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22
June
2022

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

The Charles A. Bibbs African American Museum and Cultural Center (The Bibbs) welcomed more than 500 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 

01
June
2022

IEHP Earns Industry CORE Certification for Data Security

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has earned the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare’s (CAQH®) Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE®) Eligibility, Claim Status, and Payment & Remittance Certification Seals.

This means IEHP successfully completed an extensive testing process and review of national operating standards, enabling health plans and providers to electronically share large quantities of administrative data quickly and accurately. These rules and guidelines aim to improve the efficiency and improve national health care system costs.

“Exceeding these standards is critical to ensuring our providers have the necessary information to provide the very best care to our members,” said Vinil Devabhaktuni, IEHP’s Chief Information Officer. “Our teams work tirelessly to build sustainable systems and processes to support this effort and will continue to find innovative solutions to support the ongoing needs of our members and providers.”

Widely viewed as the industry “gold standard,” the CORE Certification illustrates IEHP’s commitment to the secure exchange of member data and timely provisions of health care services. The certification also demonstrates IEHP’s ongoing work effort adhering to the operating rules and their underlying standards, plus going above and beyond what is required.

“Inland Empire Health Plan is demonstrating industry leadership,” said Robin J. Thomashauer, CAQH president. “Operating rules are most effective when everyone follows them, and today, thanks to IEHP, our nation’s health care system has taken another important step forward.”

CAQH CORE is a collaboration of more than 130 participating organizations that work together to develop operating rules. Participants represent health care providers, health plans, vendors, associations, government entities and the organizations that set standards for health care and data exchange. CORE Certification is currently available for all currently published Operating Rule Sets.

To learn more about IEHP visit  iehp.org. For more information about CAQH CORE, visit www.caqhcore.org. 

31
May
2022

Statewide Initiative Supports Behavioral Health of I.E. Youth

Amidst a national youth behavioral health crisis, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is partnering with Molina Healthcare, County Behavioral Health, the Offices of Education in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and select local school districts and charter schools to implement the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program (SBHIP). 

The three-year program is in accordance with the California Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) goal to expand prevention and early intervention behavioral health services in schools and provides financial incentives to partnering school districts and charter schools. A total of $389 million has been allocated for California. Between both IEHP and Molina Healthcare, up to $50,845,334 can be utilized to support this program.

According to the American Psychological Association, one in five young women and one in ten young men experience a major depressive episode before the age of 25. The COVID Collaborative also notes one in 330 California children have lost either a parent or caregiver in the last two years, adding significant stress and trauma to the lives of California’s youth, along with stay-at-home orders and remote learning. 

“If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that we need to be proactive in addressing mental health and wellness needs early on, before traumas have a chance to manifest later in life,” said Amrita Rai, IEHP’s clinical director of community behavioral health. 

Through SBHIP efforts, existing mental health initiatives will be bolstered, and coordination between schools, managed care plans, county behavioral health and community partners aim to address the equity gap and improve access to mental health prevention and treatment for students.  Resources will be directed to fill gaps in these areas throughout the participating schools and their respective communities. Services will be limited to schools who are participating in SBHIP and who receive funding.  

“We are well into a crisis when it comes to the mental health and wellness of our youth. Now is the time to be bold and work tirelessly for our children because what we do now will affect generations to come,” said Rai. “Why not focus our resources, our passion, and our commitment back into the community and schools? Our children spend most of their lives in school, which makes this multi-organizational partnership so worthwhile.”

Partnerships with local education agencies and school sites include San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS); Riverside County of Education; Palm Springs Unified School District; Hemet Unified School District; San Bernardino City Unified School District; Rialto Unified School District; Victor Valley Union High School; Ontario-Montclair School District; Leadership Military Academy; Nuview Union School District; Provisional Accelerated Learning Academy; and Riverside County Office of Education Alternative Education Program.  While the initiative will begin at these partner sites, it is anticipated that learnings would benefit other schools and districts interested in implementing similar programs in the future.  

“San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools recognizes the growing mental health crisis among our youth and supports this joint effort to address this critical issue,” said County Superintendent Ted Alejandre. “SBCSS seeks to build capacity within countywide systems and increase access to much needed support to ensure every child receives the services they need when they need them.” 

“Educators at the Riverside County Office of Education and within all Local Educational Agencies (LEA) in Riverside County, are vitally interested in addressing the needs of the whole student beyond the classroom. Linking arms with partners across the county via the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program (SBHIP) will equitably provide mental health services to those who might not otherwise have access to this level of support,” said Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin Gomez.

Selection of school districts and charter schools was dependent on DHCS guidelines and considered specific criteria, such as the number of students who received Medi-Cal, were foster youth or English learners, received free or reduced priced meals, were interested in participating in the program and other factors. 

“It’s the right thing to do. This program gives us a great opportunity to extend both heart and hand to children in our community,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP’s chief medical officer. “Working together, we can equip them with necessary skills, habits and care they can use today and through adulthood, setting them up for a healthier and happier tomorrow.” 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated and elevated behavioral health needs in our communities, including in young people. Mental and emotional wellbeing make up a significant portion of overall health and healthy youth lead to improved community wellness. We are proud to partner with IEHP, local offices of education and mental health professionals to address the youth behavioral health crisis in tangible, preventative ways.” said Dr. Sayeed Khan, chief medical officer at Molina Healthcare.

Program preparation began this year and will support a January 2023 launch at all 10 participating local education agencies. Through careful planning and implementation, the program will aim to build and support a sustainable system beyond the life of the program, which will end in December 2024.

27
May
2022

SAC Health Receives IEHP’s Mission INSPIRE AWARD

SAC Health, the nation’s largest specialty-based and teaching Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), received Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Mission INSPIRE Award this month at the health plan’s second Annual Mission Conference. The award recognized SAC Health’s ongoing support and service to residents in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

SAC Health’s roots reach back as far as the 1960s, which have led to 35 specialties offered today at 10 locations, including a mobile unit that supports more than 144,000 patient visits each year. SAC Health is also one of IEHP’s most prominent partners, providing care to more than 50,000 of the Inland Empire’s most vulnerable residents and educating future physicians in the region. 

In collaboration with SAC Health, new health care clinics were developed in brand new service areas, supporting thousands of residents in Blythe and Barstow. “You can’t do this kind of work and truly impact the community and those that need the care without really strong partnerships. It takes a whole community to do that,” said Dr. Jason Lohr, CEO of SAC Health. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude and humility to be honored with this award.”

SAC Health is one of the first recipients of the IEHP Mission INSPIRE Award. The award honors providers, community organizations and partners for their commitment to the health plan’s mission to “heal and inspire the human spirit.” 

“We are thrilled to honor SAC Health’s dedication and determination to consistently do the right thing for our communities and Members,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. 

To learn more about the IEHP Mission Conference and how the health plan is charting a collaborative path forward, visit iehp.org.
 
24
May
2022

IEHP Supports New Moms with Maternal Health Events

To improve health outcomes of pregnant members and their newborn babies, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) will host a series of maternal health events at all three of their Community Resource Centers throughout the month of May. 

The events will celebrate new moms and moms-to-be and will provide resources including postpartum care and access to community partner support including CalFresh. Medi-Cal enrollment support and guidance on how and when to access care will also be offered.

In addition, events will focus on the behavioral health of pregnant and postpartum members. According to California Department of Public Health’s latest Maternal and Infant Health Assessment, 21% of pregnant and postpartum Californians report depressive symptoms which negatively impact the health and wellness outcomes of newborns and their parents.

“We know these statistics heavily impact our members in the Inland Empire. Some studies have found troubling racial and ethnic disparities in receiving mental health care for postpartum depression,” said Ruth Villalpando Albarran, IEHP Licensed Behavioral Health Care Manager. “These events are designed to guide and assist members at every stage of their pregnancy and postpartum journey. Working together, we can help ensure optimal care and inspire vibrant health for them and their little ones.”

The health plan hosted its first event on May 18 at its Riverside Community Resource Center. Additional events will be hosted at IEHP’s San Bernardino and Victorville Community Resource Centers at 805 West 2nd Street, suite C in San Bernardino on Wednesday, May 25 and at 12353 Mariposa Road, Suites C-2 & C-3 in Victorville on Thursday, May 26. Both events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members can register by visiting ConnectIE.org.
 
19
May
2022

Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County Earns IEHP’s Mission INSPIRE AWARD

Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) was awarded Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Mission INSPIRE Award at the health plan’s second annual Mission Conference on May 6. The award recognized CAPSBC’s dedication to eliminating the effects of poverty through advocacy for community members to obtain knowledge and skills for self-reliance and economic stability. 

In just one year, CAPSBC has supported over 800,000 individuals, distributed over 16.3 million pounds of food, served 214,415 meals through soup kitchen partners, provided 541 individuals with new rental and eviction prevention assistance, supported 389 individuals with housing placements, assisted 9,826 individuals with utility assistance, and more. 

“Our agency is all about helping people and changing lives and we want to acknowledge that IEHP is a valuable partner to the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, and we could not do our work without that partnership,” said Patricia Nickols-Butler, CAPSBC President and CEO.  

In collaboration with IEHP, CAPSBC also created drive-thrus to distribute food and household items at the health plan’s three Community Resource Centers and shared logistics and best practices for food distribution with IEHP teams to support the ongoing Member needs. 

“We know the needs in our county are daunting and that in order to make our communities stronger and more resilient, it takes individuals and organizations that understand those needs and IEHP does that every day. They show up for the community and they support the work that’s being done to make this community a better place to live,” said Nickols-Butler. “Thank you IEHP for this recognition; we are humbled and deeply grateful.”

CAPSBC is one of the first recipients of the IEHP Mission INSPIRE Award. The award honors providers, community organizations and partners for their commitment to the health plan’s mission to “heal and inspire the human spirit.” 

“It takes a village to support our Members,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “Even amidst a global pandemic, our friends at Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County stopped at nothing to continue serving their communities and organizations like IEHP. Their knowledge, support and partnership are critical to our mission, and we are grateful for it.”

To learn more about the IEHP Mission Conference and how the health plan is charting a collaborative path forward, visit iehp.org.
17
May
2022

IEHP recognized as Great Place to Work® on Certification Nation Day

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is proud to celebrate Certification Nation Day on May 17, along with the community of Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies across the country. 

IEHP earned its certification this year after 92% of IEHP’s 2,817 Team Members shared the health plan was a great place to work in the organization’s annual Engagement Survey. “We have a wonderful learning center, a gym and great benefits that is afforded to us. I'm proud to be a part of the IEHP family and motivated to contribute to its success in any way that I can,” expressed an IEHP Team Member in the anonymous survey.

Great Place to Work Certification™ is recognized worldwide by employees and employers alike and is a global benchmark for identifying outstanding employee experiences.

“IEHP’s strong culture and values have established a work environment Team Members are genuinely excited about,” said Janet Nix, Ed.D., IEHP Chief Organizational Development Officer. “Our team culture is centered around doing the right thing and is built upon strong relationships, trust, appreciation, and commitment to continually moving forward. Our annual Engagement Survey illustrates the impact our culture has on our Team Members and the joy their work brings to them.”

IEHP’s annual Engagement Survey results show 96% of Team Members feel good about ways the organization contributes to its community; 95% reported having special and unique company benefits; 95% reported Team Members are made to feel welcome when joining the company; 94% claimed facilities contributed to a good working environment; and 94% were proud to tell others their place of employment. 

“Great Place to Work Certification™ isn’t something that comes easily,” says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President of Global Recognition at Great Place to Work. “It takes ongoing dedication to the employee experience.”

Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, IEHP’s leadership remained connected to Team Members by hosting virtual monthly company meetings, regular email updates and even delivering holiday gifts by mail to Team Member homes. IEHP employees consistently report high job satisfaction, earning the Inland Empire Top Workplaces 2020 Award and placing second in the United States Healthcare Industry.

“These survey results show that our Team Members are engaged, dedicated and truly care about the work they do every day to serve the most vulnerable in our region,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “I am so proud to partner with them and look forward to finding even more new and innovative ways to support their continuing efforts to make a difference in our community.”

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12
May
2022

Medi-Cal Expands Services to 185,000 More Adults

For the first time in history, approximately 185,000 low-income Californians aged 50 and up are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits, regardless of their immigration status. Under California Assembly Bill 133, health plans like Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) are now able to provide these adults access to services like preventive healthcare, behavioral health services, vision care and more.

In 2019, the state made its first historic move to provide full-scope Medi-Cal services to all California residents 0-26 years old. AB 133 is now the state’s boldest move toward health equity and provides the most inclusive health care policy for low-income persons in the nation.

“Everyone deserves access to health and wellness services they can trust,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP Chief Medical Officer. “We’ve seen the impacts of community health firsthand over the last two years. When more residents have access to coordinated care and preventive services, health and wellness improves, and communities thrive. All communities, regardless of immigration status, deserve the opportunity to achieve vibrant health.” 

IEHP understands the fears associated with applying for Medi-Cal as an undocumented resident and is making every effort to connect residents to trusted information, resources and support to aid in making the best decision for them. These efforts include community events, partnerships with legal organizations like TODEC and more. 

“IEHP is eager to do all we can to support these older adults so that they may receive the care and benefits they need to live fruitful lives as residents of the Inland Empire,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer.

For more information and to enroll into Medi-Cal, residents can call IEHP’s Enrollment Advisors at 1-866-294-4347 (1-800-720-4347 TTY) or visit iehp.org.

09
May
2022

IEHP Hosts Mission Conference for Health Care Leaders

Inland Empire Health Plan welcomed nearly 200 health care leaders to its second annual Mission Conference on May 6. Held at its company headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga, the conference featured educational and networking opportunities and a keynote presentation from New York Times best-selling author and Reality-Based Leadership CEO Cy Wakeman. 

The Mission Conference was first held in 2019 but took a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The gatherings may have been paused, but the work certainly was not,” said IEHP CEO Jarrod McNaughton. “It was important for us as health care leaders to come back together to reflect on the challenges and successes of the past two years, strengthen our connections, claim our collective courage, and find opportunities to better meet the needs of those we serve in the Inland Empire.”

Like the inaugural event, this year’s conference brought together health care CEOs, hospital board members and other industry leaders from across the state to share in collectively preparing for the future in a post-pandemic world. 

This year’s event also honored the very first recipients of IEHP’s Living the Mission INSPIRE Award, which honors providers, community organizations and partners for their commitment to the health plan’s mission to “heal and inspire the human spirit.” This year awards recognized Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County for their dedication to eliminating effects of poverty and SAC Health System for its tireless support and service to residents in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Sharing her insight on what the pandemic can teach us about post-traumatic growth, Wakeman highlighted how experiences of the past year can be leveraged to build sustainable resilience and reduce burnout and exhaustion. “If you’re in health care, you need to do two things. You need to love people up and call people up. Remind people that what we do here is sacred,” Wakeman shared with conference attendees. 

“What makes the IEHP Mission Conference unique is its ability to celebrate courage and truly inspire the future of health and wellness in the Inland Empire,” said IEHP Governing Board Chair and San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe. “Putting all of that under one roof cultivates a type of collaboration that will sculpt and define Inland Empire Public Health Systems for generations.”

To learn more about how IEHP is charting a collaborative path forward, visit iehp.org or follow IEHP on social media. 

 
03
May
2022

From Medi-Cal to Med School: An IEHP Member’s Quest to Serve the Inland Empire

Jordan Hough could have never predicted the health plan that managed her health care benefits as a child would be paying her medical school bills today. And yet, that’s exactly what Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has done for the past two years—and counting.   

IEHP awarded Hough with their innovative Healthcare Scholarship Fund award in 2020, bringing Hough’s journey from Medi-Cal member to medical school student to fruition.

A Victorville native and now third-year medical student at California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM), Hough was one of 50 students to receive the inaugural award from IEHP. The health plan has sustained the program with annual scholarship awards ranging from full to partial tuition at three medical schools: CUSM, Loma Linda University and University of California, Riverside.

“This scholarship means the world to me,” said Hough. “Growing up in a family who struggled financially, the dream of being able to go to medical school seemed so farfetched for so long.”

IEHP created the scholarship fund to help address the provider shortage in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “By supporting local medical students, we are able to secure their service to the Inland Empire after graduation and create a pipeline of health care professionals who are committed to serving our communities with compassion and empathy,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer.

Hough discovered her passion for medicine while taking human science classes at California State University Fullerton and spending countless hours volunteering at Children’s Health Orange County.

Encouraged by these experiences and several physician mentors, she decided to pursue a career as a doctor. Hough intentionally applied to only local schools so she could remain connected to her Inland Empire roots. “Most people apply very broadly—to as many schools as they want,” Hough said. “But I felt it was really important to be in this area, so I only applied to three medical schools. It was very risky, but it worked out.”

Hough remembers not having much guidance or role models related to her dream of medicine growing up, so becoming a doctor didn’t seem possible. “When I got that acceptance letter,” she said, “it was really a moment of shock.”
 
Through the medical school admissions process, Hough learned about IEHP’s Healthcare Scholarship Fund and its goal to support local students who wished to remain in the Inland Empire.

Hough remembered IEHP was the health plan she had as a child and appreciated how they promoted a mission she resonated with. She applied and earned a four-year award.  

“After receiving the scholarship, a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders,” said Hough. “Thank you so much IEHP, from the bottom of my heart. I don’t think words could ever explain how grateful I am.”

The cost for medical school in California has been on an upward trend since 2013, increasing about $1,500 annually and currently averaging a total of $218,792. This puts the dream of being a physician even further out of reach for many IE students, and deeply impacts the ongoing provider shortage in the region.

“Bridging the gap between aspiring IE medical professionals and local medical schools to serve the region’s most vulnerable populations is what this scholarship program was designed to do,” said McNaughton. “We are absolutely elated to support Jordan and our HSF award recipients on their path to becoming physicians and are especially eager to connect their desire and ability to provide optimal care and vibrant health to the communities they love so very much.”

The health plan will be hosting networking and supportive events for medical students throughout their medical school journey, including a dinner at IEHP headquarters on May 3. To learn more about IEHP’s Healthcare Scholarship Fund, visit iehp.org.

21
April
2022

Inland Empire Health Plan Promotes Autism Awareness

Celebrating Autism Awareness Month, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) wants to inspire Members and parents of Members to feel confident in advocating for themselves, their children, and family members to access the behavioral healthcare they need. The health plan supports more than 7,500 Members who are utilizing behavioral health treatment services for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related conditions. Such services may include: applied behavioral analysis, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychiatry services and more.

“Having Autism or being on the spectrum is nothing to be afraid of,” said Heather Waters, IEHP’s Manager of Behavioral Health and Care Management. “As a health plan, we want to take the stigma out of asking or seeking behavioral healthcare and encourage our Members or parents of Members to trust their gut and ask for support as soon as they spot any signs or symptoms of possible developmental delays.”

Waters shared that early treatment and recognition of symptoms, as early as one year of age and before a child enters school, can result in better health outcomes, especially for children. Signs and symptoms vary and can range from obsessive or compulsive behaviors to poor social skills, delayed milestones, and more.

IEHP Medi-Cal Members can be referred to services and treatment for ASD symptoms by a Medical Doctor or a Licensed Psychologist. This allows Members under 21 years of age to access critically important behavioral and developmental therapies immediately, while they undergo the autism evaluation process.  

IEHP’s Internal Behavioral Health Team helps Members and their families navigate an ASD diagnosis through actively coordinating services and additional resources through partnerships with several provider groups and local agencies across the region.

Recently, IEHP collaborated with the Inland Empire Autism Assessment Center of Excellence (AAC) to provide a Member in Indio with a complete Autism Diagnostic Evaluation through telehealth appointments.

“Even with care coordination challenges like location and Member condition, the situation wasn’t impossible,” said Waters. “As the Member and their family connected with the AAC, our team checked in regularly to make sure the services were effective and to remind the family and Member that they were not alone in this journey.”

To receive an evaluation or additional services, Members are encouraged to call IEHP’s Member Services at 1-800-440-4347 and ask for the Behavioral Health Department.

12
April
2022

IEHP Launches Early Childhood Wellness Program

To support the healthy development of children in the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), and Help Me Grow Inland Empire (HMGIE) have joined forces to create the IEHP Early Childhood Wellness Program. The program encourages parental understanding of children’s (aged 0-5 years) developmental milestones through preventive screenings, interactive classes, helpful resources and more.

Developmental milestones are helpful in gauging children’s growth and can provide early warning signs for developmental delays. “A child’s growth is more than just physical, and can be observed in how the child plays, learns, speaks and behaves,” said Jane Wang, IEHP Director of Health Education.

“Parents and caregivers who know their child the best could be the first to identify any missed milestones and are an important part of the solution,” added Wang. “Bringing awareness to developmental milestones through activities and resources gives parents the opportunity to learn more about their child and how they can personally impact their growth.”

