The PEBB Connection, December 2012
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|Give yourself the gift of health in 2013|
It's time to choose your 2013 HEM health actions! Here are suggestions.
Choose what you want to do – just for you based on your health assessment.
Click here for a list of options
– they can help you think about what you might like to try or to continue.
Start simply – one employee says flat out, “The e-lessons I took for 2012 HEM on stress and sleep changed my life.”
Choose what fits – does your daily routine fit fresh salads for lunch, evening runs with your son, gym workouts with a buddy or a daily walk with your four-legged BFF?
– have a recommended exam, cancer screening or disease prevention class. Here’s one on diabetes in Marion/Polk
and one in Lane County
Don’t worry about deadlines – you have a whole year for this.
Be assured about privacy – it’s nobody’s business but yours.
Look forward to success – come next Open Enrollment you’ll have confidence in saying “yes,” you took and tracked two health actions in 2013.
About the “tracking” thing – use whatever works. It’s not for proof; it’s just that tracking our progress really does help us stay on track to getting there.
|How to influence your provider and save|
The next time you contact your primary care clinic in the PEBB Statewide
ask if they’re a state-recognized patient-centered
primary care home (PCPCH). Let them know that, when they are, you get a five percent reduction on what you have to pay for their services.
PEBB members are having some success with this tactic. Dawn Creach with the state’s PCPCH team talks to many clinics about applying. “I’ve also talked to clinics that are applying because their PEBB members are encouraging them to – that’s very exciting.”
|We're advancing technologies for better health, better care and lower costs|
Electronic communications between hospitals and providers
There's a real need for quick, correct communications
hospitals and providers when patients are discharged after surgery.
The situation: You take your young daughter home from the hospital after having her tonsils out. At discharge, the nurse says, “Stay on top of pain and hydration with this pain medication and water every four hours.”
The problem: Your daughter just wants to sleep.
The question: Do you A) let her sleep, B) follow the discharge orders or C) call her doctor for advice?
The answer: B. You might want to go right to C, but your daughter’s doctor may not even have her hospital discharge summary yet.
Sometimes these summaries aren’t sent to providers quickly enough. Some hospitals send them by fax instead of secure email. Faxes may not get picked up quickly. Hospitals provide different types of discharge summaries, and providers can get confused.
Telehealth to deliver care where you are
Through secure, online video conferencing, Providence Health eXpress is delivering health care to PEBB members at worksites.
From their control center at Providence Health and Services in Portland, highly qualified nurse practitioners use the technology to diagnose, prescribe and recommend lab services for most common acute conditions (click here to see a list of conditions).
Patients schedule appointments for these services by calling the control center at 855-229-6460. They typically see a provider the same day.
|Telehealth comes to Corrections staff|
Corrections employees and their families in eastern Oregon
will soon have access to Providence Health eXpress pilots providing free telehealth-care services.
One starts up Dec. 17 at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendelton. Another opens at Two Rivers Correctional Institution Jan. 7.
The initial pilot, in the Labor and Industries Building on the Capital Mall in Salem, is looking to match operations by opening at 7:30 a.m. and allowing appointments for dependents.
All three Providence Health eXpress pilots serve members in PEBB’s Kaiser plans as well as PEBB Statewide and Providence Choice plans.
|Choose your Providence Choice Medical Home to save on costs|
If you’re new to the Providence Choice Plan,
you’ll want to
establish your medical home with the plan now
so you get the best benefit.
Not only does Providence Choice have lower monthly premiums, it also gives you lower costs when you get care through your Medical Home.
|Good news about texting - it can help to improve your health|
Text4baby promotes care for moms and infants
is a new way for pregnant women and new moms to get important health information and reminders.
They get three messages a week, with content cued by their stage of pregnancy or baby’s age.
Initial studies show this free service has the potential for fewer missed office visits and more babies vaccinated timely.
Texting helps with tobacco cessation
Evidence from recent research suggests text messaging can help smokers quit. This may be especially important for teens and other young people who have already become addicted to nicotine.
The Cochrane Collaboration
recently reviewed studies on the effect of text messages sent to and from smokers who are trying to quit. The results show that texting can double their chances of success.
Teens, texting and tobacco
Some teens have taken to texting to the point where it’s a habit. Some have taken up the tobacco habit, too, to the point where it’s an addiction.
SmokefreeTXT is a mobile service designed for young adults across the United States. This federally sponsored program provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit.
The web link gives instructions on signing up by mobile phone and online. If your teen’s phone has a cost for individual texts, this program may not be for you. You should check with your mobile provider.
Talking can help you quit tobacco, too
If you’re not into texting and want to quit tobacco, know that talking with a quit coach at Quit 4 Life is backed up by evidence of success. Quit 4 Life includes:
|Your EAP offers online video consultations|
Cascade Centers, your employee assistance program,
secure, completely confidential video sessions with EAP consultants.
There’s no need to leave your home or office, and you get the personal connection that comes with talking face to face with someone who’s qualified help you resolve work or family problems.
Click here for more on this telehealth service from Cascade Centers.
|Don't drink and drive - you've got a ticket to ride|
Cascade Centers is giving the gift of a free taxi ride as its holiday gift to PEBB members.
To be reimbursed, mail your receipt to: Cascade EAP, 7180 SW Fir Loop, Portland, OR 97223 (a copy of your receipt is required to be reimbursed). Include your name, address, city, state, zip, telephone number and employer.
One way only, within your city limits. You will receive a check within 7 working days.