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Open Enrollment Tip of the Week:
In 2016, more than 80% of  the roughly 200,000 South Carolina exchange enrollees received subsidies that offset a significant portion of their premiums. Those subsidies are set to increase in 2017 and should help shield subsidy-eligible consumers from the brunt of any rate hikes. To learn more about Marketplace statistics for South Carolina, visit the Kaiser Family Foundation’s State Marketplace Statistics page.

For more information on this and other open enrollment resources, check out the Alliance's Insurance Enrollment Hub! If you have any information that would be useful to share on this platform, please email us

MUSC, Roper St. Francis Announce Novel Partnership in Creation of Lowcountry Stroke Collaborative

On October 28, MUSC and Roper St. Francis celebrated the partnership between the two hospitals in what is being hailed as a highly unusual collaboration between two competing institutions. The Joint Commission has recognized the Lowcountry Stroke Collaborative as a comprehensive stroke center, which is its top certification. In the past, a patient who was possibly having a stroke would come into the emergency department, and then a neurology consult would be requested. Now, physicians and nurses have been trained to use MUSC’s telestroke carts. Roper doctors will handle the telestroke calls during the day for their locations, but MUSC Health and Roper doctors will share calls at night to ensure 24-hour care at all of the sites.

Our featured member this week is the Medical University of South Carolina. For more information on what MUSC is doing, you can visit their News hub here.

Nichols, SC, Still Struggling After Hurricane Matthew

Nearly a month since floodwaters consumed this hamlet in rural South Carolina, few have returned. The fear is that many never will. Nichols was not directly hit by Hurricane Matthew, but its location 50 miles inland from Myrtle Beach, between two converging rivers, caused it to fill up like a bathtub after 18 inches of rain fell. One Nichols woman, who hopes to eventually move back to the town with her husband, said, "It’ll be like a ghost town...If I could afford it, I would relocate myself."

December 7 from 1-2 PM: Connecting Health and Planning in South Carolina Communities

Join Eat Smart Move More SC (ESMMSC) and the SC Health + Planning Advisory Committee for “Connecting Health & Planning in South Carolina Communities,” a webinar exploring the critical partnership between health advocates and local planners in building healthier, more active communities. This webinar will provide an overview of the role of local planners in SC communities and will share examples of how local healthy eating, active living advocates have partnered with planners to create healthier communities.

Johns Hopkins Hospital Launches NASA-Inspired Command Center to Enhance Hospital Operations

The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has opened the Judy Reitz Capacity Command Center, which combines the latest technology in systems engineering, predictive analytics, experience, volume and patient flow. The capacity command center was designed and built with GE Healthcare Partners with NASA's command center in mind. It incorporates systems engineering principles, which are typically seen in industries, such as aerospace, aviation and power. The command center is staffed by about 24 hospital workers from various departments. They work together in a single room, equipped with real-time and predictive information and empowered to take action to prevent or resolve bottlenecks, reduce patient wait time, coordinate services and reduce risk.

The Alliance for a Healthier SC is an unprecedented collaboration of more than 50 diverse organizations across the state working together on coordinating action to achieve healthier bodies, minds and communities for ALL—while reducing the future cost of care.

Through the collective efforts of its members paired with those of other strong state and community coalitions, the Alliance is working toward the day when South Carolina leads the nation in the continuous improvement of health and healthcare for ALL people in the state.
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