Reflecting on her time in the program, Jessica Cortez, parent of Jayla (8 months) said, “By doing the activities in the program, I’ve learned different ways that can help me teach and improve her learning. If I didn’t take the classes, I wouldn’t be able to come up with the activities we’ve been doing on my own. The questionnaire gave me an idea of what to look for and what areas we need to improve.”

The program utilizes the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) in partnership with HMGIE. The questionnaire’s results provide parents with information about the developmental status of their child across five key areas that can be discussed with the child’s pediatrician. The five key areas include: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social.

In addition, parents are provided access to developmental screenings, early childhood education and learning material promoting healthy growth and development at home. The program also includes a virtual interactive Circle Time class for parents and their children and refers parents to supportive resources when any developmental concerns are observed.

“Help Me Grow Inland Empire is proud to serve as the developmental screening partner for IEHP’s Health Educators,” said Dr. Marti Baum, Pediatrician and HMGIE Physician Champion. “HMGIE assists IEHP-referred parents and caregivers to assess their child’s development against well-established milestones. When concerns are identified, IEHP’s Health Educators immediately start working with the family to provide the child with necessary medical care and social services.  Together, IEHP and HMGIE are making a difference in the lives of young children — a successful partnership that helps our young ones be ready to learn when they start school.”

The program is offered online weekly and will resume in-person interactive classes this month at IEHP’s Victorville Community Resource Center.

“Preventive care and health promotion resonates at the core of our mission within Health Education at IEHP,” said Wang. “However, to truly provide wraparound care, we believe that we must continue to strengthen our partnership with our IEHP providers as well – such as leveraging technology solutions for ease of accessing screening tools and results. In the coming years, we hope to help bridge these efforts so that our young children, 0-5 years, are getting the right care at the right time, and are able to realize their full potential.”

IEHP parents can participate in the program by submitting a screening request via email to screening@iehp.org or by participating in a Circle Time class with their child. For more information, visit iehp.org or call IEHP Member Service at (800) 440-4347 or (800) 718-4347 (TTY).

06
April
2022

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

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is excited to sponsor several spring events that include COVID-19 vaccine 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. 

 
31
March
2022

IEHP Announces Angelica Baltazar as New Foundation President

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), a top 10 largest Medicaid health plan and the largest not-for-profit 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.”

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March
2022

IEHP’s Women in Leadership Engage with Local Students

Supporting women’s inclusivity in healthcare leadership, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) recently participated in Chaffey College’s Center for Culture and Social Justice Panel titled, “Celebrating Women in Healthcare Leadership,” which educated students of the current roles and contributions made to healthcare by women in the Inland Empire.

The panel, conducted over Zoom, included several IEHP leaders, including Susie White, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Priya Batra, Senior Medical Director for Family and Community Health; Shelly LaMaster, Director of Integrated Care; and Anna Wang, General Counsel. 

“The event was wonderful and hearing from IEHP’s women leaders was impactful for all who attended,” said Dr. Leticia Romo, Chaffey College’s Director of Student Equity and Engagement. “We had the opportunity to hear real and authentic stories, wisdom, and encouragement.  Our students learned about mentorship, management responsibilities, leadership development, and overcoming imposter syndrome.  We definitely look forward to connecting with the IEHP leaders in the future.”

The panel also provided students with stories about their own educational journey and career background and offered advice for future healthcare leaders. “Our work as a community-based health plan goes well beyond traditional health services,” said White. “It also includes making sure the next generation of leaders are equipped with the necessary support, tools and information to make even greater contributions to the healthcare space in the future.”

In 2020, the health plan launched a Healthcare Scholarship Fund, partnering with Loma Linda University Medical School, University of California Riverside, and California University of Science and Medicine, to help remove the barrier of debt for local medical students and develop a growing workforce for healthcare professionals to care for the Inland Empire’s growing Medi-Cal population.

In addition, amid the pandemic, IEHP provided internships to local public health students at Claremont Graduate University and Western University of Health Sciences to assist in developing program curricula at the plan’s Community Resource Centers.  

“Sharing knowledge and guidance with Inland Empire learners just entering the health care workforce is another way we can positively impact health and wellness,” said Dr. Priya Batra, IEHP’s Senior Medical Director for Family and Community Health. “Supporting the advancement of diverse health care professionals will help us achieve vibrant health in our region.”

 

22
March
2022

IEHP Expands Healthcare Services to Entire Inland Empire

As of January 1, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is now responsible for ensuring access to health care services for more than 11,000 residents in Needles, Big River, Red Mountain, Blythe, Trona and surrounding areas in California. 

The expanded coverage, directed through the CalAIM initiative, will transition traditional services to managed care plans like IEHP and provide a new coordinated care service offering supporting all 27,408 miles of the Inland Empire.

Prior to the expansion, residents in these rural areas received health coverage through Medi-Cal’s traditional fee-for-service model but did not have access to services like health education programs, telephone advice nurses, and coordinated care support. 

IEHP is currently in the process of contracting and credentialing available Providers in these areas to ensure Members are assigned to the Primary Care Providers nearest to their areas.  

“Just like the rest of our Membership, these new Members deserve the best care possible and should have access to a solid network of Providers and community supports,” said Susie White, IEHP Chief Operating Officer. “We’re thrilled some of our trusted Provider partners have made their way into our new service area and opened clinics to welcome our new Members. Teams across our organization continue to work on building a sustainable network for our entire community.” 

To help new Members become familiar with the health plan and the resources they now have access to, IEHP’s Community Health Teams have attended and hosted various events in the community, with the commitment to continue the support efforts moving forward. Earlier this year, IEHP joined community partners Young Visionaries, the Family & Kids Foundation, and Food Forward, to provide food, toys, household items, fresh produce, and vaccine opportunities for more than 300 residents in Trona. 

“As an IEHP Member, you can absolutely trust that we will do the right thing for you and your family and get you connected to the care you need,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “We are so excited to welcome our neighbors in these rural areas and support them in a way that complements and enhances their quality of life for years to come.”
 
15
March
2022

New IEHP Program Combats Loneliness and Depression

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has partnered with Pyx Health in a new program to support Members experiencing loneliness, anxiety or depression. The partnership connects 70,000 Members to support services for mental health screenings.  

The program began in March and will run through the fall of 2022.

Members who elected to participate were invited to download the Pyx App on their smart phones or tablets, which immediately connects to Pyx-ir, an interactive robot. Pyx-ir will regularly converse, ask wellness questions and connect Members to IEHP services and call centers, depending on need.

The program’s services rolled out to English and Spanish speaking Members who receive both Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits (Cal MediConnect Members), as well as Medi-Cal Members who are seniors with a disability or have been identified as unable to leave their homes and are at a greater risk for loneliness.  

“Isolation and stay-at-home orders have tremendously impacted these populations in the last two years,” said Anna Edwards, IEHP’s Care Management Clinical Director. “Our partnership with Pyx Health will extend care beyond the health plan’s usual business hours and truly meet the Members where they are.”

For continuity of care, Pyx Health will provide the health plan with comprehensive reports based on Member screenings to connect Members with additional resources at the plan level. If needed, Members will also have the option to connect with Pyx Health’s Compassionate Call Center representatives who will be able to route information and reports to IEHP’s Care Management Team. 

“In addition to usual health plan services, we believe our partnership with Pyx Health will provide Members a unique aspect of personalized care,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP’s Chief Medical Officer. “We’re eager to learn how this pilot program and type of service can engage Members in their own health and how it will positively impact their overall wellness.” 
 
15
March
2022

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies (March)

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
April 11, 2022

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Location of Meeting: 

Inland Empire Health Plan
Headquarters
10801 Sixth Street, Suite 120
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

14
March
2022

IEHP Honors Plan’s First Social Worker

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is celebrating National Social Work Month by honoring their very first social worker Dennis Kaney, who served residents of the Inland Empire for 16 years before his passing earlier this month.

In speaking with Kaney earlier this year to learn more about his experience as an IEHP Team Member, he described his role as "doing what he loved most”—providing individualized, quality care and support to the region’s most vulnerable Members through his work as an IEHP Case Manager. 

In January, Kaney met an IEHP Member who had sustained life-threatening injuries in a car accident, leaving the Member with paralysis in their limbs (known as a quadriplegia).  

Kaney, who was wheelchair-bound himself, understood the need for multi-level support and wasted no time connecting the Member to resources to aid in the massive life transition. “I believe through my work at IEHP, I am able to do exactly what I am meant to do and use my personal experiences to help someone navigate their new beginning,” Kaney said.

Through this connection, Kaney helped the Member discover new ways to manage daily life, including how to travel with a chair, how to write, talk, and how to best utilize available resources and tools.

This ultimately provided the Member with hope and a reminder that their life was in no way over.

“A heartfelt connection provides more care to the human spirit than we realize,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP’s Chief Executive Officer. “As we honor Dennis and observe Social Work Month, we celebrate the spirit of all social workers who bring courage and empathy to a world that desperately needs their light and love.”
 
04
March
2022

IEHP Leads First Cross-County Community Health Assessment

To support vibrant health in the region, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is leading the Inland Empire’s first cross-county and cross-sector Community Health Assessment (CHA) this year. The assessment will shed light on the region’s most pressing health and social needs: mental health, homelessness, health equity and more.  

Using a collaborative approach, IEHP is convening network hospitals, county public health departments, academic institutions, and community-based organizations to better coordinate ongoing regional health assessment efforts. The health plan will also provide sponsorship and recourses to ensure the collaborative assessment meets the needs of partners.  Historically, CHAs have paved the way for broad-based policy and system changes to promote community health.

“The initiative will better align current Member and community assessments, including those conducted by our public health and hospital partners,” said Dr. Priya Batra, IEHP’s Senior Medical Director for Family and Community Health. “Working together, we can identify gaps and efforts needed to contribute to and move the region forward on a shared pathway towards vibrant health.”

IEHP’s collaborative Community Health Assessment is currently underway and is expected to be completed in late 2022.

“As a community-based health plan, it is our duty to connect Members to the care they need, as well as connect our partners to needed resources, all to ensure our Members and communities have the opportunity to improve their health and well-being,” said Dr. Takashi Wada. “We look forward to collaborating with stakeholders in our region to identify the most significant priorities for our communities.”

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February
2022

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies (March)

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
March 14, 2022

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Location of Meeting: 

Inland Empire Health Plan
Headquarters
10801 Sixth Street, Suite 120
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

16
February
2022

The IEHP and IEHP Health Access Governing Board Meeting scheduled on February 17, 2022 has been cancelled

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11
February
2022

683 Free COVID-19 Test Kits Distributed to Inland Empire Residents

Inland Health Plan (IEHP) distributed 683 free COVID-19 test kits to health plan Members this week, helping to enhance access to testing in the region. Distributions were organized through the health plan’s Community Resource Centers in Riverside, San Bernardino and Victorville.

In addition to the state’s on-going effort to provide tests to Medi-Cal Members through Medi-Cal enrolled pharmacies, IEHP was eager to provide additional testing access by purchasing and distributing tests directly to their Membership. Members received two test kits per family, which includes a total of four antigen tests.

Earlier this year, at the height of the Omicron variant’s surge, rapid COVID-19 testing opportunities were in high demand while the supply was very limited.  “Access to testing is essential to community health,” said Dr. Gabriel Uribe, IEHP’s Community Health Director. “Having access to COVID-19 testing reduces transmission in our region by helping residents make informed decisions about their health. Knowing whether or not you are positive for COVID-19 can make all the difference in the lives of your friends and family.”

Tests distributed by the health plan are not PCR tests and are not acceptable for travel or events, but can be used for quick results. While only IEHP Members were eligible to receive COVID-19 tests through the health plan, Non-Members are encouraged to visit Riverside or San Bernardino County’s websites for test kit distribution locations.  

IEHP is also reminding Members that in-home COVID-19 test kits purchased between 3/11/21 and 1/31/22 can be reimbursed with a receipt using the DHCS claims process.

“Providing our Members access to quality tests, care and support remains our largest priority,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP’s Chief Medical Officer. “As a community-based health plan, we are actively looking for new and innovative ways to fulfill our mission to heal and inspire spirit and will continue to do so, even in the face of this uncertain pandemic.”  

Upcoming distributions are scheduled for Tuesday, February 15 at all IEHP Community Resource Centers from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Visit IEHP’s Facebook page for details.  

04
February
2022

UC Riverside Athletics and IEHP Partner for Community Wellness

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and University of California Riverside (UCR) Athletics are joining forces this season to bring health and wellness resources, including COVID-19 education and vaccine information, to the campus community and broader audiences.

Utilizing a multi-channel approach, the organizations will serve as an access point to timely and accurate health information for students, staff and the community during the ongoing pandemic.

“We are excited to welcome IEHP as a partner to help us continue our mission of preparing our student-athletes for opportunities in life through sport,” said Wesley Mallette, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “In partnership with IEHP, we hope to educate and inform all Highlanders about the amazing resources IEHP provides and their positive impact on lives.”

As a corporate sponsor, IEHP will be cheering for UCR’s basketball, baseball and softball home games, and will be sponsoring a basketball game on February 17, celebrating Black History Month. At this event, Michael Deering, IEHP’s Vice President of Innovation, Acceleration and Diversity, will be announcing the UCR Highlanders’ starting lineup.

Also featured in the partnership is the health plan’s collaborative work with UCR’s Center for Healthy Communities and School of Medicine and will be aired on videoboard screens before games—appearing on ESPN+ when Highlander games are televised.

“UCR’s commitment to public health is incredibly evident in all they do,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re grateful to partner with them on multiple levels and look forward to sharing resources and accurate COVID-19 information so we can put our best foot forward in living healthy lives and defeating this virus, together.”

For upcoming UCR game schedules and events, visit gohighlanders.com.

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January
2022

IEHP Physicians Encourage COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth

Inland Empire Health Plan physicians are encouraging families in the region to vaccinate their children (ages 5-11) against COVID-19 as cases continue to surge across the state. The health plan is supporting access to the vaccine for Inland Empire families through sponsorships of child-friendly vaccine clinics across Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Members who receive their first COVID-19 vaccine are also eligible to receive a free $50 gift card at IEHP-sponsored clinics listed on the health plan’s website. IEHP is also providing fact-based information for parents and guardians on their website and across the plan’s social media accounts.

“IEHP is joining forces with several partners to ensure the community has access to vaccines and clinical information to stay healthy,” said Dr. Priya Batra, IEHP’s Senior Medical Director for Family and Community Health. “Vaccinating children who are eligible can protect unvaccinated younger siblings and family Members who are vulnerable to COVID-19. The risk of hospitalization and health complications is greatly reduced in children who are vaccinated.” 

According to the CDC, the approved complete Pfizer dose for children aged 5-11 is 20 micrograms (a third of the 60 micrograms for adults) – administered at 10 micrograms per dose 21 days apart – and has undergone rigorous testing to prove it is safe and effective. 

“It’s no secret the vaccine is effective in dramatically reducing contraction of COVID-19 and symptoms requiring hospitalization,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP’s Chief Medical Officer. “Providing our children that protection is essential, especially as our communities continue to open and try to return to normal operations. Vaccinating children will encourage and allow the safe return of all our children’s favorite sporting activities, play dates, school functions and more.” 

Click here to learn more about where to receive COVID-19 vaccines for you and your child. 
 
20
January
2022

IEHP Ranks 99th Percentile in Nation for Provider Satisfaction

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has received a 96.4% provider satisfaction score for 2021, placing the health plan in the 99th percentile for provider satisfaction nationwide. 

Administered to the health plan’s provider network by phone through a third party vendor, the annual survey measures provider satisfaction with the services and support received directly from IEHP. The survey included responses from primary care physicians, specialists and behavioral health providers. 

“To deliver the best care to our members, our providers need ongoing support from their health plan partner,” said Susie White, IEHP Chief Operating Officer. “Survey responses alert us to what areas we need to improve upon and where gaps lie so we can be effective in applying strategic solutions to support our providers. Ultimately we want to ensure our Providers are feeling secure and confident in the work and services they provide to our members. This survey provides great insight into that.”

To gain actionable feedback from the plan’s provider network, the survey focused on key drivers of provider satisfaction. Top drivers included: access to case and care managers, timeliness of claims processing, and number of specialists in the network. 

A notable 98.1% of providers shared they would recommend IEHP to other physician practices. Broken down by category, IEHP ranked within the 99th percentile for provider relations, health plan call center staff, pharmacy, utilization and quality management, and coordination of care. The health plan also scored in the 99th percentile in the financial category, highlighting the health plan’s ability to resolve questions or discrepancies of payment. 

The survey provided additional insight for ways to improve support activities. “Our provider feedback pointed us to a really great opportunity to enhance access to resources and information supporting telehealth services,” said White. “As we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic together, reinforcing efforts in this area will be critical for our communities.”

“The last two years have been an extraordinarily difficult time for our Providers as healthcare professionals and as human beings,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “I can’t begin to say how grateful we are for their work in our community and IEHP is committed to make every effort to support our Providers so our Members and Communities can enjoy the optimal care they deserve.”
 
11
January
2022

Local Student Ambassadors Target Low Campus Vaccination Rates

IEHP is partnering with San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) and Crafton Hills College (CHC) to increase COVID-19 vaccine awareness, education, and utilization rates among students through student-led vaccine education.

“I am participating in this COVID-19 Student Ambassador Program to educate and inform my community about COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Jasmine Mejia, CHC Student Ambassador. “Many lives have been lost and my community needs to know the truth about the importance of being vaccinated.  If I can get the facts out about the COVID 19 vaccine, then I will play a small part in saving lives in my community.”

Trained by IEHP’s Community Health Teams and the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, the eight student ambassadors – four at each campus – aim to increase on-campus vaccine rates by distributing vaccine information at booths located in the main areas of each campus, peer presentations, pop-up clinic promotions, and helping schedule vaccine appointments.  

“With vaccine mandates on campus, we want to make sure our local college students have all they need to continue their education safely,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP Community Partnerships Director. “We’re excited to work with students in this capacity and empower them to effectively inform and engage with their peers.”

IEHP will provide students with vaccine education resources, health plan materials, and promotional items to share during the program’s duration. In addition, the health plan will provide a stipend to the students committed to participate in the program four days (16 hours) a week.

“Education is key and, if provided, I feel that each person will make an informed decision. As an ambassador, I hope to spread the word that lack of insurance, immigration status, or having permanent housing doesn't disqualify anyone from receiving vaccinations and boosters,” said Sophia Zamora, SBVC Student Ambassador.   

The project is set to run from January 4 to March 31 on both campuses.

“We understand there are concerns and fears associated with the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP’s Chief Medical Officer. “Learning from a qualified, well-informed peer can help drive positive influences and healthy decision making. We hope to increase those opportunities for students by empowering student ambassadors with all they need to spark conversations that will ultimately lead to healthier students and communities.”

04
January
2022

Ontario Fury and IEHP Partner to Improve Community Health

The Ontario Fury, Ontario’s professional indoor soccer team, and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) are teaming up this season to connect residents to needed community health resources, including vaccine access.

Kicking the partnership into gear, the health plan’s marketing team will collaborate with Ontario Fury to organize interactive social media interviews, promote vaccine clinics, and more.

“This partnership is a dynamic step forward for promoting community health in our region,” said Cesar Armendariz, IEHP’s Community Health Senior Director. “As families begin to enjoy events and activities again, it’s important that vaccines and health information remain accessible and top of mind to keep everyone protected. This partnership allows both organizations to engage with our communities in a fun and exciting new way than ever before, and we look forward to addressing positive health messages to our IE community and avid soccer fans!”

Ontario Fury’s season began December 15 in a home opener at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, Calif., and will run through April 2022. During their season, the partnership will also honor First Responders by hosting a Heroes Night in the spring. 

“Ontario Fury is excited to partner with such an amazing organization like IEHP,” said Jimmy Nordberg, Ontario Fury Head Coach. “With common goals and vision of our managing partner Mr. Jeffery Burum, to help the community and inspire others to be champions, it was a great fit.  IEHP will truly help the community and the Ontario Fury on our mission to be #ChampionshipBound!”

To learn more about the Ontario Fury or view the season schedule, visit ontariofury.com
 
17
December
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies (January)

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
January 10, 2022

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Location of Meeting: 

Inland Empire Health Plan
Headquarters
10801 Sixth Street, Suite 120
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

09
December
2021

Inland Empire Health Plan Recognized for Healthcare Innovation

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has been recognized by the California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) for their innovative Medi-Cal Primary Care Physician Auto-Assignment Redesign.

On an annual basis, DHCS’s Innovation Award recognizes Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans (MCPs) that have excelled in improving the quality of health care for the millions of beneficiaries receiving Medi-Cal services through managed care. 

This marks the fifth time IEHP has been honored by DHCS—more times than any other health plan in California. Prior recognitions for its forward-thinking efforts include utilizing location intelligence to reach Members (2020), creating the IEHP Housing Initiative (2018), developing Behavioral Health Integration Complex Care Initiative (2017), and organizing the Transitional Care Project (2015).

