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Employee Wellness

2014 -2015 Wellness Incentive Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can participate in the Wellness Incentive Program?

All DU employees who are currently covered or anticipate being covered by July 1, 2014 on a DU sponsored health plan and any covered spouse/partner can participate. To earn the incentive you will need to complete two components: the Total Health Assessment (THA) and a biometric screening. If your spouse/partner is covered with your plan, you MUST BOTH complete the THA AND biometric screening to receive the incentive. Employees electing coverage during open enrollment will be contacted by the Wellness Program Manager regarding completion of the two components once your KP coverage begins.

What if I completed my biometrics screenings and THA in the spring of 2013 during the Wellness Counts program?

Biometrics results and the THA both need to be completed AFTER July 1, 2013 and BEFORE May 15, 2014 to earn your incentive for the upcoming 2014-2015 plan year. Last year's incentive activities for the Wellness Counts program will not count towards the requirements for the upcoming wellness program.

Is the Wellness Incentive Program required of all employees?

No. Participation in the Wellness Incentive Program is strictly voluntary. Financial incentives are available for participants who complete all program components by May 15, 2014.

Why should I participate in the Wellness Incentive Program?

The University of Denver and Kaiser Permanente want you to thrive and live your healthiest life. The program is designed to help you know your health risk and numbers—preventing and detecting disease helps saves lives. Improved health starts with every person taking an active role in his or her own health. The University of Denver supports you in taking initiative to improve your health by providing a significant insurance premium incentive for completing the program.

What is the incentive for completing the Wellness Incentive Program?

If you (and any covered spouse/partner) complete the program by May 15, 2014, you will receive a $275 premium credit or $550 premium credit (depending on your coverage) for the plan year beginning July 1, 2014. A $275 credit is available for employee-only coverage or employee+children coverage. A $550 credit is available for employee+spouse/partner coverage or employee+family coverage. The incentive will be divided among your pay checks from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Please share the Wellness Incentive Program information with your spouse/partner covered on your insurance, as they must also complete the THA and biometric screening to earn your insurance premium incentive.

How do I participate in the Wellness Incentive Program?

To earn the incentive you (and your spouse/partner if covered under your plan) will need to complete two components:

 

COMPONENT 1: BIOMETRIC SCREENING
  • Blood pressure
  • Total Cholesterol
  • Blood sugar (glucose)
  • Body Mass Index

All of the on-campus screening events are now closed. If you were unable to attend an on-campus event, you may visit a KP clinic to complete your biometric screenings, which include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and body mass index (BMI). To obtain credit for the DU wellness incentive, you must submit a verification form signed by your physician stating you have completed your screenings at the medical office. Download the verification form in the link below. This verification form does not contain your screening outcomes, only your name and completion date.

The easiest method for completing your biometric screenings through KP is to email your Primary Care Physician, who can direct you to either schedule an appointment with primary care, or can put in a lab order for your blood draw. Let your physician know that you are participating in a wellness program with your employer (DU) and are required to have a lipid profile, fasting blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI screenings completed. Let your physician know that you will need his or her signature on a confirmation form stating that your screenings are complete, and ask as to the best method for getting that form to your physician (by fax, mail or in person at an appointment) for his or her signature.

To qualify for the incentive, you will need to return the signed form to Mandy Sigmund in Human Resources by May 15, 2014. Verification Form

If you have had a biometric screening at a KP clinic or non-KP physician since 7/1/13 we will accept those results with the verification form from your Primary Care Physician.

COMPONENT 2: TOTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT (THA)

Sign-in to kp.org to take this 20-30 minute personal health assessment.

Once logged in, find the "Total Health Assessment" link in the 'New members: Get started' section.

We recommend you take the THA after completing your biometrics to receive the most accurate report of your health risks. This component may be completed anytime between 7/1/13 – 5/15/14.

Your results will be confidential; DU will only receive notice that you have completed the THA and biometric screening.


Where do I find the Total Health Assessment (THA)?


• Visit kp.org and sign-in with your user ID and password. If you do not have an ID or password, you will be prompted to create one.
• Once logged in, find the "Total Health Assessment" link in the 'New members: Get started' section.
• Click on the "Start a Total Health Assessment now " link, located on the left side of the page.
• Take the Total Health Assessment. If you have taken it in the past, you can click on the 'Retake' button.
• Your individual results will not be shared with DU. KP will only share the names of those individuals that completed the THA in order to process your reduced premium payments.
• For questions about the THA, call HealthMedia at 1-866-433-9284.
• For help with your kp.org password, call KP at 1-800-556-7677.

What if I recently completed the Total Health Assessment?

If you last took the THA prior to July 1, 2013 you will need to complete the THA again by May 15, 2014. If you completed the online or paper THA after July 1,2013, you will not be required to complete another THA.

¿Puedo tomar la evaluación completa de salud en español?

Para una versión impresa de la evaluación en español, por favor comuníquese con Mandy Sigmund por teléfono a 303-871-4932 o por correo electrónico a Mandy.Sigmund@du.edu.

