February 9

Take 10

Lose 10 pounds in 10 weeksWhether you’d like to lose a lot of weight or a little, 10 pounds is a big deal. Don’t think so? Consider this: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that losing as little as 5 percent of your total body weight can result in major health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

If you’re not sure where to begin, let Registered Dietitian Kathy Barry with the Fountain of Health show you how to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. Barry will give you the tools you need to get the job done!

The 10-pound challenge will focus on simple, healthy, practical ways to control your weight—from keeping a daily journal of the foods you eat to giving you techniques to keep you satisfied while slimming down. This program is packed with tried-and-true methods, new research and recipes that will help you meet your weight loss goals.

To register, contact Kathy Barry at Kathy.Barry@kcmo.org or call 816-513-1963.

Making mammograms a mobile event

Save the date for a March mammogramNew for 2017: The City of Kansas City is turning routine mammograms into an event! The Fountain of Health Wellness Program (FOH) has partnered with Diagnostic Imaging to offer City employees the convenience of mobile mammograms.

The first mobile mammogram event will be held at the KCMO Health Department on March 30 from 9-5 p.m.  This event is open only to the City of Kansas City, Missouri, employees, spouses, and retirees.

Here are some things to know when deciding whether to participate in this event:

  • When scheduling your mammogram, tell the scheduler that the appointment is on the mobile coach for March 30 at the KCMO Health Department.
  • Women 35-39 years of age are eligible for a screening baseline mammogram. Patients in this age range must have a signed order from their referring provider.
  • Your most recent screening mammogram should be 12 months or more prior to the current mammogram for insurance coverage reasons.
  • You should complete the Breast Imaging Form and bring it to your appointment. If you have had a prior mammogram from a provider other than Diagnostic Imaging, you should complete the Medical Records Release Form and bring that to your appointment as well. You also will need your insurance card and a credit/debit card (no cash or checks) if you elect to pay the $55 fee for a 3D screening (if your insurance doesn’t cover 3D).
  • On the day of your mammogram, please refrain from wearing deodorant, lotion of perfume from the waist up. Also, wear a two-piece outfit so you don’t have to fully disrobe.

To schedule your appointment, call 816-444-9989 OR 913-344-9989.

Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society recommends that women who are at average risk for breast cancer begin mammograms at age 45, but adds that women should have the choice to start screening with yearly mammograms as early as age 40 if they wish.

If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may want to be screened even earlier. Talk to your doctor about when you should begin having mammograms and how often.

Health Risk Assessment available NOW

Better health and lower premiumsCompleting your Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is more convenient than ever. Instead of having only a few weeks to get it done, you now have months. You can complete the assessment anytime now through June 1.

The FOH Wellness Team and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) have partnered to offer this change. Their goal is to provide you more flexibility and time to complete the biometric screening requirement when it’s most convenient for you.

Participating in this screening each year is an easy way to lower your monthly insurance premiums. Doing so will earn you a $20 per month premium differential (a savings of $240 per year) as well as a gift from the Kansas City Fountain of Health (FOH).

Please note that the Biometric Screening and HRA events are only for active City of KCMO employees who are on the City’s BCBS medical insurance.

You will have from NOW to June 1, 2017 to complete the following:

  • Health Risk Assessment (HRA) – This 50-question, online self-assessment was previously offered only between May and June. It is available from NOW through June 1. This assessment can be found on your BCBS portal, MyBlueKC.com. You will need to log in using your BCBS username and password (this is not your City username and password).  If you did this assessment prior to January 1 or do it after June 1, it will not count toward your requirement.  
    • There will be limited access to technology to complete the HRA at a biometric screening event. Employees are encouraged to have the HRA completed prior to the screenings.
    • The FOH team will be setting up times at locations (field locations and KCFD stations) where computers will be available for employees to complete their HRA between now and June.
      • Employees may complete HRAs on any mobile device, computer or iPad that has internet capabilities and Google Chrome.
    • Follow these directions for completing your HRA:
  1. Visit MyBlueKC.com or download the Blue KC A Healthier You app. (Use Google Chrome)
  2. Enter your BCBS username and password (this is not your City password) and click LOG IN. If you are a first-time visitor, click REGISTER NOW. Be sure to have your member ID card (BCBS insurance card) available to reference. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, contact BCBS’s customer service at (816) 395-2121.
  3. Once logged in, click on A Healthier You from the “My Home” page.
  4. First-time users will be prompted to complete the onboarding personalization questions. This is not your HRA. This is simply 5-10 questions to prepare your dashboard.
  5. Click on the Take HRA Now, located in the bottom left-hand corner of your page. There will be 50 questions. Make sure you answer all 50.