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts and unwavering commitment to serving our Members, Providers and communities,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “These efforts support the work we are doing as we recommit to our Mission to heal and inspire the human spirit.”

This year’s recognition shines light on IEHP’s PCP auto-assignment process, which focuses on directing health plan Members to Providers with high quality scores, ensuring Members receive optimal care and incentivizing Providers’ great work. To do so, IEHP created an assignment algorithm incorporating over a dozen weighted provider attributes related to their quality scores. 
  
“Innovation allows us to see beyond our present circumstances and barriers and expand our thinking to what is possible for our Members and Providers,” added McNaughton. “In every connection, we have the ability to inspire and empower them to achieve their fullest potential.”
09
December
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies (December)

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
December 13, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Location of Meeting: 

Inland Empire Health Plan
Headquarters
10801 Sixth Street, Suite 120
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda 

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

01
December
2021

IEHP Offers Vaccine Clinic During International Tamale Festival

IEHP is proud to announce their participation in the Indio International Tamale Festival in Downtown 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.”
 
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November
2021

New IEHP Program Connects Members to Needed Services

A new Health Navigation Pilot Program is underway at Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), connecting patients in Barstow to primary care physicians, needed social services, and more. 

"Through our collaboration with Barstow Community Hospital, we realized that there was an additional benefit to our members through post-discharge calls from IEHP’s Health Services and Community Health teams." said Sylvia Lozano, IEHP's Vice President of Hospital Relations.

"A follow-up telephone call upon discharge is an essential activity to improve the transition from hospitalization to their return home," said Lozano. "This partnership with Barstow Community Hospital shows IEHP's unwavering commitment to our Members and Providers and demonstrates how the power of collaboration and dreaming of better ways to deliver care and services can ultimately lead to optimal care and vibrant health for our communities."

IEHP Health Navigators provide referrals to other health plan services based on needs expressed during the calls, including organizing doctor’s appointments for members. 

The pilot program also connects both hospital and health plan teams for weekly huddles to share insights, data trends, and discuss additional points of partnership to meet the needs of both organizations and the populations they serve. 

"Our post-discharge call from trained hospital staff allows the patient's questions and misunderstandings, including discrepancies in the discharge plan, to be identified and addressed, as well as any concerns from caregivers or family members,” Margaret Ventura, Case Management Director for Barstow Community Hospital. "Additional follow-up calls post-discharge from IEHP to their members will only further benefit their members by improving the continuum of care for patients," added Ventura.

Since the pilot program began in early October, more than 30 IEHP Members have been supported. While Member needs vary, IEHP's Health Navigators have reported cases where the need for resources and social support has been critical.

"This pilot began with a compassionate team who saw an unmet need and found an innovative way to solve it," said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. "We are developing this pilot to further demonstrate our commitment to the optimal care and vibrant health of our communities." 
 
12
November
2021

New Program Reduces Healthcare Barriers in the Inland Empire

This fall IEHP is partnering with Loma Linda University (LLU) and community agencies to train, place and support community health workers (CHWs) in the Inland Empire (I.E.).  The pilot program is aimed at reducing barriers to health care services in marginalized and underserved areas and encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

In the initial stage of the program’s two-tiered approach, the health plan will professionally train a new community health workforce in an intensive nine-week program. Program curriculum encompasses CHW training provided by Loma Linda San Manuel Gateway College’s Certificated Community Health Worker Training Program and various IEHP Health Navigator courses. Continuous training opportunities will also be offered to ensure CHWs remain equipped with needed resources.

The workforce will be staffed in partnership with community agencies and their employees who may be interested in a career advancement opportunity. These agencies include Young Visionaries (High Desert), Michelle’s Place (Temecula Valley), Asian American Resource Center (San Bernardino), LGBTQ Center (Palm Springs), and the Sahaba Initiative (San Bernardino).

Internally, IEHP’s Community Health Managers Delia Orosco, Maria Gallegos and Carmen Ramirez are actively collaborating to support the needs of the program. “To truly encourage DEI in the I.E., each organization is focused on understanding and meeting the needs of a specific population. By working together to share knowledge and resources, we can better meet those needs and enhance wellness throughout the region,” said Orosco.

DEI continues to be the focus of program’s second tier. This includes IEHP’s work to lead external CHW assignments that empower residents by teaching them how to utilize health care benefits, helping them navigate benefit services, and increasing their ability to advocate for themselves in their community.

“Our hope is that we can collectively improve regional health outcomes by supporting communities that have been historically underserved and marginalized with resources and culturally relevant supports,” said Dr. Gabriel Uribe, IEHP’s Director of Community Health. “Health literacy is essential to DEI work, and no one should suffer because they are not aware of available services. This community health workforce will fill in those gaps and serve as a step forward in our effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the Inland Empire.”

The pilot program will run until September 2022, with the goal of expansion soon thereafter.

05
November
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
November 8, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Location of Meeting: 

Inland Empire Health Plan
Headquarters
10801 Sixth Street, Suite 120
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

18
October
2021

IEHP Welcomes New Chief Information Officer

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is proud to announce Vinil Devabhaktuni as their new Chief Information Officer. In this role, Vinil will provide leadership for the overall information technology architecture, as well as the design, development, implementation, and support of IEHP’s systems.

Vinil joins IEHP most recently from Health New England, where he served as the Chief Information and Technology Officer and was responsible for managing a unique portfolio and elevating the role of technology from a supportive function to a strategic partner that played a major part in the growth of the organization.  Vinil also developed and executed an end-to-end operational roadmap for sales, underwriting and accounting. In addition, he rearchitected and streamlined production support and application development operations to bring stability, predictability, and optimizations to the organization.

Prior to his role at Health New England, Vinil served as vice president, digital transformation officer at AIG in New York. While in this role, he led a $50M global digital transformation initiative, which included migration and consolidation of digital properties from 140 countries around the world.

Vinil holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and is eager to join IEHP, “I look forward to joining the team and helping fulfill the IEHP mission through collaboration, innovation, and strategic support.  There are no limits to what we can achieve for the members, providers, employees, and community when we work together”.

“Vinil will make an excellent addition to the team and we are so excited to bring him on board,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “Vinil’s experience and expertise in the field will support our efforts to enhance the effectiveness of the remarkable work IEHP does every day in an effort to heal and inspire the human spirit.”


05
October
2021

IEHP Partners with Special Needz Coffee to Honor Diversity Awareness

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is thrilled to partner with Special Needz Coffee (SNC) to honor both 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.


29
September
2021

IEHP Partners with Community Organizations to Vaccinate 38,000+ I.E. Residents

In the last six months, more than 38,400 Inland Empire residents have received their COVID-19 vaccines through an IEHP sponsored or supported clinic. Clinics are made possible through partnerships with community-based organizations like Loma Linda University Health, SAC Health System, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Inland Regional Center, and San Bernardino County and are expected to continue to combat the surging rates of COVID-19 cases.

Approximately 36,900 vaccines have been administered through San Bernardino County’s super vaccination site, held at the health plan’s corporate headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga. In addition, more than 1,500 vaccines have been distributed at community events, like Que Buena’s 2021 Fiestas Patrias community event, and church or organization-hosted clinics over the past six months.

“We do everything we can to meet residents where they are,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP’s Director of Community Partnerships. “For some, it comes down to convenience and accessibility. For others, it’s all about education and awareness. We’re thrilled to offer these services and resources to residents in the I.E. and are actively working to develop additional opportunities for our teams to connect with and support the community!”

With funding from the state’s Medi-Cal COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program, IEHP plans on expanding partnerships to ensure continued vaccine clinics. The health plan is also developing provider incentive programs to encourage physician intervention among patients, increasing vaccination rates.

“The facts are crystal clear. Everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “While we are proud of the number of vaccines we’ve helped to administer, we still have plenty of work ahead to ensure our communities can enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. We understand receiving a vaccine is a personal choice, however the community impacts are astounding. Just as this pandemic began through community spread, it must end through community collaboration and response.”

For COVID-19 vaccine sites near you, visit myturn.ca.gov.

27
September
2021

IEHP Celebrates 25 Years of “Doing the Right Thing”

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is celebrating 25 years of service this September. Serving 1.4 million residents, contracting with over 6,700 providers, and employing nearly 2,500 team members, the health plan is honoring this momentous milestone by continuing to embark on a strategic path forward.

“In the last 25 years, we’ve had the incredible pleasure of connecting millions in our region to whole-person healthcare services,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “With large initiatives like CalAIM underway and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we continue to meet our members, providers and team members where they are, so that we may effectively work together to deliver optimal care and vibrant health to residents in our region.”

IEHP began its operation in 1996 with over 60,000 Medi-Cal members and worked proactively to provide coverage to uninsured children in working families who did not qualify for Medi-Cal by launching the Healthy Families program in 1998. By 2000, IEHP had become one of the first Medi-Cal only health plans in California to receive “Commendable” NCQA Accreditation and ranked the ninth largest Medicaid Plan in the United States.  

With the development of several programs supporting children (Healthy Kids), seniors (Medicaid), persons with disabilities (Medicare DualChoice), and specific health conditions (like diabetes and asthma), IEHP was able to support the influx of Inland Empire Residents who became eligible for its health services through the Affordable Care Act, increasing the health plan’s membership to 1 million members by 2015.

Recently, the health plan was mentioned as a model in California’s Master Plan for Aging and has contributed several ideas to the state’s multi-year transformational initiative to address many of the complex challenges impacting the state’s Medi-Cal population (CalAIM). Programs serving as models include the health plan’s innovating work around health and housing, like IEHP’s  Housing Initiative and Health Home programs.

In addition to supporting transformative initiatives like CalAIM, IEHP is also working towards sustainable solutions to increase positive health outcomes of residents in the region. “While we celebrate the great work done in our region, our job as a community-based health plan is far from over,” said McNaughton.

“Building and strengthening networks of providers in the I.E. to offset the on-going provider shortage and working with our partners to create an Electronic Medical Record system to better care for members, are only two of the large priorities we’re working through,” added McNaughton. “Accompanied by our mantra to always ‘do the right thing’ for our members, our mission to heal and inspire the human spirit will guide our thoughts, our decisions, and most importantly, our actions through these projects and at IEHP in the months and years to come.”

21
September
2021

IEHP Pilot Program Published in Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy

In partnership with Surveyor Health, Inland Empire Health Plan’s Pharmacy Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) Pilot Program, utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to manage medication use among Members was recently published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.

Using an advanced AI platform, health plan data, and clinical pharmacists, trained in disease management and CMM, were able to engage with Members via telephone and enhance care coordination, reducing serious drug interactions by 15.2%, emergency room visits by 15%, hospital admissions by 9%, and more.  

Noting the pilot program’s ability to significantly improve Member health outcomes and reduce utilization, the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy estimates that California’s Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program could save more than $1B annually by applying the program’s measures to a similar group of patients. “This study affirms that Medication Therapy Management for Medicaid patients is essential for optimizing patient care,” said Dr. Michael Blatt, IEHP Clinical Director of Pharmacy and Product Strategy.

Pilot program participants included 2,150 IEHP Members between 40 to 60 years old with an average of 25 medications prescribed to manage chronic conditions. “This comprehensive medication management program, created by pharmacists and aided by novel decision technology, enables us to engage a team of support around individual Members by connecting the right Members to the right resources at the right time,” said Dr. Edward Jai, IEHP Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Services.

To share additional learnings from this effort and to support other health plans looking to leverage AI in a CMM program, Dr. Jai will be presenting program results and lessons at the 2021 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Nexus Conference on October 18. His presentation will also include details from IEHP’s Medication Reconciliation Program, which also decreased readmissions and hospitalizations.

For more information about this study, visit jmcp.org.

17
September
2021

IEHP Launches Campaigns to Increase Vaccine Rates in the Inland Empire

To address the low COVID-19 vaccination rates in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has organized a series of educational campaigns, community partnerships and stakeholder collaborations to provide access and educational support to unvaccinated residents.

According to state data, Black and Hispanic communities and Medi-Cal Members rank among the lowest in vaccination rates in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In addition, case rates for COVID-19 positive patients in the region continue to dramatically fluctuate, posing ongoing uncertainty and risk.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is the most ‘certainty’ we’ve had in fighting this virus,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP Chief Medical Officer. “While it is possible to be vaccinated and still contract the virus, data shows the vaccine has been incredibly effective in reducing the impacts of the virus, thus reducing hospitalizations and deaths. That’s why receiving the vaccine is so critical.”

Since the roll out of the vaccine, IEHP has participated in several pop-up vaccine events, including a partnership with Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) and SAC Health System (SACHS), to organize a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (St. Paul AME) in San Bernardino, a prominent place of worship for the county’s Black Community.

With additional funding coming from the state Medi-Cal COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program,  IEHP will continue to develop partnerships with the counties, community-based organizations, schools and churches to get innovate and craft additional actions to improve vaccination rates.  IEHP will also be developing an incentive program to encourage IEHP network providers to increase the rates of COVID vaccination.  

“We understand the fears of those who chose to remain unvaccinated, and we want to empower these individuals by meeting them in familiar spaces, equipping them with facts, information and opportunities to receive their vaccine,” added Wada. “Familiarity and trust are a large part of making that decision, and we’re grateful to partner with community leaders and organizations to continue building that trust.”

Last month, IEHP also partnered with sister plan L.A. Care to launch an educational campaign with the help of award-winning actor Jaime Camil, known for his work on The CW’s Jane the Virgin and Disney’s Coco. The effort included Instagram Live events, PSAs and billboards that will run in the weeks to come. 

“In addition to battling the pandemic, we’re also battling a bit of an info-demic,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “Providing our communities with factual, honest information about the vaccine in a way that relates to them personally, can make all the difference. Health care is incredibly personal, and we’re grateful to work with such an esteemed group of partners to ensure that our most vulnerable residents are equipped with all they need to enjoy optimal care and vibrant health.”

The health plan will continue to serve San Bernardino County as a super vaccination site, hosting a clinic in their Rancho Cucamonga headquarters, with plans to expand operations with additional community health partners in the near future. To learn more, visit sbcovid19.com/vaccine.

 
13
September
2021

IEHP Earns Rancho Cucamonga Fire District’s Business Partner of the Year Award

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) was awarded Business Partner of the Year by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District at the City’s Fire and Police Recognition Celebration on September 9. 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.

Located in Rancho Cucamonga, IEHP’s 400,000-square-foot headquarter building (known as the Atrium) was transformed into a super vaccination site in February 2021 where more than 36,900 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to date.

“We are incredibly humbled to receive this recognition from the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “Hosting the vaccine clinic is very important to us. As a health plan, a partner of the city and county, we knew we needed to do our part to make these vaccines accessible.”

Rancho Cucamonga Fire District’s Business Partner of the Year is traditionally awarded to a community business who assists the district as a problem solver.

“This award is our humble way of expressing our gratitude for the partnership in this historic effort. We thank IEHP for opening their doors and making a difference in thousands of lives within our community during these unprecedented times,” said Ivan Rojer, Rancho Cucamonga Fire District’s Fire Chief.

IEHP has been a Rancho Cucamonga Business Partner since relocating from San Bernardino in 2013. Prior to March 2020, IEHP’s ENERGY STAR® certified Atrium building supported more than 2,400 Team Members (IEHP employees), who have temporarily transitioned to full-time work-from-home schedules during the pandemic.

“In addition to addressing the needs of our Members and residents throughout the Inland Empire, it means so much to us that we were able to open our building to provide more access for our friends and neighbors in Rancho Cucamonga as well,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP Chief Medical Officer. “We are incredibly grateful for the recognition and the ongoing support pouring into the vaccine clinic. And we look forward to continuing our partnerships to help increase vaccine rates in our region.”

The clinic is located at 10801 Sixth Street in Rancho Cucamonga and is scheduled to run for the rest of the year. Appointments and walk-ins can be accommodated. Appointments can be made at SBCovid19.com/vaccine.

RCCFD Photo
08
September
2021

Local Health Care Providers to Receive Free Accessible Exam Tables

Twenty local medical clinics will receive free UpScale accessible exam tables to better support people with disabilities in the Inland Empire (I.E.). After applying and participating in the California Department of Health Care Services Physical Accessibility Review Survey (PARS), providers were selected by Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and scheduled for table distribution by the fall.

Receiving clinic locations include: Palm Desert, Corona, Hemet, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, and Indio with clinic types ranging from Adult Day Care Centers, OB/GYN clinics to Urgent Care Centers. 

Studies indicate fewer than 10% of Primary Care Clinics in California reported having accessible exam tables, despite one in seven adults having a disability. “Being able to comfortably visit and be examined by your physician is critical to receiving optimal and complete care,” said Carmen Ramirez, IEHP’s disability program manager. “These exam tables provide patients with mobility challenges an opportunity to connect with their physician—with dignity.”

The UpScale accessible exam tables, created by Medical Accessibility LLC, are ADA Compliant and ergonomically designed to enable a full-body exam with both height and weight measurements, important in-office visit elements that are often difficult for persons with disabilities. 

“As an Internal Medicine-based clinic, our providers see some of the sickest patients with co-morbidities that challenge many of them in their fullest potential and quality of life,” said Denise E. Grant, ARMC Clinic Operations Supervisor. “Having an accessible exam table in our practice will allow us to better serve our patients who are challenged with obesity, are a fall risk, and/or have conditions that prevent them from standing on a regular scale. It would allow us to provide accessibility that enhances not only quality of care impacting the health of our patients but also contributing to our care team’s ability to collect key population health metrics.”

To further support health equity and the need for accessible, comprehensive exams for residents with disabilities, IEHP also plans to provide comprehensive feedback based on each provider’s PARS response and conduct Culture Competency Trainings for providers who receive accessible exam tables. 

The health plan will conduct accessible table distributions annually to increase the number of I.E. clinics that can offer accessible exams, increase access for residents with disabilities, and increase opportunities for better health outcomes.

“Everyone is entitled to a safe and comprehensive medical exam,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP interim chief medical officer. “These exam tables and the pledge to continue this effort make that a reality for so many in our communities.  They also serve as an active reminder of the importance of health care equity and meeting our neighbors where they are to deliver optimal and vibrant care that benefits them as individuals.”
 
31
August
2021

IEHP and Victor Valley College Continue Food Distribution in the High Desert

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has partnered with Victor Valley College (VVC) to address food insecurity in the high desert. Community residents can receive a free food box at VVC’s Lower Campus every Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

While residents are encouraged to register online at tinyurl.com/vvcfoodboxreg, non-registered walk-ups are welcome at 12:30 p.m., while supplies last. Recipients must be 18 years or older, and boxes are limited to one per household.

Prior to partnering with VVC, the health plan hosted weekly food box drive-thru distribution events at their Victorville Community Resource Center (CRC), totaling more than $5M in food from June 2020 to July 2021.

“Food insecurity is one of the greatest needs in our region. We knew the distribution efforts had to continue,” said Delia Orosco, IEHP Victorville CRC Manager. “We are so grateful to VVC, a key community partner, for continuing to serve the community so our resource centers can prepare to reopen and serve again in the future.”

To support high desert residents, food is ordered weekly through Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino, picked up each Monday morning by High Desert Second Chance, and delivered to VVC. IEHP Team Members, VVC students and faculty, and volunteers from God’s Hand Extended operate the event and work to distribute food directly to residents.

“It is truly our pleasure to partner with such amazing organizations like IEHP and God’s Hand Extended. This is a collaborative effort and great example of how education, healthcare, and community organizations can come together with a common goal and purpose to serve,” said Amber Allen, VVC Special Grant Programs Director. “By bringing our community to the college to provide food, we are opening the doors to people who may not be aware of available opportunities at VVC. This effort helps us to meet people where they are, so they have the ability to focus on their goals, beyond just meeting their basic needs.”

In addition to food distribution efforts, IEHP and VVC will launch on-campus health and wellness programs to support VVC students. Programs will include personalized wellness support for students, fitness classes and more.

“These resources are brought to the community, by the community,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “These partnerships place life-changing resources within reach for so many of our most vulnerable residents. Times may be tough, and resources may be sparse, but partnerships and collaborations allow for hope and progress to be continuously made.”

VVC hopes to continue the distribution effort for as long as it is needed. To learn more about the food box drive-thru, visit vvc.edu/events/free-weekly-food-box-drive-thru.
25
August
2021

Dr. Takashi Wada Named IEHP Chief Medical Officer

IEHP is proud to announce Dr. Takashi Wada as their new Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Wada will oversee IEHP’s Health Services department and collaboratively lead the implementation of initiatives such as CalAIM, Home and Community-Based Services, the organization’s Strategic Plan, and more. 

In addition, Dr. Wada will provide clinical and strategic leadership through accountable processes to improve the quality-of-care delivery with improved external quality metrics. “With innovative healthcare initiatives rolling out at state and federal levels, I’m eager to lead and support our team’s work, so that we may contribute in new and meaningful ways that will positively impact the wellness of our own members and communities,” he said. 

