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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  

Leadership Team - Jarrod McNaughton, MBA, FACHE

e, he works collaboratively with the IEHP Governing Board to set the strategic vision and provide executive leadership for one of the 10 largest Medicaid health plans and the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid Plan in the U.S. He cultivates IEHP’s strong partnership with Providers, hospitals and hundreds of community partners to deliver quality whole-person care to more than 1.5 million Members. He ensures financial stewardship and stability for IEHP’s more than $5.4 billion operational budget. A visionary health care leader, Mr. McNaughton joined IEHP in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for the operations, claims, provider contracts, enrollment and eligibility, performance improvement and Member services departments, supporting IEHP’s organizational directives, advancing IEHP’s LEAN transformation, and ensuring IEHP’s mission to deliver quality service to our Members and Providers effectively and efficiently. Prior to IEHP, Mr. McNaughton served in several roles of increasing responsibility in hospitals and large hospital systems. For nearly 20 years, he has led multi-tiered operational strategies and innovation that consistently generated superior results. He has a well-established reputation for building dynamic teams, developing leaders and fostering key relationships in the community. His ability to remove obstacles and empower everyone, from frontline Team Members to Physicians, will help support IEHP’s position of strength in the ever-changing health care environment. Mr. McNaughton’s roles as President of Kettering Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Kettering Health Network demonstrated his strategic business acumen, empathy and visionary leadership. He developed a coordinated and detailed strategy for the entire network and spearheaded many forward-looking changes in services and delivery of care to patients at those facilities. The Kettering Health Network in Southwest Ohio includes eight hospitals, nine emergency departments, many outpatient clinics and over 11,000 employees. Prior to his role at Kettering Medical Center, Mr. McNaughton was Vice President at San Joaquin Community Hospital. Among his many achievements there, he developed and implemented a new mission and service department that helped increase patient satisfaction scores from the 40th percentile to the 85th percentile in less than a year. Mr. McNaughton’s strong commitment to the community fits well with IEHP’s mission and company culture. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University and a board member for several educational and non-profit agencies. A volunteer with Global Medical Missions, an international aid organization, he has led short-term mission teams to Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, India, Nepal, Honduras and Mexico. Away from work, he enjoys singing, musical theater and flying single-engine planes. Mr. McNaughton pursued an undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, Graduate School of Business. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Awards and Recognitions

