CKHS Employees “Take Charge” of Wellness in 2014
- As of November 15, 2013, approximately 1,800 CKHS employees and spouses had completed their Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) and “Know Your Numbers” Baseline Biometric Screening.
- Those who completed these steps and passed the other milestones on the Road to Wellness during 2013 became eligible to pay the lower Wellness Medical Rates instead of the Standard Medical Rates for their CHOICES medical plan in 2014.
- New milestones for 2014 include an annual physical exam with a primary care physician (PCP) and health education sessions online and at CKHS work sites.
- Wellness Works Nurse Navigators Dee Pascale, R.N., and Cathy Petrucci, M.S.N., R.N., will lead brief health education workshops throughout the year at CKHS work sites.
Lose weight ... exercise ... eat healthier food ... manage stress better ... quit smoking. These were among Americans’ top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2013, according to research by John Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, and his associates.
Dee Pascale, R.N.
It’s probably safe to say that health and wellness resolutions are on many people’s lists for 2014, too. However, the researchers found that less than half of New Year’s “resolvers” are still achieving their goals at six months.
How can we be more successful in meeting these and other personal goals? Studies show that “successful resolvers” set realistic, attainable goals, develop a specific action plan, track and reward their progress, and cultivate social support — including coworkers, family members and friends — among other strategies.
In other words, they take charge of their wellness.
Where We Came From in 2013
As of Nov. 15, 2013, approximately 1,800 CKHS employees and spruces had completed their Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) and “Know Your Numbers” Baseline Biometric Screening.
Eligible employees who completed these and the remaining items on the Road to Wellness 2014 Activity Checklist as of the last day of the 2014 Open Enrollment period (Dec.11, 2013) — Primary Care Physician (PCP) confirmation; learn about Wellness Works Nurse Navigators; provide email address and cell phone number (if one has these services) — became eligible to pay the lower Wellness Medical Rates instead of the Standard Medical Rates for their CHOICES medical plan in 2014. Eligibility is determined by collective bargaining agreement.
Where We’re Headed in 2014
This year, eligible employees and their spouses will complete a variety of activities on the Road to Wellness Checklist as they continue along their healthy journey — or take the “on ramp” to start the journey! There are a few new milestones for 2014, including an annual physical exam and health education sessions online and at CKHS work sites.
During 2014, eligible CHOICES Medical Plan participants have the opportunity to complete the following six wellness activities in order pay the lower Wellness
Medical Rates in 2015:
- Health Assessment Questionnaire, or “HAQ” (baseline or update)
- Annual Physical by Primary Care Physician (PCP)
- “Know Your Numbers” Biometric Screening (baseline or update) completed as part of the participant’s annual physical
- Three online HAQ classes as suggested by the participant’s personal HAQ Action Plan
- One Healthy Challenge, such as the annual “Biggest Winner Weight Loss Challenge,” “Clear the Air” smoking cessation class, and more (details will be available shortly)
- Provide online email and cell phone updates (if one has these services)
To become eligible to pay the lower Wellness Medical Rates instead of the Standard Medical Rates for a CHOICES medical plan in 2015, complete activities 1-5 by July 31, 2014, and complete the online updates during open enrollment in autumn 2014.
Health Education Workshops at CKHS Work Sites
In addition to online health education videos, Wellness Works Nurse Navigators Dee Pascale, R.N., and Cathy Petrucci, M.S.N., R.N., will lead brief health education workshops throughout the year at CKHS work sites as part of departmental staff meetings or departmental visits. Topics include strength training, nutrition, cardiovascular health, stress management, reliable health websites and the importance of sleep.
Cathy Petrucci, M.S.N.
As dedicated Wellness Works nurse navigators, Pascale and Petrucci ensure that participants’ health-care needs are handled personally and confidentially. “We work as participants’ advocates and system guides to ensure coordinated care,” explains Cathy Petrucci, M.S.N., R.N., “and we help those with serious or chronic conditions in following their physicians’ treatment plans.”
Dee Pascale, R.N., adds, “Working as partners with participants and their physicians, our ultimate goal is to improve participants’ overall health and quality of life.”
PCPs: Partners in Wellness
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 help them maintain optimal health.
In 2014, Road to Wellness participants will be urged to get a routine physical exam from their PCPs because of the importance of developing an ongoing patient-physician relationship, accessing preventive care, and managing chronic illnesses.
For employees who do not yet have a PCP, Nurse Navigators Pascale and Petrucci can help them find primary care doctors in the CKHS network who are close to their homes and are a good match for their healthcare 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 that is intended to provide more personalized, coordinated, effective and efficient care using the latest guidelines for quality and patient safety and the latest information system technologies.
Happy New Year on the Road to Wellness!
For more information about the Road to Wellness, employees may visit the “My Wellness” page of www.crozerbenefits.org. For Wellness Works 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).