Happy New Year! As you are setting your New Year’s resolutions, Healthy Mind Healthy Body email newsletter could help. When you sign up, you will receive a monthly newsletter with the latest health news and tips that may help you in keeping or developing healthy habits. To subscribe, go to www.uhc.com/myhealthnews, select "HealthSelect of Texas" from the drop down menu and enter your email address.
Sore back? An aching back can affect your effectiveness at work and in your daily life. When you experience back pain, it’s hard to focus or even sleep. What should you do? To help you understand back pain better, we invite you to take an educational online assessment. When you answer a few quick questions, you’ll receive informational tips that may help you relieve back pain and prevent it in the future. This assessment is voluntary and your results are not tracked or shared with anyone. Remember, you should always discuss any symptoms with your doctor.Learn more about back pain and get tips to feel better
For many of us, holidays are meant to be the most joyful time of the year. While you try to make everyone happy and juggle added activities, you may find that holiday stress can quickly deflate the joy of the season. Here are some tips how to cope with holiday stress and get more energy during holiday season.Learn how to cope with holiday stress Get more energy for holidays
The new year is approaching, and it is a time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make. UnitedHealthcare offers many tools and resources to help our members live healthier lives. One of such resources is a robust suite of our multicultural programs that provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health educational materials and services to diverse populations:Fotonovelas Address Common Health Concerns For Hispanics/Latinos Serving The Health Needs of African Americans Wellness Resources For Asian-Americans
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Diabetes is a complicated disease in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose. There are several things that can increase your risk for developing the disease. Some of the more common risk factors are:
If you need to see a specialist, you must get a valid referral from your PCP. Visits to specialists without a referral will result in higher out-of-pocket costs. For additional information, check your HealthSelect Master Benefit Plan Document (MBPD) in the Medical Benefits section.
New referrals are valid for up to 12 months or up to 12 visits (whichever occurs first). You will need to discuss additional referrals with your PCP, if they are needed. Certain chronic conditions, such as cancer or allergy treatment, may be eligible for a standing referral which is valid for up to 12 months.
You do not need a referral to see the following providers as long as they are in the network:
Referrals from your PCP can be viewed by accessing your personal account at www.myuhc.com/hs under the Physicians & Facilities tab. You can also change your PCP online by accessing your personal account at www.myuhc.com/hs or by calling HealthSelect customer service at 866-336-9371.
You can start planning now to make it a valuable and meaningful month.
1. Plan to talk with your doctor.
Together, you need to discuss two important factors:
Mammography can help find breast cancer early – usually, it is covered 100% as part of your preventive care benefits that are received in-network. Talk to your doctor to decide when you should start screenings and how often.
2. Think prevention – take action.
Your day-to-day habits may help you stay healthy – and help prevent breast cancer. Here are some tips to help reduce risk:
3. Get involved.
This is a great time to do more to support breast cancer awareness and those facing cancer. Find an event in your area and offer your participation or help.Learn more about what you can do to fight breast cancer
It’s time to start thinking about getting a flu shot
Flu season may begin as early as October. The flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the lungs, throat and nose. The flu affects millions of people each year and can lead to serious illness or even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Your HealthSelect medical benefits cover annual flu shots at 100% with no cost sharing (copays, coinsurance or deductibles) when you use a contracted network provider.
To learn more, click here (PDF)
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Following recommended guidelines for immunizations and health screenings is an important part of preventing disease and detecting health issues at an early stage. Recommended immunizations for adults may include vaccinations to protect against the flu, Hepatitis B and shingles.
HealthSelect participants receive 100% coverage for age-appropriate vaccines obtained from contracted network providers, including network doctors or clinics, select retail pharmacies and network Convenience Care Clinics.
Visit uhcpreventivecare.com to find vaccination guidelines for all ages. Be sure to discuss specific health questions and concerns with your doctor and ask which vaccinations are right for you.
Keeping track of your immunizations with Personal Health Record
Use our online tool called Personal Health Record to help you keep track of your immunizations. It’s your health history, a medical library and a health care organizer rolled into one secure and easy-to-use resource. With this dynamic tool, you can record the immunizations you’ve already had and get recommendations for the ones you may need.
To get started, go to www.myuhc.com/hs. Once you are logged in, select the Health and Wellness tab. If you haven’t yet registered with myuhc.com/hs, click “Register Now” and follow the simple steps. It’s quick and easy.
