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Anthem to open CareMore centers in Henrico

Anthem will introduce four new healthcare centers - including two in Henrico - to the Metro Richmond market in January.

The CareMore care centers will open in the Brook Run Shopping Center in northern Henrico; near the intersection of Parham Road and Patterson Avenue; on Midlothian Turnpike near Robious Road; and on Jahnke Road near Chippenham Hospital.

The centers will only accept Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare patients.

CareMore innovated a successful Medicare advantage plan to provide coverage and care for about 54,000 people in California, Arizona and Nevada. In 2011, the California-based CareMore Health Group was bought by Anthem’s parent company WellPoint, Inc.

“The key to understand is although we’re a health plan, we’re really a healthcare delivery system and that’s why we’re different,” said Dr. Michael Neiderer, regional medical officer for CareMore. “We come in with an entire approach of how to take care of patients and a lot of the emphasis that it is on is health maintenance and spending on a more robust benefit to maintain health than to take care of people in the hospital.”

CareMore care centers provide coordinated care plans for patients with multiple doctors and have specialized programs to help those with chronic conditions such as diabetes or congenital heart failure, said Linda Larue, general manager of CareMore for Virginia.

“There really is the care model in the concept of the team, how the team takes care of the patient, that really is so innovative and makes it so successful,” she said. “We don’t really have anything like that in Richmond.”

She emphasized that the services provided by the centers are holistic but do not replace the primary care physician’s role. CareMore’s services also include mental health programs and more social services, such as seminars on phone usage or Nifty After Fifty, a fitness program.

“If you can imagine going to your primary care doctor, you know in the world we live in today you may get 10 or 15 minutes with your doctor and sometimes that’s just not enough for this population of patients,” she said. “Enrollees may see their primary care doctor couple times but they can come to the care clinic as often as they want.”

The CareMore centers and model will have working relationships with the five HCA hospitals in the region, building on Anthem’s previous partnerships with them, Larue said. There also will be a network of associated local physicians.

When new patients visit one of the CareMore centers, they will sit with a physician or physician’s assistance to complete CareMore’s Healthy Start medical history evaluation, Neiderer said. Staff members then will put patients with chronic or preexisting conditions into programs to help monitor their progress.

“That makes it that much easier for the primary care physician when they finally meet their new patients,” he said. “We try to have that healthy start completed and that information to the primary care physician so that when they meet the patient they have that and it can save a lot of time and help them get to the patient more quickly.”

The centers are now hiring, according to CareMore’s official website, for offices in Brooklyn and Albany, N.Y. and the Richmond-area locations.

WellPoint and Anthem run Blue Cross Blue Shield in 14 states, with one in nine Americans receiving coverage from one of its affiliated plans, according to the WellPoint website.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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