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Understanding Medical Costs – Pricing Available On Our Website

Over the past two years, SCL Health has been moving toward increased transparency to help consumers make better-informed decisions about where to receive health and wellness care. We also support sharing data about our quality and safety and patient satisfaction.

Front Range hospitals were among the first locally to post Emergency Room level-of-care prices for patients without insurance. St. Mary’s, in Grand Junction, made many common prices public last year, and there’s a plan to extend transparency efforts to Montana care sites in the near future.

As of Jan. 1, and in accordance with a new Colorado law (SB65), SCL Health has posted cash prices for common healthcare services (50 most common Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) and 25 most common outpatient Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes) when payment is made directly by the patient. The listed prices reflect our self-pay discounts and are found on the websites of each Colorado care site, under Patients and Visitors – Understanding Medical Costs.

Inpatient procedures are listed as an average and a range, and outpatient procedures are based on average list prices per care site. The prices are for standard service and could change based on complexity or additional treatment. Also listed on our website are the 15 most common services our employed physicians offer in their clinics.

Patients without insurance will experience variation in these costs by individual facility and region. We cannot always provide exact prices for each individual because much depends on the unique health needs and characteristics of a patient, as well as the specific services they receive.

We believe promoting and supporting transparency in pricing as well as clinical quality is the right thing to do. Transparency reinforces our brand as SCL Health and as a non-profit provider. Because people are paying more for services out of their own pockets, SCL Health and other systems are working to make it easier for them to understand their costs and their choices. Our goal is to empower patients to make better healthcare choices through education and transparency.

This effort is a work in progress and we will learn more over time about what is helpful to consumers. There are limitations to the value to all patients currently due to the complexity of the billing process and insurance coverage. As part of this work we regularly seek advice from patient advisory groups, who have helped us make modifications and simplify the information.

We also are committed to helping our patients understand their bills and financial responsibility and to answer their questions.

We believe these changes will be transformative for the healthcare industry in general and for SCL Health in providing the best for our patients. If you have any questions about pricing transparency, please email charmaine.weis@sclhs.net

Mark Levandovsky M.D. Joins Platte Valley’s Oncology Team

After a couple months of transition in our Oncology Department, Platte Valley will have a dedicated physician leading its cancer program for at least the first half of this year. Dr. Levandovsky joined us on January 15. You may recall his name as he was the head of breast and urologic oncology for St. Mary’s Medical Center from 2015-2017. He also currently serves as the founder and medical director of Preventive Medicine and Cancer Care in Denver where he provides care to active cancer patients and survivors.

If you need to reach Dr. Levandovsky or schedule an appointment, please call 303-498-2200.

Get a Preview of SCL Health’s New Brand Campaign, Power to the Patient

This year we’re unleashing the collective power of SCL Health to connect with our patients in a new, powerful way.

As we shared last September, for the last five years, SCL Health has been on a transformative journey, becoming increasingly more integrated, connected and coordinated. We’re excited to announce that our new brand campaign, “Power to the Patient,” will launch in the Front Range beginning the week of January 22. The campaign will include new television and radio commercials, digital, social media, and print ads. Our ads will play during popular headline events, so if you’re in the Front Range, make sure to tune in to the Grammy Awards, Super Bowl, Olympics and the Oscars!

Power to the Patient will replace our successful “People Healing People” campaign, with a focus on all the ways SCL Health has evolved to meet our patients’ needs for empowerment, empathy and being treated as a whole person.

Our new campaign is about putting the spotlight where it belongs: On working moms. On new dads. On active seniors. And everyone in between. We listened to our patients when they asked for more ways to be involved in their own healthcare, and we’re demonstrating our commitment in many ways. By empowering patients to have more personal control over their healthcare, they have more power over their health.

What’s Next, and How Can I Learn More?

If you want to  to learn more about Power to the Patient and all the ways we will be celebrating and connecting our associates and providers to our brand. We’ve set up an interactive site for associates, WeAreSCLHealth.org, where you can explore the campaign elements, follow our internal and external brand news and access other resources. Over the course of 2018, we’ll be adding new features and information to the site, including a calendar of events, games and other resources, so check in often. We will also be rolling out a revamped brand ambassador program, so stay tuned to learn more about how you can be part of this exciting program.

Visit WeAreSCLHealth.org to learn more about Power to the Patient.

Introducing Platte Valley’s Brand New Brand

As you know, SCL Health’s brand is transforming this year to best support our patients’ desire for coordinated and connected healthcare services. Through this effort, we want to increase awareness, drive consumer loyalty and make it a whole lot easier to find and engage with us.

And like many transformations, this one provided a learning opportunity. After reviewing Platte Valley’s current brand, we realized we needed to make a small change to show the difference of a secular hospital within a Catholic healthcare system. Platte Valley’s new logo now has this important distinction while still being very similar to all other SCL Health care sites. It is simple, easy to recognize and elevates Platte Valley along with SCL Health to illustrate a regional presence and range of services.

What does this mean for us at Platte Valley?

In local advertising and at our care site, Platte Valley will use its new logo. Some signage will change as well as marketing materials, letterhead, business cards, forms, etc. In regional advertising where Platte Valley is named with other care sites, the primary SCL Health brand will be used.

This distinction in our brand by no means minimizes our enthusiasm for our partnership with SCL Health. There are many great benefits to being part of a larger healthcare system and we’re excited about a new year with greater collaboration, coordinated and connected care.

Why is Platte Valley’s logo a little different than other SCL Health care sites?

The affiliation between Platte Valley and SCL Health is structured in a way that respects the identity and integrity of Platte Valley as a nonprofit, community-based, secular organization while preserving SCL Health’s ministry and Catholic identity. This structure allows for collaboration, as well as connected and coordinated care for communities we serve.

Platte Valley’s logo illustrates this distinction while still being very similar to all other SCL Health care sites.

How do I access our new logo, letterhead and PowerPoint templates?

These files are available now. Visit the Marketing section of “Forms or Dept & Team Sites” on The Landing for all Platte Valley templates & logos. The SCL Health Store and Pica9 design tools are also ready for use and if you need to order business stationary through SMARTworks, that site will be ready on January 26.

 

Fitness Classes Available on Campus

Many of our associates who have worked here a few years will know that our Physical Medicine department offers yoga and Pilates classes each week right here on the Platte Valley campus. But, as we have many new employees (and some of us just have bad memories) we’d like to remind our associates about these great opportunities to get a little workout done right here at work:

Yoga

Thursdays, 12:15 – 12:50 p.m.

Location: Conference Center

$4 drop-in fee or $38 for a 10-class punch card for employees ($6/$58 for non-employees) – please go to Medical Plaza Registration, Suite 100 to pay before arriving in class.

Pilates

Tuesdays: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Conference Center

$9/class or $80 for 10-class punch card (same for non-employees) – please go to Medical Plaza Registration, Suite 100 to pay before arriving in class.

Yoga and Pilates classes are subject to change due to instructor availability. Please check pvmc.org/events for class cancellations.

Reminder: Two HealthStream Modules to Complete

Don’t forget: there are two HealthStream modules that must be completed.

The highest priority one is the PEARL training module, as this one is due by January 31. The other module is for our new Plain-Language Emergency Notification policy, and is due by March 31.

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