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Leadership Team - Janet Nix, EdD
for the organizational development and operations of Human Resources. As the Chief of Organizational Development, utilizing her vast experience and expertise, Dr. Nix leads the way to continue developing and improving the core functions of IEHP’s Human Resources. Dr. Nix’s key focus includes impacting the IEHP culture and enriching IEHP’s goal of developing each employee. Dr. Nix is in charge of many critical tasks including driving IEHP’s processes for recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, benefits administration, company-wide training, and building employee morale.In her role, she is greatly motivated by and focused on supporting IEHP’s core values. Dr. Nix brings 30 years of experience to IEHP—15 years in education, and 15 years in healthcare. She is very experienced in organizational development, employee engagement, training at all levels in hospital and health systems environments, and many other areas of Human Resources functions. Her knowledge serves her position at IEHP seamlessly as she leads IEHP’s employee development, leadership development, and company environment advancement. Prior to IEHP, Dr. Nix worked as the Chief Learning Officer for the Hospital Sisters Health System in Illinois, which encompasses 13 hospitals and three integrated physician networks, including 15,000 employees. Previously, Dr. Nix worked as Assistant Vice President of Learning and Curriculum at St. Mary’s Medical Center, and as Dean of Instruction at Victor Valley Community College District. Dr. Nix earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and Master of Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Nix also earned her Doctor of Educational Leadership from the University of LaVerne.
IEHP DualChoice - IEHP DualChoice
d alert has been issued in relation to COVID-19 complaints. Scammers are giving COVID-19 tests to Medicare Members in trade for personal details. They are reaching out to Medicare Members by sales calls, social media platforms, and door to door visits. The personal details taken may be used to falsely bill Federal health care programs and the COVID-19 test kits may cause harm to Members. If you suspect COVID-19 fraud, call IEHP right away at: Compliance Hotline: (866) 355-9038 Fax: (909) 477-8536 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: IEHP Compliance Officer P.O. Box 1800 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-1800 Click here to report a compliance issue online. What is IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)? IEHP DualChoice is a Cal MediConnect Plan. A Cal MediConnect Plan is an organization made up of Doctors, Hospitals, Pharmacies, Providers of long-term services and supports, Behavioral Health Providers, and other Providers. It also has care coordinators and care teams to help you manage all your providers and services. They all work together to provide the care you need. What is the goal of this program? The goal is to improve care by integrating the following healthcare services: Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits Long-term care Behavioral health Home and community-based services (HCBS) such as Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) and Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) Who is eligible for IEHP DualChoice? IEHP DualChoice is for people with both Medicare (Part A and B) and Medi-Cal. The following information explains who qualifies for IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare - Medicaid Plan). Included Population: With mandatory enrollment for Medi-Cal benefits, including Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) benefits and Passive enrollment for Medicare benefits. With End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) - subsequent diagnosis With a Share of Cost - in skilled nursing facility, or MSSP and continuously certified to meet share of cost With American Indian Medi-Cal With HIV/AIDS Excluded Population: With partial Medicare benefits With other health coverage, including private insurance and non-Medicare public insurance, such as through the Veterans Administration Under age 21 Who have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (Medi-Medis who develop ESRD after enrollment in the Demonstration or are currently enrolled may remain enrolled) Who receive services through a California regional center or a state developmental center Home-and Community-Based Service 1915 (c) Waiver Enrollees: Nursing Facility/Acute Hospital Waiver Service, HIV/AIDS Waiver Services, Assisted Living Waiver Services, and In-Home Operations Waiver Services Residing in a rural zip code excluded from managed care Intermediate Care Facility (ICF)-Developmentally Disabled resident Share-of-Cost Medi-Cal members residing in the community and not continuously certified Service Area Only people who live in our service area can join IEHP DualChoice. Our service area includes all parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties with the exception of the following zip codes: Excluded zip codes in Riverside County: 92225 Blythe 92226 Blythe 92239 Desert Center Excluded Zip Codes in San Bernardino County: 92242 Earp 92332 Essex 93558 Red Mountain 92267 Parker Dam 92363 Needles 93562 Trona 92280 Vidal 92364 Nipton 93592 Trona 92323 Cima 92366 Mountain Pass How to Enroll To enroll, please call: IEHP DualChoice at (800) 741-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays, TTY users should call (800) 718-4347, OR Health Care Options (HCO) at (844) 580-7272, 8am – 6pm (PST), Monday – Friday, TTY users should call (800) 430-7077. IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) is a Health Plan that contracts with both Medicare and Medi-Cal to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees. Information on this page is current as of October 08, 2021. H5355_CMC_22_2246727 Accepted
ur top priority. We’ll continue to update this web page with the latest information and instruction regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Announcements 5/02/22: The FDA extended the expiration dates for a number of antigen over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits. Watch this video to learn more. 2/15/21: Effective February 16, 2022, the state of California will no longer require vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in public places. Unvaccinated people are still required to wear masks indoors. Masking indoors will only be “strongly recommended” by the State for those who are vaccinated. Click here to learn more. 2/4/21: On January 31, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the second COVID-19 vaccine - Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine (widely known as the Moderna vaccine). The Spikevax vaccine, is now approved for use in people ages 18 and older. Click here to learn more. 1/19/21: Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order one free COVID-19 test kit, which includes four at-home tests. The tests are completely free. Click here to order your free at-home tests. 1/07/21: The recent rise of the Omicron variant further stresses the importance of COVID vaccines, boosters, and preventive efforts (use of masks) are needed to protect against COVID-19. Schedule your vaccine today: www.myturn.ca.gov 1/06/21: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expands booster shot eligibility for 12–17-year-olds. Click here to learn more. 10/29/21: The Food and Drug Administration authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children 5 through 11 years of age. Click the link to make an appointment. https://myturn.ca.gov/ 9/23/21: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes a booster shot of Pfizer BioNTech COVID vaccine for the following populations: people 65 years of age or older, people 18-64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19, and people 18-64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19. Click here to learn more. 8/17/21: The FDA amended the emergency use of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to allow an additional dose to be given to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems after the initial 2-dose series. Click here to learn more. 8/17/21: The CDC recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant or may become pregnant in the future. Unvaccinated women who are pregnant or were recently pregnant are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant women. Click here to learn more. 8/06/21: Nearly all COVID deaths in the US are now among the unvaccinated. Protect yourself from the new surge in our region. Get vaccinated. Click here to make an appointment. 5/20/21: On June 15th, fully vaccinated Californians can go mask-free in most indoor settings. Click here for more information. 5/20/21: San Bernardino County urges residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Walk-ups are now allowed at all County-operated sites and many private-run sites. Getting protected could not be easier. Click here for more information. 5/13/21: The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 12-15. Click here to make an appointment. 4/26/21: Riverside County reinstates the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Click here to learn more. 4/16/21: Riverside and San Bernardino County temporarily pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with recommendations made by state and federal health agencies. Click here to learn more. 4/7/21: San Bernardino County residents ages 16+ are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to make an appointment. 4/6/21: Riverside County residents ages 16+ are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to make an appointment. 4/1/21: Omnitrans is offering San Bernardino county residents two FREE shuttle services to those with COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Ontario and San Bernardino. Click here for more information. 3/29/21: Starting April 1st, Riverside and San Bernardino County residents 50+ can get the COVID-19 vaccine and on April 15th all residents 16+ can get the vaccine. To make appointment, click on your county below. Riverside county San Bernardino county 3/29/21: San Bernardino County residents who accompany an eligible family member to an appointment are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they don’t fall into an eligible category. Residents must have an appointment at the same location and at approximately the same time as their eligible family member. Click here to make an appointment. 3/19/21: San Bernardino County residents that are high risk or disabled do not need to show proof of eligibility to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents will only be asked to self-attest to their eligibility. Click here to learn more. 3/12/21: Starting next week, San Bernardino County residents ages 16-64 with underlying medical conditions and/or a disability will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to learn more. 3/10/21: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance that allows people who are fully vaccinated to gather with each other without wearing masks. Click here to learn more. 3/03/21: San Bernardino County opens COVID vaccine appointments for food and agriculture workers. Click here to learn more. 2/26/21: To support COVID-19 vaccination efforts, IEHP partnered with San Bernardino County to open a new vaccine site at our headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga. Appointments are required and can be made at SBCovid19.com/vaccine. 2/17/21: San Bernardino County announces additional vaccine sites for seniors 65+ interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information. 2/10/21: San Bernardino County residents 65+ are urged to sign up to be notified when new COVID-19 vaccine appointments become available. Click here to sign up. 2/1/21: Riverside County residents who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a county clinic will be contacted by the county health officials to schedule their second dose. Click here to learn more. 1/29/21: Riverside County has appointments available for residents 85+ who are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to view available appointments. 1/25/21: California has lifted the regional stay-at-home orders issued in December, moving San Bernardino and Riverside County back into the purple tier. Residents are urged to continue safe practices, avoiding crowds, and wearing a mask when leaving home. In addition, increased testing will help the counties move into the next level of the state’s reopening plan. 1/22/21: Riverside County will open appointments Saturday, January 23rd for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Click here to register. 1/15/21: San Bernardino County residents ages 65 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for vaccine locations and registration. 1/14/21: Riverside county residents 65 and over can now get vaccinated for COVID-19 at various locations throughout the county. Click here for more information. Click here to view additional announcements Local Resources San Bernardino County 2-1-1 San Bernardino County Wic Riverside County Wic
COVID-19 - COVID-19 Vaccine
c9; border: none; color: white !important; padding: 15px 32px; border-radius: 25px; display: inline-block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; } COVID-19 Vaccines: Latest news and updates The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free for all IEHP Members. Recommended for everyone ages 5 and older, the vaccines can help protect people from severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. The vaccines won’t make people sick or give them COVID-19. They may have some minor side effects, which are not harmful and should last no more than a few days. The vaccines can help us end the pandemic and save lives. Vaccinated people should keep wearing a mask, washing their hands often and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance in public places. IEHP Members can learn more by continuing to visit the IEHP website and or visiting the California Department of Health’s website. CLICK HERE TO FIND A VACCINE CLINIC NEAR YOU How vaccines build immunity While the COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new - the technology and science behind the vaccines have been in development for decades. In the video below, we demonstrate how years of vaccine research and advanced technology allowed researchers and scientists worldwide to be prepared to develop an mRNA vaccine that could help fight the spread of a global infectious disease. PFIZER VACCINE GETS FULL FDA APPROVAL On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine – the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (widely known as the Pfizer vaccine). The approved vaccine will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee) for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in people 16 years of age and older. Effective October 29, 2021 the Pfizer vaccine is available under emergency use authorization, including for use by children aged 5 through 18 years of age and for the administration of a booster dose in certain immunocompromised people. Please note, the Pfizer vaccine and Comirnaty are the same vaccine. The FDA reports that they have the same formulation and are interchangeable. Where can I get the vaccine? For Members who want the vaccine, there are several options: IEHP recommends My Turn online at myturn.ca.gov. My Turn online, a website from the California Department of Public Health, is a convenient, one-stop website where those who want a COVID-19 vaccine can: Set up their first, second and booster shot appointments Set up family or group appointments Find walk-in clinics in their area Set up in-home vaccinations (if needed) Arrange for transportation (if needed) For those without internet access, the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 can help provide the same services. Large pharmacy chains, like CVS and Walgreens provide the vaccine. Many have walk-in appointments available. IEHP recommends calling the pharmacy first to confirm. Vaccine appointment sign-ups are also available online through the public health department in your county. For Riverside County, visit www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine. For San Bernardino County, visit www.sbcovid19.com/vaccine/. Do I have to pay for the vaccine? No. The vaccine is free for everyone who wants it. Is the vaccine safe? Yes, the top medical experts in our nation and state agree that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people from different ages, races, and ethnic groups, as well as those with different medical conditions, were part of the trials. Does the vaccine have side effects? Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Any minor symptoms that result usually go away on their own within a week. Call your Doctor immediately if you start to have any of the following symptoms: severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain/swelling, or shortness of breath, chest pain, feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart. Your Doctor or health care provider will explain any potential side effects and what you need to do about them. Since the emergency use authorization of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) have occurred in some people who have received these vaccines. In most of these people, symptoms began within a few days following the second dose of these vaccines. There have been confirmed reports of myocarditis or pericarditis in individuals who received COVID -19 vaccine, particularly among males ages 30 and younger. While this is concerning and is under further investigation, myocarditis or pericarditis after COVID vaccination is extremely rare as more than 318 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States from December 14, 2020 through June 21, 2021. Will there be any long-term side effects? COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in large clinical trials to assess their safety. It will take time and more people will need to get the vaccine before we learn about very rare or long-term side effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Health care providers are required to report any problems or adverse events following vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). What if I have side effects? Contact your Doctor right away. The CDC offers a smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you get your vaccine, you should also get a v-safe handout telling you how to enroll in the program. If you enroll, you will get regular text messages with links to surveys where you can report any problems or side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Can the vaccine give me COVID-19? No, the vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 because it does not contain an infectious virus. How many shots will be needed? The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots, 3 to 4 weeks apart. While the first shot helps build protection, you will need to come back a few weeks later for the second one to get the most protection the vaccine can offer. Your Doctor will advise you when you should return for the second shot, as it varies by type of vaccine. The J&J vaccine requires only one shot. Do I need the booster shot? Studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time and due to changes in variants. However, the booster shot may increase your immune response to COVID-19 and its variants, increasing prevention efforts against the virus. Who can get a booster shot? Booster shots are available to everyone ages 12 years and older who are fully vaccinated but the timing of the booster varies by vaccine and age group. When can I get the booster shot? If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, everyone 12 years or older should get the booster at least five months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. If you received the Moderna vaccine, adults 18 years and older should get the booster at least six months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, adults 18 years and older should get the booster at least two months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination. Does the booster shot have side effects? You may experience side effects after getting the booster shot. These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Do I need to keep wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others once I get fully vaccinated? Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide, please keep using all the tools we know can help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means keep wearing a mask, washing your hands often, avoiding crowds, and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance in public places. Can children and babies get COVID-19? Yes. Children can get COVID-19. Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, or they may have no symptoms at all, which is called being asymptomatic. Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults. But, infants (children younger than 1 year old) and children with certain medical conditions might have a higher risk for getting COVID-19. Can children get a COVID-19 vaccine? COVID-19 vaccines are approved for children 5 years old and older. To learn more, visit the CDC website and/or your county’s public health departments online: Click here for San Bernardino County Click here for Riverside County Can I take the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time? Yes. The CDC has approved the use of routine vaccines for children, adolescents and adults (including pregnant women) on the same day as COVID-19 vaccines (as well as within 14 days of each other). Talk to your Doctor about what’s best for you. If I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, can I still get the vaccine? Yes. People are advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. This is because re-infection with COVID-19 is possible. Those who had a diagnosis in the past three months, be sure to talk to your Doctor about when you should get the vaccine. Will IEHP provide transportation to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic? Yes, IEHP will provide transportation to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the county where you live. How do I request transportation? Contact IEHP Transportation Call Center at 1-800-440-4347. Will the drive wait with me? No, the driver will not wait. Transportation will be provided as a roundtrip. You will need to contact the transportation provider to request a return pickup once you are ready. Can I take my family members? IEHP will provide transportation to an IEHP Member and one other passenger. How much time is needed to request transportation? IEHP will assist with transportation to the COVID-19 vaccine clinic in fewer than 5 business days. However, we cannot guarantee same-day requests. Where can I learn about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines? IEHP Members can learn more by visiting the IEHP website or the California Department of Health’s website. Members can also learn more about COVID-19 at the California Coronavirus Response website or the CDC’s website
Latest News - IEHP Leaders Honored with LLU Alumnus of the Year Awards
ommunity Behavioral Health Amrita Rai were each named Alumnus of the Year by their respective departments at Loma Linda University (LLU) for their promotion of the vision and purposes of their alma mater along with their contributions to the community. Pham earned his master’s degree with an emphasis in healthcare administration from LLU’s School of Public Health. At IEHP, Pham develops and executes IEHP’s strategy system to advance the health plan’s mission and achieve its bold 2030 vision: we will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. In this work, Pham constantly seeks new ways for IEHP to better serve the community and its most vulnerable residents. “We were pleased to honor Mr. Thomas Pham with the SPH Alumnus of the Year Award at our 2022 commencement ceremony. His notable contributions as part of IEHP to the health and well-being of the Inland Empire communities reflect our vision for healthy people living in resilient communities supported by equitable systems of health,” said Dr. Helen Hopp Marshak, LLU Dean, School of Public Health. Honored by LLU’s School of Behavioral Health, Rai graduated with a master’s degree in social work. In her current role at IEHP, Rai actively leads both community and statewide initiatives in improving access to mental health services, including the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program. “Amrita Rai received the 2022 Alumni of the Year award at the graduation services of the Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health for her unwavering commitment to servant leadership and the delivery of equitable behavioral health services for the most vulnerable populations throughout the Inland Empire,” said Dr. Beverly Buckles, LLU Dean, School of Behavioral Health. Rai also shares her expertise and passion at various speaking engagements throughout the year, inspiring awareness and continued improvement of the development and delivery of behavioral health services. “The transformational work Thomas and Amrita have done in their respective areas is a true testament to their love for the Inland Empire community. Active contributions and engagement from team members like Thomas and Amrita make IEHP’s commitment to heal and inspire the human spirit possible, and we are grateful for their service,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer.
Latest News - IEHP Partners with Special Needz Coffee to Honor Diversity Awareness
h Diversity Awareness and National Disability Employment Awareness Month. SNC is a mobile coffee shop in Ontario, California, that provides work opportunities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nearly 95% of the staff at SNC identify as persons with disabilities. “This is the first time IEHP has partnered with SNC, but it will not be the last,” said Marisol Pilotin, IEHP Community Health Representative. “Every October, our Independent Living and Diversity Services teams organize informational workshops and trainings for our Team Members that highlight the importance of equity and inclusion. SNC is an incredible model of that, and the positive impacts on both their extraordinary employees and the community are undeniable.” The partnership includes the purchase and distribution of SNC coffee vouchers for IEHP Team Members (employees) who participate in various trainings and events throughout the month. Employees from SNC will also join the health plan as guest speakers at a virtual workshop titled, Social Inclusion for People with Disabilities. "Partnering with IEHP during Diversity Awareness Month helps us fulfill our mission of raising awareness and empowering individuals with special needs and/or mental illnesses,” said Mia Humphreys, SNC Administrative Director. “Special Needz Coffee and IEHP share the common goal of promoting acceptance of everyone's differences, whether they are based on racial, cultural, religious, or political beliefs, and, most importantly, their mental or physical abilities. We are both working toward providing individuals with special needs an equal opportunity to work at organizations that promote diversity and inclusivity.” SNC’s mobile coffee shop sets up in Ontario at 2920 Inland Empire Blvd. Suite 108 (in the parking lot near the freeway). The shop is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. “We’re really looking forward to continuing our partnership with SNC beyond this month’s celebration,” said Jose Solorzano, IEHP Community Health Representative. “Diversity should be celebrated every day, and we really appreciate that SNC reminds adults with disabilities that, through challenges and differences, they are able to make a positive impact in this world.” To learn more about SNC, visit specialneedzcoffee.com.
Latest News - IEHP Announces Angelica Baltazar as New Foundation President
it Medicare-Medicaid plan in the country, today announced that Angelica Baltazar, MSW, has been named as president of the newly created IEHP Foundation. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of IEHP and is uniquely positioned to increase philanthropy and generosity in the region, helping to fill the void for those most vulnerable and keeping dollars in the community. The Foundation’s work is centered around achieving what IEHP calls Vibrant Health for the Inland Empire. Vibrant Health means that IEHP’s Members and the residents of the Inland Empire will have access to a better, more joyful life through programs that address the root causes of illness, health equity, and the core needs of the community. Baltazar has more than 20 years of experience in the public health and human services sectors. She joins IEHP from San Antonio Regional Hospital where she most recently served as the Executive Lead for Health Equity and the Executive Director of the Lewis-San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute. Baltazar holds a bachelor’s in social work from Cal Poly Pomona and master’s in policy planning and administration from Loma Linda University. She is a community advisory member for Inland SoCal United Way, and a board member of Partners for Better Health and Promise Scholars. “Finding the right person to lead the IEHP Foundation was a critical first step in its development,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “Angelica’s expertise in this field will support our efforts to improve the health of the IE for decades into the future.”
