HEALTHLINC RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING PATIENT CARE IN HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 21, 2017

 

HEALTHLINC RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING PATIENT CARE IN HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES

 

Valparaiso, IN – HealthLinc has received The Guideline Advantage™ Hypertension Control and Diabetes Management Achievement Award for attaining specific quality improvement metrics supported by American Heart Association Hypertension Guidelines and American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.

The Guideline Advantage is a quality improvement program in collaboration with American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association that helps outpatient healthcare organizations provide the most up-to-date, research-based care related to prevention and early detection of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The program promotes the use of evidence-based metrics and quality improvement strategies to help organization improve care and provide patients every advantage for a healthy life.

HealthLinc earned the award by meeting or exceeding specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of patients at a nationally recognized level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications, and risk-reduction therapies as appropriate.

“HealthLinc is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our community, and implementing The Guideline Advantage program helped us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting these internationally-respected guidelines,” said Beth Wrobel, CEO.

“We are pleased to recognize HealthLinc for their commitment to improving patient care,” said James R. Langabeer II, MBA, PHD, EMT, national Chairman of The Guideline Advantage Steering Committee and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics at    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “Preventive health screenings and chronic condition management have a major impact in the health of our communities across the United States. Programs like The Guideline Advantage, which helps providers stay up to date with the latest guidelines and apply them to their patient populations, are critical in our world of fast-paced innovations in technology and patient care.”

 

For more information about HealthLinc, contact Jodie Wexelberg at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org.

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HealthLinc Receives Health Care Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 20, 2017

 

HEALTHLINC RECEIVES HEALTH CARE GRANTS

 

Valparaiso, IN – HealthLinc has been awarded the Health Center Quality Improvement FY 2017 Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funds are given when quality measures are met and used by health centers to continue improving the effectiveness and quality of health care provided to their communities.

“Americans deserve a health care system that’s affordable, accessible, of the highest quality, with ample choices, driven by world-leading innovations and responsive to the needs of the individual patient,” said Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tom Price, in a release from Tuesday, August 15. “Supporting health centers across the country helps to achieve that mission.”

 

HealthLinc received grants in four categories including EHR Reporter’s for $10,500, Clinical Quality Improvers for $22,013, Health Center Quality Leaders for $33,563, and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for $55,000 for a total of $121,076.

 

“We continue to see greater need for the services provided by community health centers, and we want to be able to meet those needs,” states Beth Wrobel, HealthLinc CEO. “These grant awards are very important for our ability to continue to provide and expand quality health care to our patients.”

 

New data from Human Resource Service Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that in 2016, 26 million people, or 1 in 12 U.S. residents, relied on a HRSA-funded health center for their primary health care.

 

For more information about HealthLinc and the Health Center Quality Improvement Grant, contact April Currier at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2798 or acurrier@healthlincchc.org

 

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HealthLinc Achieves Highest Level Awarded to Patient-Centered Medical Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 19, 2017


HEALTHLINC ACHIEVES HIGHEST LEVEL AWARDED TO PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME

 

Valparaiso, IN – HealthLinc has been recognized as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for five of their community health centers. To reach PCMH Level 3 status, each site had to meet an extensive set of standards as outlined by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Each of the sites renewed under the current 2014 guidelines.

 

Patient-Centered Medical Homes provide comprehensive and coordinated care that includes allowing patients to have a voice when decisions are being made about their health care and treatment.

 

The HealthLinc sites in East Chicago, Mishawaka, Michigan City, and Porter Starke will be eligible for renewal in 2020, and the Valparaiso site will be eligible for renewal in 2019. The new 2017 guidelines include additional standards in the areas of oral health, dental care, and an increased emphasis on whole patient care, social determinants of health, mental health and quality.

 

“We have consistently achieved Level 3 status since starting this project in 2012, which is a testament to the commitment and hard work of our staff to make sure that our patients are at the center of everything we do,” states Beth Wrobel, Chief Executive Officer. “Our patients know they will be respected, treated fairly, and given equal access to care, regardless of their source of payment.”

