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Change in Paying for Workmed Services

Posted: September 7, 2007

From the Desk of Susan Carkeek

Dear Colleagues, University Human Resources and UVA-WorkMed are pleased to announce an important change in how you pay for WorkMed services! Effective July 1, 2007, departments will no longer pay for their employees to visit the UVA-WorkMed clinic.

University Human Resources (UHR) is committed to making U.Va. as healthy and safe a workplace as possible. One way we do that is through our partnership with the Medical Center’s UVA-WorkMed clinic. WorkMed is a comprehensive occupational health and wellness specialty clinic that provides crucial services to nearly 8,000 U.Va. academic (Agency 207) employees, including immunizations, drug and alcohol screening, pre-hire/annual physicals (including OSHA surveillance and evaluation), animal research/exposure surveillance, independent medical evaluations, fitness for duty assessments, and other tests, as well as wellness programs designed to improve the risk factors contributing to illness and injury.

In the past, employees had to get advance approval for WorkMed services and were required to give a PTAO when they came in to be tested. This PTAO was used to bill the employee’s department for the provided services.

UHR and UVA-WorkMed recognized that this process was time-consuming for both WorkMed and the departments, as well as frustrating for employees—especially if pre-authorizations were not available or incorrectly processed.

Through a new arrangement, the fees for occupational health services are now billed directly to University Human Resources. It is no longer necessary for employees to get pre-authorizations or present a PTAO to WorkMed.

Employees still need to call WorkMed for an appointment, just as they have in the past. WorkMed will verify that there is a need for the work-related occupational health service, or that it is specific to job function/duties, and schedule the appointment. Once the service is provided, WorkMed will bill UHR.

I think you’ll agree that this is a vast improvement for everyone involved in the process—our employees, the clinic staff, and you, the managers who want to protect the health of your workers.

Please share this important change with other managers in your organization. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Anne Broccoli, Director of Benefits, by calling 924.1031 or emailing abd4f@virginia.edu.

For more information on WorkMed and its many useful services and programs, visit http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/occupational-health/.

This page is an archived HR news item and may not reflect current university policies or procedures. Items with older posting dates may contain links to web pages that may be expired. References to individuals or groups may or may not be current or valid.