PACIFICSOURCE HEALTH PLANS.
PacificSource Health Plans An 5-year commitment as a strong community partner with a regional footprint 5 years 1 International Way Springfield, OR 97477 (00) 624-6052 https://www.pacificsource.com/ In an era of significant uncertainty when it comes to health care coverage for many Americans, PacificSource Health Plans has remained committed to being a strong community partner with a consistent regional footprint for the past 5 years. Based in Springfield, the not-for-profit insurance provider offers medical and dental benefits for businesses and individuals and has offices in Oregon, Idaho and Montana. It insures more than 300,000 members and 3,900 employers, and contracts with more than 46,300 physicians, hospitals and other health care providers. In an age of lots of consolidation and few independents in any industry, weve been able to remain an independent player and nonprofit serving the region, said Ken Provencher, president and chief executive officer. We operate in a business where weve had both the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which we favored tremendously, and the instability of the last year, and weve been able to navigate that instability pretty well. Key to its success has been PacificSources relationships with key provider partners. These include a partnership with Legacy Health that took effect in January 2017 in which Legacy purchased a 50-percent member interest in PacificSource, and its Board of Directors is now made up of an equal number of Pacific Source and Legacy Board members as well as three independent members of the community. As part of the agreement, PacificSource became the insurance provider for Legacys eligible employees and their families. By sticking with what Provencher called basic good business practices, the organization is able to spend at least 5 percent of every dollar on health care services. Its Foundation for Health Improvement, founded in 1992, awards grants and establishes partnerships that focus on improving access to health care for vulnerable populations and promoting health excellence through innovative care and community health and wellness programs. In December, the foundation committed $190,000 in grant support to six nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Idaho as part of its new Healthcare Access Partners program and funds the programs cohorts for up to five years. Oregons recipients included the Center for Community Counseling in Eugene/Springfield, Medical Teams International, Volunteers in Medicine of the Cascades and Volunteers in Medicine Eugene/Springfield. The goal of the Healthcare Access Partners program is to foster financial stability and predictability for partner clinics, and assist in their ability to provide reliable and quality health care services to the vulnerable or underserved, PacificSource said in a statement about the grant. In addition, the foundation will sponsor peer-to-peer and technical assistance opportunities among partner clinics, allowing them to network, problem-solve and support one another around the shared volunteer workforce model and critical services they provide. The foundation awarded $631,000 to 23 regional nonprofits in 2017. In the organizations birthplace of Lane County, where it remains headquartered, it has provided a total of $6,292,524 in community donations since 2007. The foundation has a long tradition of funding safety net clinics and, as we look at the issue of access, we think these safety nets play a very important role at the community level, Provencher said. We wanted to have a more direct approach to supporting those clinics and a more long-term defined relationship rather than having clinics have to come back to us year after year. In addition to the foundations grants and other initiatives, PacificSources support for the community extends to local school districts. The organization sponsors an annual Healthy Life Schools Challenge, a four-week campaign that rewards school faculty and staff for replacing the greatest number of high-calorie snacks each day with servings of fresh fruit and vegetables. The school staff that consumes the highest percentage of fruit and veggies receives a donation of up to $3,000 to help support health and wellness efforts within the participating schools. The challenge not only engages school staff members to improve their health by increasing awareness, access and consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, it also creates opportunities for teachers, faculty and staff to set good examples and share information on healthy eating and active living with students. Participants receive complimentary fruit and vegetables from PacificSource each week during the challenge to help the schools get a head start. PacificSources Healthy Life program, which encompasses the school challenge, promotes the adoption and maintenance of positive health behaviors related to physical activity, healthy eating, smoke-free living and stress management through wellness initiatives across the Pacific Northwest. Through its Community Health Excellence (CHE) program, PacificSource supports a collaborative community health improvement program that makes financial contributions and provides other resources to the health care initiatives of providers in Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Launched in 2009, the CHE funding pays for expenses related to improved patient care processes, team-based care, training and data collection. The supported initiatives are independently evaluated on having a significant positive impact for their patients, regardless of their insurance status. Provencher said the organizations commitment to the communities where its offices and subsidiaries are located also includes volunteer service on behalf of its employees. PacificSource provides employees with a paid day of community service each year. Provencher leads by example as a longtime coach of youth basketball and baseball, a past member of the Corvallis Little League Board of Directors, and a mentor in the American Health Insurance Plans Executive Program. His current and past board participation includes the United Way of Lane County, 0% Access, the Foundation for Medical Excellence, the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Advisory Committee, and the Oregon Health Council, among other volunteer activities. We really encourage our leaders and our employees at large to volunteer. For me, and I think for most of our employees, it adds a lot of meaning to what we do and its a great way to be engaged, he said. With its subsidiaries, PacificSource employs about 1,000 people. Provencher credits them for PacificSources success today and moving forward into its ninth decade of operations. We are such a people- and relationship-based company that our strength really comes from our employees and our leaders within the company. Putting them in a position to succeed really makes our company go, he said.
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