 

For more information about the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCHM) status level, contact Jodie Wexelberg at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org.

 

Health Linc Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Event for New Telehealth Program

Health Linc Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Event for New Telehealth Program

Valparaiso, Indiana. – HealthLinc celebrates its newest site addition – the “Healthy Vikes” telehealth clinic on Wednesday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School located at 1600 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso, Indiana.

The school-based telemedicine program is a partnership between HealthLinc, Valparaiso Community Schools, and MHS and focuses on keeping children healthier and reducing the number of absences due to illness.

Available to all Valparaiso Community School students and staff, the Healthy Vikes Clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. when school is in session.

 

It allows children to be seen by a healthcare provider before work or school and without needing an appointment.  Registration and a parental consent form must be signed before services can be provided.

“We are proud to bring telehealth to Valparaiso Community Schools,” said Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc. “The advantages of getting an early diagnosis and immediate health care services can reduce classroom absences, which has been proven to positively impact learning.”

The services available through the “Healthy Vikes” clinic include, diagnoses and treatment for acute illness (strep throat, ear infections, rash, flu, and minor injuries), limited laboratory testing, and behavioral health services and referrals.

Using the Telemed ED, a clinical telemedicine system, a medical provider located at the HeathLinc clinic in Valparaiso and an on-site medical assistant employed by HealthLinc, students can be given a diagnosis, medicines prescribed (no medicines will be on-site at the school), and follow up visits scheduled, if needed. Parents can join the visit via phone conference, if desired.  In addition, a written summary of the visit is given to the student to take home.

“We are so excited to partner with HealthLinc to bring our community and our staff this convenient and efficient health care service,” states Julie Lauck Associate Superintendent of Valparaiso Community Schools.  “One of the best aspects of living and working in Valparaiso is the partnerships that are formed between the schools and our local businesses.  We are honored to open the Healthy Vikes Clinic with our HealthLinc partner.”

“Our involvement with the telehealth clinic ties into the goals for our Adopt-a-School program, allowing MHS to collaborate with schools on initiatives and programs focused on overall health literacy and awareness,” said MHS President and CEO Kevin O’Toole. “This clinic will help improve access to care issues for Valparaiso students and help combat chronic absenteeism. Healthier kids make better students.”
Services will be billed through the student’s health insurance.  If the student does not have insurance, services will be provided on a sliding-fee scale that is based on the household income.  If the student is uninsured, HealthLinc can assist with trying to secure insurance through the marketplace or HIP 2.0.

For more information about the “Healthy Vikes” Clinic, please contact jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org

NEW MYHEALTHLINC PATIENT PORTAL

A new way to communicate with your HealthLinc Team is now available! The new MyHealthLinc Patient Portal will allow you to:

  • Ask your healthcare provider questions
  • Receive important health information
  • Get a copy of your medical records
  • Request an appointment
  • See your statement AND pay your bill

 

Watch for your email invitation and then register to use the new and improved patient portal. To view just how easy the new portal is to use, look at the video link below:

 

http://www.healthlincchc.org/patient-portal

LOW AND NO-COST FLU SHOTS FOR HEALTHLINC PATIENTS AVAILABLE NOW

LOW AND NO-COST FLU SHOTS FOR HEALTHLINC PATIENTS AVAILABLE NOW

 

Valparaiso, IN – HealthLinc clinics throughout Northwest Indiana are offering no- and low-cost flu shots to their patients throughout flu season. Flu shots will be available at no cost to any HealthLinc patient who has a check-up, well visit, or other appointment already scheduled.

 

For those HealthLinc patients that do not have another appointment already scheduled, the cost for a flu shot is $15. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

HealthLinc has clinics located throughout Northwest Indiana including East Chicago, Valparaiso, Knox, Michigan City, South Bend (IUSB Campus), and Mishawaka.

 

“We know that influenza activity increases in October, and we like to make sure the community is aware that we have flu shots available,” states HealthLinc CEO Beth Wrobel. “Each of our clinics is stocked with flu vaccines, and we are offering them at no-cost to our patients that may already be coming in for another appointment including vision and dental appointments.”

