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Union Health Service Inc.
1634 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612
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.

CDC Broadens Romaine Lettuce Warning as E. Coli Outbreak Continues.
In the wake of an E. coli outbreak that has made more than 50 people in 16 states sick, Americans are now being warned to toss out any romaine lettuce they might have bought in a grocery store. On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its warning from just chopped romaine to any and all forms of the lettuce -- whole romaine, romaine in mixed salads, etc. The agency also warned restaurants not to serve romaine lettuce to customers. Click details below.

March for Babies
March for Babies is the nation's biggest and oldest charity walking event. Funds help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, thus, reducing health costs to employers. Click below for more information.

April is Counseling Awareness Month.
The American Counseling Association designates April each year as a time to recognize the differences professional counselors make in communities throughout the world. Click below for more details.

This month is National Minority Health Month.
National Minority Health Month is held annually in April to raise awareness of minority health and healthcare disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. Click details below.

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month
National Foot Awareness Month educates the public about podiatrists' expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries that affect lower extremities and their ability to provide guidance on the right footwear, prescribe custom orthotics and evaluate individuals' biomechanics. Click details below.

April is National Humor Month.
National Humor Month focuses on the therapeutic value and vital need for humor in healthcare. Click details below.

Let's celebrate National Autism Awareness Month.
The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The month of April highlights the growing need for concern, awareness and acceptance about autism. Additionally, please click the donation form below for Autism Speak's Walk on May 12. Click the details below regarding autism awareness from Autism Speaks web site.

April 22-28 is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.
National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) takes place the last full week of April each year. The week provides the professional with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory professionals and pathologists. Click below for more information.

April 23-27 is Patient Experience Week.
This annual event is intended to celebrate healthcare staff impacting patient experience everyday. Inspired by members of the Beryl Institute community, PX Week is a time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, reenergize efforts and honor the people who impact patient experience, including nurses and physicians, support staff and executive professionals patients, families and communities served. Click below for details.

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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