New Medicare Card 2018

In an attempt to decrease Medicare beneficiary vulnerability, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 requires that all social security numbers be removed from Medicare cards by April 2019. Each Medicare recipient will now be assigned a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will replace their social security number on their card.

New Medicare cards will be distributed starting on April 1, 2018 to Medicare beneficiaries based on the state they live in. The anticipated delivery for Missouri patients is June, but you may receive your new card before or after this date.


  1. How will your MBI be different than listing your SSN?
    1. The MBI will be 11 characters in length, as opposed to the 9 digits for the SSN.
    2. The MBI will be made up of a combination of numbers and capital letters.
    3. Each MBI is randomly generated. They don’t have any hidden or special meaning. They are simply a group of randomized characters to be utilized your insurance identifier.


  1. What do the new Medicare cards mean for you?
    1. There are no changes to the benefits that you will receive. You may start using your new card as soon as you get it. The effective date of the new card, like the old card, is the date you were eligible for Medicare.
    2. Once you get your new Medicare card with the MBI, you can use them to enroll in Medicare Advantage or drug plans. If you do opt to enroll in advantage or drug plans, you will also receive an insurance card for that plan. You should always use the card from those plans when you get health care and/or prescriptions.


  1. What does this mean for you as an OCH patient?
    1. Please make sure you are bringing your updated insurance card to all of your provider visits. This will help us ensure that we are processing your claims correctly with Medicare and billing correctly for your visits. If you have any questions, please talk to the receptionist at your appointment.


  1. Will your card automatically work?
    1. Yes, once you receive your card, you will be automatically eligible to use it.


For more information visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website or click here. To view a timeline of this nationwide project, click here.


Circulation Exercises to Keep you Warm

Exercises to keep you warm through the winter.

Winter is in full swing in The Ozarks! These frigid temperatures may cause significant circulation issues for many individuals. As we age, our body systems have to work increasingly hard to supply our body with all the nutrients and oxygen that it requires to perform the vital functions that we all need.

“Impaired circulation may cause significant issues with elderly individuals when you combine poor circulation with things like heart disease, diabetes or a lack of exercise. With the use of the above exercises you can help give your body the boost it needs to make it through this winter season.”

  • Dr. Brittany Wright, Physical Therapy

Here are three simple circulation exercises that have been shown to increase blood supply to assist with improved day-to-day health.

#1 – Supine Ankle Pumps – Begin lying on your back with your legs straight. Slowly pump your ankles by bending and straightening them. Try to keep the rest your legs relaxed while you move your ankles.

Supine Ankle Pump

# 2 – Supine Quad Set – Begin lying on your back with one knee bent and your other leg straight with your knee resting on a towel roll. Gently squeeze your thigh muscles, pushing the back of your knee down into the towel. Make sure to keep your back flat against the floor during the exercise.

Quad Set

#3 – Supine Glute Set – “Penny Pinchers” – Begin lying on your back with your hands resting comfortably. Tighten your buttock muscles, then release and repeat. Make sure not to arch your low back during the exercise or hold your breath as you tighten your muscles.

Glute Set

The above exercises have been recommended by the OCH physical therapy department as an easy and convenient way for adults to help pump blood through their body. This is not medical advice.



It is not easy to pinpoint whether or not an individual has Hepatitis C. Because of this, it’s important to be aware of potential risk factors. Here is a set of questions to double-check whether or not you or someone you know may be at risk:

1. Did you have a blood transfusion before 1992?

2. Did you receive blood products (immunoglobulin, Anti-Rh factor or platelets) before 1992?

3. Are you a Hemophiliac?

4. Have you ever shared personal hygiene items such as razors, toothbrushes, hair clippers, cuticle scissors or nail clippers?

