Monday, March 10, 2014

LMH clarifies questions about patient letter

If you received a letter in the mail from Logansport Memorial Hospital that had a California address listed, please do not be alarmed. Patients should know that this is not a scam.

The letter that was sent did have a California address listed, but that does not mean that we are now owned by a place in California. Please disregard that California address. We are still your local, independent, county-owned hospital, located at 1101 Michigan Avenue in Logansport.

As you know, Logansport Memorial Hospital is now part of an accountable care organization. We have joined with nine other hospitals around the country to form the National Rural Accountable Care Organization. To facilitate streamlined communications for all hospitals and states involved, the headquarters for our group is located in California – that’s why the address was listed that way. 

Being part of the National Rural Accountable Care Organization just makes us part of a larger group that will look at where our healthcare needs are for the Medicare population that we serve. The more Medicare patients that we have participating in this with us, the better that we are able to serve them by accessing useful data they provide. Your information does remain secure and protected, but using it helps us focus on addressing and improving identified health needs for our community. 

You don’t have to change your doctor, or change anything about how you receive care from us. Being an accountable care organization only changes how the care we give you is packaged and delivered – it’s a more coordinated approach to address all of your ongoing health needs as a person, throughout your life.

Our overall goal in becoming an accountable care organization is the same as it is with everything else that we do – to improve the health of our community. To achieve this, we need to address the health issues that can potentially decrease your quality of life. If we can partner with you to identify and improve those health needs, you’ll get what you need to live your life in a healthy and fulfilling way. That’s what we want for you, and we’re willing to work with you to get there. 

Don’t let your confusion be a concern – contact us directly with any questions that you may have. You can reach Crystal Zinsmeister, Director of Care Coordination at (574) 753-1317.

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