RCH Institute:
Located in Greenwich, Conn., The RCH Institute provides educational and vocational support, supplemented with cognitive remediation to work with clients to achieve their goals. RCH Institute specializes in working with individuals who are living with low motivation, lack confidence, and appear to be "stuck". Through the use of evidence-based programs and implementing "metacognitive awareness" techniques, we develop an atmosphere of achievement, helping to create a more purposeful, healthy, independent life. Contact the RCH Institute at 203-302-9883, or by email at inquiries@restoringcognitivehealth.com

About Darien Wellness:
Darien Wellness was founded in 2014 and has rapidly grown into a full-service mental health practice serving Southern Connecticut and the Gold Coast. It is staffed with psychologists, social workers, counselors and life coaches all committed to helping its clients live their best lives. It is the only private mental health group in the area that takes major insurances, including Anthem/Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna and CIGNA.

Learn more at: http://DarienWellness.com

For more information call 203-883-0464 or write info@DarienWellness.com Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @DarienWellness

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New Advancement Allows for Septoplasty Procedure with Minimal Downtime

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Dr. Aaron Rogers and Advanced Ear Nose & Throat Associates, a leading Atlanta-based Otolaryngology medical practice, announces further advancement in office-based nasal surgery. New techniques allow for a full spectrum of corrective nasal surgery to now be done in the office with just minimal recovery.

The medical industry is constantly evolving with new techniques and technologies that improve the recovery process and results for patients. One of the newest advancements to hit the market is the development of an incisionless septoplasty that is minimally invasive and has a much faster recovery period than traditional septoplasty procedures. Dr. Aaron Rogers, based in the Metro Atlanta Area, has perfected this technique in order to help patients with nasal allergies, sinus infections and other nasal problems.

No-Scalpel septoplasty is a new procedure that is performed under local anesthesia utilizing the the Acclarent Relieva TRACT(R) device. The procedure utilizes pressurized inflatable dilators to remodel the nasal septal spurs and deflection that lead to nasal blockage. It takes just a few minutes, as opposed to traditional septoplasty procedures that require general anesthesia and are performed over the course of a few hours in an operating room.

The no-scalpel technique can be performed alongside other nasal procedures including balloon sinuplasty, turbinate reduction or nasal valve collapse repair. This procedure is recommended for adults who have nasal congestion or suffer from allergies, as well as patients who have had prior septoplasty but a residual spur.

One of the most attractive benefits of this treatment is the fast recovery period that lasts just a couple of days with mild discomfort and minimal bleeding. Patients can go to work the following day and costs are lower than traditional surgeries because anesthesiology and facility costs are avoided.

Dr. Rogers of Advanced Ear, Nose and Throat Associates is one of the first doctors in the Atlanta area to offer this new advanced technique. He has seen firsthand the increased benefits it provides to patients.

According to Dr. Rogers, "Treating deviated septum in the office is finally a practical reality, opening to doors to comfortable and comprehensive in-office nasal surgery."

More information: https://AdvancedENTpc.com/incisionless-septoplasty-with-dr-rogers/

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Switzerland-based Brain Assessment Research Center (BrainARC-Chur) launches US division (BrainARC-America) headed by leading Neuroscience experts

BOSTON, Mass. -- Brain ARC Chur Switzerland partners with Sadar Psychological Services (Philadelphia) and Boston NeuroDynamics (Boston) to launch Brain ARC America, in order to bring more cutting edge evaluations to improve treatment for common brain disorders such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, age-related memory loss, autism, chronic pain/migraines, epilepsy, sleep disorders and a myriad of other issues such as including how to improve your brain to increase its efficiency in everyday life.

HBImed AG has been an industry leader in clinical brain research for over a decade and provides medical-psychological services in particular by supporting brain research diagnostics with therapeutic advice in the context of various brain dysfunctions. They have set forth industry challenging standards by actually measuring the brain's activity and comparing it to a sophisticated, FDA approved database which is the most thorough and comprehensive aggregate databank of its kind.

Both Boston Neurodynamics and Sadar Psychological Services have been using this neuroscience research to successfully determine the best treatments since HBImed AG was founded. Because of their collective expertise in implementing the BrainARC system in their respective practices, Drs. Sadar, Martinez and Morales have been exclusively selected to herald in the expansion and create BrainARC-America.

