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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
Dietitians to check blood sugar levels this month.
For Diabetes Awareness Month, the Dietitians will be doing free blood sugar checks in the lobby at Polk St. Clinic. Click the link below for the schedule.
See you there-
From the UHS Nutrition Department
Sally, Martha and Mary Jo.

Obesity May Harm Kids' Academics, Coping Skills

By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter 
Obese kids may have extra difficulty with schoolwork and coping under stress, a preliminary study suggests. In a survey of nearly 23,000 parents, researchers found that kids who were obese were less likely to show certain indicators of "flourishing," versus their normal-weight peers. Click below for details.


November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

This event is centered on recognizing all those living with Alzheimer’s disease and honoring the more than 15 million caregivers, including families and friends, who support them. Click the link below for more information.


November 15 is Great American Smokeout.
The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco for one day and helps make them aware of the tools they can use to quit for good. The event occurs on the third Thursday of November and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

November 11-17 is National Nurse Practitioner Week.
National Nurse Practitioner Week is held in November to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional care that they provide. Click the link below for more information.

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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