The latest work-life information at IU
No. 60
July 2013


University Human Resources
hr.iu.edu
Informed Employee

Transparency in Health Care
A Tool for Employees

Indiana University has contracted with Castlight Health to provide a new Transparency tool to employees and their adult family members enrolled in IU-sponsored medical plans. The Transparency tool helps employees find in-network medical services based on price, quality of care, convenience, and more.

The healthcare system can be complex and confusing, but Castlight's Transparency tool makes healthcare decision-making easier. Prices for medical services are usually not known until the bill is received, which could be weeks after an appointment.

With the Transparency tool, members can:

  • Search for a primary care physician and find provider profile information, the provider's gender, where they went to medical school, how long they have been practicing, and if they are accepting new patients.
  • Look up prior medical claims for health care and see annual deductible balances.
  • Estimate costs for medical services based on the medical plan and amount of deductible that has been met.
  • Compare in-network doctors, facilities, and medical services based on prices and patient reviews.
  • Receive helpful tips about ways to reduce medical expenses while locating high-quality care.

The Transparency tool is personalized to each member. When it shows the price for a service, it is based on the contracted price negotiated by the medical plan, as well as the member's deductible status. Members can navigate the Transparency website, use the Castlight mobile app, or call Castlight's customer service line for assistance.

Learn more about this tool at hr.iu.edu/benefits/castlight.html.

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As one of its many functions, the Castlight Transparency tool enables users to compare prices of procedures.
The "You pay" amounts shown are for illustrative purposes and will vary based on one's deductible. "Estimated price" reflects the contracted amount in the Anthem PPO.

 


 

IU Staff and Faculty Clinic at Indianapolis

Indiana University is pleased to announce the opening of a new clinic dedicated to primary care services in Indianapolis—the IU Staff and Faculty Clinic. Indiana University partnered with IU Health to open the clinic for IU employees and their dependents age 16 or older covered by an IU-sponsored medical plan, to receive same-day primary care services.

The IU Staff and Faculty Clinic is located on the third floor of IU Health University Hospital, at 550 N. University Boulevard in Indianapolis, in the Adult Outpatient Center. Same-day, call-ahead appointments are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis by calling 317-944-4025.

The IU Staff and Faculty Clinic is an attractive and affordable option for employees and provides:

Staffed by nurse practitioners, the Clinic will offer care for illnesses that are not life threatening, including:

  • Coughs, cold, flu, fever
  • Skin rashes and bites
  • Sprains and strains
  • Allergic reactions
  • Strep and sore throat
  • Pink eye
  • Earache and upper respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Headaches and stomach aches
  • Cuts, scrapes, burns and suture removal
  • Routine adult immunizations
  • Sexually transmitted disease, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screens

Employees can call the Clinic at 317-944-4025 to make a same-day appointment for primary care services. A map of the Clinic and a grid of office hours are located at hr.iu.edu/benefits/CCServices/indianapolis/univ_hospital.html.

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Bloomington-area members also have access to same-day scheduling and after-hours care. A map of primary care clinics in the Bloomington area and a grid of office hours are located at hr.iu.edu/benefits/CCServices/provider_groups-BL.html.

'The Clinics are not new medical plans and enrollment is not required. Eligible employees and dependents can use the Clinics by showing a medical plan ID card. All Clinics are PPO providers and medical plan coverage for services is based on the member's medical plan with applicable co-pays and deductibles.

 


 

Tobacco Use and Health
Smoking and Bone Loss

Recent studies show a direct relationship between tobacco use and decreased bone density. Smoking is one of many factors—including weight, alcohol consumption, and activity level—that increase the risk for osteoporosis, a condition in which bones weaken and become more likely to fracture.

Significant bone loss has been found in older women and men who smoke. Quitting smoking appears to reduce the risk for low bone mass and fractures. However, it may take several years to lower a former smoker's risk.

In addition, smoking from an early age puts women at even higher risk for osteoporosis. Smoking lowers the level of estrogen in the body, which can cause one to go through menopause earlier, boosting the risk for osteoporosis.

Source: BeTobaccoFree.gov

 

 

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