Annual Enrollment Health Fairs begin June 23!
There will be numerous health fairs held in various locations across Texas, starting June 23 and ending July 31. Stop by a health fair and visit with HealthSelect and UnitedHealthcare representatives. You can also pick up new benefit materials and have your questions answered.
Be safe in the sun
Summer is a great time to be outdoors and enjoy fun in the sun. To help prevent sunburn, follow these tips:
Be engaged in your health
At uhcpreventivecare.com, you can find your age- and gender-specific preventive care recommendations. Download, email and print this information for review with your doctor and discussion about health decisions and daily habits that may help you live a healthier life. You can also set up helpful preventive health email reminders.
Visit www.uhcpreventivecare.com today!
7 Steps to Leading Longer, Better Lives
June 9-15 is Men’s Health Week. Men face some specific health challenges, but there are things that can help live a healthier – and possibly longer – life:
For more information on men’s health, click here.
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Did you know flu protection is crucial for people with asthma? Each year during flu season, it’s important to protect yourself by getting vaccinated, and for people with asthma or other chronic conditions, it’s especially important to be protected. Talk with your doctor about the vaccinations that may be right for you. For basic information on asthma, click here.
Don’t let asthma prevent you from jumpstarting your workout.
When you have asthma, you may wonder if exercise is a good idea. If your asthma is well controlled – and your doctor approves – you should be able to enjoy regular workouts. Not only may exercise make you feel better, it’s important to your overall health. With proper management, people with asthma should exercise four or five times a week. In fact, with careful planning, exercise may improve lung function and reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Talk with your doctor about what’s right for you. For more information on asthma self-management, click here.
Why preventive care is important
Preventive care focuses on evaluating your health when you are symptom-free. Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid more serious health problems down the line. Even if you’re in the best shape of your life, a serious condition with no signs or symptoms may put your health at risk.
Have you ever forgotten your health plan ID card for your doctor’s appointment? No worries. You’ve got Health4Me™!
On the go, simply download the award-winning app, UnitedHealthcare Health4Me for smartphones and access your membership information real time. Get the app today – it’s available on the App Store (for iPhone® operating system) and Google play (for Android™ operating system).
March is National Nutrition Month
How much do your eating habits affect your risk for cancer? Probably more than you think. Along with quitting smoking and exercising regularly, one way to help cut your risk of cancer is to eat well and watch your weight. Your lifestyle habits, including how you choose to eat, are under your control.
Here are some eating tips based on the latest cancer prevention guidelines:
Helping Texans Live Healthier Lives
Check out a presentation that provides a great overview of the coverage offered by HealthSelect and the resources provided to you by UnitedHealthcare to help you get the most out of your HealthSelect benefits. Download the presentation
Designating a PCP (Primary Care Physician)
It is important to choose a PCP, because they help you maintain your overall health and give referrals for specialty care. To designate a PCP, call HealthSelect Customer Care Team toll-free at (866) 336-9371 (TTY 711), 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT, Monday – Friday.
If your visit requires a referral, your PCP will need to submit the referral request to UnitedHealthcare prior to your appointment. You can verify with your PCP and/or HealthSelect Customer Care at UnitedHealthcare that you have a referral. Referrals are valid for six months or up to six visits (whichever occurs first). You will need to discuss additional referrals with your PCP, if they are needed. Certain chronic conditions such as cancer or allergy treatment may be eligible for a standing referral that does not limit you to six months or six visits.
Referrals from your PCP are not required for the following services: routine eye exams, OB/GYN visits, behavioral health counseling, outpatient therapies (including chiropractic visits), urgent care centers, and convenience care clinics. If you have an eye exam related to a medical condition, a referral will be required from your PCP to see the specialist.
Certain health services like inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing services, home health services and durable medical equipment over $1,000 must be pre-authorized. When you use a network provider, that provider will be responsible for obtaining any pre-authorizations required by the plan.
Ongoing treatments including outpatient rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy or occupational therapy, durable medical equipment and chiropractic treatment must be considered medically necessary, and would require the provider to submit a treatment plan.
These requirements are in addition to any referrals from your PCP to specialists.
5 Tips for Fitting in Fitness
We all know exercise can help us improve our health and lose weight. Yet, 25 percent of adults don't exercise at all, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Here are five simple tips that could help you get in better shape in just minutes a day: