Last chance to earn up to 200 points for a biometric screening
Get 100 points in the employee wellness program and learn about your health status by having a biometric screening that checks your body mass index, blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. You can also get 25 bonus points for each test result within the recommended range (up to 100 additional points).
While worksite screening events are full, you can have your doctor order the tests or use another approved provider.
You can have your screening done at a doctor’s office. To do that, go to the screening section in the health and wellness page on www.mymedica.com and click on “Your Provider.” It will give you instructions and the necessary forms. Make sure your doctor’s office fills out the forms and faxes them to the number on the bottom of the form by Aug. 15 so you receive your points. Please note that while preventive care is covered at 100 percent, if the provider is following up on a condition or using it for diagnostic purposes you might be charged for the appointment.
You may also go through another provider such as LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics for your screening. Both take same day appointments (with at least two hours’ notice), and Quest even has a downtown location in the Medical Arts Building (825 Nicollet Mall, Suite 406). These options are similar to getting an onsite screening; you don’t have to pay for the screening and the results are uploaded automatically into your wellness site. If you schedule a biometric screening at LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics, they will submit your biometric screening form to Medica for you, but you must have your screening by Aug. 4. Read instructions for scheduling a biometric screening. Visit mymedica.com to print the forms needed for these options and to schedule an appointment.
About the screening
At the biometric screening, you’ll learn about your health status by checking your:
- Body mass index.
- Sugar in your blood (glucose).
- Fat in your blood (triglycerides).
- Cholesterol (total cholesterol, HDL and LDL).
- Blood pressure.
You’ll earn 25 more points for each test result you get back within these recommended ranges:
- A fasting blood glucose less than or equal to 99 mg/dL or a non-fasting blood glucose less than or equal to 139 mg/dL.
- Non-HDL cholesterol that is less than 100 mg/dL.
- Blood pressure less than 120/80 mmHg.
- Body mass index less than 25 or less than 30 if all three of your other measures (blood pressure, non-HDL cholesterol and blood glucose) are within the recommended ranges.
The screening requires measurement of your height and weight and a small blood sample obtained by a simple finger prick. For the most accurate test results, do not eat for at least nine hours before your appointment. You should drink a lot of water before your appointment and take all medications as directed by your physician. You may have black coffee with no cream, milk or sweetener.
About earning points for the wellness program
When you earn 300 points in the employee wellness program by Aug. 31, you’ll qualify for a discounted wellness rate on your 2018 health insurance premiums. (In 2017, savings on the insurance premiums are about $400 a year for a single person and $1,200 a year for a family.) You’ll also receive a $20 gift card for each 100 points you earn in the program (up to $100).
Read more about the 2017 health and wellness program (link here to brochure) and see all the different ways to earn points in the program. You can also email Benefits with questions or call 612-673-3333. Visit the Benefits webpages for more details.
Published Jul 26, 2017