BrainARC-America will capitalize on the vast amount of continuing research, their breadth and depth of experiences within the mental health field, coupled with each other's unique yet complimentary backgrounds in order to develop individualized brain assessments in order to ascertain how each person's brain is functioning in order to improve their quality of life.

Brain ARC-America principles are Diana Martinez, MD, MSc, PhD, Board Certified in Neurofeedback, Angelika Y. Sadar, MA-Clinical Psychology, Board Certified in Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability, Leon Morales-Quezada, MD, MSc, PhD, MPH, and Mitchell Sadar, M.A., PhD., Board Certified in Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability.

Andreas Müller of BrainARC-Chur and HBImed Brain Diagnostics states "BrainARC-Chur, along with HBImed AG is happy to partner with BrainARC-America. It has been our goal to introduce this highly researched and evidence based method that helps to understand the individual's brain functioning to develop an individualized treatment plan to the United States for quite some time and finally we have the right leaders."

"We are pioneers in helping people improve their lives by measuring objectively how their brain functions so that the best individualized treatments can be offered. This is in contrast to the more traditional methods of diagnosing based on just patient report and observed symptoms," said Dina Martinez.

By objectively measuring biomarkers in the brain, we are able to add to the traditional, limited methods of clinical observation. As a result, the patient receives validation of the source of their behavioral distress. Very often, when given results, parents will comment.

"This is what I was waiting for. This is the first time I have received an explanation of what is going on in my child's brain. Now our family has hope for our child's future," said Angelika Sadar.

"This evaluation process can help identify biomarkers that can guide the prescribing of medication to decrease the number of children who are over medicated or experience the negative side effects of medications unnecessarily," said Mitchell Sadar.

"BrainARC US neurophysiological and cognitive evaluations compliment traditional medical diagnostic tools helping clinicians to develop adequate therapeutic interventions," said Leon Morales.

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Autism Treatment Centers of Michigan Announces Opening of New Clinical Center in Kentwood

KENTWOOD, Mich. -- Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services throughout Michigan, announced the opening of a new clinical center location in Kentwood, Michigan. The new center, located at 1545 68th Street SE, will allow ACM to expand on its existing services in the Grand Rapids area, by offering a second clinical center for children of all ages.

"We are thrilled to be expanding our ABA services by adding a second clinical center in the Grand Rapids area," said Krista Boe, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and ACM's Chief Clinical Officer. "Our clinical team has been serving clients in the area for nearly three years; this new center provides additional supports and treatment options for both our clients and our staff."

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the clinical center from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on September 13, 2019.

"We are delighted to be able to provide this additional resource to our current and future clients and their families in Grand Rapids! Since we began providing services in Kent County nearly 3 years ago, we have had the honor and privilege of establishing meaningful partnerships within the community as we continuously strive to meet our goal of improving the lives of individuals and their families impacted by autism. We could not be more excited about this opportunity to expand our program to serve additional families in need in the greater Grand Rapids area!" said Rachel Gossan, BCBA and ACM's regional clinical director.

About the Autism Centers of Michigan:

The Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Acorn Health, is a leading provider of intensive, evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders. ACM is certified as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), serving hundreds of families at homes and clinical centers across the state of Michigan. Founded in 2013, ACM is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. Acorn Health is a national provider of ABA therapy, with locations in Michigan, Virginia, and Florida.
To learn more about our centers: https://www.autismcentersmi.com/

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Local Pediatric Clinic Set to Inspire, Educate and Entertain Families During Their 6th Annual Family Festival in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas -- Premier Pediatrics of Houston will host the 6th Annual Family Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 411 Lantern Bend Dr., Suite 235, Houston, TX. This year's theme is, "Your Family, Your Community, Your Responsibility."

With over 500 children and families in attendance during the 2018 festival, Premier Pediatrics has established the event as a community tradition for patients and non-patients interested in learning about preventive healthcare practices and other tools for healthy living.

The festival will be comprised of over 30 informational and interactive booths, food and fun activities such as live entertainment, face painting, relay races for children and adults, dance, hula hoop and watermelon eating competitions, multiple games and hundreds of prizes and give-a-ways.

"We are excited to continue to serve the North Houston community and we welcome children and parents to join us at our annual event," said clinic owner and nurse practitioner, Dr. Tamecka Knight. "This is a great opportunity to learn about available community resources and introduce kids and families to ways to maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle. It is also a day to just have good 'ole family fun."