ence and access to care for the low-income working residents of the Inland Empire. These recognitions honor our steadfast commitment to improving access to quality, wellness-based healthcare services when and where members need it. NCQA Accreditation IEHP was the first Medicaid-only health plan in California to earn accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medi-Cal health plan, in 2000. We have retained NCQA accreditation every year since. Innovation Awards from DHCS In November 2021, IEHP received the “Innovation Award - Runner Up 2021” for the Medi-Cal PCP Auto Assignment Redesign, which focused on directing Members to Providers with higher quality scores. In November 2020, IEHP was awarded the prestigious California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) Innovation Award. The award was based on IEHP’s groundbreaking work using location intelligence to reach high-risk members and providers in geographic areas affected by power outages, wildfires, and other natural disasters. This is the fourth time the health plan has received this honor. In 2018, IEHP received the Innovation Award from Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), for its Housing Initiative, which provides permanent supportive housing and intensive case management services to homeless, high utilizing Members. In October 2017 IEHP won a California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Innovation Award for improving the health of low-income members through a program that coordinates their complex physical and behavioral health care needs across the healthcare system in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In 2015 IEHP won the first annual Innovation Award from DHCS for its Transitional Care Program, which strives to reduce emergency room usage and curtails the re-admission rates of members recently discharged from the hospital IEHP Receives the CORE Certification Seal  In April 2022, IEHP received the CORE Certification Seal for the Eligibility & Benefits, Claim Status, and Payment & Remittance CAQH CORE Operating Rule Sets. As a CAQH CORE-certified entity, IEHP has demonstrated that they follow a set of national operating rules and standards which improve business processes in healthcare — going above and beyond what is federally required.  The CORE Seal is widely recognized as the industry gold standard. IEHP Receives Rancho Cucamonga Fire District’s Business Partner of the Year Award In September 2021, IEHP was awarded Business Partner of the Year by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District at the City’s Fire and Police Recognition. The distinguished award recognizes the health plan’s partnership with the City and County of San Bernardino to host an ongoing super vaccine clinic at the health plan’s headquarters. IEHP Receives Health Equity Award for Engaging Communication In 2020, IEHP received the Health Equity Award for their ability to engage and connect with members via text message during Governor Newsom’s social isolation order. The award was given by mPulse Mobile, a leader in conversational AI solutions for healthcare, during their annual Activate Awards. Click here to learn more. IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan Earns Top Customer Satisfaction Score in the Nation The IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan had the third-highest score in the country in the 2016 MMP CAHPS survey from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which assesses the experiences patients have with their health plans. In 2016 there were 40 Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMP) in the nation (called Cal MediConnect plans in California). Annual Excellence Award In 2016, IEHP received the Excellence Award from the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) for its Pharmacy Pay for Performance Program, which leverages IEHP network pharmacies to offer clinical education to its members. Top Physician Satisfaction  Doctors and other medical providers ranked IEHP at or above the 90th percentile in most areas on a 2016 satisfaction survey administered by an independent survey vendor. They ranked IEHP at the:  99th percentile for “IEHP Compared to All Other Health Plans” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Call Center Staff” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Financial Services”   97th percentile for “Recommend IEHP to Other Physicians’ Practices” IEHP Receives Workplace of the Year Award from Advisory Board in March 2018 Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has been awarded the Advisory Board 2018 Workplace of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement. IEHP is one of only 20 organizations nationwide to receive the award. Favorite Employer IEHP was voted “Favorite Overall Company to Work For,” “Favorite Training Program” and “Favorite Workplace Culture” by Los Angeles News Group Readers in the 2014 Winning Workplaces survey. “Access to Caring” Award IEHP was recognized for making a difference in advancing health care access and availability to people with disabilities by the Western University of Health Sciences, in 2014. Energy Star Award for Superior Energy Performance IEHP’s corporate headquarters (“The Atrium”) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance in 2017, demonstrating IEHP’s commitment to continued energy savings and environmental responsibility. “Gold Standard” Certification for Electronic Payments and Claims Processing In 2016 IEHP achieved Phase III certification for accurate and efficient electronic provider payments and claims reconciliation from the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) and the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE). The voluntary certification is widely viewed as the industry “gold standard” for provider payments and claims processing.

Latest News - IEHP Earns Anti-Bullying HERO Business of the Year Award

iverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation’s (RMCCF) 2022 HERO Business of the Year Award at its annual fundraiser Aug. 18. RMCCF also recognized IEHP Community Partnerships Manager LuAnna Jauregui with a HERO Award for outstanding cooperation and capturing the spirit of being a true hero.  The HERO Program annual awards recognize organizations and individuals who demonstrate leadership and exceptional efforts in supporting and promoting kindness, empathy and inclusion within the community. For the last four years, IEHP has partnered with the RMCCF and its Anti-Bullying Institute’s programs that help children, parents, schools and youth organizations deal with bullying. “IEHP has been a foundation community partner for many years. They are receiving our 2022 HERO Business of the Year Award because of their generous support for our growing programs,” said RMCCF’s Executive Director Lynda Bailey. “They continue to reach out to us with open communication to assist us in meeting the needs in our community. They make our ‘small but mighty non-profit’ feel heard and supported.” For over 25 years, IEHP has worked tirelessly to “do the right thing” for the Inland Empire community it serves, fostering collaborations that emphasize goodwill and inclusivity.  “IEHP is committed to helping foster a culture where kindness, empathy and inclusion are the rule, not the exception,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “We are honored to receive this award and also proudly congratulate team member, LuAnna Jauregui on the well-deserved recognition of her tireless efforts to make a difference in our communities.” Connecting the dots and helping to facilitate the partnership on behalf of IEHP, LuAnna Jauregui has been heavily involved with RMCCF’s bullying prevention efforts, as it holds a special place in her heart.  “Supporting kindness and inclusion in the Inland Empire means more of my neighbors, friends, family and their children have the opportunity to live joyfully,” said Jauregui. “Receiving this recognition from RMCCF is truly an honor and I look forward to our continued work, bringing even more compassion to our region.”    

