Benefits corner- When is pre-certification needed with my Priority Health insurance plan?

The following services require a Pre-Authorization- subject to deductible requirements:

  1. Imaging Services- MRI, CAT Scans, PET Scans, CT/CTA and Nuclear Cardiac Studies
  2. Inpatient Hospital Facility Services EXCEPT in emergencies or hospital stays for a mother and her newborn of up to 48 hours following a vaginal delivery and 96 hours following a cesarean section
  3. Inpatient Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services- including rehabilitation and partial hospitalization except in emergencies.

Pre-certification phone number is 800-269-1260.

If you fail to receive pre-certification you may be subject to a $250 fee.

Always feel free to call the customer service number on your Priority card, and access the Health Benefit Plans at


Military & Veteran Outreach Services support third annual Traverse City Patriot Game


Traverse City native Brad Kent (third from right) and his crew in Afghanistan show their support for the TC Patriot Game. (Photo Courtesy: Bad Kent)

Area new car dealerships have begun selling T.C. Patriot Game shirts today. This is the third year that the annual football clash between Central and West high schools will become a way to honor local veterans and those who have died while serving in the military.

This year Central supporters will wear red shirts, while those backing West will don blue shirts. Organizers say they hope to have both sides of Thirlby Field flooded with a sea of red and blue shirts. The contest between the two schools is the biggest football event of the year with the stadium filled to capacity. It will be held Friday, September 12.

A ceremony will be held before the game to honor northern Michigan veterans and give special recognition to those who have been killed in recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Veterans will be allowed into the game again this year at no charge. (more…)

Chul Hyun Ahn creates Infinite Space at the Dennos Museum Center

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present the exhibition Chul Hyun Ahn: Infinite Space, September 21 – January 4, 2015.

Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn creates sculptures utilizing light, color, and illusion as physical representations of his investigation of infinite space.  Ahn’s interest in the gap between the conscious and subconscious compels him to construct illusionistic environments providing a space for contemplation.  Ahn’s sculpture urges the viewer to consider man’s boundless ability for physical and spiritual travel while exploiting illusions of infinity and the poetics of emptiness. (more…)

Ken Scott’s photography to be featured at the Dennos Museum Center

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present the exhibition The Leelanau Conservancy through the Lens of Ken Scott, September 21 – October 26, 2014. The exhibition is being presented in collaboration with the Leelanau

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Leelanau Conservancy commissioned landscape photographer Ken Scott to take pictures of the natural areas and farm land it has preserved on the Leelanau peninsula. Ken, self-taught, has been photographing nature for more than twenty years. (more…)

Art Prize winner Ann Loveless shows Art Quilts at the Dennos Museum Center

SunflowersThe Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present the exhibition Ann Loveless: Art Quilts August 31–October 5, 2014.

Ann Loveless is a Northern Michigan textile artist who captures the beauty of Northern Michigan in her art quilts. Working from photographs Ann creates realistic landscape scenes using any three of her quilting techniques she has developed. Most recently Ann was awarded first place in the 2013 Art Prize Competition with her four-paneled art quilt “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore.” (more…)

NMC Magazine Call for Submissions

People find community in many places — online, in church, in their families, even across the globe. Book lovers, movie fanatics and musicians build community. Connections flourish in the LGBT community. International students enrich community. NMC students and faculty participate in community.

Plug into our campus community by contributing to the NMC Magazine this fall. Submit your examples of and experiences with community through essay, short story, poetry and artwork of all mediums. Submit in person or by email. (more…)

TEDxTraverseCity 2014 Reprised

Did you miss out on TEDxTraverseCity back in May? Here’s your chance to catch the best talks of this year along with some of the top TED videos in the comfort of the State Theater. Join other TED enthusiasts on Friday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to noon for this inspiring event. You’ll learn about Game Changers and perhaps be inspired to change the game yourself!

Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased here:


Todd Haines in Maintenance has been nominated for a Kudos award. Congratulations, Todd, for a job well done! (more…)

Community Cinema from the Dennos and WCMU

Muslim MuhammadThe Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College and WCMU present the 2014-2015 Community Cinema Series. Events take place on second Thursdays, September 2014 through May 2015, at 7:00 p.m., free of charge. Each program features a documentary film followed by discussion with community leaders and scholars. Visit for more information and a full schedule.


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