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 received 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). He completed his medical degree from UCLA and his graduate medical education at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

“Dr. Wada truly has a passion for this work,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. 
“I couldn’t be more thrilled that he is joining our Executive Team. We are absolutely looking forward to working with Dr. Wada in his new role and continuing our mission to heal and inspire the human spirit.”
 
19
August
2021

New Pilot Program Supports I.E. Residents with Heart Failure

A new six-month pilot program hosted by Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) aims to provide 100 Members with heart failure the tools to manage their health condition by offering personalized care and support in a new and exciting way. In collaboration with Purfoods, LLC (DBA Mom’s Meals), participating Members will receive healthy food and meals, nutrition education and digital weight scales. The program will run from June to December. 

Adding a personal touch, IEHP’s Health Navigators will also visit each Member in their home to help connect them to Care Management Nurses, set up their digital weight scales, provide Heart Failure Management Plans, and conduct Health Risk Assessments.

“The goal is to empower our Members to be their healthiest selves,” said Anna Edwards, IEHP’s care management clinical director. “This program is innovative and practical. We help provide the tools so that Members can make informed decisions about their health, reducing the likelihood of emergency situations and the need for hospitalization.”

After a sixth-month assessment of the results, the program has the potential to be expanded, offering support to even more Members. 

IEHP’s Health Navigators are also participating in a Healthy School Initiative Pilot Program, partnering with San Bernardino County School District and Colton Joint Unified School District to provide outreach and support to students. The team has also partnered with HumanGood to serve senior residents at Mt. Rubidoux Manor in Riverside. 

“Coordinating personalized care starts with getting to know the individual needs of each Member,” said Carmen Ramirez, IEHP’s health navigator program manager. “Through in-home visits, Health Navigators are able to connect with the Member, assess their needs and work with Care Management to coordinate effective and individualized care, maximizing positive health outcomes.”
 
18
August
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
September 13, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Click here to join by WebEx

Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code/Event number:177 309 2484

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

17
August
2021

Actor Jaime Camil Joins L.A. Care and IEHP to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations and Wellness Care

While much of California is returning to some sense of normalcy after more than a year battling COVID-19, it’s important to recognize that the pandemic is not over. In fact, the number of cases and hospitalizations have been rising since the state reopened in mid-June, with the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus spreading quickly. Many Californians have put off annual check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive medicine during the pandemic to avoid the virus. In an effort to ensure that their combined 3.8 million members and their communities are getting vaccinated and resuming their routine wellness care, L.A. Care Health Plan and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) have launched a multi-pronged educational campaign with the help of award-winning actor Jaime Camil. 

Camil, who is known for his scene-stealing role in Jane the Virgin and the hit Mexican telenovelas You are My Destiny and La Fea Más Bella, is supporting the Southern California health plans with public service announcements, Instagram Live events featuring medical professionals, and social media messages. 

“I was honored to join in this critical effort,” said Camil. “This is very important to me personally because COVID-19 has had an unequal impact on the Hispanic community. I want to help get the facts out and advance health equity for all communities to ensure we all get through this without further suffering.”

Vaccination rates have stalled overall, but especially in Latino and Black communities, which were hit hardest by COVID-19.

“COVID-19 vaccination is the key to bringing the pandemic to an end, yet too many people are still reluctant to get the shot,” said John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO. “TV viewers love Jaime Camil, making him a terrific spokesperson to help us get out the word about the importance of vaccinations and also to help us debunk the obstructive myths that spread like wildfire on social media.” 

The health plans are also concerned about delayed physical exams and routine tests during the pandemic, which could increase morbidity and mortality. 

“Regular wellness care is critical for preventing disease, and for detecting and treating illnesses before they become catastrophic,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP CEO. “We encourage all of our members to resume their routine checkups and tests, in partnership with their healthcare providers.” 

The education campaign will include broadcast public service announcements and billboards featuring Camil. The campaign kicks off today with one of two Instagram Live events.

Two Instagram Live events are set for:

L.A. Care Instagram Live on COVID-19 Vaccines: Jaime Camil with Dr. Ilan Shapiro
Tuesday, August 17
12:00 p.m. PST
@LACAREHEALTH

IEHP Instagram Live on Wellness Care:
Tuesday, August 24
12:00 p.m. PST
@IEHP_HEALTHCARE

Social media posts featuring Camil will be used throughout the rest of the year. This educational campaign aligns with the commitment by both L.A. Care and IEHP to advance health equity for members and their communities. 
 
13
August
2021

Local Organizations Rally to Restore Intersection Mural for Student Safety

In an effort to increase student and pedestrian safety at and around Los Amigos Elementary School in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., the City of Rancho Cucamonga gathered partners together to help restore the Los Amigos intersection mural, create safe walking paths, and implement traffic calming strategies in a historically underserved neighborhood. 

Utilizing a SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments) grant in partnership with Music Changing Lives and a grant from America Walks, the city was $10,000 short in completing the project and reached out to Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) for support. “This is more than a sponsorship,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP director of community partnerships. “This is an all-hands-on-deck effort to create safe spaces for our community, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.” 

In coordination with City staff, Music Changing Lives and their artist and Rancho Cucamonga resident, Chris Becktel, took the lead in creating sidewalk art in the neighborhood surrounding the school and will also assist with the task of restoring the intersection mural located at the intersection of 9th Street and Baker Avenue, originally painted in 2018 with funding assistance from SCAG. In an effort to expand upon the traffic safety goals related to the initial 2018 project, additional semi-permanent infrastructure will be installed along 9th Street between Grove and Vineyard Avenues, to try and influence slower speeds and heightened driver awareness. 

Designed by Becktel, painted walking routes in surrounding neighborhoods have created accessible, interactive, and enjoyable routes for residents and students to walk along. “The creation of intentional walking spaces helps to break down perceptions that it’s unsafe to walk in the neighborhood,” said Erika Lewis-Huntley, Management Analyst III at the City of Rancho Cucamonga  “The project also supports Healthy RC’s  ‘Safe Routes to School Program,’ which aims to create safer, more walkable routes for students to and from their school.”

In completion of the project, IEHP’s Chief Executive Officer, Jarrod McNaughton, and Governing Board Member, Eileen Zorn, were invited to paint the IEHP logo on one of the sidewalk paths. 

“We hope these beautiful murals remind Los Amigos students and residents that they are cared for and are truly valued in our community,” said McNaughton. “Working in step with partners and communities in this way, we can make lasting and effective strides to ensure our communities enjoy the optimal care and vibrant health they deserve.”

 

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05
August
2021

Local Health Plan Named a Model in California’s Master Plan for Aging

By the year 2030, California’s 65-and-over demographic is projected to grow to 10.8 million, making up a quarter of the state’s population. Focusing on building a “California for All Ages” that supports older residents, the state published a Master Plan for Aging (MPA), referencing Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) as a model for “Healthcare Reimagined” in the MPA’s Local Playbook

Outlining IEHP’s current work supporting seniors through multidisciplinary care coordinators, exercise programs for seniors at IEHP Community Resource Centers, and individual care plans offering Alzheimer’s and Dementia screenings, California’s MPA Local Playbook details seven “plays” local governments and communities can reference in their own efforts to promote age and disability-friendly communities.

“Accessible communities, regardless of age, are critical to sustaining vibrant health,” said Shelly LaMaster, IEHP Director of Integrated Care. “We’re thrilled that our work to support our local 
65-and-over population over the last 25 years has benefitted seniors across California, and we are happy to share and support the initiatives any way we can. We are especially grateful to implement our MPA efforts even further, alongside a committed group of partners, here in the Inland Empire.”

IEHP is also taking an active role in implementing a localized MPA effort, partnering and collaborating with the Inland Empire Long-Term Services and Supports (IELTSS) Coalition. The health plan has partnered with the coalition for a virtual meeting to engage and educate local elected officials and service providers on the MPA and select MPA initiatives to implement. 

“Building sustainable, strong and healthy communities requires consistent effort from our local leaders,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP Interim Chief Medical Officer, who spoke at the IELTSS Coalition virtual meeting earlier this week. “Working together, we’re able to identify the unique needs of our older residents in the I.E. and build effective solutions that will benefit generations to come.”

In addition to “Healthcare Reimagined,” the MPA outlines four additional goals including: housing for all, inclusion & equity not isolation, caregiving that works, and affordable aging.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic is a tragic reminder of how vulnerable our older populations are and how critical a Master Plan for Aging is,” said Jeanna Kendrick, IEHP Senior Director of Care Integration. “Working together to make health and well-being priorities for our senior population is truly a benefit for all Californians, who deserve to age in the healthiest way possible. We’re looking forward to continuing and sharing our work in the I.E. and across the state to help make this a reality.”

To learn more about the MPA, visit mpa.aging.ca.gov.
 
05
August
2021

IEHP Uses Newly-Approved NCQA Data Source for HEDIS® Reporting

Inland Empire Health Plan, in partnership with Manifest MedEx, is the first health plan in California to use a supplemental data source from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Data Aggregator Validation program to report measurements in the MY2020 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®).  

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.  HEDIS®, established by the NCQA, is the measurement tool used by the nation’s health plans to evaluate their performance in terms of clinical quality and customer service.

“Since 2018, our teams have partnered closely with Manifest MedEx to improve access to healthcare data across our region to support coordinated patient care,” said Genia Fick, IEHP Vice President of Quality. 

To share more about the learnings from this effort and to support other health plans looking to utilize an HIE to support its Member populations and reporting, IEHP is excited to present its processes and lessons learned at the 2021 Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative Annual Conference in August

“Contributing to a centralized data exchange provides us with a greater understanding of the populations and communities we serve,” said Edward Juhn, MD, IEHP Chief Quality Officer. “In turn, we are given an incredible opportunity to meet our Members where they are and deliver the optimal care and services they deserve.”
28
July
2021

IEHP Announces Healthcare Scholarship Fund Recipients

In collaboration with three Inland Empire universities, 50 local medical students were awarded scholarships from Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Healthcare Scholarship Fund (HSF), totaling $40 million over the next 5 years. The scholarship helps local students have greater access to medical school education and aims to address the ongoing physician shortage in the region. 

IEHP has partnered with University of California, Riverside; California University of Science and Medicine; and Loma Linda University to support, develop and provide needed physicians, specialists and behavioral health practitioners to the Inland Empire, increasing the current ratio of 35 primary care and specialty physicians per 100,000 people in California to the recommended ratio of 60-80 physicians per 100,000 people.

“Growing up in the Inland Empire, I dreamed of working with the underserved,” said Kathy Gomez, scholarship recipient from UC Riverside. “This fueled my dedication to become a doctor. I understand the culture and know the social resources to help the underserved. As a licensed physician, I will further my impact in the Inland Empire, and I will continue my community outreach and mentorship in the region I call home.”

The scholarship’s inaugural cohort brings together a diverse group of students from the Inland Empire. More than 30 recipient students grew up in the Inland Empire and more than 50% are first generation medical students and grew up in low-income households. 

“This scholarship takes an insurmountable amount of stress and constant worry I have had growing up and throughout my education such as, ‘How can I afford that?’ and ‘Do I really need to buy that textbook?’” said Diana Martinez, scholarship recipient from CUSM. “These life circumstances ignited my passion to serve those in disadvantaged communities, which I interacted with throughout my educational career.”

In the Inland Empire, the average four-year medical degree costs $276,800—about half the price of an average California home in 2020. “Because of rising tuition rates, medical school is out of reach for so many,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “This has prevented local students who know and love the I.E. from reaching their goals. As a community-based health plan, we want to remove this financial barrier and connect them to educational opportunities that also benefit our community.”

Through the scholarship fund, aspiring healthcare professionals will be guided through the system and connected to the health plan’s provider network. This allows students to pursue successful careers in healthcare immediately after graduation to help support the region’s growing population.

“The reality is, we need these students just as much as they need us,” said McNaughton. “Our Healthcare Scholarship Fund allows us to take the needs of our region and students to build one sustainable solution, serving both parties and ultimately facilitating communities where optimal care and vibrant health can be achieved for years to come.”  

Partnering universities facilitate the application process with the contingency that students agree to practice medicine in the Inland Empire for at least five years after graduation. Click here to learn more. 
12
July
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
August 9, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Click here to join by WebEx

Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code/Event number:177 096 1029

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

06
July
2021

IEHP Participates in Community Catalyst National Study

A new report published by Community Catalyst, a national non-profit health advocacy organization, proposes federal policies be enacted to better support those dually eligible for Medicare-Medicaid health plans. The study also outlines specific policies on outreach and enrollment strategies. To provide these recommendations and to complete the study, Community Catalyst collaborated with state organizations and health plans from across the country, including Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and its dually eligible members.

IEHP Vice President of Strategy, Thomas Pham, served on Community Catalyst’s Reactor Panel, “Stakeholder Perspectives on Enrollment,” and elaborated on report findings and provided insight on facilitating a person-centered enrollment strategy, current and potential barriers, and how the state can better support the effort.

“Health care is incredibly personal, and a person-centered enrollment strategy that puts the individual needs of our dually eligible Members first is critical to optimizing their health,” said Pham. “This is especially necessary for our Medicare-Medicaid population, since dually eligible individuals have lower incomes and are either over 65 years of age or have a disability and/or long-term complex care needs. The study’s findings illustrate the need to better serve our dually eligible population.”

The study indicates important factors that would support dually eligible individuals to enroll or stay enrolled, including being able to see necessary providers, the availability of accessibility materials to assist individuals in making informed decisions, speaking to knowledgeable people about benefits, and the potential to receive additional or supplemental benefits.

Additional findings reveal that ample networks within the Medicare-Medicaid model would positively impact member’s ability to maintain regular access to providers and concludes that current enrollment processes present some difficulty in dually eligible individuals’ ability to review accessible materials, speak with a knowledgeable person and learn about benefits – all of which link back to the impact on enrolling and remaining enrolled.

The study offers several policy recommendations to help address these needs. One being policies at the federal government level should be enacted to help dually eligible individuals maintain access to their providers and create a resource hub for individuals to receive clear, comprehensive information about their care.

“Accessible health care benefit information and trusted resources are critical components to making informed decisions about your care,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “We’re grateful for supportive partners like Community Catalyst who advocate for our most vulnerable populations and stand firm to make these policy recommendations a reality.”

Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization that is dedicated to advancing a movement of health equity and justice. By partnering with local, state and national organizations and professions, Community Catalyst provides best practices and new policy recommendations to agencies like Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For details on the study, visit: healthinnovation.org

22
June
2021

IEHP Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Access to Nearly 4,000 Homebound Residents

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has utilized My Turn online to provide and administer COVID-19 vaccines to nearly 4,000 homebound residents.

The vaccine initiative, introduced by the California Department of Healthcare Services, asks health plans to help members who are unable to leave their homes to get vaccinated due to age, medical or other health reasons.

To make the process as simple as possible for homebound members, IEHP contacts them directly and provides information about how to receive or schedule an in-home vaccination appointment.

If members need further assistance or do not have internet access, they are encouraged to call the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 to schedule their vaccine appointment. 

“Every resident should be able to safely access the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP vice president of population health. “Our teams are working hard to exceed the state’s initiative, ensuring all logistics and details like geo-mapping, member outreach and identification processes are effective and able to meet our homebound members where they are. Our goal is to make getting the vaccine easy, convenient and effective.”

For additional support and expertise, IEHP also looked to sister health plan L.A. Care to learn more about in-home vaccination distribution and processes. 

“Ensuring vaccinations are available to every person in our two counties is essential for us to put this pandemic in the rearview mirror,” said Dr. Karen Hansberger, IEHP chief medical officer. “Our vulnerable homebound population, up until recently, has mostly been left out.  We are so grateful to have such wonderful partnerships that are working with us to close this important disparity.”
 
17
June
2021

IEHP Director Addresses Issues Facing LGBTQ+ Youth During Panel Discussion

Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Director of Community Health, Dr. Gabriel Uribe, recently joined more than 30 student leaders participating in the Puente Project Program for a panel discussion called “Activism Now.” This event provided open dialogue about community needs and the issues and personal experiences of today’s LGBTQ+ youth.

The panel discussion was part of a virtual, two-day leadership development program for students from 17 middle and high schools throughout California.

Dr. Uribe highlighted the interconnectedness of all students and how they can better support LGBTQ+ youth in their community. “Health plans across the country are now focusing on key social determinants of health,” said Dr. Uribe. “Forty percent of homeless youth in America are members of the LGBTQ+ community. By educating Puente students, we can create awareness and opportunities to collectively and systemically address these challenges.”

The Puente Project is a national award-winning program in California that began in 1981. Co-sponsored by the University of California and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the Puente Project has increased enrollment of underrepresented students into four-year colleges and has helped them return to the community as mentors and leaders for future generations.

“The Puente Project is an incredible example of positive change through collaboration,” said Dr. Uribe. “As California’s future leaders, Puente students can lead the way for a more inclusive and responsive environment for our LGBTQ+ youth.”

To learn more about the Puente Project, visit thepuenteproject.org


11
June
2021

IEHP Leaders Share Best Practices During Live Q&A

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) leaders will share key business improvement insights during a live Q&A on Wednesday, June 16, at 9 a.m. The event, titled “Making Virtual Lean a Reality,” will be hosted by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), an international organization focused on sharing Lean best practices and results.

Lean, also known as Lean Six Sigma, is a method seeking to improve organizational performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation. After embarking on its Lean journey with the support of Simpler Consulting in 2015, IEHP has facilitated continuous momentum and growth throughout the pandemic. Even after more than a year of remote work, the health plan’s Lean Process Improvement practices have remained intact and active, sustaining their innovative spirit and commitment to providing optimal and vibrant healthcare. 

“Lean is an integral part of our everyday work culture and COVID-19 didn’t change that,” said Susie White, IEHP Chief Operating Officer. “When we transitioned our 2,400 Team Members to remote work, we were thrilled at how quickly our teams adjusted, figured out how to practice Lean virtually, and used Lean methods to continue providing quality care for our Members and Providers.”

Improvements made during the health plan’s remote work period include: the establishment of an Asthma Pilot Program, an improvement to Member’s Asthma Medication Ratio, an increase in nurse productivity of concurrent case review to expedite member care, and adjustments to streamline Member Service and Care Management processes. 

The implementation of IEHP’s virtual Lean practices also guided the health plan’s work to utilize their 400,000 square foot headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga, transforming it into one of San Bernardino County’s COVID-19 Super Vaccination sites.

IEHP also held its first 100% Virtual Lean Conference in 2020, recognizing and engaging with nearly 400 Team Members to share their enhancements from 2019, inspiring continued improvements and goals.  

“A reliable and trusted community health plan needs well-built systems and hearty processes,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “During this time of great uncertainty, our mission to heal and inspire the human spirit has never been clearer, and our implementation of Lean to continue to provide optimal care and vibrant health has never been more critical. I hope that sharing our efforts with AME inspires other health plans and organizations to make positive changes to better support the communities they serve.”

IEHP panelists for the Q&A will include Jarrod McNaughton, CEO; Susie White, COO; Mike Grant, Senior Director; and Andy Nguyen, Director. They will be joined by Simpler Consulting Executive Coach, Craig Weathers.
04
June
2021

IEHP Welcomes Dr. Edward Juhn as New Chief Quality Officer

IEHP is proud to announce Dr. Edward Juhn as their new Chief Quality Officer. In this role, Dr. Juhn will partner with providers to ensure the health plan’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care for the communities they serve.

Dr. Juhn joins IEHP most recently from Blue Shield of California, where he served as Senior Medical Director and worked on initiatives leveraging big data, advanced analytics, and technology-enabled service offerings impacting the quadruple aim and health equity. He also managed accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Northern California and served on the clinical advisory group for the Blue Venture Fund. 

Dr. Juhn also 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, focusing on the needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Juhn received his B.A. and M.D. from George Washington University, his executive M.B.A. from New York University, and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Juhn 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).

Dr. Juhn is looking forward to joining IEHP, sharing insight from his experiences and contributing to the health plan’s mission. “I’m really excited to join the IEHP team and thankful for this great opportunity to work together in serving its members, providers, partners and each other,” said Dr. Juhn.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Dr. Juhn to the IEHP family,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “Dr. Juhn’s experience in health care and commitment to service make him a perfect match for our team. We look forward to partnering with Dr. Juhn as we uphold our commitment to providing optimal care and vibrant health in the Inland Empire.”


Ed Juhn

03
June
2021

Mobile Shower Units Support Unhoused I.E. Residents

For the last five years, The Shower of Hope has provided unhoused residents in Southern California a sense of dignity through the health and cleanliness benefits of a shower. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization has partnered with Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and Path of Life Ministries to provide weekly showers for more than 200 I.E. residents.

