Wellness Center Success
The Bay County Wellness Center began seeing eligible Bay County employees, retirees, and their dependents in January, 2014. It continues to be well received by the Bay County Employees and eligible Retirees. The Wellness Centers are located in Auburn, Bay City and Midland. Dr. Jeffrey Potts, MD, oversees all three locations.
Having the Wellness Center available for the Bay County Employees, Non-Medicare eligible Retirees, their spouses and their dependents is a significant out-of-pocket cost savings for them. They do not have to pay for office visit co-pays, select labs and generic prescriptions. Employees and retirees will realize cost savings by reducing claims by detecting chronic conditions early on. With Bay County being self funded, it will see savings by reducing long-term claims with early detection and maintenance. Employees and retirees will be able to address chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, when they can be most effectively addressed.
In 2015 the Wellness Center has serviced 242 BCBS contracts; that is over 62% of the eligible contracts. It is expected that the usage rate will continue to increase in the years to come. The Wellness Center uses the Patient Centered Medical Home Model and makes an extra effort to ensure quality, convenient and affordable care.
In addition to treating patients, the Wellness Center offers diabetic education once a month and "lunch and learns" at the Bay County Building once a quarter for all Bay County employees and retirees. These are a way to keep people educated on various health topics. Education is a key to early detection and will continue to be a priority. The next lunch and learn is focused on cancer education.
If you have any questions on the Bay County Wellness Center or would like more information, contact the Wellness Coordinator at (989)895-4087.