Questions About Humana?
Posted On: October 25 2016
It has come to our attention that you may have recently received communication from Humana regarding UNC Lenoir Health Care's out-of-network status with its Medicare Advantage PPO plans. We are concerned that information provided in that letter may have led to unnecessary anxiety or confusion for some members of our community. Therefore, we are writing to you in an effort to clarify what out-of-network status with these plans means for participants.
First and foremost, it is important to note that all patients with Humana Medicare Advantage PPO plans may continue to be seen at UNC Lenoir Health Care. For many individuals, including those who have coverage through the North Carolina State Health Plan, no change should be apparent; your deductibles and copayments will not change, and benefits for in-network and out-of-network services are the same.
Participants in other versions of Humana's Medicare Advantage PPO plans may see increases in some copayments or deductibles, depending on the plan in which you are enrolled and the services you receive. As noted on Humana's website, "With a HumanaChoice (PPO) plan, you enjoy freedom to choose any doctor or hospital - but you pay less for services received from in network providers."
The following links may be helpful for those seeking to clarify the benefits offered by their plans:
- NC State Health Plan: https://shp.nctreasurer.com/Medical%20Benefits/humana-sob-enhanced.pdf or https://shp.nctreasurer.com/Annual%20Enrollment/SHPNC%20AE%20_16_2016%20Plan%20Charts_Medicare%20Retirees_15_PRT.PDF
- HumanaChoice PPO, Plan number R5826-063: https://www.humana-medicare.com/BenefitSummary/2017PDFs/R5826063000SB17.pdf
- HumanaChoice PPO, Plan number R5826-079: https://www.humana-medicare.com/BenefitSummary/2017PDFs/R5826079000SB17.pdf
Should you have further questions regarding your coverage, we would be happy to assist you. Please call us at 252-522-7857 or 252-522-7676 Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Click on read more for Frequently Asked Questions.
We apologize for any concerns that information you have received from Humana may have caused. UNC Lenoir has been in continuous contact with Humana regarding our network status. Our relationship with our patients and community is our highest priority, and we look forward to continuing to be of service to you and your family.
New Year = New You! at the Minges Wellness Center
Posted On: November 29 2016
Special 2017 Minges Wellness Center Offer - New individuals who wish to join on Tuesday, January 10 between 8 am and 8 pm will NOT have to pay the $10 enrollment fee. Membership is only $20 a month and no contract - ever. Call 252-522-7014 for more information.
HealthLink - Fall 2016
Posted On: November 10 2016
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UNC Lenoir receives bronze
Posted On: August 23 2016
UNC Lenoir Health Care is proud to be participating in the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke program. Participation ensures that our patients are receiving the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment to improve care and outcomes. Get With The Guidelines Stroke program is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Since its initiation in 2003, 1,656 hospitals have entered more than two million patient records into the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke database. Numerous published studies demonstrate the program's success in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements. Hospitals receiving the Get With The Guidelines Bronze Performance Award have demonstrated a commitment to treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart/ American Stroke Association for 90 consecutive days. "The Get With The Guidelines Stroke program has been a valuable tool for us to use to improve our stroke care. We are proud to be a part of the American Heart Association's efforts to improve stroke treatment. Being honored for excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can receive," said Dawn Becker, RN stroke program coordinator. Hospitals also benefit from involvement with access to the most up-to-date research and scientific publications, professional education opportunities, clinical tools, patient education resources, staff support, performance feedback and national recognition for hospital team achievement.
Be Informed About Mental Health Crisis Resources in Lenoir County
Posted On: July 28 2016
Mental Health Crisis:
24/7 Crisis Services for Lenoir County are available by calling Eastpointe Access Center at 1-800-913-6109 or for TTY-888-819-5112. Customer Service Specialists will assist you in finding a crisis provider.
Mobile Crisis Teams are available 24 hours a day. Professional counselors will speak with you and your family during a visit. They have an average response time of 2 hours. This service is provided by Easter Seals - UCP 800-913-6109.
The crisis center in Lenoir County is provided by, PORT Human Services, located at 2901 N. Heritage Street in Kinston. 252-233-2383. Appointments are not needed for crisis assessment and referral services, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area 24/7 call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network for Lenoir County is provided by REAL Crisis Intervention by calling 252-758-4357 for free couseling and extensive referral services.
Call 911 if there is a medical or life threatening emergency.
Keep Your Employees Healthy!
Posted On: July 28 2016
Providing onsite flu vaccinations for your employees is one way to prevent absenteeism during the upcoming flu season. Schedule the UNC Lenoir Health Care corporate health nurses to come to your worksite and administer the vaccine to your employees while at work. Contact Sonia Joyner, RN, MSN Corporate and Community Health coordinator at 252-522-7397 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment today. Costs include $25.00 for each flu vaccination ad fees associate with mileage costs and staff administration of vaccines.
Free Medication Wallet Card
Posted On: May 23 2016
Call the Minges Wellness Center at 252-522-7014 to get your free medication wallet cared and we can mail one directly to your home! Keeping an up-to-date record of your medicines may help protect you from a mistake.
- First, it helps you and your family remember all the medicines you are taking. Next it helps your doctors, nurses, and pharmacists make sure that the medicines prescribed for you can be taken safely together.
- A list also helps make sure that important medicines you take at home will be continued if you are hospitalized.
- Finally, your medicine list will help your doctor determine if any illness or symptoms you experience could be related to the medicine you take.
Use a medication list or card to keep a record of all the medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements or herbs you take. Keep the list updated and share with your pharmacist and physician. The medication wallet cards are free but limited to one per person.