“We’re so happy to support our friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness in the Inland Empire with the blessing of a shower,” said Mel Tillekeratne, Shower of Hope co-founder and executive director. “Our service is more than just an opportunity to bathe. It restores dignity and hope for those in need, and often is the first step to seeking out other much-needed support services.”

Through a weekly shower pop-up event located at Trinity Lutheran Church on Brockton Avenue in Riverside, homeless residents will have the opportunity to receive a free shower, a meal and hygiene items every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The Shower of Hope team truly understands the importance of access to running, warm water, and how the ability to bathe is essential to a person’s overall physical and emotional wellbeing,” said Cesar Armendariz, IEHP senior director of community outreach. “This ongoing effort greatly supports the health and wellbeing of our entire community and is a collective stride to heal and inspire the human spirit. This is just one critical piece to that puzzle, and we are thrilled to be a part of it!”
 
In addition to mobile showers, The Shower of Hope works closely with local community partners to provide access to meals, clothing, hygiene items and case management resources to help residents get back on their feet.

“We have seen relationships between neighbors without homes and social service partners develop during the short period of time Showers of Hope has operated in our community.  Their notion of providing a basic need to the least, last and lost in our community creates a bridge of trust where Path of Life Ministries and others can continue filling gaps in the homeless population’s need for even more significant services like mental health, substance abuse treatment and employment services,” said Rusty Bailey, Path of Life Ministries’ CEO. “Thank God for nonprofits like Shower of Hope and health care providers like IEHP who understand what it takes to get human beings off the street and moving toward a healthier and more self-sufficient lifestyle.”

“Having a roof over your head is a fundamental element of health.  Without stable housing, individuals experience higher levels of illness which are impossible to manage well under their life circumstances,” said Dr. Karen Hansberger, IEHP chief medical officer. “The Shower of Hope embraces the fundamental principle that every life is precious and is part of our community fabric. When even one of us is lost we are all diminished.  Providing our homeless neighbors the ability to bathe and access needed resources on a regular basis supports their worth and sends the message that they are not alone.  This is a pivotal shift to improve physical and mental health.  What a blessing to have an organization serving our community whose driving purpose is the preservation of human dignity!”

Click here to learn more about the Shower of Hope
and where they will be next.

Click here to learn more about Path of Life Ministries and their services.


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25
May
2021

IEHP CEO Receives Outstanding Citizen Award

The San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS) has announced Inland Empire Health Plan CEO Jarrod McNaughton as the recipient of their 2021 Outstanding Citizen Award. The award recognizes leaders who have made significant contributions to health care and who are active in promoting health and wellness to Inland Empire residents through public forums or involvement in community organizations.

McNaughton joined IEHP in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer and became Chief Executive Officer in 2019, after the retirement of previous CEO Brad Gilbert. McNaughton works closely with the health plan’s Governing Board and nearly 2,500 employees to cultivate IEHP’s strong partnership with Providers, hospitals and hundreds of community partners to deliver quality, whole-person care to more than 1.4 million Members.

“Jarrod genuinely cares about the Inland Empire, the people and the communities we serve,” said Cesar Armendariz, IEHP Community Health Senior Director. “Everything he does is clearly rooted in IEHP’s mission, vision and values, and he loves to lead by example. Since the onset of the pandemic, he found ways to source and donate much-needed PPE to our local medical professionals, and even masked up alongside our Community Health Teams to personally distribute food to community residents. If anyone deserves this recognition, it’s definitely Jarrod!”

McNaughton spearheaded the health plan’s efforts to transform its Rancho Cucamonga headquarters into one of San Bernardino County’s Covid super-vaccine sites, which administers 1,000 vaccines per day. He also addressed the Inland Empire Provider shortage by launching IEHP’s Healthcare Scholarship Fund and led by example in encouraging other local organizations to actively engage in community health initiatives.

Alison Elsner, SBCMS executive director, is looking forward to honoring McNaughton at the SBCMS’s Annual Installation of Officers event in Redlands on June 24. She describes him as a transformational leader who embodies the very best in the health care industry.

 “We are humbled and, frankly, overwhelmed by the extent of Jarrod’s visionary leadership and continual commitment to improve the delivery of health care—creating ways for both providers and patients to achieve health and wellness in unprecedented ways,” said Elsner.  “In short, Jarrod knows how to get things done for the medical community and for the lives of our residents. His heartfelt efforts prove that one person can change the world around us.”

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13
May
2021

IEHP Creates Internship Program for Future Medical Professionals

Seventeen local students will join Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) community health team this summer in a new internship program focused on community program research and development.

In this mutually-beneficial program, students will work hands-on with health plan staff to support the region’s most vulnerable residents through the development of public health program curricula, analytical data support and more.

Selected from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and The College of Osteopathic Medicine (COMP) at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), the inaugural cohort of interns will consist of 10 Medical students, six Masters of Public Health students, and one Doctor of Public Health student who are committed to serving the Inland Empire (I.E.) after graduation.

“Students are selected based upon their interests and area of concentration in public health with the goal of ensuring a mutually beneficial experience for both the student and IEHP,” said Dr. Deborah Freund, University Professor, Director of CGU’s Doctor of Public Health Program, and CGU President Emerita. “Claremont Graduate University’s School of Community and Global Health is committed to being a living laboratory for integrated health and well-being, particularly for vulnerable populations. This collaboration brings dedicated public health students, our next leaders, into the community to make an immediate and positive impact.”

The student interns will learn the correlation between practical problems and public health issues, make connections between health services and social determinants of health, and will have the chance to work with IEHP Team Members at all levels to understand the dynamic flow involved in providing health care to more than 1.4 million Members.

“The student interns will be challenged to better understand and solve problems currently impacting I.E. communities, especially those who have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Marcel Fraix, WesternU Assistant Dean and Professor, Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Chief of Section of Health Policy & Management in the university’s Department of Population Health. “This allows students to better understand and help the patients and communities they will one day serve as future physicians and health care providers.”

The new internship program will also provide a pipeline of medical professionals to help address the ongoing provider shortage in the I.E. Set to begin in June 2021, the program is expected to run for one year, with the potential for additional years being added as the program develops. 

In the first of many planned initiatives through this multi-year collaboration, interns will assess the community and Member’s current knowledge of COVID-19 and design curriculum based on findings. Through this work, interns will provide Members and communities with a clear understanding of COVID-19, the vaccine, and myths associated with vaccine hesitancy. In addition, interns will train and instruct IEHP Team Members and community-based partners to incorporate the curriculum in the future.

“This new internship program brings together the hearts and minds of those who truly care for the I.E.,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “We are eager to collaborate with these up-and-coming medical professionals and are committed to providing a rich and practical internship experience, as we work together to provide optimal care and vibrant health for our communities.”

10
May
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
June 14, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Click here to join by WebEx

Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code/Event number:133 393 2501

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda (coming soon)

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

06
May
2021

Young Visionaries Celebrates 20 Years of Service in the Inland Empire

For two decades, Young Visionaries Leadership Academy (YVYLA) has worked tirelessly to support at-risk youth, enhancing their potential for academic, economic and social success and striving to build safer, more equitable communities.

Partners for more than 15 years, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and YVYLA have collaborated on several projects, events and initiatives. YVYLA is also an in-house partner at the health plan’s Community Resource Center (CRC) in Victorville, Calif., providing mentoring services and support to local youth.

“Young Visionaries is blessed to be in partnership with IEHP,” said Terrance Stone, YVYLA chief executive officer. “Since COVID-19 hit, we were able to pivot in community outreach engagement activities and serve over 20,000 families. We will continue to work alongside our partners to serve our communities and remain open to partnering with all interested agencies to better support our neighbors.”

YVYLA has served more than 85,000 community youth through various events and activities focused on academic, employment, leadership and life skills development and more. YVYLA continues to develop new programs that emphasize social innovation and transformation.

“Young Visionaries is extremely aligned with the community they serve we are very proud to host them as in-house partners in our Victorville CRC,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP community partnerships director. “Collaborations with trusted and well-respected organizations like Young Visionaries is a critical element to the work we do in our communities. In addition to filling in social gaps, these organizations often serve as a link or a bridge between a need and healthy lifestyle change. We congratulate YVYLA and we look forward to continuing our work to make the IE a better place, for all.”

To learn more about Young Visionaries and their upcoming 20 Year Anniversary Virtual Gala, visit http://yvyla-ie.org/.  

04
May
2021

IEHP Podcast Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of their mental health podcast, “Chat & Chai.” The podcast features 35 episodes with topics such as parenting, relationship management, racism and more. In its inaugural year, “Chat and Chai” collected more than 1,900 listeners and continues to grow in popularity.

Hosted by IEHP’s Behavioral Health Medical Director and psychiatrist, Gayani DeSilva, and IEHP Clinical Director of Behavioral Health, Amrita Rai, “Chat & Chai” focuses on de-stigmatizing mental health conversations and promoting wellness for IEHP’s Members and the Inland Empire Community.

“Our hope is to expose how behavioral health is as important to health as physical health,” said DeSilva.  “We want to bring awareness to the idea that there is no need to integrate behavioral health into wellness, but we must learn to recognize it is already there and needs attention.”

The podcast launched in May 2020, shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided a critical resource to support listeners during the time of social isolation. The podcast immediately dove into timely discussions on emotions, loneliness and grief during quarantine.

“We had topics selected and a plan for future podcasts; however, plans quickly changed because our whole lives changed with COVID,” said Rai. “We chose to take on the topics that were most relevant for the moment.”

By its third episode, “Chat & Chai” had taken bold steps to discuss warning signs of suicide and followed up with uplifting discussions on the importance of friendship and resilience.

In the first year, “Chat & Chai” welcomed guests such as IEHP’s Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Karen Hansberger to share personal and professional experience with weight loss, maternal health and depression.

“We really enjoy talking about health and promoting wellness.  We hope to have even more wonderful guests on our show in future episodes,” said DeSilva. “For example, we have a national expert slated to discuss stuttering with us.  I can’t wait to share and learn more with Amrita and our listeners in the upcoming year!”


Entering into season two, “Chat and Chai” takes a dive into “The ABC’s of Mental Health,” discussing the basics of mental health support services and treatments.

“We’ve received some great feedback about topics that people would like to hear about, so we’ll definitely start there and build,” added Rai.  “Gayani and I really do complement each other, in that she is so creative and willing to go off script and I tend to be a bit more structured and like to plan. It makes for some fun chats!”

“Chat & Chai” continues to air regularly on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Click here to learn more about Chat & Chai.

03
May
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
May 10, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Click here to join by WebEx

Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code/Event number:133 946 6547

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

15
April
2021

IEHP Partners with Walgreens and IEDC to Host Vaccine Clinic

To bring COVID-19 vaccines to the high desert, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has partnered with Walgreens and the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC), hosting a vaccine clinic at the health plan’s Victorville Community Resource Center. The first of multiple upcoming clinics was held on Monday, April 5, and administered 465 vaccines.

These clinics, known as “community-based equity clinics,” are designed for trusted community sites in adversely impacted areas to support communities of color, those with limited English proficiency, or a significant digital divide.

 “Access to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is critical in the fight against the virus,” said Dr. Gabriel Uribe, IEHP director of community health. “Taking a hands-on approach and transforming our Victorville Community Resource Center into a vaccine clinic puts that opportunity in reach for so many Members and community residents. As a community-based health plan, it’s what we will continue to do.”

IEHP’s Victorville Community Resource Center, located at 12353 Mariposa Road, Unit C2 and C3 in Victorville, was transformed into a vaccination clinic equipped to administer 500 vaccines in a single day. The set up included five vaccination stations as well as an observation area to monitor for any side effects post vaccination.

Every shot given moves us one step closer to hugs, employment and rebuilding our communities,” said Dr. Karen Hansberger, IEHP chief medical officer.  “We care for those that have been on the front line of this pandemic and have taken some of its hardest blows.  Keeping our Members and the community safe by bringing vaccines into our underserved areas is our calling to ensure no one is left behind.”

In addition to the vaccination clinic in Victorville, the health plan is continuing to host a super vaccine site in partnership with San Bernardino County at their Rancho Cucamonga Headquarters. IEHP has also partnered with SAC Health System, local churches and community organizations to staff and support vaccine distribution efforts. 

To learn more about COVID-19 Vaccine distribution efforts, continue to visit iehp.org and follow IEHP on Facebook.

13
April
2021

New Fellowship Program Keeps Doctors in the Inland Empire

Aiming to keep the best doctors in the Inland Empire (IE) while developing a new generation of physician leaders, Riverside County Medical Association (RCMA) and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) have partnered to create a Population Health Fellowship Program for physicians who have just completed their primary care residency programs.

This first-of-its-kind program focuses on retaining and training the best primary care residents in the IE by offering an unprecedented educational opportunity facilitated by physician leaders in the IEHP network.  The program also offers loan forgiveness incentives to help reduce the pressures of student debt and eliminate the strain of low-paying fellowship programs.

“Being a physician is not an easy career path,” said Dolores Green, RCMA Executive Director. “However, by connecting physicians to the resources and support they need early on, we hope they will find more fulfilling and productive careers in the IE. We want them to reach their full potential as leaders and agents of change in the health care system.”

To kick off the program in July-August 2021, two inaugural Fellows will work with two IE physicians from IEHP’s network. Dr. Ashley Molina will join the Arrowhead Family Medical Group with Dr. David Lanum, and Dr. Kacie Paik will join Dr. Tarek Mahdi at Riverside Family Physicians.

Barry Bittman, MD, Inland Empire Foundation for Medical Care’s Chief Population Health and Quality Officer and the fellowship’s faculty chair, says the unique program provides a strategic path for physician-led transformation that is critical to advance our healthcare system into the future. “Our conceptual framework has been built upon the premise that acquiring and putting into practice key population health perspectives and insights early on in one’s medical career is the best way to prepare physicians to become effective change agents,” says Dr. Bittman. “What’s truly unique about this fellowship is that our primary goal ultimately extends beyond physician practices — our aim is to positively transform the health of our communities.”

The need for quality physicians has never been greater in the region, which continues to face an immense provider shortage. According to the California Health Care Foundation, the Inland Empire has one of the lowest ratios of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and specialty physicians per 100,000 people in California.

To help address the provider shortage, the health plan has also started a Healthcare Scholarship Fund for 50 medical students in the IE who, upon graduation, will commit to serving in the region for at least five years.

“This is an exciting opportunity for physicians in our region and the community we so passionately serve,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP’s chief executive officer. “Building a support system around our physicians early on and working with them to fill in the personal and professional gaps they face, will ensure better care and health for Inland Empire residents. Our physicians deserve to be taken care of the way they are expected to care for our Members, and we’re grateful to partner with such incredible organizations to do just that.”

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30
March
2021

IEHP Doctors Deliver Optimal Care During Pandemic

Aiming to heal and inspire the human spirit, IEHP is proud to partner with a network of more than 6,400 Doctors and Providers who are personally committed to uphold this mission for a diverse population of 1.3 million Members.

A part of the health plan’s network of Providers, Dr. Chahat Thakur, practices family medicine in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and is dedicated to providing preventive care for patients, even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’ve learned that fear and stigma associated with diseases are what ails patients. Compassion and empathy along with scientific recommendations go a long way in helping patients mitigate the risks brought on by the pandemic,” said Dr. Thakur.

“As a child, I was truly amazed by the nobility and selflessness of doctors I saw. Their compassion and enthusiasm to do good for the community and the values instilled in me by my parents were a major source of inspiration for me. The blessings and appreciation received from patients I have helped and benefited, is my biggest reward as a doctor,” added Dr. Thakur. “As a physician I can only recommend solutions, but the practical implementation is made possible by the dedicated network of professionals at IEHP.”

Supporting the efforts of Providers like Dr. Thakur, a team of nine Medical Directors and Executives, all of which are either an M.D. or D.O., proactively lead initiatives in the health plan’s Heath Services Department, under the direction of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Karen Hansberger.

Dr. Ernesto Campos, one of IEHP’s Senior Medical Directors, became a primary care physician after being deeply inspired by the sacrifice and hard work of his immigrant parents to provide a life for him in the United States. Today, Dr. Campos continues to carry that inspiration close, focusing on quality of care for IEHP Members.

“In my opinion, quality is at the core of healthcare delivery,” said Dr. Campos. He is proud of his Medical Director colleagues who work diligently to ensure that the “standard of care” is being met at the various points of care delivery.

 “We remain mindful that each of our Members is deserving of the best possible care and that we can make a difference in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Campos. “I strive to be a good model in promoting and illustrating the standard and it is rewarding to see when our efforts lead to positive outcomes.”

The health plan recognizes providing optimal care and vibrant health for Members and the Inland Empire Community is crucial to upholding the mission of both healing and inspiring the human spirit.

“Doctors are the personal touch in health care,” said Dr. Hansberger. “Even in this pandemic, our Providers and Medical Directors have never wavered from connecting with the needs of the Member to provide the best healthcare possible. We’re grateful for their work and their continued dedication to do the right thing to make our region a happier, healthier place for all.”

29
March
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
April 12, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Click here to join by WebEx

Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code/Event number:133 946 6547

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

22
March
2021

IEHP and SACHS Bring Vaccine Clinic to IE Church

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and SAC Health System (SACHS) joined forces to provide a COVID-19 vaccine clinic to eligible residents at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (St. Paul AME) in San Bernardino, Calif., on March 14.

Through the collaboration, 322 vaccines were administered by SACHS and more than 300 bags of groceries were distributed by IEHP. “We are super grateful for the IEHP partnership,” said Dr. Jason Lohr, chief executive officer at SACHS. “When a health plan and healthcare provider come together to focus on community health needs, anything is possible.”

Attendees were alerted of the vaccine clinic through St. Paul AME and their partnership with six other Inland Empire churches who were each allocated 50 vaccines spots

“Without this collaboration, our congregation and community would’ve continued to suffer from the effects of COVID and the lack of access to the vaccine and healthcare,” said St. Paul AME’s Reverend Shephard. “We’re looking forward to keeping this partnership going (beyond the shot clinic) and expanding the efforts into other cities within San Bernardino County to bring equity and accessibility to healthcare in underserved communities.”

IEHP also mobilized their employees to volunteer in assisting with clinic set up, vaccine administration and grocery distribution. “We are a community-based health plan and we’re deeply committed to whatever it takes to bring needed resources to those who need it most,” said Dr. Karen Hansberger, chief medical officer at IEHP. “Last year it was groceries and COVID-19 testing. Right now, it’s the vaccine.  With great partners like SACHS and our Black community leaders, we were able to make this pop-up clinic happen.”

The health plan is working to ensure continued collaborations with partners and local community organizations like St. Paul AME to bring vaccines to residents. In addition, IEHP also plans to continue serving San Bernardino County as a vaccine supersite by hosting an appointment only clinic in their Rancho Cucamonga headquarters until late summer—or longer, if needed.

“Serving our communities in this way is our greatest honor,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “Whether it’s handing out groceries, adjusting policies in care or staffing a vaccine clinic, we’re grateful to be a part of the reminder that better, healthier days lie ahead for us all.”

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and for distribution details, San Bernardino County Residents can visit,  sbcovid19.com/vaccine/. Riverside County residents should visit rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine.

 

18
March
2021

Doctors Address COVID-19 Vaccine Myths During Spanish-Language Webinar

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) will host a COVID-19 webinar for Spanish-speaking populations in the Inland Empire on Sunday, March 21, from 5-6 p.m.

The free interactive webinar will feature a panel of physicians addressing common COVID-19 vaccine myths and will include a Q&A session where viewers can submit questions for clinical review and response. The program will air on IEHP’s YouTube channel on and will be presented in Spanish only. This webinar is open to the general public and no registration is needed.

Panelists include: Dr. Liset Stoletniy, LLUH pulmonologist, Dr. Dafne Moretta, LLUH cardiologist, and Dr. Ernesto Campos, IEHP senior director of health services. The conversation will be moderated by Cesar Armendariz, IEHP’s senior director of community health.

“Factual information can help curb anxiety and uncertainty — and understanding the COVID-19 virus and vaccines to make an informed decision is no different,” said Dr. Stoletniy. “I am hopeful that we can help our community make informed decisions for themselves and their families to ensure their health and safety.”

IEHP and LLUH generally serve Medi-Cal and Medi-Care populations who largely identify as Hispanic or Latino. IEHP alone serves a population of 1.3 million residents in Riverside and San Bernardino County, with 56% of its Medi-Cal population identifying as Hispanic.

The pandemic has disproportionately affected California’s Hispanic and Latino communities with a COVID-19 death rate 21% higher than the statewide populations (as indicated from state data).

“Providing our Members and Communities with accurate COVID-19 information is critical,” said Dr. Campos. “Each population we serve is incredibly unique and we need to do all we can to meet our neighbors where they are. No COVID-19 question or concern is too big or small for this event and we hope that this webinar provides our Spanish-speaking communities with the information they need to live their healthiest life, in the present and beyond.”

 

17
March
2021

Statement against Anti-Asian racism and violence

IEHP adamantly condemns discrimination and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As attacks on the AAPI community have continued to increase over the last year, we cannot – and will not – stay silent.

