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Meridian - Monthly Informational Handouts

April 22, 2019

Meridian has provided these informational monthly handouts:

  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care and Controlling High Blood Pressure
  • Chlamydia Screening
  • MeridianCare :  a Message from the Stars and Medicare Stars Overview
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and The American College of Radiology BI-RADS Atlas and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)
  • Notification of Change to Inpatient Claim Submission Requirements

UHC: CAHPS Importance of Care Coordination

April 9, 2019

The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey includes a wide range of questions, some of which are tied to care coordination. This very important topic was identified by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) as one of the national priorities for action to improve quality and make care safe, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient and equitable.1


Meridian - Monthly Informational Handouts

March 28, 2019

Meridian has provided informational handouts on the following topics:

  • Prenatal Care; Scheduling Postpartum Care
  • Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Plan
  • The Health Outcomes Survey (HOS)
  • Access to Care
  • Annual Wellness Visit

In addition, there are informational sheets on:

  • HealthHelp Implementation
  • Provider Notification: New Quality Review Program for Radiology and Cardiology


Helpful Info from Priority Health on Serving Lakeland Plan Members

March 15, 2019

Now that Lakeland employees have moved from ASR to Priority Health, here's some helpful information for your office to know for your patients who are Lakeland plan members.  The attached update reviews correct copay amounts for Primary and Specialty Care, Patient Costs, Covered Preventative Services, Referrals and Prior Authorizations.

LMOA - March 2019 Luncheon

March 4, 2019

The Lakeland Medical Office Association invites you to attend our March luncheon and seminar.  This month’s seminar is two presentations in one and will include role-playing scenarios for clarity at the end. 

Dr. Birris will be speaking first on how medical stressors affect how patients react to medical staff. Then, Norma Tirado will be talking about how we react to those stressed patients and why - what triggers our bad reactions.


Meridian - Monthly Informational Handouts

March 4, 2019

Meridian has provided some informational handouts on the following topics:

  • Childhood and Adolescent Immuizations: Billing Guidelines
  • Meridian Incentive Program Overview
  • Well Care Exams and Lead Screening
  • Well-Child Exams and Lead Screening
  • Meridian's eviCore Implementation for cardiac and radiological imaging Utilization Management programs
  • Meridian's HealthHelp Implementation for oncology and radiation threrapy Utilization Management programs


Breakfast Forum: "Recreational Marijuana and the Workforce"

Lakeland Care Network Employer Services is offering you a chance to hear more about how to navigate the new law while maintaining a safe work environment at our upcoming breakfast forum. Hurry, registration ends Friday, February 15, 2019.

Will Marijuana Legalization Change Workplace Drug Policies?
Does the New Law Require Employers to Allow Use at Work?
What Does it Mean for Testing?

Reminder - Lakeland Associate Labs Go To Lakeland

February 4, 2019

Please remember that all labs requested for Lakeland associates, need to go to Lakeland laboratories, not Quest. 

Although the plan administrator changed from ASR to Priority Health for the Lakeland employees on 1/1/19,  the requirment for Lakeland covered plan members' labs stays the same - they must be sent to Lakeland for in-network consideration.

SWMBH- Paperless Claims Submission Changes

January 31, 2019

As Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (SWMBH) continues to move forward in reducing paper and finding more efficient and cost effective ways to reduce healthcare administrative costs we are making changes to allowable claims submission methods for providers.

Effective October 1, 2018, SWMBH will no longer accept paper claims from its provider network. Claims will be returned to the provider.  There are now multiple ways for providers to submit claims to SWMBH without the need for paper forms. Claims may be submitted in any of the following ways:

New Medicare Advantage Contract Added

January 24, 2019

The Lakeland Care Network has added an additional Medicare contract to its panel. Effective 1/1/19, all Lakeland Care Network providers and offices participate with Blue Care Network's Medicare Advantage HMO plan.  This new contract will join Lakeland Care's two other existing Medicare Advantage contracts that are held with Humana and Priority Health. As this is a new contract, membership numbers will be low, so you may not see very many patients come in with this new coverage this year.

Insurance Payor Change for Two SW Michigan Employers

January 9, 2019

Effective on January 1, 2019, Gaishin Manufacturing and Supreme Casting have changed their insurance coverage from Ameraplan to ClaimChoice. 

At this time, please continue to send claims to Cofinity until further notice of changes.


LMOA January 2019 Meeting Invitation

January 8, 2019

LMOA is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality education to southwestern Michigan's healthcare community.

The Lakeland Medical Office Association invites you to attend our January luncheon and seminar.  


Program:  Legislative Update of Current Political Events and their Effect on Medical Practices

Join us for Josh Richmond’s presentation on Michigan’s current political events and policy.