Festival attendees will have access to local community-based organizations who will provide invaluable information on various topics that affect children and their families which include, but are not limited to, health and wellness, safety, financial security and planning, and educational resources.

For more information contact Premier Pediatrics of Houston at 281-997-2112 or visit their website at http://www.premierpediatricshouston.com/.

About Premier Pediatrics:

Premier Pediatrics of Houston has served the North Houston community for over six years. Since opening its doors in 2013, the clinic has provided healthcare to over 7,500 children. With an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and early intervention, the clinic plays an important role in advocating for the health and well-being of children.

Owned and operated by Dr. Tamecka Knight, a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with 16 years of experience, the clinic strives to meet the needs of every family by providing up-to-date, compassionate pediatric care in a comfortable and respectful environment. The office is committed to providing a wide array of services ranging from routine care such as well child exams and immunizations to minor emergency care, as well as offering in-office labs, and ear piercing.

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Autism Treatment Centers of Michigan Announces Opening of New Clinical Center in Gaylord

GAYLORD, Mich. -- Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services throughout Michigan, announced the opening of a new clinical center location in Gaylord, Michigan. The new center, located at 940 N Center Ave, will allow ACM to expand its existing in-home services in the Gaylord area, by offering in-center treatment options for children of all ages.

"We are thrilled to be expanding our services and adding a clinical center in the Gaylord area," said Krista Boe, Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and ACM's Chief Clinical Officer. "Our clinical team has been serving clients in homes and in the Gaylord community for several years; this new center provides additional supports and treatment options for both our clients and our staff."

The Gaylord location is now open for services and accepting new clients. "We are thankful for the opportunity to serve the students and families of this community and ultimately provide families the resources and tools necessary to teach and maintain skills that focus on the core deficits of autism," said Liza Brandt, BCBA and ACM's clinical lead in the Gaylord area.

About the Autism Centers of Michigan:

The Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Acorn Health, is a leading provider of intensive, evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders. ACM is certified as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), serving hundreds of families in homes and clinical centers across the state of Michigan.

Founded in 2013, ACM is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. Acorn Health is a national provider of ABA therapy, with locations in Michigan, Virginia, and Florida.

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Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM) Announces Opening of New Clinical Center Location in East Tawas, Michigan

EAST TAWAS, Mich. -- Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services throughout Michigan, announced the opening of a new clinical center location in East Tawas, Michigan. The new center, located at 101 Newman Street, will allow ACM to expand its existing in-home services in the Tawas area, by offering in-center treatment options for children of all ages.

"It is so exciting to be able to add center-based services to our existing in-home ABA therapy program," said Krista Boe, Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and ACM's Chief Clinical Officer. "Our center, located right downtown in East Tawas, is a wonderful location for us to be serving this community."

The Tawas center is now open and accepting new clients. "It is a privilege and honor to provide this much needed resource to the community. Our families have been needing and asking for a clinical center and we are excited to be able to provide this opportunity. We look forward to helping our existing families and many new ones in the upcoming months and years," said Tammy Ruemenapp, BCBA and ACM's clinical lead in the Tawas area.

About the Autism Centers of Michigan:
The Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Acorn Health, is a leading provider of intensive, evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders. ACM is certified as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), serving hundreds of families in homes and clinical centers across the state of Michigan. Founded in 2013, ACM is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. Acorn Health is a national provider of ABA therapy, with locations in Michigan, Virginia, and Florida.

Learn more at: https://www.autismcentersmi.com/

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How Intermountain Healthcare Is Making Care More Affordable

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Making healthcare more affordable for the people it serves is a top priority for Intermountain Healthcare. That's what Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison, MD, said at meetings held this summer with managers from across the Salt Lake City-based health system.

Harrison told managers that Intermountain is well-positioned to lead the nation in providing the best care at an affordable cost, and, with the help of each caregiver, it's a goal that can be achieved.

"We have a crisis in American healthcare right now," Dr. Harrison said. "Healthcare is unaffordable. The existing healthcare system is oriented toward driving volume. As an industry we do too many things to too many people that they really don't need, which hurts them economically, and sometimes physically. But Intermountain has a great history of innovation and together we can drive change."

Dr. Harrison shared some alarming national statistics about the cost of healthcare:
* One in four people will forego medical care this year because it's too expensive.
* One in three Americans ration their prescription drugs because they can't afford them.
* About half of Americans worry an unexpected healthcare expense will bankrupt them.
* Healthcare expenses are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States.