Our mission is to heal and inspire the human spirit. We will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. This feat is not possible if we stay silent on the racism and discrimination experienced by far too many in our country and in our own communities.

To support our mission, it is critical that we advocate for the inclusion, safety, and belonging for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities.

To do so, we must all come together and commit to being part of the solution. We must commit to having difficult conversations about racism and discrimination in our country.

Stand with us, have conversations in your own circles and choose to listen to the communities that need us to.

11
March
2021

IEHP Continues Advocacy and Partnerships to Fight Racial Inequality

IEHP continues to partner with community organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to fight for racial equality in the Inland Empire (IE).

The most recent activity includes a $2,000 sponsorship to the Center Against Racism and Trauma’s (CART) first I.E. Antiracist Summit. Held on March 17, this virtual event teaches IE residents about the Anti-racism Movement and how to actively fight against racism. Registration for this event can be found at destroyracism.org/events.

“These are conversations that are vital to addressing issues and implementing change,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP community partnerships director. “We’re grateful to support CART, the host committee and the Black Equity Initiative in their ability to bring them to the IE.”

To help strengthen Black-led and Black-empowering organizations, IEHP has also partnered with Inland Empire Community Foundation, the Black Equity Initiative, and the Inland Empire Funders Alliance providing a $50,000 sponsorship to the Inland Empire Black Equity Fund.

The health plan is taking steps beyond financial support and sponsorship, working with local health and community organizations to host webinars on issues specifically affecting Black and Hispanic communities. In addition, IEHP is committed to supporting equity in all public policies by staying involved and compliant with the state’s upcoming California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal Initiative, known as CalAIM.

CalAIM’s multi-year initiative has three main goals: to identify and manage member risk and needs through whole person care approaches and addressing Social Determinants of Health (housing, food insecurity, etc.); to move Medi-Cal to a more consistent and seamless system by reducing complexity and increasing flexibility; and to improve quality outcomes, reduce health disparities and more.

“We have to face racial disparities in our communities head on,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit residents at racially disproportionate rates, and we need to do all we can to address it. As a community-based health plan, we look forward to supporting and continuing collaborative efforts to fight for racial equality and advocacy in our own backyard and beyond.”

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09
March
2021

From Health Plan Headquarters to Super Vaccination Site: Inside the First and Only Health Plan in California Hosting a Vaccine Clinic

More than 3,374 residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Inland Empire Health Plan’s Headquarters, which has been transformed into a San Bernardino County COVID-19 Super Vaccination Site.

First launched two weeks ago in collaboration with San Bernardino County, IEHP is the first and only health plan in the state to host a vaccine clinic in their corporate headquarter building. IEHP’s ENERGY STAR® certified Atrium building spans more than 400,000 square feet and supported more than 2,300 Team Members (IEHP employees) prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“With 96% of our Team Members working from home, there was no reason our headquarters couldn’t be used to support our community during this time,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “By collaborating with our county partners, our facilities teams and our very own Team Members to support the effort, we were able to quickly transition our space into a vaccination supersite.”

Through appointments and careful scheduling, the clinic can administer 500 vaccines in a single day and plans to work up to administering 1,000 vaccines per day, based on vaccine availability. The clinic also includes options to support individuals with mobility issues, as well as an observation area to monitor for any side effects. 

After two weeks of operation, IEHP’s vaccination site has received positive feedback, highlighting the easy site accessibility, spaciousness of the area and the simple clinic flow. 

“IEHP’s outstanding partnership is key to the County’s efforts to vaccinate everyone in our community quickly and equitably,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, who also serves as Vice Chairman of the IEHP Governing Board. “Vaccination is our county’s path out of this pandemic and back to normal, and there’s no better partner than IEHP to have on that road to good health and safety.”

The clinic is located at 10801 Sixth Street in Rancho Cucamonga and is scheduled to run for approximately six months, or as long as it’s needed. Appointments are required and can be made at SBCovid19.com/vaccine.

To ensure members have the latest information on vaccine distribution efforts, the health plan will continue to work with Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to provide the latest information on their website, iehp.org and work with Members who are in need of transportation support to and from appointments. In addition, IEHP will work to engage other health plans in the hopes of providing additional vaccine sites in the IE. 

“Using our space to support our communities is the right thing to do,” said McNaughton. “We’re a community-based health plan with a deep-seated commitment to ensure our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health, especially those most vulnerable. Having access to the COVID-19 vaccine is just one thing we can do now to ensure our neighbors have a chance to live healthier, happier lives.”
 
01
March
2021

Riverside County Official Receives National Honorable Mention Award

Matteu (Matt) D. Daniels, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Regional Manager, has been awarded one of this year’s honorable mentions by the Association for Community Affiliated plans (ACAP). Nominated for the Leadership in Advocacy Award by Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), Daniels was recognized for his decade-long partnership and immense dedication to providing healthcare access to underserved populations in the community. 

In a nomination letter to ACAP, Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer, commended Daniels for being a tireless advocate in the support and promotion of Medicaid and the populations it serves in Riverside County, including low-income individuals, seniors and persons with a disability, and those with significant health needs.

“In order for a community-based health plan to thrive, partners like Matt are essential,” said McNaughton. “Matt continues to fight with passion and purpose to ensure care and support for more than 870,000 Medicaid eligible individuals in Riverside County. Matt’s efforts illustrate what it means to care for your neighbors. We look forward to continued collaboration in our efforts to heal and inspire the human spirit and are thrilled ACAP has recognized him in this way.”

ACAP, an association comprised of 78 not-for-profit, community-based Safety Net Health Plans across the country, awards one individual each year for their advocacy of Medicaid and other safety net health programs. Due to the overwhelming number of outstanding nominations, ACAP has included honorable mentions in this year’s Annual ACAP CEO Summit.

“Thank you, IEHP for the nomination and to ACAP for recognizing me and the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) with this honorable mention,” said Daniels. “It is the mission of Riverside County DPSS to serve the residents of Riverside County and to establish partnerships with other agencies, such as IEHP, with the goal of exceptional service delivery.  There are many wonderful, dedicated people in Riverside County DPSS who work hard to ensure our partnerships are a success and that our residents receive the healthcare benefits they need.”

In his nomination letter, McNaughton also highlighted several projects and key initiatives Daniels and his team collaborated with the health plan on—noting these projects were the first of their kind. Projects included the development and implementation of processes to help Members keep their benefits, collaboration to reinstate more than 1,000 Riverside Medicaid residents who were mistakenly disenrolled during the pandemic, and efforts to better support various Member groups by leveraging data.

“We’re truly inspired by Matt and his dedication to his community and are proud of him for receiving this award,” said Thomas Pham, IEHP vice president of strategy. “The insight Matt brings to the table is genuine, comes from the heart and has really made a difference, especially in the meaningful and urgent work we’ve done to address the on-going public health crisis.”

In recognition of his honorable mention, Daniels was presented with a plaque and has been invited to virtually attend this year’s Annual ACAP CEO Summit in June.

Click here to learn more about ACAP and the Leadership and Advocacy Award.

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24
February
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
March 8, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Click here to join by WebEx

Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code/Event number: 133 791 0846

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

22
February
2021

IEHP Hosts County COVID-19 Vaccination Site

To support essential COVID-19 vaccination efforts, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has partnered with San Bernardino County to host a super vaccination site.

The clinic will be held at IEHP’s headquarters at 10801 Sixth Street in Rancho Cucamonga beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Regular hours of operation will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The vaccination clinic is scheduled to run for approximately six months. Appointments are required and can be made at SBCovid19.com/vaccine.

“The county’s partnership with IEHP will result in a very visible increase in the number of vaccinations we carry out in San Bernardino County and make vaccinations much more accessible to important segments of our population,” said Curt Hagman, who serves as both Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Vice-Chair of the IEHP Governing Board.

“IEHP is a well-known and respected name in healthcare in our region,” Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford said. “I’m confident they will be a great partner in our efforts to get more people vaccinated in a very efficient manner.”

County and IEHP nurses will administer approximately 500 vaccines per day and plan to work up to administering 1,000 vaccines per day, based on availability. The clinic will include options to support individuals with mobility issues and an observation area to monitor for any side effects.

“Getting these vaccines to our residents is a critical element in our fight to contain COVID-19,” said Karen Hansberger M.D., IEHP’s chief medical officer, “Residents should be vaccinated as soon as they are able and we are doing all we can to make that happen. Receiving the vaccine as a community puts us one step closer to living safe and healthy lives.”

To ensure members and residents have the latest information on vaccine distribution efforts, the health plan will continue to work with Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and provide the latest information on their website, iehp.org.

“We’re a community-based health plan and serving our neighbors in this way is who we are,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “We’re grateful to be able to support the effort by providing space and staff and hope that it can serve as a great start to the continued work we know needs to be done in our region.”

 

18
February
2021

More than 300K I.E. Residents Connect to Free Community Resources

To address the social needs of Inland Empire residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Inland Southern California United Way (ISCUW), Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), Coachella Valley Health Info Place (CVHIP) and the Inland Empire Health Information Organization (IEHIO) continue to leverage long-standing partnerships to provide residents access to social services and support through telephone and online platforms like 211 and Connect I.E. Both services are available 24,7, free to the public.

Through these platforms, the partnership has connected more than 305,665 residents and families to needed resources since March 2020. These needs range from food and housing insecurity, health and wellness, support for persons with disabilities, to children and family support.

The 211 phone service is accessed by dialing 2-1-1 on any telephone and is locally powered by ISCUW. Callers are matched to available resources based on need and can be linked or referred directly to a supporting agency or organization.

Connect I.E. (ConnectIE.org) allows residents to search for resources like food pantries, legal services and more with just a zip code. With each search request, residents are provided with an up-to-date list of local community resources to fulfill or support needs.

“ISCUW211+ is proud to partner with IEHP and IEHIO to provide critical community services to our residents in need,” said Kimberly Starrs, ISCUW’s vice president of external affairs. “We are committed to ensuring equity in access to information, especially for those who are homebound, speak languages other than English, or may not have access to technology. The contact center has kept pace with the ever-changing needs of the community throughout the pandemic, including providing non-medical COVID-19 information and scheduling vaccine appointments.”

Furthering their support to uninsured residents who called 211 with medical questions or concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through key partnerships with both counties, IEHP and Carenet Health, uninsured callers can receive free medical advice 24/7. “The exceptional service provided by our Community Resource Advisors has demonstrated the utility and importance of the contact center to the continued health and well-being of the community,” added Starrs.

With 211’s utilization increasing (supporting more than 244,668 residents since March 2020) and to reduce wait times for residents, ISCUW has leveraged their partnership with IEHP, CVHIP and IEHIO to ensure the continuity of resource access to residents through the Connect IE platform.

Community Organizations have also turned to Connect IE to send and receive referrals and ensure residents receive services in a timely manner. In addition, IEHP is actively working to increase access to these resources by making the platform’s referral system available to network providers.

“Ensuring our communities have access to social services that lie outside of traditional healthcare but greatly impact their overall health and wellness is critical,” said Dr. Gabriel Uribe, IEHP director of community health. “Working hand in hand with our partners at ISCUW and IEHIO enhances this effort and effectively connects residents to what they need, when they need it. Working together, we can fill in the gaps and work to ensure our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health.”

To learn more about these services or to try them out yourself visit Inlandsocaluw.org and ConnectIE.org.

Connect IE United Way

11
February
2021

Early Report on IEHP’s Housing Initiative Suggests Cost Savings

A new peer-reviewed report by the nonprofit RAND Corporation examines how six months of enrollment in Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Housing Initiative impacts service utilization, health outcomes, and costs for a cohort of 162 members.

Recognizing that health and housing are closely intertwined, IEHP’s Housing Initiative, first launched in 2018, provides permanent supportive housing (PSH), case management, and rent support for health plan members who are experiencing homelessness, chronic health conditions, and frequent usage of health services.

While the latest report suggests a decrease in the use of inpatient and emergency care services and decreases in cost, it also indicates that enrolled participants often require more intensive care and case management to stabilize their medical and behavioral health conditions during the “transition period” between homelessness and finding permanent housing.

The report indicates that, once enrolled in the program, care costs decreased from an average of $5,264 in the transition period to $2,876 (over 45%), suggesting that placement in PSH may be associated with reductions in service utilization and costs.

A previous RAND study on the Housing Initiative marked IEHP’s success in identifying some of the health plan’s most vulnerable unhoused members. On average, the first cohort of participants enrolled had 17 chronic and acute health conditions, generating a median health care expense of $70,447 per patient per year—nearly 20 times the average cost for an IEHP member.

“Identifying and supporting these members by enrolling them into our Housing Initiative Program is critical,” said Dr. Karen Hansberger, IEHP chief medical officer. “Due to their complex medical conditions and living situations, we know time is of the essence, and we need to work quickly and consistently to ensure these members have a chance to enjoy optimal care and vibrant health.”

The RAND team believes a longer-term evaluation will help determine the stability of care utilization, health outcomes and costs associated to PSH, and will publish results in the future.

To support increasing interest in these programs at the state and federal levels, results from this on-going study will be added to the body of scientific literature on housing programs administered by health care organizations.

“We are thrilled by the promising findings illustrated in these reports,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “We look forward to continuing to track the impact of this program at one year and beyond to not only support our most vulnerable members, but to encourage continued interest and adoption of programs like our Housing Initiative.”

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11
February
2021

Local Seniors Receive Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

While COVID continues to isolate families and loved ones, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) employees are determined to show love to seniors who reside in Inland Empire skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

This Valentine’s Day, more than 2,100 handmade greeting cards will be distributed to seniors in these living facilities. Receiving centers include: Inland Valley Care & Rehab in Pomona, Jurupa Post-Acute Center in Riverside, Las Colinas Providence in Ontario, and Palm Grove Healthcare in Beaumont.

“Times have been tough on everyone because of COVID-19, especially for our seniors in nursing care facilities,” said Kristy Garan-Martinez, IEHP utilization management director. “Many facilities have had to reduce visitation time between seniors and their families, and others have had to reduce the mobility of residents around the center to allow for social distancing,” she added. “We really want these residents to know that we are thinking of them and that they are truly in our hearts.  Despite our distance, we want them to feel special and loved.”

Mobilizing volunteers and generating support for efforts like these, IEHP’s Community Partnerships team works with employees to share needs and volunteer opportunities throughout the community.

“Every resident and community member counts,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP community partnerships director. “Our Team Members know this and actively volunteer to support causes that embody this sentiment. Our mission is to heal and inspire the human spirit, and we hope these handwritten cards remind residents of the love we have for them and how important that their health and well-being are to us.”

Supporting the effort, IEHP’s Executive Director of Technology Operations, Jane Maass, encouraged her teams to participate by organizing a friendly competition between business units. In total, her teams created 1,532 cards to distribute. “Everyone was eager to get creative and do something to support these residents,” said Maass. “Our teams are always excited to jump in and do the right thing, no matter the situation.”

To support residents in SNFs throughout the pandemic, the health plan has organized socially-distant outdoor parades and began its practice of creating and distributing handmade greeting cards—more than 1,400 in 2020—to residents at centers across the region. IEHP plans to continue these card distributions throughout the year.

“These calls for support never go unanswered by our IEHP family,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “I am never surprised by the love and commitment our Team Members show to our Members, Providers, Partners, Neighbors and each other. I hope our community residents in skilled nursing facilities know that each greeting card they receive is truly from the heart of an IEHP Team Member who truly cares and is actively working to make the region a healthier place for us all.”

09
February
2021

IEHP Provides $50K Sponsorship to I.E. Black Equity Fund

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) will provide a $50,000 sponsorship to the Inland Empire Black Equity Fund to strengthen Black-led and Black-empowering organizations. The pooled fund, established by the Black Equity Initiative of the Inland Empire (IEBEI) and the Inland Empire Funders Alliance, will have multiple outcomes aimed at achieving racial equity in the region.

Formed in 2014, the IEBEI is comprised of more than 20 Inland Empire Black-led organizations that share a desire to improve social and racial inequities through empowerment, education, and policy change. By collective effort, the group has addressed issues ranging from criminal justice reform to educational attainment, youth development, empowerment, health and well-being.

“Through our partnership with the Inland Empire Community Foundation, we learned of this momentous initiative and were eager to get involved and contribute,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP director of community partnerships. “The outcomes outlined in the initiative are intentional, necessary and will create positive momentum for change in our region.”

Outcomes include highlighting the history and impact of the Inland Empire’s Black-led and Black-empowering organizations, providing sustainable support for systems change work tied to the Black Equity Initiative strategic plan, and more.

Managed by the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF), the fund is seeded by IECF and The California Endowment with a goal to raise $5 million. Members of the Black Equity Initiative will serve as key decision makers in the distribution of resources.

“The collective actions, partnerships and coordinated response to address racial inequities in our region is truly a bold step forward,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “As a community-based health plan, we are dedicated to promoting equality across the spectrum and are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the initiative.”

To learn more about the Inland Empire Black Equity Fund, visit: iegives.org/funds/ieblackequityfund/

04
February
2021

IEHP to Receive $32M for Behavioral Health Support

To increase behavioral health’s integration with traditional health care models, the State of California will award Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) with $32,376,142 in funding over the next two years. The health plan will then disperse these funds to local medical organizations throughout the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties) to support programs that enhance behavioral health integration for both IEHP Members and Medi-Cal Members at large. 

The goal is to help clinical Providers improve physical and behavioral health outcomes, care delivery, and patient experiences by developing or expanding integrated care practice models. Funding is tied to the state’s $140 million investment into the Behavioral Health Integration Incentive Program, which is leveraging $70 million from Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenue.

“Nearly two million California residents are suffering from a serious mental illness and need treatment,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, IEHP vice president of population health. “This support from the state will allow us to respond to this need and work to improve upon the current system and how care is accessed and routinely provided. Funds will also provide for further collaboration with our providers to support the whole person health of our community.”

To receive funding from the health plan, eligible Providers were invited to apply and submit project proposals that effectively responded to the state’s objective. Eligible providers included primary care, specialty care, perinatal care, hospitals, and behavioral health providers.

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) approved 32 projects from 83 proposals after an extensive evaluation and selection process.  These projects represent 20 different organizations whose goal is to improve an existing system and support access to mental health treatment for countless residents in the Inland Empire. 

Projects focus on key areas including basic behavioral health integration, maternal access to behavioral health, medication management for those who are mentally ill, diabetes screening for those with mental illness, and hospitalization/emergency room follow-up for those who were treated for mental illness.

The program was originally scheduled to begin in 2020; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the effort was paused by DHCS and resumed in July of 2020.  Projects are scheduled to start in early 2021.

“We are very eager to move forward with this initiative and grateful the state recognizes this tremendous need,” said Dr. Karen Hansberger, IEHP chief medical officer. “We have so much ground to cover in this space and are fully committed to partnering with our Providers to do all we can to ensure our members and communities have the opportunity to enjoy optimal care and vibrant health in every way possible.”

 
01
February
2021

IEHP Celebrates Top Workplace Award

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has been named a winner of the Inland Empire Top Workplaces 2020 Award and has placed second in the United States Healthcare Industry (based on organization size category 1000-2499) for scoring in the 91st percentile in a recent Energage Survey.  The survey highlighted IEHP’s engaged and mission-oriented employees, clued-in leaders, innovation, and strong commitment to company values.

The survey was administered to IEHP’s 2,300 employees in August 2020, nearly six months after the health plan transitioned most of its staff to work from home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The employee survey participation rate was 93%—well above average for most organizations.

“Our high engagement scores reflect the strong culture that exists at IEHP, despite the circumstances,” said Janet Nix, Ed.D., IEHP chief organizational development officer. “IEHP’s team culture is based on strong relationships with each other in doing the right thing for our members, providers and each other.  These results show that we have not lost that commitment and can still connect with each other in a significant way to carry out our mission!”

Survey results indicated a strong confidence in leadership and company direction. In addition, IEHP employees reported feeling appreciated, encouraged to have a work-life balance, able to openly share new ideas, and proud to do meaningful work. “Seeing these qualitative aspects of IEHP’s culture come forward in measurable data is exciting,” added Dr. Nix. “These are the factors that make IEHP so unique and reflects the true joy our employees feel to be a part of the team.”

“I am able to work in my profession doing what I love, serving others and making a difference in their lives under the direction of responsible, honest and caring managers,” expressed an IEHP Behavioral Health and Care Management employee in the survey. “I am part of this company because its mission and goals are a reality in our service to members and to us as team members. I am blessed and proud to work for IEHP and I am not gaining anything in return for saying that because this survey is anonymous. And my fellow team members feel the same.”

Following through on IEHP’s mission to heal and inspire the human spirit, health plan employees continued to support the local community in both traditional and new ways. Efforts included collaboration with local health agencies and organizations to adjust contracts to better support providers, the donation of more than two million PPE units, and participation in more than 450 community events and activities in 2020.