Topics will include:

Meridian - Monthly Informational Handouts

December 11, 2018

Meridian has provided informational handouts on the following topics:

  • Meridiancare - 2018 Recap
  • Osteoporosis Management in Women and Preventing Fractures
  • Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence Treatment/ Antidepression Medication Management
  • Annual Monitoring for Patients in Persistent Medications

Please read the attachements for details.

Lakeland Care Network Expands Network of Mental Health Providers

November 19, 2018

Over the last several years, the need for mental health services in our nation as well as our own communities has steadily increased. Based upon the results of Lakeland’s Community Needs Assessment, we have learned that in order to meet the mental health demands of the community, we must expand our network.

Specific to mental health providers, Lakeland Care has credentialed physician psychiatrists and LP’s (Licensed Psychologists) which include the doctoral level degrees of PhD, PsyD, and EdD.

LMOA - November 2018 Meeting

November 7, 2018

LMOA is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality education to southwestern Michigan's healthcare community.

The Lakeland Medical Office Association invites you to attend our November luncheon and seminar.  

Program:  Safety in Physician Offices

Nearly half of all non-fatal injuries that occur at work, take place in either Health Care or Social Services settings.

ASR - Pre-certification Updates for Outpatient Infusion and Injection Therapy

October 30, 2018

Please see the attached notification of upcoming ASR changes impacting the areas of:

  • Pre-certification for Outpatient Infusion & Injection Therapy
  • Increased dollar threshold for medical equipment requiring pre-certification

The updated version of these requirements will also be included in a revision to the Provider Administrative Manual, which is available online through the ASR Provider Portal.

Also attached, is a revised “At-A-Glance” page, reflecting these changes. 

2018 Annual Payor Conference Reference Tools

October 19, 2018

Thanks to all who spent the afternoon with us this week at the annual Lakeland Care Network Payor Conference. We hope it was a valuable day for you and your office or department.  Attached are presentations for your reference.  The link to ASR's summary is here.

CHAMPS - Get Enrolled!

October 16, 2018

Updated Medicaid Managed Care Plan Provider Enrollment Timeline

August 29, 2018: Health care providers that serve Medicaid beneficiaries are facing an upcoming enrollment deadline that is necessary for them to continue to receive payments from Medicaid. 

While the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has revised the timeline to give providers more time to enroll, the department is urging providers to complete the screening and enrollment process as soon as possible.

Flu Administration CPT/HCPC Codes for 2018 Flu Season

October 9, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that patients 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccine.

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine will cover the three most common strains in the Northern Hemisphere, as identified by the CDC:

• A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus

• A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus

• B/Colorado/06/2017-like (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage) virus

Please read the attachment for additional information.

Humana - Important Provider Portal Change Effective October 3, 2018

October 4, 2018

Humana’s secure medical provider portal is closing. Please make the switch to Availity now.


This is a repeat of an article originally posted on July 23, 2018 on the LCN website

On Oct. 3, 2018, the secure medical provider portal will close. Use the Availity Provider Portal instead to work with us online.


Take action today to avoid interruption to your work

Lakeland Care Network's 2018 Annual Payor Conference

October 1, 2018

The Lakeland Medical Office Association invites you to attend our October luncheon and half-day meeting, sponsored by the Lakeland Care Network.

Program:          Lakeland Care Network’s Annual Payor Conference

This year’s Payor Conference will feature the major payors in our market – including those who have Commercial, Medicare, Medicaid and dual eligible products.  Lakeland Care will also provide an update on our network's current projects and future initiatives.

Meridian - Monthly Informational Handouts

September 26, 2018

Meridian has provided some informational handouts on the following topics:

  • Influenza Vaccination
  • BMI Measurement and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Prenatal Care/ Scheduling Postpartum Care
  • Chlamydia screening

UHC-CP Obstetrical Ultrasound Reimbursement Update

September 20, 2018

Starting October 1, 2018, UHC-CP is changing their Obstetrical Ultrasound Policy to further align with Medicaid guidelines. Medicaid doesn’t consider ultrasounds to be medically necessary if they’re done only to determine the fetal sex or provide parents with a photograph of the fetus. A detailed ultrasound fetal anatomic examination is also considered medically unnecessary for a routine screening of a normal pregnancy.


What’s Changing

UHC-CP willl implement these guidelines for claims processed on or after October 1, 2018:

Meridian Informational Handouts

September 20, 2018

Meridian has provided some informational handouts on the following topics:

  • Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)
  • Dental Care Information
  • Appropriate Treatment for Children with Upper Respirator Infection/ with Pharyngitis
  • Well Child Exams and Lead Screening
  • Potentially Harmful drug-Disease  Interactions in the Elderly
  • Childhood and Adolescent Immunizations
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Medication Reconciliation Post Discharge