Anthem expands mountain-exclusive health insurance plan to employers
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado expanded its new lower cost mountain health plan, created in partnership with the parent organization of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, to cover large and small group employers.
In January, Anthem began selling a new health plan to individuals through the Colorado health insurance marketplace.
The Mountain Enhanced plan was created in collaboration with Vail Valley Medical Center in Eagle County and Centura Health, the region’s largest health care provider.
The expansion allows small and large employers in Eagle, Summit, La Plata and Montezuma counties to purchase Anthem’s Mountain Enhanced HMO plan effective July 1.
The plan is exclusive to health care providers in the Centura Health network — which includes St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Mercy Regional Medical Center and a network of about 75 providers in Summit, La Plata and Montezuma counties — and the Vail Valley Medical Center.
The plan aims to keep health care local, giving residents the ability to receive care from physicians and providers in the communities where they live and work, while addressing the high health insurance premiums in Colorado’s mountain communities.
“We continue to find ways to expand our partnership to support accessible health care solutions for our mountain communities,” said Gary Campbell, Centura Health president and CEO.
Mountain Enhanced Blue will include Anthem’s 24/7 nurse line and 360 degree health and wellness programs like Condition Care, which helps members with complex medical conditions receive help following their doctor’s care plan.
For information on the plan, visit anthem.com or call 1 (866) 777-0607.
Doctor joins Frisco OB/GYN practice
High Country Healthcare OB/GYN Specialists recently announced the addition of Dr. Lois McLauchlan, who joined the Frisco practice in January.
She provides personal gynecological consultation and delivers babies at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.
Originally from Philadelphia, McLauchlan practiced in Littleton, Colorado, for nearly 25 years, and in 2013 she helped staff OB/GYN practices temporarily in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Dickinson, North Dakota.
In January 2014, she traveled to Kenya and served on a gynecological surgical team for two weeks through the Matibabu Foundation in Kenya.
“I hope to return to East Africa from time to time to provide OB/GYN care to the people there,” McLauchlan said.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in medical science from the University of Colorado and completed medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver in 1985. McLauchlan finished her internship and residency at West Virginia University where she received the Charles S. Mahan Award for resident teaching.
An avid hiker, cross-country skier and in-line skate enthusiast, McLauchlan spends most of her free time in the mountains with her dog and husband, a photographer. Her favorite time of year is summer and she is fortunate to have her parents and sibling nearby.
For more information, call (970) 668-5771.
Chiropractic center adds back pain technology
Auth Chiropractic and Vitality Center in Dillon added a new technology to help patients cope with back pain and avoid surgery.
Jeffrey Auth, a doctor of chiropractic who opened the center in Dillon in 2000, brought the technique to his practice after using it on himself and receiving formal training from its creator in October.
In 2014, Auth was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and three herniated discs and suffered from severe sciatica. His intense pain limited his abilities to walk his dog, shop for groceries or do household chores.
Auth wanted to avoid surgery that permanently fuses the lumbar spine, and he sought a non-invasive alternative that wouldn’t limit his future mobility.
Through a chiropractic school colleague, Dr. Richard Busch III, Auth created the Decompression Reduction Stabilization (DRS) Protocol, which Busch developed and began using 17 years ago.
The protocol uses a device to create a vacuum effect under computer direction in intervertebral areas, pulling oxygen, nutrients and water into the affected segment. The device promotes healing in the disc, creates more space between vertebrae and allows the bulge, or herniation, to retract. Progress happens during visits over six to eight weeks.
The DRS Protocol also incorporates a holistic nutritional supplement plan, a stretching and exercise regimen and chiropractic evaluations to promote stabilization.
Auth felt significant relief after six weeks of treatment and was able to return to his normal outdoor activities.
He and his staff trained with Busch in Indiana before bringing the protocol to Auth’s patients, the majority of whom he said have experienced excellent or good results.
“By bringing in the DRS Protocol, I enjoy my practice more than ever,” Auth said. “I take great pride seeing my patients return to their active lifestyles, free of pain, smiling and hopeful about their health and their future.”
Auth is holding a free seminar about the DRS Protocol on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the office at 114 Village Place, Suite 201, in Dillon. For information or to RSVP, call (970) 262-7929.
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