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Bremerton-based KPS Health Plans has announced that it was recently ranked seventh — out of 191 - on the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 2013 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey for Federal Employees Health Benefits plans nationwide.

These ratings reflect the opinions of KPS members, who are also federal workers. “This year’s results recognize the excellent care and service provided by our dedicated customer service representatives, claims staff, and medical providers that our members have come to expect,” said KPS president Jim Page. read more »


Business Examiner

Franciscan Women’s Health Associates and Franciscan Maternal-Fetal Medicine Associates have expanded to Gig Harbor.

The two clinics are now co-located on the first floor of the Franciscan Medical Pavilion at 6401 Kimball Drive.

According to Scott Thompson, media relations manager at Franciscan, the new location will be staffed full-time by an obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Mark Behnam.

A perinatologist and a certified nurse midwife also will be at the location, although only on a part-time basis. Both will remain based at the Franciscan Medical Building at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. read more »


Washington has been a national leader in building its state health exchange — in every respect but one.

As the Affordable Care Act takes hold across the nation, Washington will enter the new year as the only state that lacks a health exchange for small businesses. That means Washington’s small employers will miss out on tax credits available to their counterparts in other states.

At the same time, insurance costs could rise for many Washington business owners because the new law bars some types of employer associations that small companies in the state have long used to band together for buying coverage.

Taken together, the loss of many employer associations and lack of tax credits could prove to be unpleasant surprises for small-business owners struggling to cover their workers. read more »

AWB Commentary

In the midst of all the turmoil, confusion and partisan infighting over the Affordable Care Act, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s words have come back to haunt us: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”

Well, now we know.

Millions of people who buy their own health insurance are losing their coverage because their policies don’t qualify under Obamacare. Contrary to the president’s repeated assurances, they can’t keep their policies or their doctors. And because Obamacare requires policies to include benefits and coverage many people don’t want or need, the new policies are in many cases far more costly.

The sticker shock and disruption have created a political firestorm in Washington, D.C., further aggravated by the collapse of the ACA website. Finger pointing is consuming our nation’s capital. read more »


Harrison Medical Center has been recognized for exemplary performance in using practices that improve care for certain conditions by the nation’s leading hospital accreditation commission.

The Joint Commission named Harrison a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures specifically for its quality measures related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. This designation demonstrates Harrison’s continuing commitment to accountability and using proven practices that improve patient care.

“Providing our patients with safe, exceptional care every day is of utmost importance to Harrison,” said president and CEO Scott Bosch. “This achievement reflects that dedication, and I am very proud of our staff.” read more »


A business called Lice Knowing You is now offering mobile head lice removal services to families in Kitsap County. Families who have, or suspect that they have, head lice can now call Lice Knowing You and one of the company’s trained technicians will make a house call to check for and or/perform a head lice treatment.

“We have many clients that have come to our clinics from Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and Silverdale,” said Nancy Gordon, owner of Lice Knowing You. “Now, clients in Kitsap County can be successfully treated for head lice in the comfort of their own home … in one treatment, guaranteed.”

Gordon and her team of employees use a clinically proven, natural and organic 3-step system, designed to eliminate lice safely and effectively. In addition, the technician will train parents and caregivers on a follow-up protocol to ensure that families remain lice — and nit-free. All treatments are guaranteed for 30 days. read more »


The state health exchange is expected to provide health insurance for hundreds of thousands of people in Washington state, but a recent legal complaint is raising questions about what they will get for their money and whether hospitals can survive on what exchange plans are willing to pay.

Seattle Children’s Hospital filed suit against the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) last week, objecting to the fact that only two out of six exchange plans available in King County cover care at the pediatric hospital.

Seattle Children’s argues this decision could force some King County families who buy exchange plans to travel to Tacoma or Everett for pediatric care, which could be a hardship, particularly in cases where children have chronic conditions requiring regular visits. read more »


UNION — Harmony Hill Retreat Center is offering new classes both online and in person at the center.

Denise Carrico will be teaching a new yoga class on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. between Oct. 16 and Dec. 18. The class is appropriate for all skill levels, with a focus on learning and practicing basic yoga techniques, including breathing, stretches and postures. The class is designed to increase flexibility, strength and the ability to relax. Mats are provided, and participants should wear comfortable clothing. The program is offered at $12 per class, with multiple-class discounts available.

Harmony Hill offers healthy living education online and free on topics such as nutrition and information promoting wellness. Sessions on Eating with Awareness, Cooling Down with Anti-inflammatory Foods, and an entire library of online offerings are available at: www.harmonyhill.org/videos that are viewable any time. read more »


PR Newswire

More than 6,000 emergency physicians from across the nation will be in Seattle for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2013 Scientific Assembly at the Washington State Convention Center from Oct. 14-17. This year’s conference — which comes at a critical juncture in the evolution of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — will present the most current information and impact of the ACA on emergency medicine.

Also, for the first time in its history the ACEP will feature a 9,000-square-foot, interactive mock emergency department featuring the latest innovations in emergency care at its annual meeting. InnovatED, an area where subject matter experts will discuss and debate ideas to improve patient care, will be open on the exhibit floor of the convention center. read more »

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