Yale New Haven Health System has developed an innovative wellness initiative that will help employees heighten their health awareness, improve their health and save money at the same time. Called Know Your Numbers, the program allows all benefits-eligible employees who undergo confidential health screenings and complete an online health assessment questionnaire to receive a $500 credit toward the cost of their 2014 YNHHS medical premium.
"Our goal is to give employees the information they need to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives at work and at home," said Marna Borgstrom, YNHHS president and CEO. "As employees of Yale New Haven Health System, we are dedicated to providing exceptional patient-centered care. Healthier employees are better caregivers. By working together, we can improve our personal health and, at the same time, help manage healthcare costs for ourselves and YNHHS."
"Healthcare costs and insurance premiums are rising everywhere — including at Yale New Haven Health System where they are expected to exceed $200 million for FY 2013," said Kevin Myatt, senior vice president, Human Resources. "And while YNHHS currently pays between 80 and 90 percent of the medical premiums for its employees, the 2014 employee costs are expected to be significantly higher, so this $500 credit should be a big help to employees."
The Know Your Numbers program has two steps for employees: a health screening and completing a health assessment online — both have to be completed before Friday, August 23 for employees to be eligible for the $500 credit. Employees will be screened for these key health measurements: blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose, height, weight and body mass index and waist and hip circumference — a pre-diabetes indicator. There are three ways to participate in a screening:
- Employees can get a free screening at numerous onsite YNHHS locations (listed on Employee Self Service on the intranet or at www.pickatime.com/ynhhs.htm). This is the quickest way to complete the screenings—and employees will get results immediately.
- If the YNHHS onsite locations are not convenient, employees can go to a LabCorp Patient Service Center in Danbury, Fairfield, Hamden, Norwich, Shelton, Stamford or Trumbull. Before going to a LabCorp location, employees will need a voucher so that the screening is free. Employees can print out the lab voucher form from the Employee Self Service dashboard or pick it up at Occupational Health Services. Employees submit the voucher request to Impact Health (directions are on the request form) and will receive it in the mail.
- Employees who had or will have an annual physical between May 1, 2012 and August 23, 2013, may ask their doctor to complete the Know Your Numbers provider form with their most recent health screening test results. Once employees have completed the health screenings, they go to the Active- Health website to complete their health assessment (myactivehealth.com/ynhhs). Employees who do not have an ActiveHealth account will need to create one on the website and then log in to the secure page and complete the health assessment. Employees who have an account will log in and update their new health status information.
Participation in the Know Your Numbers program is free and voluntary. YNHHS will only receive an overall summary of the health screening and assessment results — individual employee results will not be shared with YNHHS. "We are each in charge of our personal health and make choices every day that impact our total well-being," added Myatt. "The ultimate goal of all livingwell initiatives, including Know Your Numbers, is to provide resources and support for employees so they can exercise greater responsibility for their own health. It's a win-win for both employees and YNHHS."