Latest News - IEHP Offers Vaccine Clinic During International Tamale Festival

Indio, Calif., on Dec. 4 and 5.  A long-time supporter of the festival, IEHP will provide health education resources and host a free vaccine clinic near the festival. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, IEHP’s vaccine clinic will be located just two blocks away from the festival at 45720 Smurr St. in Indio and will offer free COVID-19 and flu vaccines to adults and children from 12-6 p.m. Appointments are not required. Indio’s International Tamale Festival began in 1992 and welcomes diverse crowds to enjoy handmade tamales from around the world. In addition to world-famous tamales, this year’s festival will feature live musical performances, entry to the World’s Biggest Bounce House, a roller rink, carnival rides and hundreds of booths. “Supporting the Indio Tamale Festival has become a tradition for IEHP for more than 15 years,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP’s Community Partnerships Director. “The festival provides fun, family-centered time for our community, and we’re always eager to provide benefit information and connections to resources. This year, we’re especially eager to get back to the festival and offer vaccines to the community.” Historically, hundreds of IEHP Team Members and their family members volunteered for the annual event and were bussed from the health plan’s corporate headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga to Indio. This year, IEHP’s community health teams will be spread throughout the region to support Indio’s Tamale Festival and additional community events in Rialto, Victorville and Needles.  “We want our members and communities to enjoy all the fun during the holidays in the safest way possible,” said Cesar Armendariz, IEHP’s Senior Director of Community Health. “We’re grateful to have the resources and strategic partnerships in place to make vaccines accessible to those who need them and look forward to continuing to encourage optimal care and vibrant health in our region.”  

Latest News - AfroNoon in White Park Commemorates New I.E. Museum and Cultural Center, Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion

community residents for its first AfroNoon celebration and mini-museum exhibition launch in White Park earlier this month. Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) was thrilled to join the city of Riverside as a sponsor, supporting The Bibbs and its mission to cultivate, collect and showcase expressions of African American arts and culture in the region. AfroNoon served the community as a Black arts festival, highlighting local talent from various artistic elements: music, traditional arts, food, live performances, and craft vendors.  Also featured, pieces by the center’s namesake Charles A. Bibbs, an internationally renowned contemporary visual artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist whose work is found in museums, galleries, organizations and homes of many collectors, including Riverside City Hall.  “The AfroNoon in White Park was successful!” said Bibbs. “The highly attended event was strongly indicative of the interest and cultural impact the Charles A. Bibbs African American Museum and Cultural Center will have on the community. Many people participated in the event to learn more about the upcoming museum and others came with excitement and support.” “Our presentation of our mini-museum exhibit, featuring the art of local award-winning artists Maurice Howard, Diana Shannon and Charles Bibbs provided a small taste of what is to come when The Bibbs finds a gallery space of its own,” added Bibbs. For IEHP, partnering with The Bibbs represents an opportunity to enhance cultural connections. “Inclusivity is just as critical as medicine is to healing and inspiring the human spirit,” said Michael Deering, IEHP vice president of Innovation Acceleration and Diversity. “The Bibbs is a beacon to our community’s ongoing dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion and also provides space to actively facilitate, honor and celebrate that commitment on the level it deserves.” In addition to sponsorship, the health plan served on the AfroNoon planning committee, provided giveaways and volunteers to support various booths.  Once a permanent location is secured, The Bibbs plans to continue their work to promote permanent and revolving world-class collections from Mr. Bibbs and other African American artists, providing inclusive spaces for community expression. “The Bibbs will be a cultural destination in Riverside.  It will be a ‘voice of empowerment’ wherein established, emerging and youth African American artists will be able to showcase their work in every discipline. For the community it will be a place for individuals and families to collaborate and connect with others in an enjoyable, inclusive environment of creativity and culture,” said Bibbs.  The Bibbs is currently working on a collaboration with Riverside’s Mission Inn Foundation to install a fine arts exhibition before November’s Festival of Lights, in addition to beginning a capital campaign to build its permanent home.  To learn more about The Bibbs, visit thebibbs.org 

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 - Community Gardens Nourish with Food, Fish and Fellowship

at involves fish – are providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for neighbors facing food insecurity. For the last year, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has worked closely with community partners to support these gardens, including an inspiring collaboration with Music Changing Lives (MCL) Chief Executive Officer Josiah Bruny, to bring a new community garden to San Bernardino.  Located on the corner of Electric Avenue and North 40th Street in San Bernardino – once one of the largest dumping sites in the city – the land has been transformed into MCL’s Urban Garden. In addition to addressing food insecurity, the garden aims to provide a safe space where neighbors can come together to learn, exercise, eat, explore, relax and have fun. Home to Soulful Sunday events every fourth Sunday of the month, local residents are invited to visit the garden for gardening workshops and various volunteer opportunities, while enjoying music, food and more. Information on Soulful Sunday events can be found on MCL’s Facebook page.  “The best part about this project is that it’s all led by the community,” said Bruny. “Working together, we can bring more love to the region and those who need it most. We look forward to leveling up in our efforts to make the Inland Empire a better place for us all.” In addition to sponsorship, IEHP supports the garden by providing volunteers through the company’s team member Helping Hearts program and Health Education team. Volunteers work alongside program leaders pulling weeds, planting trees, spreading mulch, building garden beds and irrigating crops.  “Through the right partnerships, compassion and drive to heal and inspire the human spirit, these gardens are thriving and bringing a diversity of wellness opportunities to our neighbors,” said IEHP Senior Community Health Director Cesar Armendariz. “We appreciate the love Music Changing Lives has for the Inland Empire and the people who live here and look forward to continuing to plant and harvest more gardens for a healthier community.” The health plan also provided sponsorship to “Jardín Comunitario de la Salud” – Spanish for “Community Garden of Health” – to help support a large aquaponics garden at the Loma Linda University Health SACHS clinic in San Bernardino.  The first of its kind in the Inland Empire, the garden is home to a large quantity of fish that work symbiotically, nourishing garden beds and working to create food that can be harvested and consumed by the community.  Gardens are located in Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Jurupa, Perris and San Bernardino. For more information on local community gardens, visit: riversidefoods.org.   

Latest News - IEHP Partners to Continue Decreasing COVID-19 Infection Rates in IE

accine clinics to remind community residents that it’s not too late to receive their COVID-19 vaccines. Events are scheduled throughout the week and include partnerships with Music Changing Lives and Never Stop Grinding Impact.   To date, approximately 43% of San Bernardino County residents are not fully vaccinated, contributing to the importance of on-going clinics and support. “One of the most effective steps we can take to keep COVID-19 rates low is to be fully-vaccinated,” said IEHP Chief Medical Officer Dr. Takashi Wada. “We’re thrilled that COVID-19 infection rates have decreased in recent weeks, and we’d love to keep it that way so we can continue to enjoy the community and public events we love so much.” The health plan will be kicking off the month of April by sponsoring a walk-in vaccine clinic at the 2nd Annual Community Easter Event, hosted by IE Survive and Sista’s Making A Difference, on Sunday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Music Changing Lives Urban Garden (261 W. 40th Street in San Bernardino). The event is in partnership with So Cal Trash Army and Just Plant It, and will include food, music, raffles, arts and crafts and an easter egg hunt. Information on this event can be found on the official event Facebook page.  IEHP will also support Never Stop Grinding Impact’s Spring Easter Event in partnership with the City of Rialto on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 150 South Palm Ave. in Rialto. This free event will include a vaccine clinic, game booths, prizes, inflatable jumpers, gifts for kids and adults, snacks, and more. Registration is required and can be completed by visiting the Never Stop Grinding Impact’s Facebook page.  “Collaborating with our community partners is one of the best ways we can actively engage with our communities and meet our Members where they are,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP’s Director of Partnerships. “We’re grateful for all the opportunities to work together with the community organizations and vaccine partners, like the County of San Bernardino’s Public Health Department and Rite Aid, which support our vaccine efforts in the region.” In addition to these events, the health plan continues to sponsor community clinics and events throughout the year to ensure Inland Empire residents have needed access to COVID-19 vaccines. For more information on events and clinics, visit iehp.org.   

