The New School provides employees with a variety of resources to keep them in good health and help them make healthy choices. The Wellness Program is designed to give new motivation and support for incorporating healthy behaviors into our lives or maintaining current healthy behaviors. We hope this initiative will decrease work time lost due to illness and lessen the increasing financial burden of our health insurance.
We understand that this won't happen overnight. The program will unfold in three phases over the next few years. In each year, we will give the same or similar rewards to all employees who complete the requested tasks. In this first year, earn a $250 reward and a chance to win an iPad!
The first steps towards a healthier life are to know and understand your personal health risk factors and establish some health goals. We expect Phase 1 to last for the next three years.
Visit your primary care physician or family practitioner for routine "well" services (including biometric screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol, height, and weight). Make sure your provider codes the claim correctly as a preventive care/wellness exam and submits the claim for this visit through your New School medical carrier, United Healthcare (UHC).
UHC will notify Human Resources that you had a preventive care exam. UHC will not share any other information about the exam, which your doctor must keep confidential.
Under our UHC policy, preventive care/wellness services are free when you visit an in-network physician. There is no copay.
Log into your United Healthcare account at www.myuhc.com. Set up your UHC account if you haven't already done so. Read and follow the HRA instructions in the Health Assessment Flyer (PDF). The Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is a personalized, strictly confidential self-assessment of your personal health and lifestyle. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will receive immediate feedback from UHC in the form of recommended steps for your personal health improvement. UHC also will notify Human Resources that you completed the HRA. UHC is legally not permitted to share your responses or results with the New School. This information will remain confidential.
Complete these two tasks by March 31, 2014 and your reward will be $250 in your paycheck and a chance to win an iPad.
Participation is voluntary. Your personal health information is confidential and will never be shared with The New School. There is no consequence for not participating. If you have already had a wellness exam ("physical") or taken the UHC HRA at any time since January 1, 2013, UHC will notify Human Resources and you will have qualified for the reward
It's that simple. We will probably ask you to repeat these same two tasks next year and the year after that before we enter phase 2 of the Wellness Program.
Phase 2 will focus on healthy actions, such as completing a health improvement program, joining a weight-management program, or getting a preventive screening. Phase 3 will be outcome-based - you may be asked to achieve or maintain a specific health outcome determined by your personal risk factors, such as improved body mass index, lower cholesterol count, etc. Participation will be voluntary.
Contact Denise Radicone, Director of Benefits or 212.229.5671 x4937 if you have any questions.
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