“IEHP team members will stop at nothing to ensure our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed team supporting our members, providers and communities in the caring way they do. We look forward to diving further into the survey data to adjust and find additional ways to better support our team members both in and out of the office.”

To learn more, visit Inland Empire Health Plan’s Top Workplaces Profile.

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28
January
2021

IEHP Welcomes San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe to Governing Board

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is proud to announce San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe has joined the health plan’s Governing Board and will serve alongside the dedicated members who represent both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

A Southern California native, Supervisor Rowe was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in December of 2018. Prior to this appointment, Rowe served on the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2010 to 2014 and was re-elected by her Third District constituents, initiating her first four-year term on the Board of Supervisors in December 2020.

“I am very excited to welcome Supervisor Rowe as the newest member of our Governing Board,” said Chair Karen Spiegel, Riverside County Second District Supervisor. “Supervisor Rowe’s experience representing some of San Bernardino County’s most diverse communities, and her holistic approach to addressing and ensuring equitable access to healthcare, will be a valuable addition to our 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.

“I’m excited to join the IEHP Governing Board and have a role in providing quality healthcare to Inland Empire residents,” said Supervisor Rowe. “Affordable healthcare access continues to be a priority for working families in our region, and I want to ensure IEHP continues to meet their needs.”

Supervisor Rowe joins the health plan’s Governing Board which is comprised of four elected County Supervisors and three appointed members of the public.

Current members include: Karen Spiegel, Riverside County Second District Supervisor; Curt Hagman, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Fourth District Supervisor; Daniel P. Anderson, President and CEO of Riverside Community Health Foundation; Jeff Hewitt, Riverside County Fifth District Supervisor; Andrew Williams, Joint County Public Member; and Eileen Zorn and former health care clinician and educator.

“Supervisor Rowe brings a wealth of public service experience and will be an effective representative on the IEHP board,” said Vice-Chair, Curt Hagman, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Fourth District Supervisor. “Having her leadership will no doubt bring a new and fresh point of view in serving our community. I look forward to working with Supervisor Rowe in continuing IEHPs record of innovation and compassionate service.”

Since the establishment of IEHP’s Governing Board, the body has greatly supported and influenced the development and implementation of IEHP’s Health Homes Program, the Housing Initiative, Behavioral Health Integration, and more.

“IEHP’s Governing Board is unlike any other,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP Chief Executive Officer. “It’s a true collaboration between the great minds of Riverside and San Bernardino counties with the goal of providing our residents optimal care and vibrant health. We are overjoyed to have Supervisor Rowe join this effort and are grateful for her service and commitment to IEHP Members, providers, team members, and the communities we serve.”

27
January
2021

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
February 8, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

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Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code/Event number: 177 985 8512

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

15
January
2021

IEHP Supports Primary Care Doctor Visits

With a decline in patients seen by Inland Empire physicians during COVID-19, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) would like to remind all members and community residents about the importance of seeing their primary care physicians for routine and preventive care appointments.

IEHP physicians saw a 30% decrease in primary care visits between March – September 2020 (compared to the same time the year prior), which has been attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many residents bypassing preventive care visits, many medical professionals are concerned how this might impact the health and wellness of the Inland Empire community once the pandemic subsides.

In a recent interview with Good Day LA’s Michaela Pereira, IEHP’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Karen Hansberger offered helpful tips about how to access care, assuring residents of the precautions being taken to ensure their safety. “Your doctor and health care providers are prepared,” Dr. Hansberger said. “They have protocols in place to keep you safe if you need to be seen.” 

“You can also call your doctor,” Dr. Hansberger added. “Many of the concerns you may have, like getting prescription refills, can be addressed over the phone and you may have the option for a televisit with your doctor.”

During the interview, Dr. Hansberger expressed the importance of prioritizing care. She shared that while some appointments like mammograms can be delayed by a few weeks, they should not be put off for more than six months. “Don’t be afraid to access health care,” said Dr. Hansberger. “Certainly, if you feel sick, you need to access health care.”

If members or residents have questions about seeking medical attention for non-emergency situations, they are encouraged to contact their primary care physician. Residents in need of medical or health benefits can call (866) 294-4347 for enrollment assistance and to be linked to a doctor.

“Your physicians are here and are equipped to support your health and wellness, even during this pandemic,” said Dr. Hansberger. “We encourage our members and community residents continue to access the care they need, when they need it so that we can all continue to stive to enjoy optimal care and vibrant health.”

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14
January
2021

Victorville Community Resource Center Named California HUD EnVision Center

In partnership with the Housing Authority of San Bernardino County (HACSB), Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Victorville Community Resource Center (CRC) has been designated as the first EnVision Center in San Bernardino County, the first center in HUD Region IX (AZ, CA, HI, NV) to partner with a health plan, and seventh in the state of California.

This designation, declared by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), highlights the center’s ability and commitment to empower households with resources and support needed to become self-sufficient. Resources pertain to economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character leadership. Enhancing this commitment, HACSB will now be accessible to members and community residents at the health plan’s Victorville CRC.

“Having HACSB on-site is a win for the community,” said Delia Orosco, IEHP Victorville CRC manager. “Their presence will provide access to various affordable housing programs and together, we can work to elevate and empower our neighbors to live the very best lives they can.”

Established in 2019, IEHP’s Victorville CRC is one of three centers in the Inland Empire and includes locations in Riverside and San Bernardino. As a trio, the CRCs refocused their efforts in 2020 to support community residents by hosting various grocery distributions, flu vaccine clinics and more. 

Traditionally, the centers offer youth mentorship, immigration services, legal services, health and wellness classes, children’s programming, and healthcare coverage education in both English and Spanish and have established partnerships with Goodwill Southern California, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino, TODEC Legal Services, and Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy.

“While success on one level may be measured by the number of people served by the Inland Empire Health Plan’s Victorville Community Resource Center,” said Christopher Patterson, HUD regional administrator, “the true measure of success will be determined by the number of persons who achieve greater self-sufficiency. The extent to which they independently gain the financial means to rent, or even buy, their own homes, is a success we can all celebrate.”

To qualify for designation, HSCSB participated in an intensive review and application process that evaluated the Victorville CRC’s operations plan, including funding sources and strategy, outreach plans and center goals.

“As a longtime partner of IEHP, we are thrilled to collaborate in this way and expand resources provided at the Victorville CRC,” said Maria Razo, HACSB executive director. “This strategic partnership will allow us to share resources with those in need and open us up to additional collaborations with partners to enhance this commitment throughout our county and beyond. We are grateful to IEHP for their collaboration which will allow our families to conveniently access the comprehensive array of onsite services.” 

IEHP’s Victorville CRC will join a short list of seven existing California HUD EnVision Centers, including: NHS Center for Sustainable Communities in Compton, La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center and Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative in Sacramento, Coalition for Responsible Community Development in Los Angeles, Metro Career Center in San Diego, and Hemet Envision Center in Hemet.

“This designation came from the partnership, dedication, acknowledgment of needs, and commitment to the health and wellness of our communities,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “We are so grateful to have partners like HACSB who truly embody our mission to heal and inspire the human spirit and are willing to collaborate to ensure that our most vulnerable populations have access and opportunities to empower themselves and lead healthier lives.”

To learn more about HUD EnVision Centers, visit HUD.Gov/EnVisionCenters.

05
January
2021

IEHP Placed in 99th Percentile for Provider Satisfaction

Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Providers shared their experience with the health plan  in this year’s Provider Satisfaction Survey, issuing the health plan a 96.6% satisfaction score for the year and placing it in the 99th percentile for Provider Satisfaction nationwide. And while the high satisfaction rate is inspring, the plan is paying close attention to areas  and opportunities to better support their Providers. 

Administered to the health plan’s provider network annually by phone and through a third party vendor, the survey seeks to assess Provider satisfaction with the services and support they receive from IEHP. The survey included responses from Primary Care Physicians, Specialists and Behavioral Health Providers.

“This year especially, the information shared in our Provider Satisfaction Survey is critical,” said Susie White, IEHP chief operating officer. “Our providers are our boots on the ground and they know first hand what is and isn’t working. To ensure our members have the care and services they need, we have to make sure our providers are feeling confident with the tools and resources we’ve made available to them.”

To effectively survey the health plan’s provider network, the survey focused on key drivers of Provider Satisfaction. These included: Access to care managers, helpfulness of the health plan call center staff in obtaining referrals for patients, and the timeliness of obtaining pre-certification, referral or authorization information.

Of the providers who responded, 98.7% shared that they’d recommend IEHP to other physicians’ practices. Broken down by category, IEHP ranked within the 99th percentile for Provider Relations, health plan call center staff, pharmacy, utilization and quality management, and coordination of care. The health plan also scored in the 98th percentile in the financial category.

While the health plan scored well in the telehealth area of the survey, IEHP did spot an opportunity to enhance access to resources and information for the use of telehealth services.  “It’s been a very tough year for our Providers and while we are thrilled to hear the positive responses, we are also incredibly eager to learn what more we can do to better support them as they continue to care for our members and communities,” added White.

“As we continue to work through this pandemic together, we want our providers to know that our commitment to supporting them has not wavered one bit,” said White. “As a community-based health plan, it is our duty to respond to their needs and continue to adjust, improve and listen so that our members and communities can enjoy optimal care and vibrant health.”

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30
December
2020

IEHP Earns 2020 ENERGY STAR® Certification

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has earned the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2020 ENERGY STAR® certification with a star score of 85. This indicates that Inland Empire Health Plan’s Atrium building in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is more energy efficient than 85% of similar properties nationwide.

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification is the only certification in the country that is based on verified energy performance. According to ENERGY STAR, certified buildings are able to save energy, conserve funds and protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. To be certified, a building must meet or exceed a star rating of 75.

IEHP’s Atrium supports 2,300 employees (team members) and is more than 400,000 square feet. The health plan, which moved their headquarters from San Bernardino to Rancho Cucamonga in 2013, has made consistent strides to ensure building operations run as efficiently as possible.

“I am really proud of IEHP’s commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency,” said Angelo Cox, IEHP senior director of facilities. “We take our responsibility to care for our communities and environment seriously and value this recognition of our efforts.”

Although the majority of the health plan’s team members are currently working from home, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team is eager to continue to improve and increase their STAR score in the future.

“We’re very proud to have our headquarters named an ENERGY STAR certified building,” said Susie White, IEHP chief operating officer. “As one of the largest employers in Rancho Cucamonga, it is our corporate social responsibility to carry out our business operations as energy efficient as possible. It’s very important to us and we look forward to continuing to find new ways to make our environment and communities a healthier place.”

To learn more about ENERGY STAR certifications, visit ENERGYSTAR.GOV

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22
December
2020

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
January 11, 2021

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Click here to join by WebEx

Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code: 177 593 2557

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

15
December
2020

IEHP Unveils New Mission in 2020 Holiday Message

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has a story to tell and after more than 24 years serving the Inland Empire, they are ready to share it. In a new holiday message titled, “A Gift of Hope,” the health plan unveiled their new mission: to heal and inspire the human spirit.

The video was written and created by Sergey Astakhov, IEHP digital media producer. “This isn’t a commercial or an ad, this is a heartfelt message. The boy in the story is a metaphor for IEHP and the inner human desire to want to help another,” shared Astakhov. “IEHP reminds us of that desire, as the health plan has continued to take care of members, providers, and team members during this time.”

Astakhov also noted how the story concept transcends to all age groups and walks of life. “No gift is greater than the gift of kindness and that was a huge part of the story. I believe it hits home for so many. Especially during this pandemic, where so many are losing their businesses and shutting down just like the story,” Astakhov said. “I am beyond grateful IEHP has given me the opportunity to utilize my creative and technical knowledge to illustrate that and help bring the organization's story to life.”

While the IEHP has shared a peek at their new new mission in the ad, the health plan will be announcing their full mission, vision and values statements in early 2021.

“As a community-based health plan, IEHP’s mission, vision and values define the ways in which we work,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “It’s the direction we’re going in and a declaration of responsibility to our members, providers, partners and the greater community. Although these goals are not new to us, they present clarity and focus on our priorities moving forward.”

In the last few years the health plan has taken great strides in moving beyond traditional healthcare and focusing on social determinants of health for both members and the greater community. These efforts include: opening a third community resource center, hosting various events addressing food insecurity, donating to organizations supporting racial equity, establishing a housing initiative, and donating more than $1.5 to support the construction of a senior apartment living center in the Inland Empire.

“We will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health,” added McNaughton. “Through the creativity, heart, and dedication of team members just like Sergey, we are eager to continue our work and ensure the healthy outcomes seen in our message, become a reality for all in our region.”

15
December
2020

IEHP Hosts Community Toy Drive

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) Community Resource Centers (CRCs) are giving back to families in need this holiday season by hosting contactless, pull-up and pick-up drive-thru events, distributing free toy gift sets for children ages 3-12 years on December 18.

Gift sets will include three toys per child and will vary depending on age. Events will be held at all three of the health plan’s community resource centers in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Victorville. Pre-registration is required.

“The hardships and the loss our communities have felt this year have been tremendous,” said Delia Orosco, IEHP Victorville CRC manager. “As IEHP team members and community residents, it is our honor and privilege to support our neighbors in this way. We hope these toys will spark smiles and joy among families this season and that it serves as a reminder that we really are in this together.”

This is not the first time the health plan has used their three CRC’s to distribute resources to residents in need. Earlier this year, the health plan used the centers to distribute groceries and hygiene items, backpacks for school children, Thanksgiving turkeys and flu shots. The health plan also continues to distribute groceries to residents weekly, valuing more than $1.5 million, since June.

“While impacts of the pandemic have been devastating for many, it will not change the heart IEHP has for our communities,” said Cesar Armendariz, IEHP senior director of community health. “With our incredible teams and partners, we’ve been able to consistently support our communities this year and plan to continue to outreach and offer supportive services in the year to come. It is our mission to heal and inspire the human spirit and we are committed to make that happen!”

Events will be held at IEHP’s Community Resource Center locations:

Riverside Community Resource Center:

Date: Dec. 18

Location: 3590 Tyler St. Suite 101 Riverside, CA 92503

To register, call: 1-866-228-4347 press "3"

 

San Bernardino Community Resource Center:

Date: Dec. 18,

Location: 805 W. 2nd Street San Bernardino, CA 92410

To register, call: 1-866-228-4347 press "4"

 

Victorville Community Resource Center:
Date: Dec. 18

Location: 12353 Mariposa Rd Unit C2 and C3 Victorville, CA 92395

 

Click here to register.

 

08
December
2020

Dr. Hansberger Discusses Safe Options to Accessing Healthcare on Good Day LA

How can you safely seek healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic? Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Hansberger joined Good Day LA’s Michaela Pereira to share some helpful tips on how to do just that.

“Your doctor and healthcare providers are prepared, and they have protocols in place to keep you safe If you need to be seen,” said Dr. Hansberger.  “You can also call your doctor. Many of the concerns you may have, like getting prescription refills, can be addressed over the phone and you can have a televisit with your doctor. Sometimes you don’t even have to go in.”

Dr. Hansberger also stressed the importance continuing to invest in your health during the pandemic, noting that some appointments like mammograms, can be put off a few weeks but should not be put off for more than 6 months. “Don’t be afraid to access healthcare,” said Dr. Hansberger. “Certainly, if you feel sick, you need to access health care.

03
December
2020

IEHP Supports 450+ Activities and Events in 2020

In a time when organizations have cut, downsized and canceled community events, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has remained true to their mission and ramped up participation and volunteer work, totaling involvement at more than 450 community events and activities in 2020.

“We needed to get really creative and pivot our usual activities to address what is needed by members and our community during this pandemic,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP director of community partnerships. “As a result—thanks to our partnerships, the humble hearts of team members, and lots of COVID-19 precautions—we were able to stay meaningfully engaged with our community at a time when they needed us most.”

In support of this effort, 117 IEHP team members volunteered their time through “Helping Hearts,” the health plan’s employee community volunteer program.

“I believe in supporting my community through volunteerism,” said Michelle Crandall, IEHP clinical systems administrator. “The Helping Hearts Program is very flexible, has a variety of volunteer opportunities, and makes it easy for team members to get involved and participate.”

Through this program, team members undergo an outreach certification process and can sign up to volunteer at various events supported by the health plan’s outreach and community partnership teams.

“IEHP’s Helping Hearts Program gives me the opportunity to help my community improve their health and well-being and strengthens my commitment to support IEHP members and our community partners in such a personal way,” added Crandall.

Events include socially-distanced parades at Inland Empire skilled nursing facilities, drive-thru literacy book giveaways, Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Stops, drive-in movies, backpack distributions, healthcare heroes appreciation cheerleading at various hospitals, drive-thru food distributions, staffing local food banks, food deliveries to Senior Living Apartments, delivering 1,400 handmade cards to skilled nursing facilities, and donating more than 2 million PPE units to health agencies in the region.

“IEHP team members are truly the heart of the organization,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “The genuine love we have for our members, providers and community is seen in the work done every single day. Whether it’s volunteering at a community event or finding innovative ways to support our members or providers, IEHP team members will stop at nothing to ensure our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health.”

 

24
November
2020

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
December 14, 2020

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Click here to join by WebEx

Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code: 177470 5813

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda (coming soon)

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

24
November
2020

IEHP Funds Program to Address Young Adult Homelessness

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has provided $15,000 to fund Point Source Youth’s local Host Homes Program. The program, which launched on Nov. 2, provides supportive, short-term housing for 20 young adults (ages 18-24) in the Inland Empire who are experiencing housing instability. The health plan also facilitates weekly meetings, providing hands-on support throughout the year-long program.

A national initiative, Point Source Youth’s Host Homes Program provides safe and welcoming short-term housing (1-6 months) for young adults who are experiencing homelessness for a variety of reasons including familial conflict, poverty, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. These interventions provide a safe environment for young adults to heal, improve relationships with family, or assist in future living decisions with the help of a case manager.

In addition to IEHP’s sponsorship, local community partners—such as Free Mom Hugs Inland Empire,  Inland Empire United Way, 211 San Bernardino, and Goodwill Southern California—will be offering support by connecting young adults with community members or providing case management support. 

“Community partnerships and support are key to making the Host Home Program work,” said Orlando Roybal, Point Source Youth Director. “We are all able to provide a critical piece to the puzzle in creating a community response to youth homelessness by leaning on each organization's talents and best practices to ensure that all needs are met for our participants to thrive. By working together, centering youth voice, and removing barriers, we can all make a difference for youth experiencing homelessness.”

To be eligible for the program, young adults complete a background check and an interview. They must be employed, actively seeking employment, or be enrolled in an academic program. Host Home families also complete a background check and an interview. In addition to being residents of San Bernardino County, they must have an extra bedroom in their home and a commitment to provide a safe, welcoming, non-judgmental environment for an eligible young adult for at least 3 to 6 months.

“Regardless of a person’s age, housing instability can lead to instability in other facets of life, especially health,” said Dr. Gabriel Uribe, IEHP Director of Community Health. “To ensure the most vulnerable young adults in our communities have opportunities to thrive in all aspects of life, we must work together to fill in the gaps, where we can. While Host Homes living arrangements are temporary, we believe their impacts will last a lifetime.”

For more information on this program, visit InlandSoCalUW.org.

24
November
2020

IEHP Provides Flu Shots and Groceries to Community

Inland Empire Health Plan will provide two flu vaccine and grocery distribution events for the communities of Riverside, San Bernardino and Victorville on Nov. 23 and 30. Social distancing and masks are required at all events and registration is preferred.

Due to rising unemployment rates and a surge in COVID-19 cases, the need for both food and access to flu vaccines has increased greatly. “In response to this need, we’re fortunate to leverage our CRCs in key geographic locations to reach vulnerable populations and serve as resource hubs to provide food for community residents and flu shots for IEHP members,” said Cesar Armendariz, IEHP community health senior director. “We also encourage folks to come out and get their flu shot if they haven’t done so already,”

As flu season continues, there have been alarming concerns over the severity of contracting both the flu and COVID-19. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to reduce this risk is to receive a flu vaccine and continue to follow CDC regulations.

“As a community-based health organization, it is our responsibility to do all we can to support our neighbors in need and ensure they have access to all the necessary precautions to staying healthy this flu season. Working hand in hand with community partners, our teams are able to support this great need in the safest way possible,” added Armendariz.

Supporting partners include: Rite Aid, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino, Family and Kids Foundation, the City of Riverside, and High Desert Second Chance.

Events will be held at IEHP’s Community Resource Centers during the following locations/times:

Riverside Community Resource Center:

Date/Time: Nov. 23 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: 3590 Tyler St. Suite 101 Riverside, CA 92503

 

San Bernardino Community Resource Center:

Date/Time: Nov. 23 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: 805 W. 2nd Street San Bernardino, CA 92410

 

Victorville Community Resource Center:
Date/Time: Nov. 23 and 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:12353 Mariposa Rd Unit C2 and C3 Victorville, CA 92395

To register, visit ConnectIE.org or call the CRC Phone Que at 1-866-228-4347.