Lenoir Memorial enters into management agreement with UNC Health Care
Posted On: May 17 2016
The Board of Directors of Lenoir Memorial Hospital has unanimously voted to enter into a management services agreement with UNC Health Care, hospital officials announced May 16. Discussions regarding an affiliation began between the Lenoir Memorial board and UNC Health Care leadership earlier this year. The board recognized the extraordinary opportunity to partner with a flagship healthcare leader in the state - defined by excellence in research, clinical advancements and quality of care - was one not to be missed. It became clear that an agreement with UNC Health Care will best position Lenoir Memorial to create a stronger hospital for the Kinston community for generations to come.
"We are excited about our partnership with UNC Health Care and look forward to the vast array of support they will offer us here at Lenoir, said Gary Black, president and CEO. "Our board has been very thoughtful in this process and we believe that this partnership will allow for the growth of services in this community. UNC Health Care is very much aware of the challenges facing community hospitals in this economic environment and has assured our board that they can assist us in addressing the challenges and maintaining healthcare close to home. It is our belief that an affiliation with UNC Health Care will best position Lenoir Memorial to continue our mission to ensure exceptional healthcare to the people we serve."
Lenoir Memorial employees will keep their current positions and will remain employees of Lenoir Memorial, a private, not-for-profit hospital, not the state. This agreement does not involve any sale or exchange of assets and will allow Lenoir Memorial to maintain local governance. "We are pleased to welcome Lenoir Memorial Hospital into our system of 10 hospitals and hospital systems, our physician's networks and our affiliation with the UNC School of Medicine," said William L. Roper, MD, CEO of UNC Health Care. "This partnership with Lenoir Memorial Hospital will continue our efforts to provide the highest quality care to our patients across North Carolina."
This affiliation will allow Lenoir Memorial to provide a broader scope of resources and experience to benefit its patients. Some of the primary benefits include:
- Expansion of locally available hospital and community-based patient care services to enhance patient care.
- Improved patient experience and satisfaction
- Enhanced operational efficiency
- Recruitment of additional highly trained and skilled physicians
- Access to cutting-edge research and treatments at UNC Health Care
Lenoir Memorial first in area to get Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator
Posted On: May 04 2016
Lenoir Memorial Hospital will be one of the first facilities in eastern NC to install the Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator, the most advanced radiation therapy machine. We are the proud recipients of this cutting-edge technology due to the tireless efforts of the Lenoir Memorial Foundation and the generous donations made by members of our community.
Lenoir Memorial's approach to fighting cancer is to stay on the cutting edge of technology, provide unparalleled treatment options and maintain the highest standard of care for our patients. The benefits of the Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator include the following:
- Highly improved imaging capabilities for patient positioning prior to treatment.
- Advanced IMRT/Motion monitoring provides real time imaging, which monitors patient positioning during treatments and turns off the machine automatically when the patient falls out of range of the set treatment parameters.
- Faster treatment times are possible because treatments come in higher dose rates. Typical treatment times are just 2-3 treatment delivery minutes.
- SmartConnect Remote Monitoring means decreased downtime and allows for remote diagnosis and service.
Lenoir Memorial Cancer Center expects to begin treating patients with the new Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator on July 11, 2016. If you have any questions regarding cancer treatment, please feel free to contact our Cancer Center at 252-522-7600.
Lenoir Memorial Enters Exclusive Negotiations with UNC Health Care
Posted On: March 23 2016
The Board of Directors of Lenoir Memorial has unanimously voted to pursue exclusive negotiations to create a management services agreement with UNC Health Care, hospital officials announced today. Discussions regarding an affiliation began between the Lenoir Memorial board and UNC Health Care leadership earlier this year. The board recognized the extraordinary opportunity to partner with a flagship healthcare leader in the state - defined by excellence in research, clinical advancements and quality of care - was one not to be missed. It became clear that an agreement with UNC Health Care will best position Lenoir Memorial to create a stronger hospital for the Kinston community for generations to come.
"With this partnership, we have the opportunity to expand high-quality healthcare and a deeply respected brand to our part of the state. We are confident this partnership will preserve the Lenoir Memorial legacy of local healthcare for future generations," said Gary Black, president and CEO of Lenoir Memorial Hospital. "Adding access to UNC's groundbreaking research and focus on advancing clinical care and our commitment to the patients we serve enhances what we can deliver together, close to home."
The Lenoir Memorial Board now enters discussions with UNC Health Care to complete details of the agreement which the board hopes to finalize in April. Both parties agree that when a contract between Lenoir Memorial and UNC HealthCare is finalized it will not involve any sale or exchange of assets and will allow the board to maintain local governance of the hospital. Lenoir Memorial employees will keep their current positions and will remain employees of Lenoir Memorial, a private, not-for-profit hospital, not the state.
"We are pleased to affiliate with Lenoir Memorial Hospital and welcome them into our system," said William L. Roper, MD, CEO of UNC Health Care. "This partnership combines the successful healthcare delivery at Lenoir Memorial Hospital will help advance our system's mission of providing excellent care, training the next generation of North Carolina's physicians, and conducting groundbreaking research."
This affiliation will allow Lenoir Memorial to provide a broader scope of resources and experience to benefit its patients. some of the primary benefits include:
- Expansion of locally available hospital and community-based patient care services to enhance patient care.
- Improved patient experience and satisfaction.
- Enhanced operational efficiency.
- Recruitment of additional highly trained and skilled physicians.
- Access to cutting-edge research and treatments at UNC Health Care.
Similarly, UNC Health Care entered into a management services agreement with Wayne Memorial Hospital in nearby Goldsboro, NC in December 2015.
For more information about Lenoir Memorial visit our website at www.lenoirmemorial.org
For more information about UNC Health Care visit their website at www.unchealthcare.org