5. Have you had kidney dialysis?

6. Did your mother have Hepatitis C?

7. Have you lived with someone who had Hepatitis C?

8. Have you ever used any intravenous or snorted drugs (even once)?

9. Have you served in the military?

10. Have you ever been a healthcare worker or been exposed to blood?

11. Have you ever been incarcerated (jail or prison)?

12. Have you ever played contact sports?

13. Do you have a tattoo that is over 5 years old or was done someplace other than a professional tattoo parlor?

14. Have you had any body piercing (including ears) that was not done by a professional?

15. Have you ever shared body piercing jewelry?

16. Have you had multiple sexual partners (20 or more in lifetime or more than 2 in past 6 months)?

17. Have you ever been exposed to blood during sexual activity?

18. Have you had any injection, surgery or dental work outside of the US?

19. Have you ever had abnormal liver enzymes?

Did you answer YES to any of these questions? It might be time for a Hepatitis C test. A correct diagnosis ensures both a prompt treatment and a better response to treatment.

Also, while chronic Hepatitis C may not show any symptoms, neither does chronic Hepatitis B. Both are equally damaging to the liver and can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer if untreated. It is important to contact your healthcare provider to learn more about the testing and treatment options available.

Additional Resources:

  • Sign up for a local Hepatitis education class at OCH by calling: 417-837-4244.
  • For more information about Hepatitis treatment available, read Dr. Beene’s brochure on Hepatitis:
  • To view coverage on our Hepatitis Outreach event, click here:

Senate Bill 111: Patients’ Rights to Choose

Missouri citizens, it’s time to act.


It’s time to remind your state Senator that you care about CHOICE. The right to choose your healthcare provider matters.


Ozarks Community Hospital supports Senate Bill 111. The bill, also known as “Any Willing Provider” legislation, will ensure that (as long as a provider will accept the terms of the patient’s insurance) Missourians will have access to the provider of their choice at the same cost and quality of their current in-network physicians.


In other words, if you care about:


  • Staying with YOUR doctor regardless of insurance changes. Doctors who have an established relationship with their patients ultimately know the needs of the patient more than those who don’t.
  • Increased competition that lowers cost. Missouri providers can do the best work for patients if they can make choices on behalf of patients that have nothing to do with the health system needs.
  • And above all… choice. If you believe you should determine which doctor you see, instead of the health system.

Then write a letter to your Senator (or email your Senator through this link: with the following information:


Missourians want more choices in healthcare. I ask that you vote DO PASS on Senate Bill 111, which will allow patients to go to the provider of their choice at the same cost and quality as deserved for each diagnosis. Please consider your constituents rights to quality healthcare, and vote in favor of our best interests.


This post has nothing to do with healthcare reform or Obamacare. By writing this letter, you won’t be forced to change your doctor. This letter is simply your way of telling those who make the decisions in Jefferson City that you want the power of healthcare decisions to remain in the patients’ hands.


If you agree with SB111, you must 

contact your state senator BEFORE:

Friday, April 8, 2011



Citizens of Missouri, help us spread the word. Please send this message to your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. We must work quickly to ensure our voices are heard.



Click HERE for a complete list for Senator contact information by county and district, or follow the link above to email your Senator.

Healthcare 3.0

Ozarks Community Hospital (formerly known as Doctors Hospital) is a small, healthcare system headquartered in Springfield, Mo. with another hospital located in Gravette, Ark. Our healthcare system encompasses 14 additional clinics located throughout Southwest Missouri.

Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) is dedicated to providing healthcare access to the underserved and quality care to every patient. This blog will serve as an extension of our customer values by offering content and resources directly from OCH Providers and staff to our online community.

Note: While the purpose of this blog is to provide a resource, OCH Providers and other OCH blog contributors cannot comment on individual or legally confidential patient care issues. Eventually, OCH patients will have the opportunity to participate in our secure medical messaging system, Telehealth Connect. Until then, we encourage you to contact your physician regarding questions about your specific condition or health concern.  

If you are experiencing a healthcare emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.

Thank you for reading,

OCH Providers & Staff