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Acute Care

Acute Care

Serious illnesses or injuries requiring short-term care are going to occur in our lives, whether they are planned or unplanned. Our acute care nurses support members while navigating these times in our lives, providing both positive health and financial outcomes.

Inpatient Care and Review

Care starts before you are a patient in the hospital. From precertification through the inpatient stay and transitioning to post-discharge care, MedCost proactively communicates with hospital staff to anticipate and facilitate member needs during their course of care. This includes ensuring evidence-based care practices are followed and recommending cost-efficient, in-network providers. It also includes coordinating post-discharge needs such as rehabilitation, home health services and equipment, or services that fall outside a member’s health plan.

Outpatient Care Review

All outpatient procedures involve some level of risk. Our Outpatient Review provides a safeguard by evaluating a member's medical history to ensure that other, more conservative measures have been exhausted. The goal is to reduce the number of unnecessary surgical procedures and tests while keeping your employee's health and safety a top priority.

Rx Clinical Program

MedCost’s dedicated team monitors and educates those in need of medications. Programs include injection training, proactive side effect management and adherence assessment. We also actively provide drug interaction assessments and notify members of any gaps in pharmacy care. Tools such as prior authorizations, step therapy and formulary management assist members in making the best use of their benefits while minimizing disruption to their current plans of care.

ER Utilization Management

This is a direct mail program that focuses on members who use the Emergency Room for non-urgent conditions. This program educates and provides alternatives to using the Emergency Room for treatment.

Behavioral Health

Millions of American adults suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, even loneliness. The Mental Health Parity Act was expanded under Health Care Reform to include coverage for behavioral health and substance abuse services as essential benefits. This reform means managing behavioral health costs for your health plan and providing better outcomes for your employees is more important than ever. MedCost provides comprehensive resources, encouragement and support to assist members in successfully navigating the behavioral health continuum of care.

In addition to traditional care resources, telehealth services are also available and offer members convenient access to psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed counselors with recurring scheduling, custom formulary and support throughout a member's care.

For those looking for a customized, self-paced online program to boost mood and stay mentally strong, myStrength offers a variety of programs and resources on topics such as sleep, chronic pain, depression, anxiety and the power of positivity.

Telehealth Services

Telehealth services, including consultations by phone, apps or videoconferencing, are on the rise as employers make medical care more accessible, affordable and convenient for their busy employees. Many acute health concerns can be treated without incurring the expense of an office visit, urgent care facility or emergency room visit. Conditions such as respiratory and urinary tract infections, allergies, anxiety, muscle and arthritic pain, and minor joint sprains and strains can all be treated via phone or mobile device. Employees have 24/7/365 access to doctors licensed to practice medicine in their respective states. A Caregiver Program also allows employees to add an elderly or sick relative to their account and arrange video or phone visits for a flat fee. Telehealth can be added to your health plan at any time.

Cost Estimating Tool

The MedCost cost estimating tool provides local cost ranges for the most shoppable medical services and procedures along with area providers who perform those procedures. These costs are organized by the place of service and can help your employees make more informed, cost-effective care decisions. Patient reviews and quality scores provide additional context and information about the providers. Estimating is easy for employees—the tool’s search bar can be found online in their member account. This is a nationally recognized cost estimating tool with 850,000 providers represented and can be added to your health plan at any time.