Collaboration with Humana offers local Medicare Advantage products

11/7/2013

​As a result of the new collaboration between The Vancouver Clinic and PeaceHealth, Medicare-eligible residents in Clark and Cowlitz counties now have an additional opportunity to choose local care.

A few weeks ago, the two Vancouver-based health care organizations announced the formation of a new independent practice association (IPA) called Columbia Integrated Network. Today, Columbia Integrated Network announced its first major health-plan contract to benefit the residents of Clark and Cowlitz Counties.

In partnership with Humana, Columbia Integrated Network will provide high quality, coordinated care to enrollees in their new 2014 Medicare Advantage products. Enrollees will be able to receive care from TVC and/or PeaceHealth providers near their homes, in their own community, with a more collaborative approach focused on delivering excellent outcomes and service.

“We are excited to offer our area’s residents an additional health plan choice that will allow them to access locally available services, right here in their own communities,” said Karen Lee, Executive Director of the new Columbia Integrated Network. “We believe plans that require our seniors to cross the bridge to Oregon for hospitalization or specialty care add an unnecessary layer of complexity for them.”

Coverage under the new Humana Medicare Advantage offering takes effect January 1, 2014. Under Federal CMS rules, the deadline to switch from other Medicare Advantage plans into the Columbia Integrated Network’s Humana plan is December 7, 2013. People who “age in” to Medicare during the year may join the Columbia Integrated Network Humana Plan as they become eligible.

“We anticipate that Clark and Cowlitz Medicare beneficiaries will love this new Medicare Advantage Plan, because they can choose local care, with TVC and PeaceHealth providers and hospitals right here in Clark and Cowlitz Counties,” said Lee.

Representatives of the Humana plan will host informational resource tables from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in the atrium of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center (400 N.E. Mother Joseph Place Vancouver, WA 98664), near the cafeteria, until December 3, 2013.

Also, information sessions will be offered in both counties, including:

VANCOUVER
Humana MarketPOINT
1498 SE Tech Center Place, Suite 300
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 26 at 10 a.m.
Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Health Education Center
400 NE Mother Joseph
Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.

Lake Shore Athletic Club
2401 NW 94th St.
Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND
Battle Ground Comm. Ctr.
Woodin Creek Meeting Room
912 E. Main Street
Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

KELSO
Red Lion Hotel
510 S Kelso
Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10 a.m.
Dec. 2 at 10 a.m.

Columbia Integrated Network is pursuing additional opportunities with other select health plans to ensure even greater availability of quality, accessible, patient-centered care right at home, here in southwest Washington. The Network also aims to continue growing the number of local providers and specialties in its ranks.

To learn more about the Humana Medicare Advantage plan featuring TVC and PeaceHealth providers and hospitals, close to home, visit www.Humana.com/medicare or call 1-800-222-8234.

Columbia Integrated Network

Columbia Integrated Network is an independent practice association formed by The Vancouver Clinic and PeaceHealth in October 2013. It includes nearly 500 providers in 25 specialties across southwest Washington and features providers and PeaceHealth hospitals.