Jody Murmu, FNP-C
Cassopolis Family Clinic Adds Nurse Practitioner
Cassopolis, MI, June 16, 2016 – Jody Murmu, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined the medical staff of the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).
Murmu, a southwest Michigan native, received her Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree from Andrews University and Master of Science Nursing Degree from Indiana University. She is Board Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
“After working in the hospital setting as a nurse for a few years, I would see patients returning again and again for the same health problems. I wanted to play a role in the prevention of these problems. I decided the time was right for me to return to school to become a Nurse Practitioner with a goal to help my patients focus on preventative health care and reduce hospital readmissions,” Murmu stated when asked why she decided to become a Nurse Practitioner. “I chose to practice in southwest Michigan so that I might give back to my community by helping to improve the health and well-being of those in the community that I call home.”
Cassopolis Family Clinic is located at 261 M-62, Cassopolis and offers primary care, dental, behavioral health, Medicaid/healthcare enrollment, and pharmacy services. CFC is open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (269) 445-3874.
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Starts Centering®
Cassopolis, MI, June 10, 2016 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is now offering CenteringPregnancy® prenatal care as an option for expectant moms. The model of care, if the patient choses to participate, replaces routine individual visits with group visits of 8 to 10 pregnant women who are due about the same time.
The first group of expectant moms began meeting last week at the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network’s Obstetrics and Gynecology office in Niles. New groups will be formed every 6 to 8 weeks for women who have completed their first trimester.
Centering group prenatal care follows the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits, but each visit is 90 minutes to 2 hours long giving women 10x more time with their provider. During their visit, moms have a one-on-one assessment with the provider and plenty of time for group sharing and discussions. Patients participate in their own care and have time with their provider to discuss important information.
Patients receive all the components of prenatal care, including health assessment, interactive learning and community building/support. In the group sessions there is a facilitated discussion of pregnancy, birth and newborn care as well as discussion of overall health, stress management and more.
Centering is a group health care model that is changing how women and care providers feel about the patient care experience. It is proven to dramatically improve health outcomes, reducing the odds of premature birth between 33 and 47 percent across studies, and lowering health care costs.
Insurance and Eligibility
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Obstetrics and Gynecology, located at 60 N. St. Joseph Avenue in Niles, accepts patients who are uninsured or covered by Medicaid (McLaren Health Plan, Meridian Health Plan, and United Healthcare Community Plan). Patients who are uninsured should contact our Outreach and Enrollment Specialists at (269) 262-4749 to check eligibility for Medicaid and/or the Sliding Fee Discount Program.
For more information about CenteringPregnancy at Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, call (269) 683-0300 or visit www.cassfamilyclinic.org/obstetrics-gynecology/.
Dr. Maritza Salvo-Reyes
Dentist Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental
Cassopolis, MI, March 28, 2016 – Maritza Salvo-Reyes, D.D.S. joins the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental.
Dr. Salvo-Reyes, originally from Santiago, Chile, received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Concepcion, in Concepcion, Chile. To validate her degree in the United States, she then obtained her Dental Hygiene License from Nova Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Colorado. Prior to her career at Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), Dr. Salvo-Reyes was a general dentist at Help a Child Smile in Georgia. With a personal mission to provide gentle and caring dentistry for her patients, she brings more than 20 years of experience to CFCN.
As a Licensed Dental Hygienist and a Licensed Dentist, Dr. Salvo-Reyes is looking forward to her career at CFCN. “Obtaining both licenses has proven to be really useful, for now I can better understand the needs and goals of my hygienists which will allow us to become a better team and provide the best possible care for our patients,” Salvo-Reyes said. Dr. Salvo-Reyes began seeing patients in March at the dental clinic located in the Cassopolis Family Clinic facility at 261 M-62 North in Cassopolis. “To me dentistry is a call to service that cannot be limited due to resources, it is not a business, it is a commitment to help. We give the same great attention to everyone, and do the best with the resources that we have.” Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental is open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The dental clinic accepts Medicaid (Delta Dental, MI CHILD, & Healthy Kids, Meridian, McLaren and United Health Care) and people who do not have dental insurance. Outreach and Enrollment Specialists are available on site to assist in enrollment for Medicaid and health coverage through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace during open enrollment.
To make a dental appointment please call (269) 228-8500 or to make an appointment with an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist please call (269) 445-3874.
The Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit Community Health Center. For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.
122 Grant Street, Niles, MI soon to be Niles Community Health Center Dental
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network to Open Dental Office in Niles
Niles, MI, February 10, 2016 – A new dental clinic focused on serving patients who are either uninsured or covered by Medicaid is expected to open in Niles before the end of the year.
Mary Middleton, chief executive officer of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, said the federally qualified community health center is about to finalize a deal to acquire a vacant building at 122 Grant Street that will become Niles Community Heath Center Dental. Her announcement came following Monday’s meeting of the Niles City Council. During the meeting, Middleton discussed what CFCN is, what it does for the Niles community and its plans for the future.
In addition to opening a new dental clinic, Middleton said the CFCN wants to build a brand new health center in the City of Niles similar to the one it opened in Cassopolis in 2014. Although Middleton did not provide many details about the project, she said CFCN is working on it with the city’s Community Development Director Sanya Phillips, the Niles Community Schools and an unnamed developer.