Provider Resources - Health and Wellness

and achieve health goals. IEHP’s Health & Wellness Programs help Members learn how to manage their health and make healthy lifestyle changes. You can refer your IEHP Members to these programs anytime by logging into the Secure Provider Website and completing the Health Education Program Request Form. Health Resources Kids and Teens Managing Your Illness Pregnancy and Postpartum Senior Health Weight Management Health & Wellness Brochures and Handouts Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) offers many Wellness Programs that focus on the health and well-being of our Members. All of our programs are free, join us at our next session and learn ways to stay healthy.  Get information on important health topics through our health education brochures and handouts: Controlling Asthma (PDF) Diabetes. What's next? (PDF) Eat Healthy, Feel Better (PDF) Fever in Children (PDF) Flu Decision Guide (PDF) Flu Shot (PDF) High Blood Pressure (PDF) Immunizations - English (PDF) Immunizations - Spanish (PDF) Immunizations - Chinese (PDF) Immunizations - Vietnamese (PDF) PAP and HPV Tests: What to Expect (PDF) Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) - Live the Life You Love Format: Online (small group) Duration: One year Ages: 18 years and over This online year-long lifestyle change program helps you make real changes that last.  During the first 6 months, you will meet weekly with a small online group to learn how to make healthy choices into your life. In the second 6 months, you will meet monthly to practice what you have learned. No person is alike, so the program will be tailored to meet your needs and honor your customs and values. You will also be paired with a health coach for one year to help you set your goals, such as how to: Eat healthier Add physical activity into your daily life Reduce stress Improve problem-solving and coping skills Studies have shown that those who finish the program can lose weight and prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Small changes can have big results! Let's start living the best version of you and living the life you love. Find out if you qualify! Click here to visit the Skinny Gene Project online, or Call Skinny Gene Project at (909) 922- 0022, Monday - Friday 8am – 5pm., or Email hello@skinnygeneproject.org For Providers DPP Rx Pad (PDF) Educational Resources 2021 Population Needs Assessment (PNA) Report IEHP’s Population Needs Assessment (PNA) identifies Member health status and behaviors, Member health education priorities, cultural/linguistics needs, health disparities, and gaps in service related to these issues. The findings of the PNA may help Providers better understand and serve our Members. For questions, please contact IEHP Health Education Department at healthed@iehp.org 2021 Population Needs Assessment (PNA) Report Loving Support Program IEHP supports and sponsors the Loving Support Program that is run by Riverside University Health System (RUHS). Loving Support is a program committed to helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals. This service offers help and support with the first days at home, return to work, support groups, and timely answers to challenges nursing mothers face. Members can directly contact the Loving Support 24/7 Helpline at 888-451-2499. No referral is necessary. English and Spanish-speaking certified lactation specialists and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions. Messages are recorded after hours and promptly addressed. Member Education Resources The following websites are good sources of easy-to-read patient information that can be downloaded, printed, or ordered. By clicking on these links, you will be leaving the IEHP website.  RESOURCE  DESCRIPTION Medline Plus A service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Easy to read information and audio tutorials on many health topics in English and Spanish. Topics are available in multiple languages. Food and Drug Administration - Office of Women's Health Easy-to-read handouts in English, Spanish and other languages on nutrition, diabetes, depression, and other topics related to women’s health. Learning About Diabetes, Inc. Easy to read “Handouts and Visual Aids” in color on diabetes care and nutrition to help patients eat the right foods to control blood sugar. Weight Control Information Network An extensive list of health education materials about healthy weight and physical activity in English and Spanish. Materials can be printed or ordered. Health Information Translations Easy-to-read educational handouts on many health topics and in multiple languages.   You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.

Special Programs - Alcohol and Drug (SABIRT)

ant to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) APL 21-014 (PDF), “Alcohol and Drug SABIRT,” IEHP has updated its requirements for alcohol and substance use screening in the primary care setting. Helpful resources: Correspondence - June 2022 - Alcohol and Drug SABIRT Training Guide (PDF) Screening Tools Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C) Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM) (PDF) Cut Down-Annoyed-Guilty-Eye-Opener Adapted to Include Drugs (CAGE-AID) (PDF) Tobacco Alcohol, Prescription Medications and other Substances (TAPS) (PDF) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Quick Screen for Adults Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10) (PDF) Parents, Partner, Past, and Present (4Ps) for pregnant women and adolescents (PDF) Car, Relax, Alone, Forget, Friends, Trouble (CRAFFT) for non-pregnant adolescents (PDF) Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test Geriatric (MAST-G) alcohol screening for geriatric population (PDF) Assessment Tools Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) (PDF) Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM) (PDF) NIDA-Modified Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (NM-ASSIST) (PDF) Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-20) (PDF) Pamphlets Riverside Brochure (English) (PDF) Riverside Brochure (Spanish) (PDF) San Bernardino Brochure (English) (PDF) San Bernardino Brochure (Spanish) (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.

