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Take Charge! Wellness Newsletter

The City of Seattle Personnel Department produces a monthly newsletter to help you take charge of your health with information and resources on important topics that are of the most interest to City employees such as heart disease, understanding and recovering from back pain, healthy relationships, and cancer prevention.

We hope these tips on good nutrition, exercise, preventive care, and managing chronic disease give you the necessary tools to take better care of yourself and your family. The newsletter also includes suggestions on how to use your benefits effectively, saving you and your family money as you take good care of your health and well-being.

This month's edition — July 2014 Edition

Focus on Wellness

Health Risk Assessment


Ready to work on a healthier lifestyle? Complete a confidential health risk assessment and receive a personalized action plan. The assessment is available to employees and their family members age 18 and over with City medical benefits.

Aetna members: Log into your account at AetnaNavigator.com to access "Simple Steps to a Healthier Life". Take the online health assessment to determine your health risks. Receive a health report and personalized action plan plus the support of 10 online programs.

Group Health members: Log into your account at GHC.com and select "Health Profile" to complete. Your report assesses how you're managing your health, and suggests actions to lower your risk for certain diseases and conditions. Free lifestyle coaching is included for those that trigger a risk for stress, tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity.

Personal Health Record


You and your adult family members covered on a City medical plan can access a secure, personal electronic health record. Components include a detailed health history, integrated information, and personalized messages and alerts. Once you turn on your personal health record, your claims data will be added.

  • Set up your personal health record:
    • Aetna: Log into AetnaNavigator.com; choose Personal Health Record
    • Group Health: Log into GHC.org; select Online Medical Record
  • Add prior medical procedures and non-claim health information:enter your health history, family health history, non-prescription drugs and vitamins
  • Bring or email your health summary to your provider so they have a complete record of your health

24-Hour Nurse Consultation


Have a condition or illness question? Call a nurse any time. Employees and covered adult family members with City medical coverage have access to nurse consultation by phone.

Aetna's Informed Health Line:
1-800-556-1555

Group Health's Consulting Nurse Services:
Seattle: 206-901-2244
Tacoma: 253-596-3400
All other areas: 1-800-297-6877

Preventive Care

Preventive care is available through most City of Seattle medical plans, subject to applicable copays and co-insurances. Services may include flu shots, immunizations, mammograms, routine physical exams, well woman care, colon cancer screenings, and well baby care. Contact your health care provider to make a preventive care appointment.

Disease Management

Aetna Health Connections
Aetna Health Connections is a disease management program aimed at helping individuals with chronic conditions. The program addresses 37 common chronic diseases and conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, low back pain, obesity, migraines, and asthma. Additionally, Aetna Health Connections nurses and clinicians can provide support if an individual suffers from more than one condition. See the chart below for a list of the supported diseases and conditions.

Individuals may be identified for Health Connections participation through their physician or self-referral. Requests may be submitted through the Aetna Navigator website at www.aetnanavigator.com, Aetna patient management staff, or by submitting medical or pharmacy claims data. You also may enroll by calling 1-866-269-4500. Supported diseases and conditions in the Health Connections program are listed below:

Vascular

Pulmonary

Orthopedic

Oncology

Congestive Heart Failure

Asthma (adult & children)

Osteoporosis

Breast cancer

Diabetes (adult & children)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Rheumatoid arthritis

Lung cancer

Coronary artery disease

 

Osteoarthritis

Lymphoma/
leukemia

Peripheral artery disease

 

Chronic low back pain

Prostrate cancer

Hypertension

 

 

Colorectal cancer

Cerebrovascular disease/stroke

 

 

General cancer

Hyperlipidemia      

Gastrointestinal

Neurological

Other

GERD (gastro esophageal/
reflux disease)

Geriatrics

Obesity

Peptic ulcer disease

Migraines

Chronic kidney disease

IBD (Crohn’s disease  & ulcerative colitis)

Seizure disorders

Sickle cell  disease (adult & children)

Chronic hepatitis

Parkinsonism

Cystic fibrosis

 

 

End-stage renal disease

 

 

Low back pain

 

 

HIV

 

 

Hypercoagulable state