Latest News - Poverty Symposium Hosted at IEHP Headquarters
, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) hosted Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County’s (CAPSBC) fourth annual 2022 Poverty Symposium Friday, July 29 at its headquarters. The event gathered elected officials, policy makers and community leaders to share innovative solutions that tackle poverty-related issues in the county. The symposium also included a keynote address from University of California Riverside’s Professor of Public Policy, David Brady, and panel presentations comprised of experts from the housing industry, youth providers and more. “We are so grateful for the IEHP team’s hospitality in allowing us to host this year’s Poverty Symposium at their facilities,” said Xiomara Henriquez-Ortega, Administrative Support Manager. “Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County values our long-term partnership with IEHP, and we appreciate their continued support to help us further our mission of helping people and changing lives. This event was an important component of our advocacy efforts to impact change in our communities, and it is a collective effort we are working on with our key partners.” IEHP’s 400,000-square-foot Atrium building is no stranger to hosting positive, impactful events. In addition to being a home base for more than 2,800 IEHP employees, the ENERGY STAR® certified facility has served internal team members, industry professionals and the community for celebrations and in great times of need. Past events at the Atrium have included the health plan’s annual Mission Conference, innovative health information technology showcases, COVID-19 personal protective equipment distributions, super vaccine clinics and more. “Events like the CAPSBC Poverty Symposium stimulate critical discussions and connections that move our communities forward,” said IEHP Senior Director of Community Health Cesar Armendariz. “We are extremely grateful for our strong partnership with CAPSBC and the great work they do and look forward to hosting future collaborations with our many community partners at our beautiful Atrium site as we work together to heal and inspire the human spirit.”
Plan Updates - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory
e Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19"). IEHP will continually update you on the latest recommendations, news, and resources on COVID-19 as it becomes available. COVID-19 Therapeutics Available for Members In an effort to provide the most up-to-date treatments against COVID-19, IEHP continues to maintain a list of providers, including but not limited to infusion clinics, ancillary, hospital and non-hospital based infusion centers offering COVID-19 infusion therapy treatment. Under all Member coverage, outpatient COVID therapeutics will be offered immediately after a Member is determined to be clinically eligible under and Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). List of Infusion Sites COVID-19 Infusion Treatments by Organization (PDF) Test-To-Treat COVID-19 Vaccine Reimbursement for Medi-Cal Providers DHCS has carved out the COVID-19 vaccine from Medi-Cal managed care health plans and will reimburse providers under the Fee-for-Service (FFS) delivery system for both medical and pharmacy claims. Medi-Cal will reimburse the associated COVID-19 vaccine administration fee at the allowable Medicare rate for all claims (medical, outpatient, and pharmacy), based on the number of required doses for all Medi-Cal beneficiaries. For further information: June 13, 2022 - DHCS COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Provider FAQs How Vaccines Build Immunity While the COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new - the technology and science behind the vaccines have been in development for decades. In the video below, we demonstrate how years of vaccine research and advanced technology allowed researchers and scientists worldwide to be prepared to develop an mRNA vaccine that could help fight the spread of a global infectious disease. FIND A TESTING AND VACCINATION SITE NEAR YOU TODAY! RIVERSIDE Riverside County Public Health COVID Testing Site Vaccine Information Vaccine Locations & Registration Registrations encouraged but not required for: The CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as a booster for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. For more information, visit the Riverside Country Vaccine webpage. Teenagers 5 to 17 years old must register for a vaccination clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine and be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or present a signed written consent from a parent/legal guardian and be accompanied by an adult. Pfizer Minor Consent Form (PDF) | Spanish The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines can only be given to individuals age 18 years and older. Johnson & Johnson Fact Sheet (PDF) | Spanish - Published April 26, 2021 SAN BERNARDINO San Bernardino County Public Health COVID Testing Site Vaccine Locations & Registration Additional Dose and Boosters Information COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form (PDF) | Spanish The CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as a booster for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. For more information, visit the San Bernardino County Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination web page Walk-ins are now available at County-operated vaccination sites. Walk-in individuals will not need to bring any additional information to the site, however be prepared to register on site, which will include answering health screening questions. Walk-ins may experience longer wait times and availability may vary based on site demand. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Clinical Care Guidance Vaccines Vaccination Plans January 10, 2022 - Continued Coverage of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing (PDF) CalVax CalVax is a state-wide centralized system for health care Providers enrolled or interested in participating in the California COVID-19 Vaccination Program, developed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The new CalVax platform will provide a system to manage vaccine enrollment, ordering, inventory, administration, reporting and data analytics. Training materials such as job aids, videos, and recorded demos will be available to support all system users as they navigate through the new CalVax platform (mycavax.cdph.ca.gov). CA Notify • CA Notify Flyer in English (PDF) and Spanish(PDF) • CA Notify Shareable Tools for web and social media • CA Notify Website Financial Assistance Resources Riverside County Medical Association - COVID-19 Financial Toolkit for Medical Practice U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) CARES Provider Relief Fund Learn more about the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Portal U.S. Small Business Administration. Borrowers may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness. See if you're eligible here. Guidance Regarding Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19 Even with decreasing cases and hospitalizations, those with high-risk conditions who have tested positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to get monoclonal antibody treatment at Riverside University Health System (RUHS) – Medical Center. In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limited the use of certain monoclonal antibody therapies that were ineffective against the omicron variant. In response, RUHS – Medical Center is administering sotrovimab, an IV infusion shown to be effective against omicron and other variants. January 14, 2022 - RUHS-Medical Center Offers Monoclonal Antibodies Treatment Quest Diagnostic For more information, please visit Quest Diagnostics FAQs COVID-19 Specimen Collection Instructions (Watch Video Here) Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers for COVID-19 Testing (View PDF Here) LabCorp For more information, please visit LabCorp's COVID-19 page. Which COVID-19 Test is Right For You? COVID-19 FAQs If you do not have the ability to collect specimens for COVID-19, please refer to your County Public Health resources for guidance on directing Members for testing. Telehealth IEHP is strongly encouraging the utilization of telehealth for visits that can be conducted over the phone or via other audiovisual telecommunications. IEHP has published a telehealth FAQ which is available here: Telehealth Services Due to Limiting Exposure to COVID-19 (PDF)- October 17, 2022 Remember: IEHP Provider Telehealth Information (PDF) IEHP expects that Providers will offer telehealth services and support to their Members during their published business hours. Existing authorizations are valid and do not need to be changed even if services are being provided via telehealth You can request a POS 02 or POS 10 on your authorization however if you do not, you can still utilize the authorization for telehealth services even if a different POS was approved. When billing the claim for