Help is available to Routt County residents for insurance enrollment
Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 12.
· Financial help is available to lower monthly premiums in 2018.
· Free in-person assistance is available to help you find the right plan.
· If you’re already enrolled, you may need to renew your plan to retain coverage.
· There are tax penalties for not having health insurance in 2018.
· You must enroll or renew your plan by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1. Jan. 12 is the last day to enroll for 2018 coverage.
For free assistance, contact Northwest Colorado Health at 970-871-7330 or UCHealth at Yampa Valley Medical Center at 970-879-1322. For more information and resources, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/healthinsurance.
YVMC receives “A” for patient safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center received an “A” from The Leapfrog Group for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. This is the fourth “A” in a row for YVMC.
Emergency Care at YVMC ranks in the 99th percentile
Emergency Care at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center consistently ranks among the 99th percentile for care, according to Press Ganey, a leading provider of patient experience measurement, performance analytics and strategic advisory solutions for health care organizations across the continuum of care. Specific areas of care, including care delivered by nurses and doctors, involvement of family/friends and overall assessment, also consistently ranks in the 99th percentile.
Precautions against head lice advised
Northwest Colorado Health is recommending school-age children and family members take precautions to prevent the spread of head lice. Head lice are usually spread by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. They can sometimes be spread by sharing clothing or belongings. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to treat head lice. The following steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice.
· Avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities at home, school and elsewhere.
· Wear long hair up or pulled back. Do not share hats, hair clips, combs or brushes. Disinfest combs and brushes used by a person who has lice by soaking them in hot water of at least 130 degrees Feirenheit for five to 10 minutes.
· Do not share towels or clothing such as coats, scarves or uniforms. Avoid hanging coats on top of others’ coats.
· Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with a person who has lice.
· Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens and other items that a person who has lice wore or used during the two days before treatment using the hot water laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for two weeks.
· Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where a person with lice sat or lay.
For more information, visit cdc.gov/lice.
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