They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Green Valley, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in Green Valley, CA. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Green Valley, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Green Valley, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Green Valley,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
A Nevada County 16-year-old missing since Wednesday night was found dead on Friday afternoon near where she disappeared, officials said.Trinity Backus' body was found just after 2 p.m in a heavily wooded river drainage area about a half mile north of the home on Kentucky Ravine Road where she went missing, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office said.The office said there was "nothing suspicious and her cause of death is unknown.""We have been in communication with the family and extend our deepest condolences ...
A Nevada County 16-year-old missing since Wednesday night was found dead on Friday afternoon near where she disappeared, officials said.
Trinity Backus' body was found just after 2 p.m in a heavily wooded river drainage area about a half mile north of the home on Kentucky Ravine Road where she went missing, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office said.
The office said there was "nothing suspicious and her cause of death is unknown."
"We have been in communication with the family and extend our deepest condolences to them as they work through this loss," the sheriff's office said.
Backus was last seen Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. after leaving her aunt's home while wearing a maroon robe and pajama pants, the sheriff's office said.
Her family told KCRA 3's Michelle Bandur that the teen was a student at North Point High School and it wasn't like her to have gone missing.
Her mother, Andrea Stanio said Trinity told her aunt she was going to her boyfriend's house in Green Valley, about ten miles away. Stanio said she last saw her daughter about 3 p.m. Wednesday.
She tearfully told about their conversation.
"The last time I saw my daughter was picking up my youngest daughter from school and dropping her (Trinity) off," Stanio said. "I was taking my youngest daughter up to to the snow. I said, 'I love you Trin,' Those were the last words I said to my daughter."
Stanio said she got a phone call at 10:47 p.m. that Trinity took off running from the house.
"Tthat doesn’t seem like her," she said. "I got in my car and drove to her aunt’s house. It’s 20 minutes away. I didn’t see Trinity on the side of the road."
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Command post set up in Penn Valley to organize the search for missing 16 yo Trinity. She disappeared Wed night around 10:30 in her pajamas. She may also be barefoot. Call 911 or the @nevadacountysheriff at 530-265-7880 @kcranews pic.twitter.com/cfQGcCqwNu— Michelle Bandur KCRA (@MBandurKCRA) November 11, 2022
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On Thursday, the sheriff’s office cited search support from volunteers, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Highway Patrol.
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As crews looked for Backus through the night, they were also aided by a FIRIS plane that normally uses its infrared capability to map the growth of wildfires.
Other agencies that the sheriff's office said were helping with the effort on Friday include the Butte County Sheriff's search and rescue team, California Rescue Dog Association, the Marin County Sheriff's Office, Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, Yolo County Sheriff's Office and San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
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Anyone with information on the case was asked to call 530-265-7880.
The Nevada County Sheriff's Office on Friday thanked the hundreds of volunteers from agencies who assisted with the search. In all, 140 searchers helped look for Trinity. Rescuers were ATV's, on foot, they used search dogs and several helicopters and planes.
The coroner will conduct an autopsy and determine her cause of death.
The new community effort on behalf of a missing teen comes three months after another Nevada County 16-year-old, Kiely Rodni, was reported missing. Rodni’s remains were eventually found in the Prosser Creek Reservoir in Truckee, and her death was ruled accidental.
Mammoth Lakes, CA (November 14, 2022) – The Keep Long Valley Coalition announced today that it has released its documentary “Without Water” for public viewing today. The film will be available to stream on the group’s YouTube and Vimeo channels.Without Water explores the ongoing efforts by Eastern Sierra residents to prevent the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from dewatering Long and Little Round Valleys.For the past seven months, Keep Long Valley Green has been screening “Without Water&...
Mammoth Lakes, CA (November 14, 2022) – The Keep Long Valley Coalition announced today that it has released its documentary “Without Water” for public viewing today. The film will be available to stream on the group’s YouTube and Vimeo channels.
Without Water explores the ongoing efforts by Eastern Sierra residents to prevent the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from dewatering Long and Little Round Valleys.