the service, you will utilize a POS 02 or POS 10. ONLY Services that are deemed clinically appropriate to provide via telehealth should be provided via telehealth. If there are treatments, exams, procedures or other services that cannot be provided via telehealth, those are not eligible to be provided via telehealth. Provider Resources for Combatting COVID-19 Fatigue ACEs Aware - Support for those on the front lines as California addresses stress and anxiety related to COVID-19 Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) COVID 19 Response Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) California Department of Public Health (CDPH) The California Department of HealthCare Services (DHCS) has published a COVID-19 response page with guidance for Providers and Partners, Home and Community Based Services and Behavioral Health. Found Here: DHCS COVID‑19 Response | DHCS COVID-19 Medi-Cal FAQs The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also has a page with new guidance documents and additional resources and news releases. Found Here: CDHP COVID-19 Updates Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CMS Health Care Provider Toolkit - Help link to COVID-19 related questions San Bernardino Medical Society The San Bernardino County Medical Society promotes the science and art of medicine, the care and well-being of patients, the protection of the public health and to promote the betterment of the medical profession. The latest news, research and developments on the COVID-19 outbreak for physicians can be found here: SBCMS COVID-19. January 07, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccines For All Practicing Physicians and Staff – San Bernardino County (PDF) 2-1-1 San Bernardino County Resource & Information Guide 2-1-1 San Bernardino County has curated a COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide and will update this page regularly as the situation changes. For more information, please click here. Correspondences May 2, 2022 - Webinar - IWIN COVID and the Community April 13, 2022 - COVID-19 “Test to Treat” Initiative April 8, 2022 - 2nd Round of Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available February 23, 2022 - COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Drugs – Coverage and Dispensing Pharmacies January 28, 2022 - Free OTC COVID-19 Antigen Kits Available January 26, 2022 - Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Available by Request January 5, 2022 - Extending SNF COVID-19 Per Diem Rate December 22, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine Billing for Medicare Advantage Enrollees Effective DOS January 1, 2022 December 16, 2021- COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program – Program Guide December 16, 2021 - REMINDER: COVID Vaccine Enrollment Survey - Your Response is Requested December 10, 2021 - REMINDER: COVID Vaccine Enrollment Survey - Your Response is Requested December 10, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine Billing for Medicare Advantage Enrollees December 3, 2021- COVID-19 Vaccine Enrollment Survey December 1, 2021- CDC Encourages COVID Booster Due to Omicron Variant November 17, 2021- UPDATE! COVID-19 Vaccine FQHC, RHC and IHF Incentive Program November 9, 2021- Three Upcoming Webinars on Building COVID-19 Vaccine Trust October 22, 2021- 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination Member Incentive October 22, 2021- NEW!!! COVID-19 Vaccine FQHC and RHC Incentive Program October 19, 2021- COVID-19 Treatment – RUHS Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Center October 12, 2021- Reminder - NEW COVID-19 Vaccine PCP Incentive Program - Kickoff Meeting October 6, 2021- NEW COVID-19 Vaccine PCP Incentive Program- Kickoff Meetings October 4, 2021- New COVID-19 Vaccine PCP Incentive Program September 8, 2021- CDPH Webinar: How to Have Crucial Conversations About COVID-19 Vaccines – Thursday, September 9th August 18, 2021 - Riverside County Public Townhall on COVID-19 Vaccines For additional resources regarding COVID-19, please visit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Riverside County Public Health San Bernardino Public Health You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.
Leadership Team - Takashi Wada, MD, MPH
021. He is responsible for providing clinical and strategic leadership through accountable, collaborative processes to improve the quality-of-care delivery as evidenced by improved external quality metrics. Dr. Wada leads and drives innovative solutions for program development and implementation to improve access, satisfaction and care outcomes that are sustainable and scalable. Dr. Wada joined IEHP in 2019 as Vice President of Population Health. In this capacity, he oversaw the internal departments of Behavioral Health & Care Management, Community & Family Health, Health Education, and Practice Transformation. He also played a key role in various statewide and regional population health initiatives. Prior to his role at IEHP, Dr. Wada served as Chief Medical Officer/ Deputy Chief Medical Officer for CenCal Health and Director/Health Officer for Santa Barbara County’s Health Department. Dr. Wada holds an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from University of California, Riverside and a master’s degree in public health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After receiving his medical degree at UCLA, he completed his graduate medical education at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.
Leadership Team - Michelle Rai, MS
2020. She oversees IEHP’s communications and marketing programs and guides the development of long-term communication and marketing strategies. In addition, Ms. Rai oversees the strategic execution of IEHP’s community relations, media relations, internal communications, digital and social media. Ms. Rai has over 20 years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, and media relations. Prior to joining IEHP, Ms. Rai served as Chair of the Communication Department at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, Calif. Before her role as Chair, Ms. Rai acted as the College’s Public Relations Director and Public Information Officer. Ms. Rai holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Golden Gate University. She earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communications from Pacific Union College, where she received the prestigious Educator of the Year award in 2016. Ms. Rai’s leadership enables IEHP to increase its brand reach and social media presence, while enhancing perception of the organization and strengthening its place as an industry thought leader.
Leadership Team - Keenan Freeman, MBA
executive role, Mr. Freeman is responsible for the overall financial management of IEHP, its financial reporting and transparency, and for multiple plan financial functions including accounting, purchasing, capitation, cost recovery, risk management, and the coordination of fiscal and other operational audits. Mr. Freeman brings over 28 years of professional finance experience to IEHP which includes 16 years of strategic leadership in multiple functions including financial, operational and strategy development in a provider-owned health plan and a multi-specialty medical group with over 4,000 providers. Mr. Freeman served as Chief Financial Officer for Providence Medical Group in Oregon where he spent 5 years providing operational and financial leadership for over 1,200 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. In addition, he served for eight years as Chief Financial Officer and two years as Chief Operational Officer for First Care Health Plans in Austin Texas. Mr. Freeman understands the importance of developing external relationships with key physicians, health systems, and governmental entities. He enjoys building cross-functional teams to achieve short and long-term objectives and values the importance of developing external relationships with key physicians, health systems, and governmental entities. Mr. Freeman’s leadership in these areas, and in the annual budget process, keeps IEHP financially stable amid healthcare changes and economic volatility. Mr. Freeman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration and Accounting and a MBA from Texas Tech University.
Governing Board - Dawn Rowe
d to the Board of Supervisors in December of 2018. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors, Dawn served on the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2010 to 2014. Dawn was re-elected by her Third District constituents and began her first elected four-year term on the Board of Supervisors in December 2020. In January 2021 she was appointed to the IEHP Governing Board. As the San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor, Rowe represents one of the largest districts in in the county, spanning the Mojave Basin to the mountain communities, and the city of Barstow to the valley communities. As County Supervisor, Rowe is focused on making San Bernardino County a business-friendly environment, improving infrastructure, and strengthening public safety.
