Numbers count: Biometric Screenings start May 5

Biometric2_476351321In life, there are certain numbers that you need to know. Remembering an anniversary or birthday can keep you out of hot water with friends and family. Knowing important phone numbers can keep you connected. Recalling your PIN is handy at the ATM. None of these, though, is nearly as important as knowing your blood pressure, your cholesterol ratio or your glucose level. These are the numbers that can be the real lifesavers.

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is offering employees an opportunity to participate in a Biometric Screening that will measure your overall health and wellness by evaluating height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol, cholesterol ratio, triglycerides and glucose. There is perhaps no better indicator of wellness than what is revealed in these measurements.

These screenings, which take approximately 10 minutes, are free and will be offered at various times throughout City site locations between May 5 and June 4. No fasting is required to complete your screening.

As part of the Biometric Screening, the City is also offering a Health Risk Assessment (HRA), which is a 120-question self-assessment of your health. Employees can complete the HRA online (between May 1 and June 15) or as part of their on-site screening. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and is an important piece of the complete picture of your overall health.

Healthy incentive

In addition to the beneficial health information you’ll receive about your well-being, the Kansas City Health Care Trust is once again rewarding employees who complete a Biometric Screening and HRA. By doing both, the Health Care Trust will reduce your health care insurance premiums by $10 each month beginning this fall, for a total savings of $120. You’ll also receive a free Garmin VivoFit (a $99 value!).

Register for an appointment

While an appointment isn’t required, employees are strongly encouraged to make one. Those who have appointments will be given priority at the screenings. There are three ways to make an appointment.

1. Visit A Healthier You at www.MyBlueKC.com. You will be able to view locations, dates and times through your online portal.

  • You will need your Blue KC member ID information located on your member ID card to login to the site for the first time.
  • Be sure to register for your appointment at least 24 hours in advance to secure your appointment.
  • Having trouble? Call A Healthier You at 816-395-2121 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

2. To sign-up for an appointment at a location that is using a hardcopy sign-up sheet (see below), you will need to call Jill Monroe at 816-513-1918. Locations with hardcopy sign-ups:

  • Water Services – 1901 Brooklyn
  • Water Services – Blue River
  • Water Services – Briarcliff
  • Public Works – 5300 Municipal
  • Public Works – Russell Road
  • Public Works – Coal Mine Road
  • Parks and Rec – 9th Street

3. An Alternative Means Screening (AMS) Form is also available on your BCBS member portal if you prefer to obtain screening results from your physician or the KC Health Care Trust Employee Clinic.

  • Download the AMS Form from your member portal on www.MyBlueKC.com.
    • If you are a first time visitor to www.MyBlueKC.com, click on Register Now. Have your BCBS member ID card available to reference.
    • Once you’re on the member portal homepage, click Living Healthy at the top.
    • On this page, you can click on the Alternative Means Screening link to open and print the form.
  • Your physician must complete all fields on the form. If any items are left blank or unsigned by your physician, this form will be considered incomplete.
  • Fax the form to 866-698-9924. To receive confirmation of receipt, include your email or phone number on the form.
  • Deadline to submit AMS Forms is June 15.
  • Note: This option is available only between May 1 and June 15.

Unlisted numbers

Federal law prohibits the City of Kansas City, Mo., from receiving health information on individual employees from these screenings, only aggregate data. Your information is confidential.

Your information will be sent to the third-party provider operating the screening events. Under penalty of federal law, the third-party is prohibited from giving the City any person-specific information.