How will DU know I've completed my biometrics screenings and THA?

Kaiser Permanente will notify DU of your completion status only of both the biometric screenings and THA. Actual test results and answers to the THA will remain with KP as confidential information to be used by your care team and only your name will be provided to DU in order to process your reduced premium payment.

What does the biometric screening entail?


• Blood pressure: Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Having high blood pressure raises your risk for heart disease and stroke. Measuring your blood pressure is quick and painless. The nurse will wrap an inflatable cuff with a pressure gauge around your arm to squeeze the blood vessels. Then he or she will listen to your pulse with a stethoscope while releasing air from the cuff and watching the gauge.
Cholesterol: High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) , i.e. "good cholesterol, Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), i.e. "bad cholesterol", total cholesterol, and triglycerides: Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs; however, when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries. This can lead to heart disease and stroke. Cholesterol levels will be checked by gathering a small blood sample through a finger prick.
Blood Glucose: Blood glucose is a type of sugar in your blood. Normally, your blood glucose levels increase slightly after you eat. This increase causes your pancreas to release insulin so that your blood glucose levels do not get too high. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels. Blood glucose tests are done to check for diabetes, monitor treatment of diabetes, and determine if an abnormally low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) is present. Glucose levels are checked by gathering a small blood sample through a finger prick.
Body Mass Index: Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from your height and weight. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

What if I cannot attend any of the on-campus biometric screening sessions?


If you are unable to attend an on-campus event, you may visit a KP clinic to complete your biometric screenings, which include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and body mass index (BMI). To obtain credit for the DU wellness incentive, you must submit a verification form signed by your physician stating you have completed your screenings at the medical office. Download the verification form in the link below. This verification form does not contain your screening outcomes, only your name and completion date.

The easiest method for completing your biometric screenings through KP is to email your Primary Care Physician, who can direct you to either schedule an appointment with primary care, or can put in a lab order for your blood draw. Let your physician know that you are participating in a wellness program with your employer (DU) and are required to have a lipid profile, fasting blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI screenings completed. Let your physician know that you will need his or her signature on a confirmation form stating that your screenings are complete, and ask as to the best method for getting that form to your physician (by fax, mail or in person at an appointment) for his or her signature.

To qualify for the incentive, you will need to return the signed form to Mandy Sigmund in Human Resources by May 15, 2014. Verification Form

If you have had a biometric screening at a KP clinic or non-KP physician since 7/1/13 we will accept those results with the verification form from your Primary Care Physician.

Will I have to pay for the screenings that I need?


If you are an employee covered under the DU KP health plan and you attend an on-campus screening, DU will cover the cost for you (and your covered spouse/partner).
If you choose to have the screening at a KP clinic you may be subject to a co-pay. Please call member services at 303-338-4545 if you have questions about the cost of any screenings.

Will my employer know the results of my Total Health Assessment and biometric screening?


No. DU will not know the specific results of your (or your covered spouse/partner's) screenings. Kaiser Permanente will only release your name and completion status to DU in order to provide you with your premium incentive.

Will my insurance rates increase if I receive abnormal screening results?


No. Your specific screening results are confidential. No screening results are shared with the insurance underwriters who create the rates.

What do I do if my doctor wants to do more tests beyond the screenings in this program?
Your doctor may request that you complete additional screenings. Any discussion regarding additional screenings is a personal conversation between you and your doctor.

My doctor does not recommend that I receive the screenings listed because of my current health condition. Can I still participate? Will I still be eligible for the incentive?

Yes. If a current health condition prevents you from receiving all screenings, please have your doctor provide a signed note stating that he or she does not recommend these screenings. You will still be eligible for the incentive if you complete the steps that your doctor agrees to.

What if I am not currently enrolled in the DU health insurance plan but intend to sign-up for a plan during open enrollment (May 1-15, 2014)?


If you (or a spouse/partner) are not currently covered through DU, but you will be electing coverage during open enrollment, you will be contacted by the Wellness Program Manager regarding completion of the two components once your KP coverage begins on July 1, 2014. If you plan to cover a spouse/partner, he/she will also need to complete the two program components. You do not need to register for a biometric screening until your KP coverage begins.

Can I complete the THA and biometric screenings during work time? Do I have to use sick or vacation time?


You may attend an onsite biometric screening during your workday; please coordinate your schedule with your supervisor and department. Vacation or sick time should not be required.

Employees who wish to complete screenings at a KP clinic during their normal work hours will need to utilize sick time as they would for any such appointments.

Employees are encouraged to complete the Total Health Assessment during work time using a University computer. The assessment takes 20-30 minutes to complete. If you do not have access to a computer or need a paper version of the assessment, please visit HR located in Mary Reed Building on the 4th floor.

Who can I contact with questions or concerns about the Wellness Incentive Program?

Please contact Mandy Sigmund at 303-871-4932 or email Mandy.Sigmund@du.edu.