For the past seven months, Keep Long Valley Green has been screening “Without Water” at various film festivals. To date, the film has appeared at twenty-two film festivals and won four awards, including: Honorable Mention at the Independent Shorts Awards, Best Long-form Short at the Environmental Film Festival, Best Short Documentary at the Wild West Film Festival, and Best Environmental Documentary at the Topanga Film Festival.
“It is incredibly validating to see the response our film has been receiving,” says Wendy Schneider, executive director of Friends of the Inyo and one of the film’s producers. “I would attribute this success to our having a compelling story, all the participants in the film, and the vision of our director Jonathan Hyla and his team.”
Principal filming for “Without Water” began in 2019 but work on the project was slowed due the COVID pandemic. The film was premiered online for the public for one night only this past March for World Water Day, before being embargoed while it toured various film festivals.
“Without Water” was created thanks to a grant by Metabolic Studio.
About Keep Long Valley Green: The Keep Long Valley Green coalition is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders including Friends of the Inyo, the Sierra Club, Eastern Sierra Land Trust, local Indigenous tribes, and the 12 ranching families that lease LADWP land in Long and Little Round Valleys. For more information, go to www.keeplongvalleygreen.org
watch nowCoalinga city officials estimate their small town will run out of water by Dec. 1.The city, which is typically allocated 10,000 acre-feet of water, has only been allocated about 2,000 acre-feet this year, according to Pro-Tem Mayor Ray Singleton. And that supply is almost gone.“It was beautifully green just eight years ago. If you look at Google Maps, my yard was green, but like maybe five or six years ago now you look at it now, it’s like the Sahara Desert,” said Singleton. He’s been a r...
Coalinga city officials estimate their small town will run out of water by Dec. 1.
The city, which is typically allocated 10,000 acre-feet of water, has only been allocated about 2,000 acre-feet this year, according to Pro-Tem Mayor Ray Singleton. And that supply is almost gone.
“It was beautifully green just eight years ago. If you look at Google Maps, my yard was green, but like maybe five or six years ago now you look at it now, it’s like the Sahara Desert,” said Singleton. He’s been a resident since 2000 and is raising his family there.
The California valley city, located inland between Los Angeles and San Francisco, is home to an estimated 17,465 people. All the people living in Fresno County, where Coalinga is located, are experiencing a drought. It is the second driest year to date over the past 128 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Coalinga residents have been living under water restrictions, such as no watering their front lawns or washing their cars, and there’s a moratorium on pools. If a resident wants to maintain their pool, they need to sign a contract with the town stating they will provide their own 30,000 gallons of water, according to Singleton. One of Singleton’s current concerns is that the fire department needs to flush out the hydrants soon, and that could use up even more water.
The city is also the site of a state prison and state mental health hospital. The city has no control over how these facilities use water, and Singleton estimates they pull around 25% to 30% of the city’s supply. He said he sees these institutions waste water and called it “frustratingly insane.”
The Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga told CNBC that it reduced water usage by more than 21% since 2020 with steps such as using pressurized water for cleaning, reducing urinal diaphragm capacity, reducing the washdown schedule of the wastewater treatment facility and reducing irrigation of landscaping.
A sign informs residents to conserve water on Saturday August 27, 2022 in Coalinga, CA.
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The hospital did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Singleton has attempted to purchase water for Coalinga from the open market, but he said it is priced much higher than what it is typically worth. Singleton said the town may have to raise taxes but he’s hoping to find a grant or other financial assistance so Coalinga will be able to provide each resident their required 55 gallons of water per day for health and safety standards.
They’re also lobbying state officials. He said, “Sacramento, it’s beautiful up there. I mean, it’s like, wow, we would love to have some of the water that you have. It’s crazy that we don’t.”
The Bureau of Reclamation said the persistent drought is impacting many communities it serves. It’s been working closely with the City of Coalinga to find solutions, including finding water that may be transferred to the city. The Bureau also said the agency has funding available through the Urban Community Drought Relief grant program and would be ready to work with Coalinga to walk the town through the process. Reclamation said they will be able to “provide immediate assistance for whatever level of funding is needed to support the purchase of water for the city’s needs.”
