MACOMB — In a particular assembly Friday, the McDonough District Hospital Board of Administrators was advised there’s a want to alter MDH’s worker medical health insurance provider from Blue Cross/Blue Defend to United Healthcare. President and CEO Brian Dietz stated the choice was brought on by a Blue Cross choice to now not insure the sufferers of Springfield Clinic, who could be forged out of community, inflicting greater charges.
“Springfield Clinic is the muse of our main care,” Dietz stated in reference to the Macomb department, previously referred to as Household Observe Associates. Chief Worker Advantages Officer Invoice Corbin stated each MDH worker could be assigned a well being reimbursement account to cowl any prices in altering insurance coverage carriers.
“It isn’t a good time to be doing this,” Corbin advised the board, “however we actually haven’t any selection.”
He expressed the will that Blue Cross and Springfield Clinic may finally settle their variations. If that occurs, Corbin stated, MDH could be glad to enroll once more with Blue Cross/Blue Defend. MDH is scheduled to signal with United Healthcare on Monday.
Dietz stated the MDH choice may assist persuade Blue Cross that Springfield Clinc has a big affected person base within the McDonough County area.
The hospital president additionally offered an replace to the board on the standing of hospital worker COVID-19 vaccinations. Dietz stated there at the moment are solely 30 to 33 staff unvaccinated. He stated 87 p.c of MDH workers instantly agreed to be vaccinated.
“Most of our unvaccinated individuals don’t work in hands-on nursing,” Dietz stated. “People who do are closely lined by protecting tools and are examined weekly.” He stated most of the unvaccinated workers members work in areas reminiscent of registration and billing, the place there may be little public contact. Corbin stated some workers members have submitted non secular exemption requests.
Dietz famous that 89 p.c of COVID-19 sufferers admitted to MDH have been unvaccinated.
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