Special Programs - Independent Living and Diversity Resources
A resource for health providers, IPAs and others interested in the Americans with Disabilities Act, California law as it related to accessibility and Universal Design. In partnership with our Provider Network, IEHP strives to break down barriers to medical care and promote health and wellness for Members with disabilities. With accessibility issues often cited as an obstacle to care, we publish this site to help all stakeholders in the health care system understand the barriers and in some cases the solutions. We invite you to browse these topics: Information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility of Doctor's offices, clinics, and other health care providers is essential in providing medical care to people with Disabilities. Find out more by following the link to the ADA's Access Guide (PDF). The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and sets national standards for accessibility. Each page in this section gives you a summary of ADA related documents and a link to the actual Federal resource. By clicking on this link, you will be leaving the IEHP website. View the full text of the law at the ADA Website. Enforcement Lawsuits for ADA Violations U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1994 Status reports, briefs, and settlement information will help you stay up-to-date on precedent-setting ADA litigation. Unsuccessful negotiations or mediation may lead to federal lawsuits. Courts can order compensatory damages, back pay, or civil penalties up to $55,000 for the first violation and $110,000 for any subsequent one. Read more about DOJ Litigation Alternative to Litigation U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Mediation Program Established: 1994 Mediation, which is confidential and voluntary, can resolve some ADA disputes quickly and satisfactorily – without the expense and delay of formal investigation and litigation. Read more about DOJ Mediation Facts and Information Diagnosing & Treating Members with Auditory Disability Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division Published 2003 Interactive doctor-patient discussions with individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may require an interpreter to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. DOJ’s brief outlines the types of interpreter services including sign language, oral interpretation, cued speech, and Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART). Read the Full Article: HTM PDF Phone Calls & Auditory/Speech Disabilities Phone Calls & Auditory/Speech Disabilities - Technology Breaks Communication Barriers Created by IEHP, 2006 Learn about FREE options for effective telephone communication with individuals who have auditory and/or speech disabilities: National Telecommunication Relay Service (TRS) – two-way translation between individuals using a TTY and a standard telephone Speech-to-Speech (STS) Relay Service – assistance for individuals with speech disabilities by repeating their message verbatim. Read the Full Article Fact Sheet - PDF Fact Sheet - TXT Dispelling ADA Myths Just the Facts on the ADA Adapted from 1995 DOJ fact sheet IEHP, 2006 Get the facts on common ADA misconceptions. ADA Myths & Facts PDF Text Accessibility Pays Off at Tax Time Tax Incentives for ADA Compliance Take advantage tax incentives that help eligible businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Federal and California state governments offer Tax Credits and/or Deductions for improving accessibility and/or employing persons with disabilities. Attorney General’s ADA Tax Incentives Packet Your practice/health care facility may be eligible for tax credits and/or deductions to help offset the costs of improving accessibility for patients and employees with disabilities. The Attorney General’s packet includes a fact sheet and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form and instructions. Download IEHP's Fact Sheet PDF Text Download the Attorney General's information packet: Website Legal Obligations Standards for Accessible Design ADA Accessibility Guidelines U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1991 The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) include stringent criteria for health care Providers as well as additional requirements based on building use (special application 6 – Medical Care Facilities). The Standards for Accessible Design apply to the architecture and construction of new buildings/facilities as well as alterations to existing structures. Download the Standards Standards - PDF Standards - HTM Download Special Application 6 (Health Care Facilities) Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities (PDF) Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities (HTM) Removing Existing Barriers Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal Adaptive Environments Center, Inc. and Barrier Free Environments, Inc. 1995 Identify accessibility problems and solutions for eliminating physical/architectural and communication barriers. Use this informal checklist as a guide to meet your obligations under the ADA (for existing facilities only, not new construction or alterations). Download the checklist for readily achievable barrier removal Checklist - PDF Checklist - HTM ADA Regulations for Health Care Providers Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1991 Federal regulations for accessibility at Health care facilities include standards for the architecture of buildings, alterations, and new construction (ADA, Title III). DOJ article - PDF DOJ article - HTM Basic ADA Requirements for Health Care Providers ADA Title III Highlights U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division Published 1990 This functional outline of the ADA’s Title III (section covering health care providers) helps you become familiar with key requirements that impact you and your patients. DOJ’s overview provides details in bullet format for quick reference. See the Full DOJ Article Practical Guidance for ADA Compliance Title III Technical Assistance Manual U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1993 and 1994 This manual (with supplement) outlines ADA requirements for businesses to ensure access to goods, services, and facilities. The reader-friendly format offers: Lay terms and practical examples (limited legalese) Focused, systematic description of requirements Questions/answers and illustrations Read the full Manual Read the Supplement Technical Assistance DOJ ADA Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act The official ADA website of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) offers the most up-to-date information and practical guidance on design, construction, and operation: Regulations and standards impacting Providers and Members Accessibility and reasonable accommodations guidelines Solutions for ensuring access within your budget Tax credits and incentives Technical assistance and materials/publications Visit DOJ's ADA Homepage Avoid Costly Building Mistakes Common ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division Published 1997 Incorporating ADA Standards into initial building/alteration plans helps ensure patient safety as well as cost-effectiveness. Review some of the most common accessibility errors/omissions identified through DOJ’s ongoing enforcement efforts. Following each error/omission, you’ll find an explanation of its significance and reference to the appropriate requirement under the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Online ADA Course Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with Representatives of Business and Disability Communities 2005 Learn about ADA compliance in an online course with 10 short lessons. Policies, Practices, and Procedures Communicating with Customers Who Have Disabilities New Buildings, Additions, and Remodeling Removing Barriers in Buildings That Are Not Being Remodeled Providing Access When Removing Barriers Is Not Readily Achievable Maintaining Accessibility Transporting Customers ADA Compliance Costs and Tax Incentives Enforcement of the ADA Information Sources Take the ADA online course Pacific Region ADA Technical Assistance Disability Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) Region IX National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research U.S. Department of Education 1995 Get information on your compliance obligations, problem-solving assistance, and referrals from ADA experts – without the high cost of a consultant. The 10 regional ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers serve strictly as educational entities to help you understand your rights and responsibilities and have no enforcement or advocacy responsibilities. Federal Region IX, Pacific, serves: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Basin. Visit Pacific ADA Center Visit DBTAC Homepage Visit NIDRR Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) Reminder: Community-Based Adult Center (PDF) SPD Awareness Training By clicking on these links, you may be leaving the IEHP website. By making your facilities accessible you convey a sense of welcome for people with disabilities. Most of all, you comply with the requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities on the basis of their disability in programs and services that receive federal financial assistance. Please see the resources below for more detailed information. Office Accessibility How to Make Your Medical Office More Accessible (PDF) Guidebook: How to Safely Transfer Patients with Disabilities to an Exam Table (PDF) Video #1: How to Safely Transfer Patients with Disabilities to an Exam Table Video #2: Using an Accessible Scale to Weigh Patients with Disabilities Accessibility Checklist (PDF) Community Resources Community Resources Guide (PDF) Disability Competency and Sensitive Training Disability Etiquette Guide (PDF) You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.
