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July 30th Special Meeting Agenda is Posted

The Agenda for Island Hospital’s conversation with the Orcas Island community is now posted. The meeting will include a presentation from Island Hospital’s leadership followed by a Q&A session to answer YOUR questions.

You are encouraged to submit questions via email to Superintendent Anne Presson prior to the meeting. Superintendent Presson will accept questions until 3 pm on Thursday, and she can be reached at annep@orcashealth.org. During the meeting you will be able to send Chat messages to Superintendent Presson, and that is how we will capture additional questions for Island Hospital.

Please click HERE to access the Agenda, which contains the details to participate via Zoom.

COVID-19 Update

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order  to Aug. 27 requiring health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Insurers also must continue:

  • Allowing a one-time early refill for prescription drugs.
  • Suspending any prior authorization requirement for treatment or testing of COVID-19.
  • In addition, if an insurer does not have enough medical providers in its network to provide testing or treatment for COVID-19, it must allow enrollees to be treated by another provider within a reasonable distance at no additional cost.

The extension is effective immediately and applies to all state-regulated health insurance plans and short-term limited duration medical plans until Aug. 27, 2020.

To read the full Press Release click HERE.

Join Us for a Conversation with Island Hospital

The next phase of the Medical Clinic Operator Request for Proposal (RFP) is a Special Board Meeting/Community Conversation with the leadership of Island Hospital. This is the chance for the new CEO and his team to engage directly with YOU.

In addition to reviewing the basics of their response to the RFP, Island Hospital will address the questions we have been capturing from the community. Topics will include their lessons learned from the past and how they envision a new future, their approach to an integrated clinic, community collaboration and engagement, and after-hours coverage/collaboration with EMS.

The meeting will begin at 5:00 pm on Thursday, July 30th . Please visit the Calendar tab for details on how to access the meeting via Zoom. Questions and comments can also be submitted to the District Superintendent, Anne Presson, in advance of the meeting. Superintendent Presson can be contacted by email, annep@orcashealth.org, or via cell/text at 415-999-5611.

Following this meeting, the next phase of the RFP process will be for the OIHCD to decide whether to enter into negotiations and pursue a contract with Island Hospital. That discussion will take place at the OIHCD Regular Board meeting on August 4th.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to get informed about our health care options and have your questions answered.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Late last week, the governor and secretary of health announced several updates to the Safe Start plan to help us have fewer, shorter and safer interactions with people outside our households. This includes reductions in the number of people who can be in a restaurant or fitness center at one time, and restrictions around other opportunities for gathering with other people for longer periods of time.

The most important thing you can do is reduce the amount of time you are around people outside your household. You can do that by having fewer, shorter, and safer interactions with other people. It’s still most effective for us to all stay home as much as possible. If you do go out, be sure to keep it quick, keep your distance from others, and wear your cloth face covering. Then wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Below are a few resources to help us continue to manage through this difficult period:

Washington 211 COVID-19 call center is a general information line related to COVID-19. If you need information or have a general question, call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.

Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.

Want to help? Join the Washington Mask Challenge. The Lt. Governor’s office has partnered with the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest and Serve Washington to organize a statewide homemade mask-making initiative to encourage the general public to make, wear, and donate cloth masks. Visit www.wamaskchallenge.org for information.

 

July 21st Regular & Special Board Meeting/Town Hall Agenda is Posted

The Agenda for the July 21, 2020 Regular and Special Meeting/Town Hall of the OIHCD is now posted HERE.

The Regular Board meeting will begin at 4:30 pm, an hour earlier than normal. It is scheduled to end at 5:30 pm and will be immediately followed by the Special Meeting/Town Hall.

Details to access the online meeting are summarized below.

Join Zoom Meeting 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88654139904

Dial by Phone: +1 253 215 8782

Meeting ID: 886 5413 9904

One tap mobile 
+12532158782,,88654139904#

As a reminder, the Board has modified the way in which Public Comments are received in the current virtual meeting format. If you wish to provide an oral or written Public Comment during the Regular Board meeting please submit an email to Superintendent Anne Presson, annep@orcashealth.org, by 3 pm the day of the meeting.

Public feedback and questions will be taken via Chat during the Special Board/Town Hall meeting that is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm.

 

 

 

OIHCD Hosts Third Town Hall

We will be hosting a third virtual Town Hall meeting to provide an update on the Medical Clinic Operator Request for Proposal (RFP). This will be the community’s final opportunity to provide feedback to the OIHCD prior to a finalist presentation tentatively scheduled for July 30th from 5 – 7 pm.

The Town Hall will begin at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 21st, following a short Regular Board meeting. The first half of the Town Hall will focus on the details of the proposal from Island Hospital, and the second half of the meeting will allow for community input. The goal is to capture questions from the community for Island Hospital to answer, should the Board proceed with a finalist presentation the following week.

Please visit the Calendar tab of the website for details on how to access the meeting via Zoom. Questions and comments can also be submitted to the District Superintendent, Anne Presson, in advance of the Town Hall. Superintendent Presson can be contacted by email, annep@orcashealth.org, or via cell/text at 415-999-5611.

Please join us as we continue to offer opportunities for the community to engage in helping to shape the future of health care on Orcas.

July 14th Special Board Meeting Agenda is Posted

The Agenda for the July 14, 2020 Special Meeting of the OIHCD is now posted HERE.

Details to access the online meeting are summarized below.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87652676120

Meeting ID: 876 5267 6120
Dial by Phone: +1 253 215 8782

One tap mobile +12532158782,,87652676120#

As a reminder, the Board has modified the way in which Public Comments are received in the current virtual meeting format. If you wish to provide an oral or written Public Comment please submit an email to Superintendent Anne Presson, annep@orcashealth.org, by 3 pm the day of the meeting.

Agenda for July 9th Town Hall

Click HERE for details on the OIHCD Town Hall.

July 7 Meeting Materials Posted

The Agenda and meeting materials for the July 7, 2020 Regular Meeting of the OIHCD are now available. To access documents please click HERE.

Meeting Instructions to Join the Meeting are summarized below:

Join Zoom Meeting: ZOOM LINK

Meeting ID: 841 6084 5269

Dial In Phone: 1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 841 6084 5269

As a reminder, the Board has modified the way in which Public Comments are received in the current virtual meeting format. If you wish to provide an oral Public Comment during the July 7, 2020 OIHCD Regular Board meeting, please submit an email to annep@orcashealth.org.

 

 

 

Board Update

The material for the June 30th Town Hall meeting which starts at 5 pm is available HERE.

 

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