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Chicago, IL 60612
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Union Health Service Inc.
1634 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612
312-423-4200 ext. 3262
Union Health Service Inc.
1634 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612

We are described as many things, such as — a Voluntary Health Services Plans Corporation; a multi-specialty medical group; a not-for-profit health plan; or a staff-model managed care plan. Maybe it is simply best to call us "Union Health Service" or “UHS” — a tradition of providing high quality and cost-effective benefits to groups covering Chicago-area union members.

Good Ideas Catch On

Good ideas often pass the test of time. Many aspects of the way in which Union Health Service provides healthcare were innovative when we were organized in the 1950s. The innovation even required the passage of a new Illinois law (the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act) so that we could directly provide insured health care services through our own staff of physicians. Key provisions of the Act address: free choice of any staff physician; the private physician-patient relationship; confidentiality; no restrictions on the physician’s methods of diagnosis or treatment; and the inclusion of physicians in the company’s top management.

We took advantage of the new law to encourage members to select a primary care physician (PCP)

 

who, in turn, is involved in all aspects of the member’s care — coordination with specialty physicians; health education, and providing preventive services as well as follow-up care. Other “ahead-of-their-time" programs installed at UHS included: podiatry; colon cancer screening; electronic medical records; nutrition counseling.

And eventually good ideas catch on. The news is full of stories these days about encouraging health care trends, such as, the prominence of primary care physician, preventive care, health education, and electronic medical records. We agree; and have done so for a very long time.

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Useful Winter Tips
As temperatures drop this winter, here are some steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.
Right Clothing
Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Don’t forget a pair of gloves and a hat to help prevent losing your body heat.

Eat Healthy
Calcium-packed Yogurt: Enjoy the benefits of Calcium by trying creamy, smooth, packed with flavor yogurt, which contains active cultures and vitamin D, with low sugar content. Calcium helps prevent
• Osteoporosis
• High blood pressure
• Gastrointestinal conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and constipation
Know Your Heartburn Triggers: Typical triggers include foods full of sugar and fat. Instead reach for complex carbs like veggies and whole-wheat breads -- or at least share that rich dessert you crave!

Regular Exercise
Get Up: Keep your head higher than your stomach when taking a nap post-meal -- or keep right on walking, away from the dinner table and out the door. Light exercise is a great way to prevent heartburn.

Make your living room your gym – do crunches on the edge of the couch, do leg lifts and trim those triceps and biceps by grabbing a bottle of water or a can of soda and do curls. And meditation can do more than soothe away stress. Research shows it may help lower blood pressure, boost immunity, reduce PMS symptoms, even aid in fertility and the delivery of a new mom's milk.

Walking: It's suitable for young or old. Laps at the mall, or in your office compound will make a big difference to your body when you do it regularly.
Preventive Care
See your health care provider regularly for annual physical exams, routine tests, etc. Check your health plan’s wellness programs. UHS offers various wellness screenings and preventive care services for its health plan members. Our wellness programs are easy to use and always available. Best of all, they’re part of our members’ benefits. Please check out our Wellness Services Page for more information.
Invest in your health.
It's your body -- and your future!

Patient Updates from UHS
We have made a couple of changes and updates regarding our services. Check out our Pharmacy Services Page for the 2015 National Formulary Reference Guide, 2015 Prescription Drug Benefit for Federal Employees, Loc. 25 Drug Benefit, SEIU Healthcare Drug Benefit and the updated Specialty Drug List. The 2015 Physician Listings with Hospital Names are now available for download under the Patient Resources Page. The Nutrition Care Page is now available under Services Page.

New Pharmacy Hours
Effective June 30, 2014, Pharmacy hours have been extended on weekdays and Saturdays to cater to the varying needs of UHS plan members. New Pharmacy hours are:
 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Closed Sundays and Major Holidays

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