It’s Time for Open Enrollment and Personal Wellness Goal-Setting
As Crozer-Keystone Health System employees reexamine their benefits and gear up for open enrollment (happening Nov. 27 to Dec. 11), it’s a great time for participating staff and spouses to take stock of their personal health and wellness goals. If you are among this group, are you taking advantage of the many programs and services Wellness Works offers for you to get healthier — like free health screenings, oodles of online and other health resources, and knowledgeable nurse navigators who can provide one-on-one support?
Whether you’re coping with a chronic health condition like diabetes, or simply trying to achieve a healthy weight and feel better, the Wellness Works “Road to Wellness” can help you reach your goals … and save you money while doing it!
For instance, employees and spouses who participated in the Spring 2013 Road to Wellness biometric screenings and also completed the online Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) received a $100 “cash” reward in June to offset their 2013 medical premiums.
New Wellness Opportunities
Looking ahead into 2014 and beyond, there will be additional opportunities for eligible employees and spouses who fulfill certain criteria to take advantage of cost savings, including reduced annual medical premiums.
Those who completed their HAQ and participated in 2013 Road to Wellness biometric screenings — which were offered in the spring and then offered a second time last month to give individuals another chance to participate — are on their way toward paying the lower Wellness Medical Rates instead of the Standard Medical Rates for their CHOICES Medical Plan in 2014. As part of this process, eligible individuals will need to complete certain online activities during the upcoming open enrollment period.
Specific information on the 2014 Road to Wellness requirements was mailed to CHOICES participants’ homes in October and will also be included in the open enrollment information that will be mailed later this month. Participants who don’t have access to a computer at work, home or in their local library are invited to attend the upcoming benefits fairs (see accompanying schedule) for assistance with the online activities.
“The free biometric screenings provide valuable information on vital measurements like cholesterol and blood pressure. Even more important than helping eligible participants qualify for lower per-pay medical deductions in 2014, the screenings can help participants better understand the status of their own personal health and plan appropriate measures to address potential problems. It is important to recognize employees who are taking extra steps to improve their health, and to encourage others to get on board,” says William Kreider, CKHS vice president of Human Resources. “As employees and health care providers, we work hard every day to ensure the best health for our patients. It is important that we also take time for ourselves to make sure that we are as healthy as we can be.”
Do You Have a Primary Care Physician (PCP)?
Along with providing targeted health programs and financial incentives, an important focus of the “Road to Wellness” is to ensure that CKHS employees and spouses have a primary care physician (PCP), who can serve as their first line of defense and help them maintain optimal health. For employees who do not yet have a PCP, Crozer-Keystone’s dedicated nurse navigators can help them find primary care doctors in the CKHS network who are close to their homes and are a good match for their health needs.
The Crozer-Keystone Health Network (CKHN) offers more than 100 primary care physicians (doctors who practice family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics) who have met the high standards set by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to be certified as Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). A PCMH is a team-based model of care led by a personal physician,which is intended to result in more personalized, coordinated, effective and efficient care using the latest guidelines for quality and patient safety and the latest information system technologies. CKHN patients benefit from access to a friendly team of nurses and support staff, as well as MyCKHealth, an online patient portal that provides patients with convenient access to portions of their medical records, as well as an easy way to communicate with their physician’s office via secure email, and more.
“Your primary care physician has an essential role in you overall health and wellness. Your PCP keeps an eye on all health issues, develops your personalized care plan and maintains a comprehensive perspective of your health,” says CKHS nurse navigator Cathy Petrucci, M.S.N., R.N.
In addition to helping employees find a PCP, Petrucci and fellow CKHS nurse navigator Dee Pascale, R.N., can serve as a helpful link between employees and their PCPs, when needed, so that the PCP’s care plan can be followed more easily.
“Your nurse navigators are here to support, coordinate, and communicate pertinent information, with the utmost confidentiality, between employees and their PCPs,” Pascale says. “Our goal, together, is to provide health action plans that employees can incorporate into their daily lives to achieve an overall better health status.”
If you are a CHOICES participant and are looking to hop on the “Road to Wellness,” there will be many upcoming opportunities to get involved. For example, eligible participants who complete certain activities in 2014 will pay lower Wellness Medical Rates instead of Standard Medical Rates for their CHOICES medical plan in 2015.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information on how Wellness Works can help you chart a course to reach your individual wellness goals.
For more information about Wellness Works or for nurse navigator support, contact: Dee Pascale, R.N., at: 610-394-4756 or 12-4756, or Delores.Pascale@crozer.org (serving employees/family members at the DCMH, Springfield and Taylor campuses or in CKHN physician practices). Or, contact Cathy Petrucci, M.S.N., R.N., at: 610-490-7960 or 15-7960, or Cathleen.Petrucci@crozer.org (serving Crozer, Community or Brinton Lake campuses, or other CKHS locations not mentioned above).