It also said that Coalinga historically uses 7,125 acre feet of water in the wettest years but that in this “third consecutive year of severe drought,” they delivered 2,800 acre feet of water to Coalinga.
A large solar farm in the middle of rural farmland in Coalinga California.
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Meanwhile, as the farmland around him has turned from trees to solar panels, Singleton also seemed to imply that the allocation of water could have something to do with the changing local economy. “Are we in a drought or are WE in a drought?” Singleton asked, gesturing to imply that the effects could be worse in Coalinga than elsewhere. “Because the state seems to be looking great around us and we’re looking brown on the inside.”
Correction: Some comments about the drought were misattributed. They came from the Bureau of Reclamation.
Albert Bichot, Winery Dr. H. Thanisch, Jose ParienteThanks to the many people at the table and wide variety of foods and flavors served, Thanksgiving is a difficult holiday to perfectly pair wine. We like to start off with bubbles and end on a sweet note, but during appetizers and the main event it can be best to place a couple of different whites and reds on the table and let everyone drink the ones that most appeal to their...
Albert Bichot, Winery Dr. H. Thanisch, Jose Pariente
Thanks to the many people at the table and wide variety of foods and flavors served, Thanksgiving is a difficult holiday to perfectly pair wine. We like to start off with bubbles and end on a sweet note, but during appetizers and the main event it can be best to place a couple of different whites and reds on the table and let everyone drink the ones that most appeal to their palate. Turkey, vegetables and all the carbs on the table go well with white wines and low tannin reds.
The best wines for Thanksgiving vary. Chardonnay, whether new or old world, is always a good choice, but it’s also fun to think a little out of the box with a Verdejo or dry Riesling. Pinot Noir, either from its home in Burgundy or California, is a good match with turkey a wide variety of sides, and Gamay from Beaujolais is also a winner with roasted fowl. After a couple years of smaller gatherings this Thanksgiving is going to feel more special than ever, and your wine choices should reflect the sense of celebration.
Maison Lanson was founded in 1760 and is one of the oldest Champagne houses in existence. They have supplied the British Royal family for generations and have been a Royal Warrant Holder since 1900. Lanson Le Rosé is composed mostly of Pinot Noir blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. It is light pink in the glass with beautiful perlage. It has aromas of freshly baked bread, strawberries and red raspberries, and is vibrant in the mouth with creamy texture and pronounced acidity in the finish.
Pale straw colored in the glass, this zesty Riesling has aromas of white flowers and lime pith. It is bone dry with bracing minerality and flavors of lemon-lime, white peach and a touch of wet river rock. The finish has a nice level of salinity punctuated by refreshing acidity.
Named for the owner’s father, José Pariente is one of the most consistent and well-respected wineries in Rueda, Spain. Verdejo grapes used to make this mouthwatering wine are sourced from a single plot of vines planted in 1910. It has aromas of nectarine and flint and flavors of lemon, grapefruit and river rock with a pleasant feeling of freshness and salinity on the tongue and in the post palate. There is a touch of wood due to ageing in large oak barrels, but it is certainly not overpowering.
Grapes for this intriguing New Zealand Chardonnay are grown in the Elms Bannockburn Vineyard in Central Otago, which is Demeter certified for organic and biodynamic viticulture. Fermentation was carried out in older French oak barrels and the wine was allowed to undergo a long and complete malolactic fermentation which lends creaminess and a silky texture. It has aromas of white peach, lemon and white flowers. In the mouth it has soft flavors of peach and Bartlett pear with a strong mineral backbone and zippy finish.
Gorgeous cherry red in the glass this appellation village Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin has aromas of hazelnut, toasted coconut and ripe black cherry. In the mouth there are flavors of bright red cherry and red plum with fine, silky tannins. The finish is soft but goes on for a long time.