By completing the HRA, you will fulfill one of the two required steps to receive the $20 per month premium differential.

  • Manual Submission Form (MSF) – Previously known as the Alternative Means Screening (AMS) Form. You can find this form on your BCBS portal. This form is available if you would rather have your physician complete your biometric screening instead of going to one of the events. To use the form, you will need to go into your BCBS portal at MyBlueKC.com and print your form. You will need your BCBS username and password to log in. (This is not your City username and password.) You will then take this form with you to your physician appointment or KCMO Health Care Trust Employee Clinic appointment and have your physician complete the entire form and fax the form and lab values to the number on the form.
    • If you complete the MSF Form with your provider and send it in to the number on the form between NOW and June 1, it will take the place of the screening event. You will still need to complete the HRA.
    • An automatic confirmation email will be sent to you within 48 hours to confirm acceptance of the completed form. If the form is missing information that requires action from you, you’ll receive an email specifying the missing information and requesting that you resubmit the form.

Biometric Screening events will still be offered in May and June.

Choose to Lose

The Choose to Lose Weight Management program is offered as part of the screening events. If you are utilizing the MSF Form, you will need to send Wellness Coordinator Jeanine Scrogum your lab results showing only your name, date of physical, and weight. We do not need to see any other biometric results. Gift cards for Choose to Lose will be given out at the screening events in May and June.

If you have questions, please contact Wellness Manager Jill Monroe by email or by calling (816) 513-1918.

Medical kiosk makes health care convenient

Take a tour of your medical kioskIf you haven’t tried the Kansas City Health Care Trust Medical Kiosk, what are you waiting for? Learn what hundreds of City employees already know. The medical kiosk is a fast and easy way to get expert medical advice without ever leaving the office.

The kiosk is available to all City employees, retirees and their adult dependents who are covered under one of the City’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) health insurance plans.

Located on the 8th floor of City Hall, the medical kiosk is a convenient and free way to take care of your health. The average appointment takes less than 35 minutes.

The kiosk is designed to meet many of your medical needs. Whether you need assistance managing a chronic disease or condition or if you simply woke up not feeling well, the kiosk can help.

The health issues most commonly addressed at the kiosk are:

  • Mild asthma
  • Minor headaches
  • Sprains, strains
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Bumps, scrapes
  • Burning with urination
  • Coughs, sore throat, ear and sinus pain
  • Eye swelling, irritation, redness or pain
  • Minor allergic reactions
  • Minor fevers, colds
  • Rashes, minor burns

At the kiosk, you’ll be virtually connected (via computer) to a doctor or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), who will be able to recommend treatment for these conditions and more. An on-site nurse will assist during your visit, collecting your vital signs and helping collect information as directed by the virtual doctor or APRN.

Kiosk credentials

  • In the past year, hundreds of employees have taken better care of themselves, thanks to the kiosk.
  • On average, the kiosk is able to resolve patient issues 94 percent of the time.
  • Patients who have rated the kiosk give it high marks for cleanliness, ease of use, physician courtesy and overall satisfaction.

The kiosk is open Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Employees, retirees and their adult dependents who participate in the City’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance plan can walk-in or make an appointment by calling 800-447-6890. See for yourself how convenient health care can be as a valued employee of the City of Kansas City, Missouri.