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Tips from Union Health Service Regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19):

We are prepared

Call first before seeking care at Union Health Service

Stay home if you are sick 

 For more information on how to protect yourself and others please click here to visit the CDC's (Center for Disease Control) website.

Information about the virus and instructions for the public are changing on a daily basis. The Illinois Department of Public Health  (IDPH) is a reliable and real-time source for information. click here for the latest facts.

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) is also a reliable source for travel information, prevention tips and more. You may click here for more information.

Please call the IDPH hotline 1-800-889-391 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV to have all your COVID-19 questions answered.

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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.

National Nurses Month 2020
As part of the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife" celebration, the American Nurses Association "will expand National Nurses Week, traditionally celebrated from May 6 to May 12 each year, to a month-long celebration in May to expand opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing." 
Nurses Week 3: Professional Development May 17-23, 2020

Focus on how you can excel and lead in your nursing career or inspire and help others in their professional nursing journey. CRNAs: Explore AANALearn opportunities by clicking on the link below.

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition encourages everyone to #MoveInMay during National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Spread the word about the benefits of physical activity using our Move Your Way campaign — and be sure to share the Activity Planner, which includes ideas for activities people can do at home. You can also encourage people to get active using our MyHealthfinder resource, and check out national physical activity data in the Healthy People 2020 Physical Activity topic area

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Coronavirus Task Force to Wind Down as U.S. Cases Climb Past 1.2 Million

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that the White House coronavirus task force will likely disband within a month, even as the number of coronavirus cases climbed passed 1.2 million and the death toll passed 71,000.

The slow shutdown will happen because of "the tremendous progress we've made as a country," Pence said during a task force media briefing at the White House on Tuesday.

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Human Trials of Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine Begin in U.S.

An experimental coronavirus vaccine began human trials in the United States on Monday, Pfizer and the German pharmaceutical company BioNTech said.If the trials show that the vaccine is effective, it could be available for emergency use in the United States as early as September, The New York Times reported.

The experimental vaccine, called BNT162, is being jointly developed by the two companies and the first human trials of the vaccine began in Germany last month.

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The 2020 UHS Health Plan Summary of Benefits is now available.
The UHS Health Plan Summary of Benefits and Coverage for federal employees is now available for download. You can still access the 2019 Summary of Benefits and Coverage. Click the link below or go to Patient Resources page for more information.
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 below to download the "Patient's Rights and Responsibilities" in English, Polish, and Spanish. We have updated these documents as of August 2019.
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.

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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