Grapes for this juicy Beaujolais wine are grown in the village of Moulin-A-Vent on mineral rich granitic soils close to the fifteenth century windmill for which the village is named. The winemaking team uses grapes grown on forty- to eighty-year-old vines that are tended using organic principles and are situated at altitudes of 800 to 900 feet. The choice to ferment the grapes using 60 percent whole cluster gives this wine a brambly character. It is fruit forward in the nose with aromas of red raspberry and blackberry with a whiff of bramble. In the mouth there are bright fruit flavors as well as floral notes such as violet and rose with just a touch of brown baking spices and freshly ground black pepper in the finish.
On his predecessor’s death King Louis XI renamed the walled enclosure where the grapes used to make this superb wine are grown to Clos du Roi (King’s clos) and it remained in royal control for three centuries until the French Revolution. This wine has delightful aromas of red cassis, forest floor and brown baking spices. It is soft on entry with flavors of red raspberry, red cherry and just a touch of smoke. The tannins are silky smooth, and the finish goes on and on. While you’ll want to drink this incredible wine today, you could lay it down for a few decades if you choose.
This stunning Pinot Noir hails from grapes grown in Rosella’s Vineyard and Gary’s Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Winemaker Adam Lee uses 75 percent whole bunch fermentation and ages his wine in Francois Freres French oak barrels which gives this Pinot Noir intoxicating aromas of ripe red fruits, pomegranate and just a touch of vanilla and spice. In the mouth it is generous, round and voluptuous with flavors of blackberry, milk chocolate and anise followed by a refreshing splash of acidity in the finish.
If you like your Pinot Noirs big, confident and fruit forward, this is the wine for you. It has aromas of Mission fig, red plum, strawberry and freshly picked red cherry. It is explosive in the mouth with ripe red and black fruit flavors and plush texture. The tannins are supple but provide a solid backbone to this bold wine.
This captivating Pinot Noir is made with grapes grown in the foggy Green Valley of the Russian River Valley AVA. California born winemaker Moret-Brealynn works in conjunction with consultant Adam Lee and uses native yeast and minimal intervention in her winemaking. Brilliant garnet in the glass, this delicious wine offers aromas of cherry, red raspberry and a soft whiff of bramble from the 30 percent whole cluster fermentation. In the mouth it is full-bodied and elegant with flavors of red fruits of the forest, cranberry and just a touch of spice in the persistent finish.
Winemaker Todd Kohn used nine different clones of Pinot Noir grapes harvested over a three-week period and barrel aged his wine in French oak for 15 months to craft this luscious Fort Ross-Seaview AVA Pinot Noir. It is dark garnet, almost purple in color with aromas of cranberry, pomegranate and blood orange peel. In the mouth it is full and expressive with ripe red fruit flavors stacked on a firm tannic backbone.
Some say the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is the dessert, and here is a sweet Sicilian wine to pair perfectly with homemade pies and cakes. On the nose it is intoxicating with heady aromas of yellow peaches in heavy syrup, candied orange peel and dried Mediterranean herbs. Upon entry into the mouth, it is sweet but not cloying due to the correct level of acidity to counter the residual sugar. It has delicious flavors of just picked apricot and white peach with a bright burst of acidity in the finish.
NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield. (Courtesy photo)FAIRFIELD — Thousands of Medi-Cal patients may soon lose their doctors if NorthBay Health and Partnership HealthPlan California fail to come to terms on a contract by the end of the month.NorthBay Health notified some 7,700 patients enrolled in Partnership HealthPlan of California that their ability to obtain care by NorthBay Health’s providers may change Dec. 1. NorthBay, after nearly 18 months of informal negotiations, sent a notification to Partnership HealthP...
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FAIRFIELD — Thousands of Medi-Cal patients may soon lose their doctors if NorthBay Health and Partnership HealthPlan California fail to come to terms on a contract by the end of the month.
NorthBay Health notified some 7,700 patients enrolled in Partnership HealthPlan of California that their ability to obtain care by NorthBay Health’s providers may change Dec. 1. NorthBay, after nearly 18 months of informal negotiations, sent a notification to Partnership HealthPlan of its intent to end its contract with Partnership HealthPan on Nov. 30.
The dispute centers on reimbursement rates.
Unless the two health care entities reach an agreement, NorthBay Health will no longer be part of Partnership HealthPlan’s network as of Dec. 1.
