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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
One in four cowboys were black, despite the stories told in popular books and movies

By Jacqueline Dillard, RN, BSN, CCM
Director Medical Management
Union Health Service, Inc.

In fact, it's believed that the real "Lone Ranger" was inspired by an African American man named Bass Reeves.  Reeves had been born a slave but escaped west during the Civil War where he lived in what was known as Indian Territory.  He eventually became a Deputy U.S. Marshal, was a master of disguise, an expert marksman, had a native American companion, and rode a silver horse.  His story was not unique however. Click below for more information..


Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest
By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter
 

Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say. National survey data showed that more than 8 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from low mood, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click the link below for more information.

Learn about Heart Disease and Stroke.
You have the power to prevent heart disease & stroke. The first step? Talk to your doctor. Click the link below for more information.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.
This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. Click 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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