Dr. Harrison says the statistics are better in Utah and Intermountain's charity care program is helping those who can't afford care, but he says more needs to be done. Last year, Intermountain provided more than $246 million in charity care to patients in need of financial assistance.

"We're doing a great job with the cost of healthcare and Intermountain is as competitive and cost-effective as any large system in the United States," he said. "But we have a long way to go and we're going to drive this forward together. How are we going to get there? By keeping people well, by providing the most accessible and affordable care, and by creating a sustainable model."

Examples of innovative solutions at Intermountain that are reducing costs and improving care, which Dr. Harrison shared with managers:

* Civica Rx, the not-for-profit generic drug company banded together by Intermountain and other healthcare systems and philanthropists to fight the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs by providing low-cost generic drugs to participating hospitals.
* Reimagined Primary Care, the team-based care model that focuses on preventive care to keep patients well. The model already has about 25,000 patient members enrolled and has seen impressive results, such as a 60 percent decrease in hospital admissions, 35 percent decrease in emergency department admissions, and a 20 percent decrease in per member per month costs.
* Addressing social determinants of health such as stable housing, food, transportation, and employment.
* Reducing opioid misuse. Intermountain has reduced the number of opioid tablets prescribed for acute care by more than 30 percent in the last year and is working hard to make further reductions.
* Integrating mental health care into clinics as part of each patient's primary care experience.
* Finding and implementing caregiver ideas. Intermountain caregivers implemented nearly 49,000 continuous improvement ideas in 2018 - more than 130 ideas each day. Many of these ideas both improved quality and reduced expenses.

"We didn't do these things for our self-aggrandizement," Dr. Harrison said. "We did them for our neighbors. And we're in just the right position to continue to be an innovator."

Dr. Harrison added that although helping people stay well and out of the hospital is a key part of Intermountain's strategy moving forward, that doesn't mean we won't continue to provide the best possible hospital care when our patients need it.

"We'll still focus on helping people when they're in a car accident, have a heart attack, or get cancer," he added. "But we have the opportunity to do that in conjunction with a 'keep people well' system. We're still going to have great trauma programs, great heart surgery programs, great cancer care programs, and great neuro ICUs, but won't it be terrific if we can actually keep people out of some of those places? And have them stay as close to home as possible in the least restrictive environment?"

Dr. Harrison emphasized that Intermountain is making changes from a position of strength.

"Intermountain, in a really tough environment, is really doing well. Our quality and safety have never been better. Our patient experience is on the rise. At a time when a lot of other health systems are struggling economically, we're strong. But we need to continually innovate and change to remain a model healthcare system. If not us, who? If not now, when?"

Other things Intermountain and SelectHealth (Intermountain's insurance arm) are doing to reduce costs and return money to its patients and members:

• Lower annual rate increases. Intermountain reduced annual price increases in 2019 by $15 million.
• Lower-cost care settings. Intermountain is reducing unnecessary ER visits by increasing access to appropriate care in lower-cost settings such as InstaCares (urgent care clinics), physician offices, and Connect Care virtual visits.
• Lower individual premiums. SelectHealth reduced individual plan premiums by an average of 2.7 percent in 2019.
• Affordable SelectHealth Share premiums. Intermountain guarantees a premium rate increase for new clients of SelectHealth Share of only 2.5 percent in years two and three of their three-year contract. For current clients, the guaranteed premium rate increase is only 2 percent for all three years. This compares to an industry-wide premium increase of more than 5 percent.
• Stork Savers. Intermountain's Stork Savers program offers a lower-cost cash price to patients without health insurance for mom and baby care associated with uncomplicated births.
• Supply initiatives. Intermountain has a set ratio between what it pays and what it charges patients for supplies and drugs. When Intermountain reduces its costs, it can directly lower charges to patients for those items. Intermountain negotiated better prices on supplies in 2018 that resulted in more than $32 million in cost savings.
• Financial assistance. Intermountain expanded its financial assistance program to cover needed health services for families with income levels up to 200 percent of the national poverty level. The 2019 national poverty level for a family of four is $25,750.

About Intermountain Healthcare:
Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals, 215 clinics, a Medical Group with 2,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health insurance company called SelectHealth, and other health services in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs.

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