NorthBay Health currently cares for 7,700 Partnership HealthPlan patients through its primary care services in Fairfield, Green Valley and Vacaville. Another 68,000 are assigned to NorthBay Health hospitals in Fairfield and Vacaville, in the event they need hospital services.
“NorthBay values its relationship with Partnership and is grateful for the opportunity to serve its patients,” B. Konard Jones, CEO and President of NorthBay Health, said in a statement released Friday. “Unfortunately, the terms of our contract have caused financial difficulty for NorthBay. The losses under this contract, combined with the changing health care market, put us at risk for not being able to provide health care services for the community at all.”
“We are continuing negotiations with Partnership and hope to reach an agreeable solution soon, to avoid affecting the health care of our patients,” Jones said in the statement.
NorthBay is in the midst of what it describes as a $100 million “budget recovery plan” to maintain services for the community. Reaching a fair agreement with Partnership HealthPlan California is one of NorthBay’s “key initiatives.” company spokeswoman Diane Barney said in the statement.
That plan was announced in July and thus far has included layoffs and an attempt to access federal pandemic relief money awarded to the county.
The company in mid-September requested $14.19 million from the county in pandemic relief funds, much of that the result of what the company described as additional costs absorbed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This is a one-time ask, not a save NorthBay ask,” Jones said at the time.
He told county officials NorthBay is working through its recovery plan. Part of that plan included the announcement in July that the company was in the process of eliminating 7% of its workforce to help balance its budget. The move translates into nearly 190 full-time-equivalent positions based on a workforce of 2,700 as reported by the company formerly known as NorthBay Healthcare.
A full-time-equivalent position may be a single person working full time or multiple people working part time whose combined hours represent one full-time position.
Company officials at the time said more cuts may be ahead.
NorthBay Health had previously reduced positions through retirements and voluntary departures, according to the health care company.
Barney in the NorthBay statement Friday indicated NorthBay Health and Partnership HealthPlan “seem to be making progress” in their talks. The California Department of Health Care Services requires that Partnership HealthPlan notify patients at least 30 days in advance if their health care plan may change. NorthBay also chose to reach out to its patients to let them know about possible changes.
“Negotiations are ongoing and we hope to come to an agreement before Dec. 1, 2022,” Elizabeth Gibboney, CEO of Partnership HealthPlan California, said in a statement released Oct. 27 in response to NorthBay’s notice of intent. “NorthBay was instrumental in the organization of Partnership in 1994 and has been a valuable partner in caring for our members, and we hope to maintain that relationship. We have begun preparations, should the termination move forward on Dec. 1, to ensure all our members have access to the care they need.”
The number of people affected differs depending on which health care entity provides them. While NorthBay Health in its statement made reference to 68,000 Partnership HealthPlan members assigned to NorthBay hospitals in Fairfield and Vacaville, Partnership in its release reports more than 20,000 of its members utilize NorthBay’s specialty or hospital care in Solano County.
Both sides hope to reach an agreement before Nov. 30. If they are successful, there will be no effect on patient care.
Partnership HealthPlan members assigned to NorthBay providers started receiving notification letters Nov. 1. The letters provide information on accessing care, including selecting a new primary care doctor and how to continue receiving care for treatments already started.
This change does not affect Partnership HealthPlan members’ Medi-Cal eligibility or benefits, the company reports. Partnership members are asked to call Member Services at 800-863-4155 with any questions or concerns.
The contract talks continue as NorthBay Health Chief Financial Officer Michele Bouit is stepping down at the end of the week. NorthBay Health has created a webpage to keep the community apprised of negotiation progress. Visit it at NorthBay.org/Partnership or call 707-646-3280.
Partnership HealthPlan California, based in Fairfield, contracts with the state to administer Medi-Cal benefits. Partnership provides health care to approximately 660,000 Medi-Cal members. Beginning in Solano County in 1994, Partnership HealthPlan now provides services to 14 Northern California counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, and Yolo.
NorthBay Health operates NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield and NorthBay Vaca Valley Hospital in Vacaville, in addition to a number of specialized and primary care clinics.