“We would be combining the Niles Community Health Center and our OB (Obstetrics & Gynecology) clinic,” she said. “It is a ways down the road but… we have plans to put a new health center here similar to what we did in Cass. We are here to stay and we are committed to taking care of people in the Niles area.”
As for the new dental office, Middleton said they are in the process of finalizing the acquisition of the building from Lakeland Health, which donated the property. Middleton said they would rehab the building and install as many as 12 dental laboratories inside. They expect to create up to 21 new jobs as a result of the project. Its focus, Middleton said, will be serving people who are uninsured or on Medicaid. A community needs assessment, she said, found that there are between 4,000 and 5,000 people in the Niles zip code area who have Medicaid or are uninsured and can’t find a dentist who will accept Medicaid.
“We are not here to put anyone out of business,” she said. “There are a lot of great dentists here in town… we are really here to be a safety net provider to take care of patients that can’t find access because of the type of coverage they have.” Middleton explained that the CFCN receives a higher rate of reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid patients than do private practitioners because the CFCN operates under the community health center model. “That’s why we can afford to take the Medicaid patients,” she said. “Our financial model is kind of the inverse of a private practice.”
The dental clinic is expected to be open by Sept. 1, Middleton said.
Mayor Mike McCauslin, who sits on the CFCN’s board of directors, praised the CFCN for providing a service to an underserved population. It is pretty exciting,” he said. “I am looking forward to the changes that are coming here to Niles.”
Healthy Michigan Plan Makes Sense For Michigan
Cassopolis, MI, December 9, 2015– Since beginning in April 2014, the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) has provided health care coverage to more than 585,000 previously uninsured Michigan residents. Currently, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services is waiting to receive approval on a second waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in order to continue HMP as required by Michigan law. If the second waiver is approved by the end of December 2015, low-income Michigan residents will continue to receive health care coverage under HMP. However, if the second waiver is rejected, low-income Michigan residents could lose their HMP coverage on April 30, 2016.
The Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s version of Medicaid expansion, was launched as a state option under the Affordable Care Act. With HMP coverage, low-income Michigan residents who have income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level are finally able to receive necessary primary and preventive health care services, as many who have become eligible are receiving coverage for the first time.
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides primary and preventive health care to individuals residing in Cass and Southeast Berrien Counties. Following the launch of HMP, the number of uninsured Michigan residents seeking treatment at FQHCs dropped by 29.6 percent. Locally, CFCN saw a 10% decrease in uninsured visits and 10% increase in visits covered by HMP.
Between 2013 and 2014, Medicaid revenue has increased for Michigan Health Centers by 26.1 percent due to increased enrollment in Medicaid. This revenue increase has been and continues to be, reinvested in Michigan through providing health care services to more individuals, establishing new service sites and creating employment opportunities locally and throughout Michigan. In 2014, Michigan Health Centers increased the number of jobs by 12.5 percent and provided 4,577 full-time equivalent jobs in communities throughout the state. In 2013, Michigan Health Centers provided 4,260 full-time equivalent jobs.
The Healthy Michigan Plan enables CFCN’s Cassopolis Family Clinic and Niles Community Health Center sites to serve the health care needs of people in Southwest Michigan. As of November 16, 2015, 2641 Cass County residents and 9280 Berrien County residents receive coverage under HMP. With this coverage, HMP increases access to primary and preventive care for low-income residents. Since April 2014, more than 455,000 HMP participants have had a primary care visit, over 174,000 have had a preventive care visit and HMP has covered more than 52,000 mammograms and 27,000 colonoscopies.
If HMP coverage were to go away, approximately 450,000 people may not be eligible for financial assistance, as they do not meet income requirements for financial assistance in the Health Insurance Marketplace (income must be above 100% FPL or $11,770 for a household of one). As a result, people would need to rely almost exclusively on safety net providers including free clinics, hospital charity care programs and CFCN.
The Healthy Michigan Plan makes sense for Michigan.
Provider Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Network
Cassopolis, MI, November 17, 2015– Brian Rouse, a certified physician assistant, has joined the medical staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).
Rouse received his associate of applied science degree in emergency medical services – paramedics from Kellogg Community College and his master of science degree in physician assistant studies from Western Michigan University. He has recently completed his Physician Assistant National Certification from the American Association of Physician Assistants. Prior to his employment at CFCN, Rouse was a Paramedic with PrideCare Ambulance in Kalamazoo, MI.
Rouse has begun his career with CFCN at Cassopolis Family Clinic and will transition to Niles Community Health Center located across from Lakeland Hospital –Niles. “I was introduced to the physician assistant career while working as a paramedic and chose to become a physician assistant due to the desire to build more substantial relationships with the people I come into contact with. I enjoy solving medical issues and being able to educate my patients in a manner that is understandable for them,” Rouse said of his transition from a paramedic to a medical provider. “I felt welcome the first day I came to CFCN and look forward to taking care of the residents in our community.”
About Cassopolis Family Clinic Network
Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides quality affordable healthcare for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.