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312-423-4200
Union Health Service Inc.
1634 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612
webmaster@unionhealth.org
312-423-4200 Ext. 3231
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.

News
Opioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few Days
Prescribing narcotic painkillers for 3 days or less may lower chances of addiction, study finds
By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter
 
Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction, a new study suggests. Among patients without cancer, a single day's supply of a narcotic painkiller can result in 6 percent of patients being on an opioid a year later, the researchers said. The odds of long-term opioid use increased most sharply in the first days of therapy, particularly after five days of taking the drugs. The rate of long-term opioid use increased to about 13 percent for patients who first took the drugs for eight days or more, according to the report.
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It's Nutrition Month!

National Nutrition Month® (NNM?) is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The 2017 NNM Theme "Put Your Best Fork Forward" which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month® and over time, helps improve health now and into the future. Be sure to visit the Academy's National Nutrition Month® website during the upcoming months for new and updated resources to help make the NNM 2017 celebration an infinite success! Sally Orloff, Nutritionist Manager, has selected a few interesting topics (click on titles).

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Brain Injury Awareness Month is led by the Brain Injury Association each year in March. The theme for 2015-2017 campaign is "Not Alone." The campaign provides a platform for educating the public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. For more information, please click the link below.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. Screenings are medical tests that check for diseases before there are any signs& symptoms. Learn more by clicking on the link below. 

Interested applicants - please apply online.
Please send your resume to hr@unionhealth.org or fax to 312-423-4326. You may also download our employee application form by clicking the link below and send the completed form to hr@unionhealth.org

Select Step Therapy for Federal Employees
Most medical conditions have multiple medication options. Although their clinical effectiveness may be similar, prices can vary widely. With the Step Therapy program, you get the treatment you need, usually at a lower cost. Click "read more" below.

Select Quantity Limits on Medications for Federal Employees
Your pharmacy benefit plan’s quantity limits program protects you and can help you get the best results from your medication therapy. Along with supporting safe and appropriate dosing, quantity limits can also keep prescription drug costs lower for you and your benefit plan sponsor. Click "read more" below.

Select Prior Authorization for Federal Employees
Some medications must be authorized for coverage because they’re only approved or effective in treating specific illnesses, they cost more or they may be prescribed for conditions for which safety and effectiveness have not been well‑established. Click "read more" below.

Union Health Service is Accredited by AAAHC.

Union Health Service, Inc. received a Certificate of Accreditation from the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Heath Care.  Accreditation indicates UHS meets a broad range of high standards for its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.  The certificate is valid for three years, the maximum duration made by AAAHC.


Patient's Rights and Responsibilities
Union Health Services, Inc. respects your rights as a patient and wants you to understand your responsibilities as a partner in your care. Go to "Patient Resources Page" or click here to download the "Patient's Rights and Responsibilities". 

Your Health Plan Quality Reports

Union health Service is contracted with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), UHS would like you to be transparent to all FEHBP enrollees information about our health plan. The link below will allow you to view quality information on the performance of doctors, and hospitals.  OPM has a set of standardized measures that specifies how health plans collect, audit and report on their performance in important areas of screening and patient satisfactions.

Click on link below to assess information about your health plan ratings or go to Patient Resources page.
Health Plan Reports


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