Governing Board Meetings - 2023 Meeting Schedule and Locations

n to the public. We invite you to join us at the next board meeting. You can also download a copy of our most current monthly board report. Dr. Bradley P. Gilbert Center for Learning and Innovation 9500 Cleveland Avenue Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Click here to view the meeting room map.  Inland Empire Health Plan Dates & Times Monday, January 30, 2023 9:00 a.m. February - NO MEETING Monday,  March 6, 2023 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2023 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2023 9:00 a.m.  Monday, June 5, 2023 9:00 a.m.  Monday, July 10, 2023 9:00 a.m.  Monday, August 14, 2023 9:00 a.m.  Monday, September 11, 2023 9:00 a.m.  Tuesday, October 17, 2023 9:00 a.m. Monday, November 13, 2023 9:00 a.m.  Monday, December 11, 2023 9:00 a.m. 

Governing Board Meetings - 2022 Meeting Schedule and Locations

n to the public. We invite you to join us at the next board meeting. You can also download a copy of our most current monthly board report. Dr. Bradley P. Gilbert Center for Learning and Innovation 9500 Cleveland Avenue Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Click here to view the meeting room map.  Any Member of the public may observe the scheduled proceedings by using the link listed below. Click here to join the virtual meeting.   Inland Empire Health Plan Dates & Times Monday, January 10, 2022 9:00 a.m. Thursday, February 17, 2022 - Meeting canceled   Monday,  March 14, 2022 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2022 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2022 9:00 a.m.  Monday, June 13, 2022 9:00 a.m.  Monday, July 11, 2022 9:00 a.m.  Monday, August 8, 2022 9:00 a.m.  Monday, September 12, 2022 9:00 a.m.  Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:00 a.m. Monday, November 14, 2022 9:00 a.m.  Monday, December 12, 2022 9:00 a.m. 