CRC Flu Shot Photo

19
November
2020

IEHP Receives Health Equity Award for Engaging Communication

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) received the 2020 Health Equity Award for their ability to engage and connect with members via text message during Governor Newsom’s social isolation order this year. The award was given by mPulse Mobile, a leader in conversational AI solutions for healthcare, during their annual Activate Awards.

IEHP launched the 45-day, two-way text campaign to engage at-risk members (seniors or persons with disabilities), offering tips to stay connected with friends and family, get physically active and explore new hobbies. They also provided resource links to support these activities.

Participating members were able to select their message frequency and engage at their own pace and level.  Many members expressed gratitude for the health plan’s communication efforts. “It’s nice that you are persistent and messaging people, so we know someone out there cares,” said one member. “It is stressful to have to go through COVID, especially for people with health issues, like me.”

Using mPulse’s analytics, IEHP learned that 86% of participating members found the program helpful, with highest satisfaction levels in the Spanish-speaking population. “Staying connected to our members at all times is important, but especially during the peak of social isolation,” said Michelle Rai, IEHP chief communications and marketing officer. “These types of outreach efforts to support our members demonstrate that IEHP is truly a health plan with a heart.”

Award winners were selected by their significant outcomes and impacts made while using mPulse Mobile’s software and services. The Health Equity Award is a new award category, making IEHP the first health plan to ever receive it.

“Intentional connection with our members, especially those most vulnerable, is critical to who we are as an organization,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “Receiving this award for our innovative approach to connecting with members is an honor, and we look forward to finding new and innovative ways to continue meeting our members, right where they are.”

Activate Award_photo

17
November
2020

Inland Empire Health Plan Honors San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) honored San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales during its Nov. 9 board meeting, commemorating her 16 years of service as the County’s Fifth District Supervisor, including 10 years as a member of IEHP’s Governing Board.

First appointed to the IEHP Governing Board in 2004 through 2009, Supervisor Gonzales served as Vice-Chairman from January 2006 through December 2006. In 2015 she was re-appointed to the board and continued to inspire collaboration and relationship building with various community organizations.

“We can’t thank Supervisor Gonzales enough for her tireless dedication to our community through her service on our board and commitment to our mission,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “In her 10 years as an IEHP Governing Board Member, Supervisor Gonzales greatly influenced and supported the health plan’s work in addressing homelessness and increased outreach to support the needs of children in the Inland Empire.”

Through her involvement, IEHP established the Housing Initiative and several housing development partnerships to provide stable and supportive housing to homeless members with complex care needs.

Supervisor Gonzales also played an instrumental role in helping the health plan make essential connections to better serve children in the community, connecting IEHP to organizations like First 5 California and local school districts.

”It has been my privilege to be part of the IEHP family, to have worked among people with whom I share a mutual passion and vision for helping individuals, families and children, who for whatever reason – in a time of their lives – find themselves needing our assistance,” said Supervisor Gonzales. “My time on the IEHP Board has allowed me to champion wonderful causes and open doors to address complex issues, such as homelessness combined with innovative access to healthcare enabling long term benefits to its members.”

“I believe in 15 years if not sooner, if we are determined and focused to work the IEHP plan, we can successfully address homelessness by creating safer, healthier homes and communities for our families,” added Supervisor Gonzales. “We know that good quality healthcare is critical to our children’s ability to learn, and that their future success depends on it. It is by understanding the relevance of these important connectors that will create healthy, stable and safe environments for our children by which we will certainly achieve our goal.”

In addition, Supervisor Gonzales was a critical source of support in helping the health plan ramp up transportation benefits, establishing a partnership with Omnitrans, and ensuring members’ access to needed care and services. 

“The ‘people first’ philosophy Supervisor Gonzales lives by and unwavering advocacy for underserved populations have made lasting impressions at IEHP,” McNaughton added. “We wish Supervisor Gonzales all the best in her future endeavors and will forever be grateful for her contributions and efforts to make the Inland Empire a vibrant and healthy community. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Supervisor Gonzales.”

10
November
2020

Inland Empire Health Plan Sponsors City of Victorville’s Virtual Freedom Run

Honoring veterans both near and far this Veteran’s Day, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has provided a $2,500 sponsorship to support the City of Victorville’s Virtual 5k Freedom Run.

The event, spanning the week of November 9-13, encourages Victorville residents to walk or run 3.1 miles in their neighborhood or local park. To honor friends and family who served our country, participants had access to download and print a running bib on which to display the name of the veteran they are honoring. The first 200 registered participants also received a 2020 Freedom Run t-shirt, water bottle and bag.

“It’s important for us to honor our veterans for the sacrifices they have made to defend our freedoms,” said Victorville Mayor, Gloria Garcia. “With IEHP’s sponsorship, we’re able to find a meaningful and personal way for community members to demonstrate their support for all veterans and to recognize those who are near and dear to their hearts.” 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Freedom Run is being hosted virtually. Click here for more information.

“Honoring our veterans has always been and will always be very important to IEHP,” said LuAnna Jáuregui, IEHP Manager of Community Partnerships. “We really commend our partners, like the City of Victorville, for continuing to celebrate our veterans, especially during a global pandemic. It’s an honor to sponsor this event for both the incredible cause and the city’s resilient nature.”

05
November
2020

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and IEHP Present Free Webinar Addressing Pregnancy during COVID-19

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and Inland Empire Health Plan are teaming up to help expectant mothers understand the issues surrounding pregnancy during COVID-19. The hospital and health plan will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. via the LLU Children’s Hospital and IEHP Facebook pages.

The webinar will discuss risks, symptoms, and possible complications of COVID-19 during pregnancy. Speakers will include LLU Children’s Hospital physicians Dr. Courtney Martin and Dr. Ruofan Yao, as well as IEHP’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Hansberger, and IEHP’s Senior Family and Community Medical Director, Dr. Priya Batra.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with IEHP regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy,” said Dr. Martin, medical director for maternity services at LLU Children’s Hospital. “Across the state and here in the Inland Empire, we have seen the disproportionate impact to Latina women and those with state funded insurance. We have also seen a higher rate of respiratory failure in this same population. We hope to share with our partners in the Inland Empire what we have learned through the large volume of cases at Loma Linda University Health, California Maternal Quality Care Collaboration bi-weekly meetings, and up-to-date research.”

“COVID 19 is a never before seen complication for obstetric management,” said Dr. Yao, OBGYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist at LLU Children’s Hospital. “At Loma Linda University, we monitor every case of COVID-19 infection to determine the best treatment course in order to optimize the health of mom and baby.”

During the webinar, viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions and actively engage with Doctors, who will be responding to questions and comments live.

“This is uncharted territory for all of us,” said Dr. Karen Hansberger. “However, that does not change IEHP’s commitment to our members, providers and partners. Working together and sharing this information allows us to support our members who are expecting and gives us a great opportunity to further support the general communities we’re honored to serve.”

To view the webinar on Nov. 10, visit LLUCH and IEHP on Facebook.

03
November
2020

IEHP Wins State Innovation Award

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) was recently awarded the prestigious California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) Innovation Award for 2020. 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—more times than any other health plan in California. In prior years, the health plan received the Innovation Award for its forward-thinking efforts in creating the IEHP Housing Initiative (2018), BH Integration and Complex Care Initiative (2017), and the Transitional Care Project (2015).

“As a health plan, our number one priority is supporting our members and the communities we serve,” said Dr. Karen Hansberger, IEHP chief medical officer. “In emergency situations especially, we need to be able to sustain that support. Using this intelligence, we can quickly identify and reach our high-risk members and providers, connect them to our multidisciplinary care teams, and assist in meeting their needs, including relocation to safe and stable environment.”

To make this happen, IEHP partnered with geospatial technology company Esri to implement their location intelligence project.

“We are so thrilled for IEHP and the well-deserved recognition bestowed on them by winning this award. We join in congratulating them for this outstanding achievement,” said Dr. Este Geraghty, Esri chief medical officer. “This acknowledgement is a testament to IEHP’s drive to continually innovate and improve member outcomes through location intelligence.”

By overlaying data from local utilities, emergency response authorities, and IEHP’s patient records, the health plan developed an application that allows frontline staff to identify member’s homes and facilities that are in proximity of wildfire perimeters or power shutoffs.

This capability was a tremendous help to the health plan during the 2019 California Wildfires. Using this intelligence, the health plan was able to monitor, relocate and support members who rely on electrically based durable medical equipment (such as ventilators), ensuring continuity of care for members.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for our innovative efforts to better serve and support our members and communities,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “It’s important to us that we be available to our members, especially when they need us most. We will stop at nothing to fulfill that promise and we will continue to actively adapt and evolve to show up for our members, no matter the circumstance.”

To learn more, visit, dhcs.ca.gov.

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October
2020

IEHP Collaborates to Distribute $1.3M+ in Food and Grocery Items

Since June, Monday mornings have revolved around one thing for Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP) Community Outreach team: putting food on the table for residents. To date, the health plan has worked with more than 60 community partners and is on track to distribute more than $1.3 million in food and groceries to Inland Empire (IE) residents.

Through IEHP’s partnership with the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative, USDA-approved items including fresh produce, dairy and chicken, are organized, divided, and prepped for distribution to local community-based organizations that distribute the food directly to residents.

“The need for food has always been one of the greatest needs our members have shared with us,” said Dr. Gabriel Uribe, IEHP director of community health. “Between layoffs, changes in income, and other unfortunate circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for food has increased tremendously. Through collaborations and partnerships with several organizations in the community, we’ve been able to respond to those needs in greater ways than we’ve imagined.”

To date, more than 593 tons of produce, meat and dairy products have been distributed, valuing $1,378,368.

“Since we are not traditionally in the food space, we had a lot to learn and are so grateful to the partners who helped us get started,” said Marci Coffey, IEHP director of community partnerships. “Music Changing Lives and Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino were key to the success of our food distribution efforts getting off the ground.”

In addition to this Monday morning effort, the health plan has also helped staff local food banks, hosted drive-thru events, organized grocery deliveries to Senior Living Apartments, created and delivered more than 1,400 handmade cards to skilled nursing facilities, and sourced and donated PPE to be distributed to health agencies in the region.

“Actively listening to our members, providers and the community to better understand everyone’s needs has always been the IEHP way,” said Cesar Armendariz, IEHP senior director of community health. “During the pandemic, that didn’t change at all! In fact, we upped our efforts to do more so we could allocate our resources and energy in all the appropriate areas to ensure they were not only effective but could have the most immediate impact. We understand that times are tough for so many of our IE residents, and we are committed to continuing to do our part to inspire hope and lift up everyone’s spirits by continuing to bring more food to those in greatest need.”

To find a food bank in your area, visit https://connectie.org/.

22
October
2020

Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies

This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS.

Date of Meeting:
November 9, 2020

Time of Meeting:
9:00 AM

Click here to join by WebEx

Join by Phone: (866) 499-4146
Access code: 133 258 5143

The Inland Empire Health Plan is continuing to hold Governing Board meetings to conduct essential business. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order, members of the Governing Board may attend the meeting via teleconference or video conference and will participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present. Members of the public may observe and participate electronically in the meetings. As a result of the Executive Order to stay home, in person participation at Governing Board meetings will not be allowed at this point in time. 

If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Agenda

Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.

Public Comment:

Public Comment may be submitted via recorded voice message, email, or during the Public Comment section of the Agenda.

Voice recorded public comment: To submit public comment via recorded message, please call 909-296-3584 by 5pm Friday, May 8, 2020. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.

Email public comment: To submit an emailed public comment to the Governing Board please email PublicComment@IEHP.org and provide your name, the number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to all Board members.

22
October
2020

L.A. Care Health Plan, Inland Empire Health Plan Announce Launch of Pharmacist Provider Program

Through USC’s California Right Meds Collaborative, L.A. Care Health Plan and Inland Empire Health Plan refer patients to community pharmacists for help in managing medications for chronic diseases that worsen COVID-19 outcomes; pharmacists will be reimbursed for clinical services and if health goals are met.

California Rigt Meds Collaborative

LOS ANGELES -- As COVID-19 continues to impact the Southern California region, L.A. Care Health Plan and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) are announcing their partnership in the California Right Meds Collaborative, a pharmacist-led initiative founded at USC to improve health  outcomes in local communities, decrease health care costs, better allocate physician resources, and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations. 

Pharmacists in the California Right Meds Collaborative program provide clinical services to Medi-Cal, Medicare and Covered California patients in Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire who have persistently uncontrolled health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma. L.A. Care Health Plan and IEHP – which together serve over three million members – provide payment to participating pharmacists based on accomplishment of treatment goals.

“By leveraging community pharmacies as neighborhood-based health hubs, patients who struggle with chronic disease control have easy access to Comprehensive Medication Management, a service that optimizes medication therapy,” said Steven Chen, associate dean for clinical affairs at the USC School of Pharmacy, who founded the program. “The California Right Meds Collaborative, focusing on population health priorities, allows pharmacists to collaborate with physicians to fully utilize their training for the benefit of patients, physicians and health plans and the community.”

With more than 90% of the U.S. population within 5 miles of a pharmacy, pharmacists are in a key position to play a greater role in managing diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, asthma and other chronic disease conditions that greatly increase the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

“As the country’s largest publicly operated health plan, L.A. Care recognizes the expertise and value pharmacists provide as an integral part of the health care team,” said John Baackes, CEO of L.A. Care. “By pioneering a value-based payment program that engages community pharmacists, California Right Meds Collaborative connects patients with the most accessible and trusted health care providers right in their own neighborhoods.”

Patients love the program

Diabetes patients referred to participate in the L.A. Care California Right Meds Collaborative pilot program meet regularly with their pharmacist in-person or through telehealth visits for Comprehensive Medication Management, which includes evaluating all medications and making changes or recommendations in partnership with the patient’s physician. Patients receive education and counseling on proper medication use and self-management, and they receive extensive monitoring for efficacy/safety and dose adjustments. Pharmacists can also alert doctors if problems come up or the patient’s health doesn’t improve.

Earlier this year, Dana Prince of Los Angeles was referred to the California Right Meds Collaborative program by her physician, who told her that her 20-year history of uncontrolled diabetes put her at high risk for hospitalization and possible amputations.

Prince began meeting with her local pharmacist Dr. Christal Pham via video-chats, learning how to change her eating habits, exercise, monitor her blood sugar levels consistently and regulate her medications. Today she is meeting the health goals set by her physician. “I truly appreciate my pharmacist,” Prince says. “I just needed the push that said, ‘you can do it.’.”

Many of the pharmacists selected to participate in the California Right Meds Collaborative pilot program say the initiative is giving them a way to leverage their training and contribute to the health of their local community.

“Pharmacists have so much to offer in improving health outcomes,said Dr. Annie Thai of 986 Pharmacy. “We can spend time counseling patients to make sure they are adhering to their medication regimen, and we can make sure the doctor, patient, the whole team is in line with each other. That’s a win for everyone—patients, physicians, pharmacists, the community—particularly in this time of COVID-19.”

Physicians who partner with pharmacists in the collaborative benefit in many ways. The shortage of primary care providers has made physicians busier than ever, with limited time to address the medication-related needs of patients. In addition, physician payments today are frequently tied to the disease control status of their patients such as blood pressure or asthma control. Through the California Right Meds Collaborative, incentives are aligned to put the patient’s needs first, allowing patients to spend time with pharmacists to optimize medication therapy leading to increased physician, availability/access, and satisfaction. 

To support members with uncontrolled asthma, IEHP will roll out the program as well.

“California Right Meds Collaborative is a bold and innovative way we can enhance the health and wellness services we offer our members,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “This program meets our most vulnerable members right in their own communities and provides an invaluable amount of resources to them. We look forward to working with and financially supporting our local participating pharmacists in their service expansion.”

22
October
2020

IEHP Surpasses 30K Medical_Medicare Milestone

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) surpassed the 30,000-membership mark for their DualChoice Cal Medi-Connect Plan. This secures IEHP’s position as the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid Plan.

These Inland Empire residents, who have both Medicare and Medicaid, receive integrated health care services to  ensure that the most vulnerable in the community have access to needed care and services. Residents enrolled in this program are either 65 and older or are persons with a disability who also qualify for Medi-Cal. Pairing both Medicare and Medi-Cal programs together, DualChoice members receive access to integrated and coordinated care.

Integration includes access to Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits, long-term care, behavioral health, and home and community-based services. IEHP Care Coordinators work with each area to guide and support the member in managing and navigating their health service benefits with ease.

“Navigating the health care system can be intimidating for any population,” said Jeanna Kendrick, IEHP care integration senior director. “With the intensive, hands-on care coordination our teams provide our DualChoice members, we aim to truly improve their health and wellness by connecting the dots and filling in any gaps in care they may have. Spanning the enrollment phase and beyond, we want to provide them with as much guidance and support as we possibly can, every step of the way.”

To enroll in IEHP’s DualChoice Plan, residents may call the health plan’s Medicare Enrollment team directly at (800) 741-IEHP (4347). Working with callers to screen for eligibility, the Medicare Enrollment team will also help callers choose a primary care physician and connect them to the Care Management team to better understand their needs and create a personal care plan for them.

“We have the honor to serve a population that represents some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Dr. Karen Hansberger, IEHP chief medical officer. “Working with together with them to achieve their best lives and health, involves a committed team working with our providers to deliver optimal care that is connected and supportive.  It is a joy to serve these Members and we strive to do it better every day.”

Click here for more information on our DualChoice Plan.

15
October
2020

IEHP Organizes Drive-In Movie Events with Community Partners

Among many norms being missed during the COVID-19 pandemic are movie theaters. While traditional theaters remain closed, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is working to offer a safe sense of community and connectivity by organizing and sponsoring free Drive-In Movie Nights for members, social service essential workers, and the greater community.

In September, IEHP organized 4 Drive-In Movie Nights for plan members. Hosted at San Manual Stadium in San Bernardino, Disney’s Coco and Black Panther were screened in both English and Spanish. Hundreds of members have attended the events, inspiring the plan to seek additional screening opportunities for the broader community and organize a Drive-In Movie Night for social service essential workers, to thank them for their commitment and continued dedication to the community during the pandemic.

“The need for social services has tremendously increased during this pandemic,” said Dr. Gabriel Uribe, IEHP Director of Community Health. “There are no words worthy enough to describe the gratitude we have for the work our community partners have invested during this time. Between managing food banks, organizing drive-thru events, offering technology resources and more, they have all shown up for Inland Empire residents in one way or another. We are so proud and thankful to be able to host an upcoming event honoring their support and commitment to the community.”

Working to expand the reach of the positive impacts these events offer, IEHP will also provide sponsorships to various community partners, Like Free Mom Hugs, to host their own Drive-In Movie Nights.

“Just as our partners have pivoted and adjusted to continue serving our members and communities during this time, IEHP has, too,” said Dr. Uribe. “Movie theaters may be closed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy movies safely, together.”

To maintain a safe and healthy event environment for all Drive-In Movie Night attendees, pre-registration, masks and social distancing are required.

Click here for more information on Drive-In Movie Nights. 

13
October
2020

IEHP Hosts Pink Stops in Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event

Even in the face of COVID-19, the Inland Empire will continue Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, thanks to the American Cancer Society-Inland Empire.  To raise funds for breast cancer research, the organization has reimagined their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k event, transforming it into a socially safe Pink & Go Seek scavenger hunt. In support of this event, on October 17, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) will provide a $2,500 sponsorship and will host three Scavenger “Pink Stops” in the Inland Empire.

In addition to raising funds for breast cancer research, the American Cancer Society-Inland Empire’s annual events raise funds to educate the community about breast cancer, prevention, celebrate survivors and honor those taken by breast cancer. Solely dependent on public contributions, the American Cancer Society also provides programs that support people battling cancer.

“For the first time ever, our mission is at risk because of COVID-19,” said Julie Pizzitola, American Cancer Society sr. community development manager. “The real possibility of not being able to fund our lifesaving services and programs like our Road to Recovery Program, a free service that provides patient transportation to treatment appointments, is in real danger.”

IEHP’s three Pink & Go Seek participating locations include the plan’s three Community Resource Centers, located in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Victorville. All participating “Pink Stops” will be a drive-thru style stop or provide an area where social distancing can take place. “Pink Stops” may provide participants with photo ops, giveaways and more.

“We have to pivot and adjust in the way we support our local partners and communities, but we will not let COVID-19 stop us from supporting this annual event,” said Carmen Ramirez, IEHP community health manager, “We’re so thankful for partners like the American Cancer Society - Inland Empire for making this event happen and allowing us to continue our efforts to fight cancer, together.”

Community residents and participating sponsors are invited to sign up and participate. For more information visit MakingStridesWalk.org/InlandEmpire.