Helpful Information and Resources - Medical and Government Links
alth information. All the links will open in a new window and you will leave the IEHP website. Medical Links Medscape: free medical news, journal articles, and more. Yahoo! Health: medical dictionary, disease symptoms, and treatments. KidsHealth: animations, games, and articles for parents, teens, and kids. First 5 San Bernardino: statewide initiative to improve the early development of children. First 5 Riverside: statewide initiative to improve the early development of children. Text4Baby: get FREE messages each week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. Government Links San Bernardino County Department of Public Health: get information on WIC, child car seat safety and more. Riverside County Department of Public Health: get information on injury prevention, WIC, HIV, family health and more. PubMed: life science journals from the United States National Library of Medicine. Healthy Finder: 1600 health-related topics. NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance): reports on the quality of care delivered by managed care plans. NIH (National Institutes of Health): get health information, clinical trials, research, and more. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): get information on healthy living, disease, Zika virus, emergencies, workplace safety, and environmental health. Quality of Care Report Card: get quality ratings of health plans. California Department of Managed Health Care California Department of Health Care Services
How to Renew MediCal - Medical Renewal Form
members meet the guidelines to renew your Medi-Cal insurance program. You can renew your Medi-Cal online. You must fill out a Medi-Cal renewal form. This step is known as Medi-Cal redetermination. Be sure to look over your health plan during the Medi-Cal renewal process. This may help you get extra aid from the state of California. If your situation changed, the government could help you to lower your monthly health insurance costs. The amount of aid depends on where you live, your family income, and the number of people in your household. How to Check Medi-Cal Status Once your Medi-Cal is approved, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will send you a Benefits Identification Card (BIC) in the mail. If you do not get your BIC in the mail, or a letter from DHSC asking for more information, call or visit your local Social Services Office to ask for status. You can also check your Medi-Cal status on the Covered California website. How to Check if My Medi-Cal is Active Visit the Social Services agency in person In Riverside County visit the Riverside County Department of Public Services for a local office. If you live in San Bernardino County visit the Transition Assistance Department – San Bernardino to find a local office. Call Medi-Cal by phone Before you renew your Medi-Cal, check the status of your Medi-Cal by calling the Medi-Cal hotline at (800) 541-5555. If you don’t have your Benefits Identification Card, the automated system will ask for the last four numbers of your Social Security number and the month and year of your birth. You can also call your local county office. Send a request by mail To check the status of your Medi-Cal by mail send a letter to: Medi-Cal Eligibility Division, P.O. Box 997417, MS 4607, Sacramento, CA 95899-7417 How to Renew Medi-Cal As a Medi-Cal member, you must renew your Medi-Cal each year to keep your health care benefits. For most members Medi-Cal is automatically renewed. If your county cannot confirm all your information to automate the renewal, a packet will be mailed to you. All forms inside this packet must be filled out and returned. As a Medi-Cal member, you can return this information over the phone, by mail, or by fax. You can also return your packet to your local Social Services office. If you do not complete this renewal process your Medi-Cal benefits can be canceled. Medi-Cal Redetermination Form As stated above, Medi-Cal must be renewed each year. The county runs a review to find out if people or households still can get Medi-Cal. This review is known as annual redetermination. If you’ve changed jobs, had a pay rise, lost your job, or the number of people living in your house has changed, it may or may not help you get Medi-Cal. The purpose of an annual redetermination is for the state to get as much data from you to find out what aid you should be able to get. Or what amount, if any, you should pay for Medi-Cal. The Medi-Cal office will try to renew your households’ Medi-Cal automatically. But, if your personal data cannot be verified, your Medi-Cal redetermination package will come in the mail. Once the packet comes, you need to fill out all the data needed and send the forms back ASAP. This helps avoid any delay in Medi-Cal renewal and keeps you covered in case of an emergency. What Happens After I Return My Form? The county will send you a letter letting you know if you still qualify for Medi-Cal coverage. How long do I have before I get disenrolled from Medi-Cal? If you do not renew your Medi-Cal on time, you only have 90 days after your Medi-Cal benefits expire to file for renewal. After 90 days, you will have to submit a brand new Medi-Cal application. To apply for Medi-Cal or discuss your Medi-Cal renewal, call our IEHP Enrollment Advisors at (866) 294-4347, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. TTY users should call (800) 720-4347. *Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, Riverside and San Bernardino County continue to delay the processing of Medi-Cal annual redeterminations.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcements
of Phase 1A of its vaccination roadmap, vaccines will be distributed to caregivers with In-Home Support Services (IHSS), intermediate care centers, and public and community health centers, including facilities for mental health. Click here to learn more. 1/12/21: San Bernardino County introduces a coronavirus quarantine and isolation calculator. This tool allows people to determine how long they should self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19, being sick with COVID-19, or being exposed to someone with COVID-19. Click here for more info. 12/7/20: The governor announced a stay at home order for Southern California regions, including Riverside and San Bernardino County, for a minimum of three weeks. This order is in response to a rapid growth in COVID-19 cases and a substantial increase in hospitalizations and ICU admissions. Click here to learn more. 9/11/20: To continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Riverside County is urging residents to get tested. In addition, increased testing will help the county move into the next level of the state’s reopening plan. For testing locations, visit gettested.ruhealth.org. 8/21/20: Health officials urge Riverside County residents to get tested for COVID-19, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. For testing locations, visit gettested.ruhealth.org. 8/21/20: To stop the spread of COVID-19, San Bernardino County Public Health Director urges all residents to get tested. Watch this video to learn more. 7/24/20: Fraud reports have increased due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, leaving many San Bernardino residents unsure how to avoid scams or report them to authorities. Scams include fake at-home COVID-19 testing kits or vaccinations, IRS impersonators, illegal robocalls and fake charities. For more information visit the San Bernardino County Public Website. 6/29/20: San Bernardino County is encouraging all residents, including those who have not experienced symptoms of COVID-19, to be testing for the Coronavirus. Click here for testing locations. 6/19/20: Governor Newsom requires California residents to wear face coverings while in public. Click here to learn more. For information on how to wear a proper face covering, watch this short video. 6/12/20: A COVID-19 testing site returns to Blythe. Testing started on June 10th and will continue for two weeks. In addition, a testing site opens at the Edgemont Women’s Club in Moreno Valley and will operate June 17 through June 19th. Click here for more information. 5/29/20: Cooling Centers open throughout Riverside County, offering residents an escape from extreme heat and are open to the public at no cost. The centers will be available through October. Click here for more information. 5/29/20: New COVID-19 testing sites open in San Bernardino County. They are scheduled to run through June with appointment registrations opening weekly. For a complete list of testing locations click here: Click here for a complete list of testing locations. 5/27/20: A drive up COVID-19 testing site will be opened at the old Sears parking lot in Riverside, replacing the testing location at Harvest Christian Fellowship that is closing. Click here for a complete list of testing. 5/22/20: Riverside County added three new COVID-19 testing sites in Corona, San Jacinto and Temecula. Click here for a complete list of testing locations. 4/30/20: Riverside County’s Public Health Officer is extending his order requiring residents to wear face coverings when outside and to continue practicing social distancing through June 19. Residents are still required to remain in their primary residence under Governor Newsom’s existing “stay at home” order unless they are engaged in an essential business or activity, such as grocery shopping or visiting the doctor. Click here for more information. 4/28/20: San Bernardino County opens up criteria for COVID-19 testing. Beginning April 30th, residents 65 and older, healthcare workers, emergency responders, and law enforcement can get tested without displaying symptoms of COVID-19. For testing information, visit the San Bernardino County website. 4/24/20: In response to an increasing number of requests for resources, Riverside County released an online map to connect residents to local food resources. Resources include senior meal sites, school district meal sites and food pantries. Click here to find food resources. 4/20/20: Testing for COVID-19 has been expanded to all Riverside County residents, including those who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, a fifth COVID-19 testing site will be established at the Blythe Fairgrounds on April 22nd. All residents interested in testing must call 800-945-6171 for an appointment. Click here for more information. 4/13/20: A fourth drive-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Riverside County on Tuesday, April 14th. The site has been established at the Perris Fairgrounds, located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive. Perris, California. Residents who want to get tested must have symptoms to make an appointment, symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or cough. Residents must call 800-945-6171 to make an appointment. For more information on testing locations, visit the Riverside County Public Health website. 