Provider Resources - Educational Opportunities

isciplinary Care Team (ICT) Dual Choice Medicare CM IPA Training Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Specialty Mental Health Care Coordination Staying Healthy Assessment (SHA) Training National LGBT Health Education Webinars Online Cultural Competency Training Interdisciplinary Care Team (ICT) Fact Sheet (PDF) Healthcare Provider Toolkit: Assisting Patients with Requests for Workplace Accommodations or Leaves of Absence (PDF) Dual Choice Medicare CM IPA Training 2021 Care Management Delegation Oversight Medi-Cal IPA Training (MP4 Video) - December 08, 2021 Discussion Topics: Health Risk Assessments (HRA) Individual Care Plans (ICP) Interdisciplinary Care Team (ICT) Coordination of Care Delegated IPA Reporting Requirements   2021 Care Management Delegation Oversight Medi-Cal IPA Training (MP4 Video) - February 16, 2021 Alzheimer's and Dementia Care A Project ECHO Opportunity From The Alzheimer's Association For Inland Empire Primary Care Clinics What is Project ECHO®? You are invited you to attend interactive, teleconference-held learning sessions to bring advanced training and support to PCPs. Offered by The Alzheimer’s Association for Inland Empire Primary Care Clinics, these expert, panel-led lessons, and group consultations are meant to build capacity within Primary care and increase access to specialty care. 95% of all attendees have found the courses useful AND have implemented needed changes to their practices Inland Empire ECHO Flyer (PDF) Inland Empire ECHO Seminar Schedule (PDF) Seminar Registration Form (PDF) Please email registration form to rbgoldberger@alz.org Specialty Mental Health Care Coordination The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring IEHP and its IPAs to document and report the efforts made to coordinate the care of IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) Members receiving specialty mental health services through the County Mental Health Plans.   As of June 1, 2018, IEHP has put policies and procedures in place to comply with these process and reporting requirements: On the first (1st) of each month, IEHP will provide IPAs and County MH Clinics a list of IEHP DualChoice Members known to be receiving specialty mental health services through the County MH Plans. IPAs are expected to outreach to these Members and their County MH Clinic Provider, as well as, document their outreach attempts and outcomes as outlined in Policy 25C2, “Care Management Requirements – Delegated IPA Responsibilities.” IPAs are required to provide data elements specific to this measure, as outlined in Policy 25F1, “Encounter Data Reporting - Medicare MMP Reporting Requirements – IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)" and Attachment, “Medicare Provider Reporting Requirements Schedule” in Section 25. IEHP, through its Delegation Oversight process, will monitor the IPAs’ compliance with documentation and reporting requirements, as outlined in Policy 25A2, “Delegation Oversight Audit.” To access the On-Site training material presented to IPAs and County Mental Health Clinics, click here (PDF). Staying Healthy Assessment (SHA) Training The Staying Healthy Assessment (SHA) forms consist of seven age-specific pediatric questionnaires and two adult questionnaires.  The Primary Care Physician (PCP) is responsible for ensuring the SHA is administered to each Member within 120 days of enrollment and may be administered as part of the Member's initial health assessment. The training resources below provide information on completing the SHA for your patients. DHCS Staying Health Assessment (SHA) Reference Page Initial Health Assessment Standards (PDF) Staying Healthy Assessment (SHA) Training (PDF) SHA Instruction Sheet for Providers (PDF) SHA Pediatric Questions by Age Group (PDF) SHA Adult Questions by Age Group (PDF) Alternative IHEBA Review Form (PDF) Bright Futures Notification Form (PDF) SHA Format Notification Form (PDF) To access the SHA questionnaires under Forms, please click here. National LGBT Health Education Webinars IEHP has put together a list of webinars, provided by a third party, to provide educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all sexual and gender minority (LGBT) people. The National LGBT Health Education Center is part of the Division of Education and Training at The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health. The Fenway Institute (TFI) is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education, and policy development that works to ensure access to quality, culturally affirming medical and mental health care for traditionally underserved communities, including LGBTQIA+ people and those affected by HIV/AIDS. The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the LGBTQIA+ community as well as people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research, and advocacy. Fenway Health is one of the largest providers of LGBTQIA+ health care and HIV primary care in the country; as such, it is a leader in the field of LGBTQIA+ health and informs much of the promising practices and innovative models that the Education Center disseminates to health centers nationwide. By clicking on these links, you will be leaving the IEHP website. The National LGBT Health Education Center Webinars  Courses Include:  HIV Prevention/PrEP at Health Centers: An Overview and Current Best Practices What’s new in PrEP and STIs? Cases From a Sexual Health Clinic Insurance Considerations for Navigating Gender-affirming Care Building Your Family: LGBTQ Reproductive Options Behavioral Health Assessments and Referral for Gender-Affirming Surgery Navigating Gender Affirming Care Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI) Data In Electronic Health Records Providing Mental Health Assessments for Gender Affirming Surgery Referral Letters Online Cultural Competency Training AHRQ Health Literacy Modules Available for Continuing Education (CE) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credit  Physicians and nurses can earn CE credits while learning about the challenges in caring for patients with low health literacy as well as strategies to improve overall patient communication and care. OptumHealth Education is issuing continuing education credit for taking the AHRQ-developed Health Literacy Knowledge Self-Assessment. No fees are charged for the two CE activities: By clicking on these links, you will be leaving the IEHP website. 1. An Updated Overview of Health Literacy Link (optumhealtheducation.com) 2. Improving Health Literacy by Improving Communication Skills Link (optumhealtheducation.com) Pediatricians and family physicians can earn credit for re-certification (MOC Part 2) as well as CE by taking the Health Literacy Knowledge Self-Assessment through the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians, respectively. To learn about AHRQ’s tools to address health literacy, visit Health Literacy Topics at:  https://www.ahrq.gov/health-literacy/index.html To find out about other free AHRQ continuing education opportunities, go to: https://www.ahrq.gov/patient-safety/education/continuing-ed/index.html To contact AHRQ, visit https://www.ahrq.gov/contact/index.html   Office of Minority Health - https://cccm.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/ CDC - www.cdc.gov U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Health Resources and Services Administration - www.hrsa.gov You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.

Governing Board Meetings - Agenda and Reports

will now be held at the following address: Dr. Bradley P. Gilbert Center for Learning & Innovation 9500 Cleveland Ave. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Click here to view the meeting room map. Any Member of the public may observe the scheduled proceedings by using the link listed below. September 12, 2022 - 9 a.m. Click here to join the virtual meeting. December 2022 Agenda Board Report Under $200k Summary Report November 2022 Agenda Board Report Under $200k Summary Report