 

Flu vaccinations can prevent flu illnesses and flu-related hospitalizations. The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for everyone six months or older.  It takes two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.

 

For more information about the flu shot program, contact Jodie Wexelberg (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org.

 

HEALTHLINC CEO FEATURED IN NATIONAL MAGAZINE

HealthLinc CEO, Beth Wrobel is featured in the January/February issue of HCI Healthcare Informatics, a digital and print subscription magazine that highlights important technological trends in the healthcare industry.

 

Wrobel was interviewed by HCI Informatics Managing Editor, Rajiv Leventhal at the HIMSS16 Conference in Las Vegas last month. “It was a great opportunity for me to highlight the progress HealthLinc has made in utilizing technology to enhance our services while staying true to our patient-centered values,” said Wrobel.

 

HealthLinc was a pioneer in the use of IT in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), being one of the first to use electronic health records (EHRs) and Practice Analytics to understand what the data was revealing. In 2015, HealthLinc engaged Forward Health Group, a valued based population health manager to put patient data at the fingertips of the providers; allowing for deep analysis of the information and a more comprehensive approach to patient services.

 

“I’m a data driven person,” continued Wrobel, “Having easy access to such a wealth of information has helped to shape the direction and grow the programs we offer at our seven locations and on our mobile unit.”

 

HealthLinc continues to be at the forefront of the health/tech synergy with its newest endeavor, telehealth. The infrastructure is in place at each of the HealthLinc sites to begin allowing for telehealth consults. Telehealth is a way of using IT to increase contact between the patient and the medical system to improve the health care experience. HealthLinc is currently running a pilot program in behavioral health using the telehealth system. Wrobel has been instrumental in getting the Indiana Legislature to change the rules as to the use of telehealth in the delivery of healthcare services.

 

To read the entire HCI Healthcare Informatics article: http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/article/federally-qualified-health-center-ceo-we-are-way-healthcare-will-be-delivered-future.

HealthLinc launches Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program

HealthLinc is pleased to announce its Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program.   The residency is a 12-month program providing intensive training to both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting, and training to a high performance, PCMH model for primary care.

 

The program is specifically intended for family nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as PCPs in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings.

 

The residency is a full-time, 12-month salaried position. The program structure includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics and didactic sessions.  Two residency slots are available for the program that runs Sept. 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017.  The application deadline is April 30, 2016.

 

Click here to learn more About the NP Residency Program and How to Apply.

HEALTHLINC TAKES THE 80% BY 2018 PLEDGE

HealthLinc joins forces with over 500 Local and National Organizations to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings Rates across the Country.

 

“80% by 2018” is a shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.


Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented.  
Colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives.


HealthLinc announced that it has made the pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC).


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or more information or to make an appointment for screening, call 1-888-580-1060.

HealthLinc Holding Open Office Hours for the Affordable Care Act

Open Enrollment started on November 1st and will end January 31, 2016!
Stop by HealthLinc for assistance with enrolling for health insurance in the marketplace. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the Affordable Care Act. Our navigators will have open office hours at the scheduled times and locations below.

 

Individuals and families interested in enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace should bring the following documentation:

 

• Social Security Numbers or document numbers for legal immigrants.

• Employer, tax and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage, i.e. pay stubs, W-2 forms.

• Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household (if applicable).


Mishawaka

 

Mondays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (EST)

Mishawaka HealthLinc, 420 West 4th Street

 
 

Michigan City

 

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Michigan City HealthLinc, 710 Franklin Street

 
 

East Chicago

 

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

East Chicago HealthLinc, 1313 West Chicago Avenue

 
 

Valparaiso

 

Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Valparaiso HealthLinc, 1001 North Sturdy Road

 
 

Knox

 

By appointment!

Knox HealthLinc, 104 East Culver Road, Suite 106

 
 

(Appointments also taken at other times throughout the week, please call to schedule an appointment.)
For more information, contact HealthLinc at 1-888-580-1060 or contact an enrollment specialist at navigator@healthlincchc.org.