Franklin Memorial Makes Preferred Hospital Status
Affects the co-pays of Maine state employees health plan
April 3, 2012
On March 26, the Maine Health Management Coalition announced that Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) is a “tier 1” preferred hospital under the State of Maine employee health plan. The Coalition ranks hospitals in three weighted performance categories (care that experts recommend, systems to prevent medical errors, and patient experience) and in comparative costs.
Tier 1 preferred status means that patient co-pays are waived for some services for state employees and their dependants.
In addition, all FMH physician practices met or exceeded all the Coalition’s testing standards and also received a tier 1 preferred ranking. This means that there is no co-pay for primary care for state employees and their dependants under the health plan; however for specialty care at Franklin Health Dermatology, Orthopaedics, Surgery, Women’s Care, Behavioral Services, Ear Nose & Throat, and Child & Adolescent Developmental Pediatrics the co-pay is $25.
“Franklin Memorial Hospital earns high quality ratings from a wide variety of quality surveys we participate in,” said Gerald Cayer, Franklin Community Health Network executive vice president. “These outside reviews consistently affirm Franklin Memorial Hospital as an outstanding institution with top quality patient care and exceptional physicians and nurses.”
For more information about the Maine employee health plan, visit http://www.maine.gov/beh
To see the hospital rankings visit the Maine Health Management Coalition’s Web site at www.getbettermaine.org.
Franklin Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Franklin Community Health Network, a locally controlled, nonprofit, integrated network of rural health care providers.
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