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Washington Health Benefit Exchange: Swedish Health Insurance Plans

Starting Oct. 1, 2013, Washington state residents were eligible to enroll in health-care coverage through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange). The program gives individuals and families the ability to choose a health insurance plan that best fits their needs and their budget. The state has seen more than 55,000 enrollments during the first month.

Swedish is proudly supporting the Exchange and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in our state. We are working to inform our patients about Exchange options and to direct them to resources to access these new benefits. We are also sharing these best practices with other caregivers.  

While we are collectively moving in the right direction, a transition of this scale is never seamless. That is why we strive to be a trusted resource to help our patients navigate these changes. Most recently, our patients have told us that there is confusion around which Exchange health insurance plans cover care at Swedish. As of Nov. 1, 2013, Swedish is a part of the following Exchange plans:

  • Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW)
  • Coordinated Care
  • Molina

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PSBJ report details stake in Exchange enrollment for Swedish, hospitals

A recent article in the Puget Sound Business Journal details the critical role hospitals are playing in helping King County’s uninsured enroll in health care coverage through the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange). In the piece, Swedish’s Tom Gibbon, Medicaid Expansion/Exchange Initiative Leader, highlights how Swedish is helping patients by:

Dozens of Swedish-Affiliated Physicians Recognized as 'Top Doctors' by Their Peers



SEATTLE, August 16, 2013 - Now in its 13th year, Seattle magazine recently published the results of their annual 'Top Doctors' survey in the July issue. As in past years, dozens of Swedish-affiliated (or credentialed) physicians were recognized in the popular issue due to being nominated by their peers.

Additionally, Seattle Metropolitan magazine published the results of its 'Top Doctors' survey in the August issue, in which dozens of Swedish-affiliated (or credentialed) physicians were also featured

 

Swedish Disseminates Information Intended to Educate, Clarify Medicare Charge Data, Related Questions

SEATTLE, June 24, 2013 - As part of the Obama administration’s work to make the United States health-care system more affordable and accountable, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2011 data in early May that shows significant variation across the country and within communities in what providers charge for common services. These data include information comparing the charges for the 100 most common inpatient services and 30 common outpatient services.  Providers determine what they will charge for items and services provided to patients and these charges are the average amount the providers bill for an item or service. The following information is intended to help patients and family members better understand this complicated topic.

Swedish Chief Executive Kevin Brown to Take Top Post at Piedmont Health in Atlanta; Marcel Loh Named Interim Leader, National Search Begins


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SEATTLE, April 1, 2013 – Swedish Health Services today announced that Chief Executive Kevin Brown is leaving Swedish to take a new position as CEO of Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta.

Information from Swedish on Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak among Patients who Received Contaminated Steroid Injections

SEATTLE, Oct. 23, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and joint infections. It appears the outbreak is due to the contamination of an injectable steroid medication called methylprednisolone acetate produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). Swedish has never carried the methylprednisolone acetate product produced by NECC.

Washington Healthcare News Publishes Article on Swedish's Three Chiefs of Staff - All Female Physician Leaders

SEATTLE, Sept. 13, 2012 - In light of how unique it is that Swedish's three chiefs of staff - Drs. Mary Weiss (First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard campuses), Michelle Sinnett (Edmonds campus), and Lily Jung Henson (Issaquah campus) - are all women, Washington Healthcare News recently published a related article titled 'Swedish Shatters any Vestige of a Glass Ceiling' by Swedish's Chief Medical Officer John Vassall, M.D.

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