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Wellness Program

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For 2019

ActiveHealth Management will be our wellness and weight management vendor starting January 1, 2019. In December, ActiveHealth will mail active state and higher education employees and spouses more information about the wellness program and resources along with information about the available cash incentives.

Wellness programs available

Active state and higher education employees and spouses:  Regardless of the health plan you choose, you will have access to a health risk assessment, biometric screenings (onsite and physician screening form), lifestyle counseling (tobacco cessation, nutrition, stress, sleep, etc.), disease management, weight management and wellness challenges.  A web portal and mobile app will allow you to access online wellness resources, interact with your coach and access a rewards center.

  • Cash Incentives:  Active state and higher education employees and spouses will be able to earn cash incentives for completing certain wellness activities starting Jan. 1, 2019. You and your spouse could each earn up to $250 a year by completing certain wellness activities mentioned above (if eligible). Each participant will be able to earn the maximum $250 per person – that could be up to $500 per employee and spouse annually!
  • More information on how state and higher education employees and spouses can qualify and earn cash incentives will be mailed to you in December. Be on the lookout for a mailer from your new wellness vendor, ActiveHealth Management.

Local education and local government members and spouses, all retirees and spouses, and COBRA participants: Regardless of the health plan you choose, you will have access to disease management programs for asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary artery disease (CAD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

All Members will have access to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) provided you meet the eligibility criteria. For more information about the eligibility criteria and the DPP, go here.

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Wellness resources

Note: Cigna members will have access to a Cigna nurse advice line by calling the phone number on their ID card and asking for the 24 Health Information Line. BlueCross BlueShield does not have a nurse advice line available.

Preventive care

And don’t forget — with your health plan you won’t pay anything for eligible preventive care – it’s covered at 100% as long as you use an in-network provider. Members are encouraged to get age appropriate preventive services, which could include: 

  • annual preventive visit (i.e., physical exam)
  • cholesterol test
  • screening for colon cancer
  • annual well-woman visit
  • osteoporosis screening
  • screenings for breast or cervical cancer
  • screening for prostate cancer
  • flu vaccine
  • pneumococcal vaccine

Talk to your doctor to find out what screenings and tests are right for you.

Wellness quick links

Notice Regarding Wellness Program

The ParTNers for Health Wellness Program is a voluntary wellness program available to all state and higher education employees and spouses enrolled in health coverage. The program is administered according to federal rules permitting employer-sponsored wellness programs that seek to improve employee health or prevent disease, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as applicable, among others. If you choose to participate in the wellness program, you will be asked to complete a voluntary health questionnaire (assessment) that asks a series of questions about your health-related activities and behaviors and whether you have or had certain medical conditions (e.g., cancer, diabetes or heart disease). You will also be asked to complete a biometric screening, which will include a sample of your blood to determine blood sugar and cholesterol levels, blood pressure, height, weight and BMI. You are not required to complete the assessment or to participate in the biometric screening or other medical examinations.

Although you are not required to complete the health questionnaire or participate in the biometric screening, only employees and spouses who do so are eligible to receive cash incentives.

If you are unable to participate in any of the health-related activities required to earn an incentive, you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation or an alternative standard. You may request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative standard by contacting the ParTNers for Health Wellness Program.

The information from your health questionnaire and the results from your biometric screening will be used to provide you with information to help you understand your current health and potential risks. It may also be used to offer you services through the wellness program such as weight management, Diabetes Prevention Program and other programs. You also are encouraged to share your results or concerns with your own doctor.

Protections from Disclosure of Medical Information

We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your personally identifiable health information (PHI). Although the wellness program and the State of Tennessee may use aggregate information it collects to design a program based on identified health risks in the workplace, the ParTNers for Health Wellness Program will never disclose any of your personal information either publicly or to your employer, except as necessary to respond to a request from you for a reasonable accommodation needed for you to participate in the wellness program, or as expressly permitted by law. Medical information that personally identifies you that is provided in connection with the wellness program will not be provided to your supervisors or managers and will never be used to make decisions regarding your employment.

Your health information will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or otherwise disclosed except to the extent permitted by law to carry out specific activities related to the wellness program, and you will not be asked or required to waive the confidentiality of your health information as a condition of participating in the wellness program or receiving an incentive. Anyone who receives your information for purposes of providing you services as part of the wellness program will abide by the same confidentiality requirements. The only individual(s) who will receive your personally identifiable health information are the wellness vendor (nutritionists, nurses, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians, health coaches and other healthcare professionals) and their vendor partners (case managers with the medical and behavioral health vendors, weight management vendor and the biometric screening vendor) in order to provide you with services under the wellness program.

In addition, all medical information obtained through the wellness program will be maintained separate from your personnel records, information stored electronically will be encrypted and no information you provide as part of the wellness program will be used in making any employment decisions. Appropriate precautions will be taken to avoid any data breach, and in the event a data breach occurs involving information you provide in connection with the wellness program, you will be notified immediately.

You may not be discriminated against in employment because of the medical information you provide as part of participating in the wellness program, nor may you be subjected to retaliation if you choose not to participate.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, or about protections against discrimination and retaliation, please contact ParTNers for Health at partners.wellness@tn.gov.