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    Memorial Healthcare System Launches Self-Funding Healthcare Solution For Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

    South Florida businesses seeking to improve the health and wellness of their workforce while reducing their healthcare costs now have a trusted, local healthcare provider, who can offer everything needed to become self-funded.

    Hollywood-based Memorial Healthcare System is offering small and medium-sized businesses (50-1,000 employees) the opportunity to become self-funded. Memorial Health Assurance’s “agency captive” helps lower costs and risk while assuring accountability, transparency, and quality of coverage and care for employees by consolidating resources of hundreds of local businesses. Memorial is the first healthcare system in South Florida to offer its services directly to businesses interested in becoming self-insured, enabling them to customize their benefit program to best suit the needs of their workforce.

    “The cost to businesses offering employees a traditional health insurance plan is significant and increases yearly without any significant improvement in the quality or value of care,” said Richard Ashenoff II, executive director, Memorial Health Network. “We’re changing that for small and medium-sized businesses in our community by offering a solution for self-funding that better suits their individual needs and provides the high-quality care Memorial is known to deliver.”

    Memorial Health Assurance pools small and medium-sized employers, providing economies of scale typically reserved for much larger employers. Participating companies now benefit by the strength in numbers the program provides, allowing them the ability to become self-funded and backed by reinsurance for claims above a defined dollar amount.

    “We are essentially providing a turnkey solution that allows small and medium-sized businesses to enjoy all the benefits of self-funding, without the usual risks,” said Ashenoff.

    With thousands of its own employees already successfully served by this program, Memorial Healthcare System inherently understood the benefits to local businesses of becoming self-insured with cost savings, data transparency on health outcomes, and control over the design of their benefit plans – all within a risk-controlled, concierge experience.

    “Memorial and its clinically integrated network of physicians is a vital provider of medical services and remains committed to moving population health forward by helping to ensure our community has access to high quality care that focuses on improving total health, not just episodic care,” said Matthew Muhart, executive vice vice president and chief strategy officer of Memorial Healthcare System. “With our Assurance program, we’re extending our impact to proactively care for small business employees who are the backbone of our local economy.”

    Memorial Health Assurance services will be delivered through Memorial Health Network and Holy Cross Physician Partners, two well-established, clinically-integrated networks that are part of Atlantic Coast Health Network. That network includes over 2,000 physicians, seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four outpatient surgery centers, and two free-standing emergency departments. It also features both adult and pediatric heart and kidney transplant programs, inpatient/outpatient behavioral health services, a skilled nursing facility, and a home health agency.

    Memorial Health Assurance includes partner services provided by reputable and long-standing companies, including back-office operations by Health Plans, Inc. and stop-loss coverage by Swiss Re Group.

    Visit Memorial Health Assurance for more information or call 800-987-6151.

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    Memorial Healthcare System Earns ‘Most Wired’ Recognition

    Memorial Healthcare System has been certified as one the nation’s ‘most wired’ healthcare organizations by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

    Memorial was among nearly 37,000 providers participating in CHIME’s 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program. It earned level 9 recognition in three survey categories – acute, ambulatory, and long-term care – and was one of six organizations in the U.S., and the only one in Florida, to achieve that status in long term care. In the acute and ambulatory care areas, Memorial was one of five Florida-based organizations in each to reach level 9 and was the only one from Broward County.

    The CHIME program assesses how effectively organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities. Level nine and ten organizations have been described in CHIME’s report as often being leaders in healthcare technology that actively push the industry forward.

    “We pride ourselves on being an early adapter in the digital space and continue to broaden our technology platforms to benefit the healthcare consumer in South Florida,” said Jeffrey S. Sturman, Memorial Healthcare System senior vice president and chief digital officer. “This recognition certifies that we continue to perform at an extremely high level in critically important categories.”

    Organizations at all stages of development, from early to industry leading, were surveyed by CHIME, an executive organization dedicated to serving senior healthcare IT leaders. Participants were judged on the adoption, integration, and impact of technologies in eight areas:

    • Infrastructure
    • Security
    • Business/Disaster recovery
    • Administrative/Supply chain
    • Analytics/Data management
    • Interoperability/Population health
    • Patient engagement
    • Clinical quality/Safety

    “Digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated to an unprecedented level since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that empowers healthcare consumers,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes the outstanding digital leaders who have paved the way for this imminent revolution in healthcare. Their trailblazing commitment to rapid transformation has set an example for the entire industry in how to pursue a leadership vision with determination, brilliant planning and courage to overcome all challenges.”

    The annual survey is designed to identify and recognize healthcare organizations that exemplify best practices through their adoption, implementation and use of information technology. In each of its four years, CHIME has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. It also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.

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    Memorial Joins Forces With Solis Mammography to Expand Access to Women’s Breast Health Services in South Florida

    Memorial Healthcare System has joined forces with Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening and diagnostic services, to expand access to high-quality, patient-focused breast health care, while providing added convenience to patients. Through this innovative partnership, Solis Mammography, a breast wellness leader, will manage Memorial’s comprehensive women’s breast imaging services, as well as bone density testing at Memorial’s four women’s imaging centers in Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, and Miramar. The collaboration includes plans to expand access through multiple, community-based locations throughout South Florida.

    “The opportunity to expand access to critically-important, potentially life-saving care is always a priority for Memorial, and Solis Mammography will help facilitate that through easily accessible locations,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, president and CEO, Memorial Healthcare System. “There are also synergies with some of our other women-focused services and a joint commitment to combining the latest technology with a patient-centered approach to care.”

    Early breast cancer detection saves lives, yet nationally only about 54% of women get regular screening mammograms. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Memorial and Solis Mammography are aligned around a shared mission of promoting and preserving women’s breast health and overall wellness by providing an exceptional patient experience that encourages annual mammography compliance.

    “We know that providing greater access to advanced mammography services changes lives,” said Grant Davies, president and CEO of Solis Mammography. “Through our relationship with Memorial Healthcare System, we’re looking forward to serving the women of South Florida with our specialized approach to breast health – an approach that marries an innovation-driven early cancer detection platform with an unparalleled patient experience.”

    The relationship was recently approved by the South Broward Hospital District’s Board of Commissioners, and it is Solis Mammography’s first hospital-based relationship in Florida. Solis Mammography operates more than 90 centers across the nation and serves more than one million patients each year. The 35-year-old company is known for its compassionate, patient-focused approach to breast health and its robust advancements in screening, including 3D mammography with AI software integration, and SmartCurve comfort technology.

    Under the terms of the agreement, breast studies at all locations, including existing sites at Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Memorial Hospital West, and Memorial Hospital Miramar, will be read by the same radiologists Memorial patients have come to trust.

    About Solis Mammography

    Solis Mammography is a specialized healthcare provider that has been dedicated to helping women achieve and maintain breast health and peace of mind for more than 35 years and more than 5 million procedures. Headquartered in Addison, TX, Solis Mammography operates more than 90 centers in 11 major markets, including North Texas, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, Columbus, Nashville, Greensboro, Washington, DC and Miami, and, through its affiliated brands Washington Radiology and Progressive Radiology, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The company operates both wholly owned centers and multiple successful joint venture partnerships with large hospital systems, physician practices and prominent medical and academic institutions.