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Medicaid was signed into law in 1965 and was established to provide health insurance to low-income people. This is a federal assistance program, but it is run by the state and looks different across the country, making it a federal and state partnership. In Nebraska, coverage has NOT been expanded to low-income adults. However, Nebraska has enrolled 242,385 individuals in Medicaid and CHIP since January of 2019.

Nebraska Medicaid Program and Preventive Care

Nebraska Medicaid Program and Preventive Care

Medicaid was signed into law in 1965 and was established to provide health insurance to low-income people. This is a federal assistance program, but it is run by the state and looks different across the country, making it a federal and state partnership. In Nebraska, coverage has NOT been expanded to low-income adults. However, Nebraska has enrolled 242,385 individuals in Medicaid and CHIP since January of 2019.

What do you need to know about choosing a Family Doctor?

What do you need to know about choosing a Family Doctor?

A family doctor plays a vital role in your health and the health of your family over the span of a lifetime. Therefore, trust, comfort, consistency, and experience are essential when choosing the right family doctor for you. Dr. Michael Israel, MD, a highly esteemed family doctor for Bluestem Health’s Thompson Clinic in Lincoln, NE is just the type of family doctor for whom people search high and low. He is the type of family doctor everyone wants and deserves.

Meet John Grandgenett, Family Nurse Practitioner

Meet John Grandgenett, Family Nurse Practitioner

For more than 30 years, John Grandgenett, APRN, Nurse Practitioner, has been taking care of people in some way. He began his career as an Intensive Care nurse working in hospitals across the U.S. as his wife served in the military. It was in 1999 when they relocated to Nebraska. John always knew he wanted to advance his nursing practice by becoming a Nurse Practitioner. He received his Masters in Nursing, with board certification in Family Practice from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Shortly after graduating, he joined the North Lincoln Family Medical Center, now known as Bluestem Health Kreshel Clinic.

Meet Arianne Gesell, Physician Assistant

Meet Arianne Gesell, Physician Assistant

What Arianne enjoys most about Family Medicine and working in a clinic setting are the relationships she is able to have with her patients. The variety of illnesses and conditions that she sees makes every day unique. “I treat a lot of acute illnesses, like sinus and ear infections, colds, and flu, as well as more chronic conditions such as hypertension, thyroid issues, and diabetes,” Arianne says.

Meet Sarah Grady, Physician Assistant

Meet Sarah Grady, Physician Assistant

Sarah describes her work day as being different and unpredictable. While many routine things are similar, some days are slow while others are crazy. She sees patients of all ages, providing services from annual physicals and preventive health check-ups to acute conditions, such as colds, flu, and well child checks. “I like to see my own patients because I feel it is important to have that continuity of care with them,” Sarah says. “Especially for patients with health challenges, consistently being treated by the same provider develops a level of comfort with them.”

Medicare Patients Choose Bluestem Health

Medicare Patients Choose Bluestem Health

At Bluestem Health, we welcome all patients, including those with Medicare insurance. Our commitment is to provide you with easily accessible, high-quality, integrated health services when and where you need them. There are several Medicare health insurance options. Our patient support specialists at Bluestem Health can answer any Medicare questions that you may have. We want you to know that we value our Medicare patients and we have five locations for you to choose from. All of them accept Medicare insurance.

Behavioral Healthcare is Available at Bluestem Health

Behavioral Healthcare is Available at Bluestem Health

Bluestem Health takes an integrated approach to your health. The Medical and Behavioral Health providers at Bluestem Health in Lincoln are passionate about helping people who suffer from behavioral health issues. They understand how mental health plays an important role in maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Our Behavioral Health team allows us to treat psychiatric concerns with primary care providers and behavioral consultants in a team-based approach, and are able to better connect all areas of health in a person’s life.

Which Family Practice Clinic in Lincoln, NE is Right for My Family?

Which Family Practice Clinic in Lincoln, NE is Right for My Family?

Which Family Practice Clinic in Lincoln, NE is Right for My Family?

As a parent, there are so many concerns that cross your mind on a daily basis. From the minute you learn you are pregnant, you are probably thinking about a dozen things at once:

  • What diapers should I buy?

  • Should I breastfeed or formula feed?

  • What car seat is the best?

  • How do I find the right daycare?

  • How do I find a family practice clinic to care for my growing family?

Considering a New Primary Care Physician from Lincoln, NE?: Questions to Ask

Considering a New Primary Care Physician from Lincoln, NE?: Questions to Ask

Over the past decade, Nebraska had seen a growth in the number of its healthcare professionals. The progress is impressive; yet, based on the findings of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2018, there are still thirteen counties that lack medical care. Rural hospitals are on the decline in many areas, and rural doctors are struggling to keep up with demand. In the state’s capital, Lincoln, the situation is no different.

Meet Bobbi Jensen, Care Integration Coordinator

Meet Bobbi Jensen, Care Integration Coordinator

If you ask Bobbi Jensen, the Care Integration Coordinator at Bluestem Health, what she loves most about her job, she'll say it's the people. From the different cultural populations she interacts with on a daily basis to the community health workers that she collaborates with to provide various services, she continues to learn so much from all of them. "I have the best job and I meet some of the most fascinating people," Bobbi says with joyfulness in her voice.

Meet LaDonna Howe, Risk Analyst

Meet LaDonna Howe, Risk Analyst

As the Risk Analyst at Bluestem Health for over 2 years, she understands that being prepared for any emergency is key and that is what she loves about her job. "What I like about emergency preparedness is that I know what needs to happen from the nursing and first-responder perspective, and from the management and preparedness side of things," LaDonna says. "I really enjoy bringing all sides together to make the plan work."

Meet Dr. Humaira Qasimyar, Pediatrician

Meet Dr. Humaira Qasimyar, Pediatrician

You can tell Humaira Qasimyar, MD, truly loves being a pediatrician when she talks about caring for children. When she was in medical school it became very apparent to her that the specialty she wanted to work in was pediatrics. "As I started to do rotations in the different specialties, I realized that I was at my happiest in my pediatrics rotation where I was able to work with children on a daily basis," Dr. Qasimyar reflects. "In pediatrics, you get a built-in support team of parents and providers who has the child’s best interest at heart. It feels good to help parents work through questions and concerns."

Dr. Michael Israel Named 2018 Young Physician of the Year

Dr. Michael Israel Named 2018 Young Physician of the Year

Michael Israel, MD, has always seen himself as a person committed to providing excellent health care to his patients, to serving others in the community, and to being a voice for those who many times aren't able to advocate for themselves. So it was no surprise to those who know Dr. Israel when he was recently recognized as the 2018 Young Physician of the Year by the Nebraska Medical Association. 

Meet Shay Piel, Provisional Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Meet Shay Piel, Provisional Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

In college, Shay Piel was undecided on what her career path would be, or even what population segment she wanted to focus on, but knew she wanted to work with people. Once she got a better understanding of how important social workers are in providing healthcare services, it didn't take her long to decide that working in the mental health field would be a good fit for her.