Dickerson Update July 12, 2018

Dickerson Update July 12, 2018

The weather is hot, and your sales will be too when you partner with Dickerson. This week we’re bringing you the latest from Anthem, Blue Shield, Oscar and EaseCentral.

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Group Updates


Anthem Blue Cross announced that Community Hospital Long Beach has closed and discontinued all services effective July 3, 2018. Letters have been mailed to members who sought services or had a family member receive services in the last 12 months, as well as to physicians with admitting privileges at the hospital.

Don’t forget that Anthem Blue Cross has a statewide hospital network of over 300 acute care facilities. To find a participating hospital in a specific area, click the ‘Find a Doctor’ feature available at www.anthem.com/ca.

For more information such as how members are affected, alternate hospitals and post-termination care, please click here.

Blue Shield

Blue Shield will be closing the San Mateo Blue Shield Administered Direct Contract HMO (San Mateo DCHMO) on August 31, 2018. Members who are currently assigned to San Mateo DCHMO will be transitioned to an alternate IPA for an effective date of September 1, 2018.

The alternate IPAs are Brown and Toland Medical Group, Dignity Health Medical Network Sequoia, Hill Physicians San Francisco, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and PAMF Mills Peninsula Division. The closure of this HMO affects Small Business, Core, Premier and CalPERS.

Members who are affected by this update can call the member services number on their Blue Shield member ID card to self-select a PCP or IPA, or they can go online to the find a doctor tool.

For more information on this closure, please click here.

Oscar Health

Oscar Health has just released its Q4 rates, and changes are outlined below.

Q4 Rate Increase Rating Area 15
(North/East LA)
Rating Area 16
(South/West LA)
Rating Area 18
(Orange County)
Bronze 0.3% to 0.7% 1.2% to 1.6% 6.3% to 6.7%
Silver -0.4% to 0.0% 0.5% to 0.9% 5.5% to 5.9%
Gold -0.6% to -0.4% 0.4% to 0.5% 5.4% to 5.6%
Platinum -0.8% to -0.7% 0.2% to 0.2% 5.2% to 5.2%

Oscar Health Q4 rates are available now at www.thebrokersga.com.

Watch for Oscar on LA-area billboards and vehicles, as well as on YouTube. You’ll also hear more about them on Spotify. Make sure you’re appointed with Oscar through Dickerson in case your clients ask.

Contact your Dickerson Account Executive for more information about Oscar’s small group plans.



Want to save time and cut down on mistakes during open enrollment? Why not talk with your groups about the benefits of Electronic Enrollment? The best news is that when you submit your business through Dickerson, EaseCentral Electronic Enrollment setup is free.

After enrolling, your clients have a system that they can use all year to track changes and onboard new hires.Watch this 2-minute video to learn more. Then, ask your Account Executive about how you can enroll your next group paper-free and hassle-free.

Industry Events/Professional Development

All Things Compliance (2 Hour CE, #368191)
Orange County:
Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 11 am
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to register
Los Angeles County:
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12 pm
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to register
Inland Empire:
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 11 am
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to register

Stop by Dickerson’s booth at the following events:

CAHU Health Care Summit
August 7-9, 2018
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92191
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to register

OC/IE/SD Medicare Summit
August 22 & 23, 2018
45000 Pechanga Pkwy
Temecula, CA 92592
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to register