4/13/20: San Bernardino County Public Health will conduct a community drive-through event for COVID-19 testing in Montclair on Tuesday, April 14. This event is open to San Bernardino County residents by appointment only. Residents can make an appointment online at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/ at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 13 or by calling (909) 387-3911. Additional community drive-through events are scheduled throughout this month in Yucaipa, Big Bear Lake, Joshua Tree, and Rancho Cucamonga, California. For more information visit the San Bernardino County website. 4/8/20: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will begin a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site on Thursday, April 9th. Appointments are required. To make an appointment call 855-422-8029. For more information visit Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. 4/7/20: CalWORKs and CalFresh renewals and SAR 7 status reports do not need to be submitted for March, April or May. This does not apply to Transitional CalFresh or Transitional Nutrition benefits. To access your benefits, visit: c4youself.com or call 877-410-8829 (San Bernardino County) 877-410-8827 (Riverside County). 4/7/20: The San Bernardino County’s Acting Health Officer ordered everyone in San Bernardino County to wear face coverings when leaving home and interacting with other people. Face coverings may include homemade cloth ear loop covers, bandannas and handkerchiefs, and neck gaiters. Also, orders all religious services to be done electronically, including upcoming Easter celebrations.Click here for more information. 4/4/20: The Riverside County Public Health Officer orders the public to stay home and cover their face when leaving and interacting with other people, including essential workers. Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes. Click here to learn more. 4/4/20: The Small Business Association (SBA) is offering forgivable loans that help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The loan application period opens on Friday, April 3, 2020. For more information visit the SBA website. 3/31/20: San Bernardino County will conduct a drive-thru sample collection event for COVID-19 in the High Desert on April 2nd. This event is open to San Bernardino County residents only. Residents can request an appointment online at sbcovid19.com or by calling (909) 387-3911. For more information on this event visit: http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/default.aspx 3/30/20 – A third drive-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Riverside County on April 1st. The site has been established at Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside. Residents must have symptoms to make an appointment, which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or cough. Residents must call 800-945-6171 to make an appointment. For more information on testing locations, visit the Riverside County Public Health website. 3/30/20 – A COVID-19 testing site in Indian Wells will be relocated to the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. The first day of testing at the fairgrounds is Tuesday (March 31). Residents must have symptoms to make an appointment, which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or cough. Appointments must be scheduled by calling 800-945-6171. For more information on testing locations, visit the Riverside County Public Health website. 3/27/20: San Bernardino County Public Health will conduct a drive-thru specimen collection for COVID-19 on Friday, March 27. The specimen collection for COVID-19 testing will be available for the public by appointment only. Appointment sign-up and details will be available on the county website. 3/25/20: COVID-19 testing for IEHP Members is now available at SAC Health Systems in San Bernardino. IEHP Members must call (909) 771-2911 to schedule a telephone appointment with a Doctor. The Doctor will evaluate the Member and determine if they need COVID-19 testing and will provide details on how to obtain testing. 3/20/2020: Gov Gavin Newsom announces a California statewide order for residents to “stay at home,” excluding essential entities which include grocery stores, take-out and delivery and health care organizations. IEHP is an essential entity and will continue operations to support our Members and Providers through telephonic contact only. OUR BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED TO NON-EMPLOYEES. We highly encourage you (our Members and Providers) to call us if you need any services or have any questions. Continue to visit our website for frequent updates and news from Gov Gavin Newsom. 3/19/2020: IEHP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hansberger, has an important message for our Members in the Coachella Valley region about the COVID-19 situation and ways for them to protect their health. Click here. 3/18/2020: To help our IEHP Members stay home and avoid public places, we encourage Members to use mail order delivery service for both new and refill prescriptions. By using this service, Members can get medicines mailed to their home at no cost by using standard shipping. 3/13/2020: We are requesting when you (including Members, Providers, Community Partners, Vendors, and all Visitors) need IEHP services, please call IEHP or your IEHP contact directly to get the help you need. If you must visit IEHP in person, please ensure that you do not have a fever, cough or breathing problem. 3/13/2020: All classes and events at IEHP’s Community Resource Centers are canceled until further notice for the protection and safety of our community during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We apologize for any inconvenience and expect to resume classes as soon as possible.
Leadership Team - Edward Juhn, MD, MBA, MPH
ement of the quality journey in transformative ways to ensure the health plan’s commitment in providing the highest quality of care for the communities they serve. Dr. Juhn brings over 15 years of experience in optimizing the intersection between clinical services, public health, and data and technology. As a mission-driven servant leader, he has had multiple layers of healthcare system experience, including the payer, medical group and hospital. He has been involved in both enterprise strategy and tactical operations and has had success in building private and public sector partnerships. Prior to joining IEHP, Dr. Juhn served as Sr. Medical Director at Blue Shield of California where he worked on innovative initiatives leveraging big data, advanced analytics and technology-enabled service offerings impacting the quadruple aim and health equity. With this payer, he also managed ACO and non-ACO groups in Northern California and served on the clinical advisory group for the Blue Venture Fund. Additionally, Dr. Juhn has experience as a clinical scientist at an Intel-funded startup company and served as Chief of Healthcare Innovation and Strategy at Premier HealthCare, where he was part of the Accountable Care Coalition of Greater New York that helped establish one of the first ACO’s in the country focusing on the needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Juhn received his BA and MD from George Washington University, his executive MBA from New York University, and his MPH from Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and was a clinical instructor at Stanford Medicine. He has also served as a member of the Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force, a subcommittee under the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC).
COVID-19 - Resources
19. Below you will find resources and information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones during this time. How vaccines build immunity While the COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new - the technology and science behind the vaccines have been in development for decades. In the video below, we demonstrate how years of vaccine research and advanced technology allowed researchers and scientists worldwide to be prepared to develop an mRNA vaccine that could help fight the spread of a global infectious disease. COVID-19: Home isolation tips If you or someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, there are necessary steps you can take to reduce the risk of it spreading to those you live with. COVID-19: What to do when you're sick IEHP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Hansberger, is here to discuss what you need to do if you find yourself sick from COVID-19. Face Mask Resources Proper use of face coverings (CDC) How to make a homemade mask How to make your own face mask (whether or not you know how to sew) Refer to the following resources for information on self isolation during COVID-19. Riverside County COVID-19 Self Isolation Recommendations For IEHP DualChoice Members A healthcare fraud alert has been issued in relation to COVID-19 complaints. Scammers are giving COVID-19 tests to Medicare Members in trade for personal details. They are reaching out to Medicare Members by sales calls, social media platforms, and door to door visits. The personal details taken may be used to falsely bill Federal health care programs and the COVID-19 test kits may cause harm to Members. If you suspect COVID-19 fraud, call IEHP right away at: Compliance Hotline: (866) 355-9038 Fax: (909) 477-8536 E-mail: email@example.com Mail: IEHP Compliance Officer P.O. Box 1800 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-1800 Click here to report a compliance issue online. Refer to the following websites/resources for more information on coronavirus (COVID-19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Riverside County Public Health San Bernardino Public Health State of California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Portal California Workplace Rights Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs during COVID-19 Protections for Housing and Utility Shutoff Order ConnectIE Below you will find resources and information on local food pantries in your area. Riverside County Pantries: A list of food pantries in Riverside County San Bernardino County Pantries: A list of food pantries in San Bernardino County Connect IE: A free website that provides community resources 24/7. It can connect you to housing services, job training's, food pantries and more. High Desert Food Distribution:The High Desert is hosting a food distribution on the last Thursday of every month.