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MinuteMember eNEWS
- Spring 2016 -
Happy spring! We're back in your inbox with information to help you make the most of your Minuteman Health membership. Read on for helpful #MinuteMemberTips, this issue's In-Plan Provider spotlight, stress management tips, and more.
We also have some exciting news to share about an upcoming member incentive program that will be available to members in the coming months. Scroll down for more details.
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Find, Select, and Visit your 
In-Plan Primary Care Provider
It's important to find, select and make an annual preventive visit appointment with your In-Plan Primary Care Provider (PCP) right away . Your In-Plan PCP will help you stay at your healthiest by providing annual physical examinations, immunizations, lab tests such as cholesterol screening, and other types of screening tests depending on your age, gender, and overall health status. A PCP may be a physician or physician assistant with a specialty of internal medicine, family practice or pediatrics, or a participating nurse practitioner. Another plus-going to regular annual checkups ensures that your In-Plan PCP becomes familiar with your medical history and general health so they can better treat you in the future.

It's easy to find an In-Plan PCP . If you're an HMO member, use the Minuteman Health In-Plan Provider & Pharmacy Search tool at MinutemanHealth.org (be sure to select Massachusetts as "Your Plan's State"). If you're a PPO member, you can also use the First Health Network Provider Search tool. Helpful hint, PPO members: the more you stay with Minuteman In-Plan Providers in our Massachusetts network, the more money you can save.

There are a couple of ways to select an In-Plan PCP. One way is by contacting the Member Services Team at 855-644-1776 Monday through Friday from 8am until 6pm. Another way is by registering and logging onto Minuteman Health Direct, our secure, members-only online portal. To start, visit MinutemanHealth.org and click on the MEMBER LOGIN button on the top menu bar. Make sure you have your ID card handy. You'll need it to register.
#MinuteMemberTip:  Annual preventive care visits with your In-Plan PCP are covered with no member cost share It's important to know that in some cases a preventive visit may include diagnostic services which may not be covered in full. 

Visit  www.minutemanhealth.org/preventive-services for more information.
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital 
Founded in 1896, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital is the oldest and largest inpatient facility in its service area, which consists of Brockton and twenty-one surrounding municipalities. In 2013, Signature Healthcare was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. This 245-bed hospital provides a full range of clinical services, including the following:
  • Medical/surgical, pediatric, and obstetric services
  • Inpatient and outpatient psychiatry
  • Radiation and oncology
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Level II nursery
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Most of us can't avoid stress, but we can learn to behave in ways that lessen its effects. Let April be the month you put yourself back in control. Here are a few positive, healthy ways to help manage stress:

Ta ke control of your personal health.
One way to reclaim control of your life is by taking charge of your body-whether through diet, exercise, or simply getting that annual preventive visit checkup you've been putting off.

Make a change.
Do something different-even a small change like clearing the clutter off your desk can make a big difference when it comes to stress.

Focus on now.
Turn off and tune in. Let technology be a tool that works for you and not the other way around.

Talk to yourself.
Sometimes a good pep talk is all you need to keep stress at bay.

Smile and laugh.
Laughter really is the best medicine! Watch a funny show or video, tell a funny joke, or go to a card shop and read funny cards.

A still mind is a stress-free mind, so take a deep breath, quiet your thoughts, and let the stress melt away.

Get social support.
Call a friend, send an email; share your feelings with someone you trust.
Minuteman Health's Massachusetts In-Plan Provider network is always evolving. Currently our In-Plan Provider network includes over 8,000 doctors, hospitals, community health centers, and other health care providers throughout seven counties in Massachusetts.
The In-Plan Provider map below shows where our In-Plan Hospitals are located, as well as the reach of our In-Plan Provider network. For a more detailed map, click here.
- Keep Pharmacy Costs Down -
Pharmaceutical costs in the United States have been rising steadily and it looks like the trend will continue. According to Healthcare Finance , "Not only are [drug] expenditures rising, but they're projected to continue rising faster than overall health spending."* What can you do to manage your pharmaceutical costs? Take a look at our helpful #MinuteMemberTips.
#MinuteMemberTip 1: Ask for Generics
Generic drugs include FDA-approved drugs dispensed under a name that is not trademarked. These drugs contain the same active ingredients as their brand-name equivalents, and usually cost less.
#MinuteMemberTip 2: Shop Around
Whether at home, on vacation, or away for business, you can fill you prescriptions through Minuteman Health's nationwide network of 50,000 In-Plan Pharmacies. Participating pharmacies include Costco, CVS, Rite Aid, Stop & Shop, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.
#MinuteMemberTip 3: Use our Mail Order Pharmacy Benefit through OptumRX
We offer two easy ways for members to fill a three-month supply of their maintenance prescriptions (drugs taken daily to manage the symptoms of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and asthma):
  • Mail Service: Members may have their maintenance prescriptions delivered right to their homes or offices** through OptumRX's Home Delivery program. Each copay covers up to a 90-day supply of a prescription or refill. (Please note that mail service copays may differ from the standard pharmacy copays.)
  • Access 90: Members may fill up to a 90-day supply of maintenance drugs at participating retail pharmacies through our Access 90 program.** Three standard 30-day pharmacy copays apply.
*Jeff Lagasse, "Prescription drug spending rise expected to eclipse pace of overall health spending," Health Finance, March 9, 2015, http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/prescription-drug-spending-rise-expected-eclipse-pace-overall-health-spending.
**Restrictions apply.
MinuteMember Wellness Rewards
Good news, MinuteMembers! We're currently hard at work developing a member incentive program called MinuteMember Wellness Rewards. As you know, helping you get AND stay healthy is very important to us. And with this program you'll have the chance to be rewarded for making healthy choices. Learn more here.
Member Advisory Council
We are now accepting applications for our Member Advisory Council. To learn how to apply, visit minutemanhealth.org/members/mac or contact Liz Metrano at 857-265-3332 or lizmetrano@minutemanhealth.org.
On Call with Minuteman Health
Wednesdays at 9:00am on Radio WFEA 1370 AM

Join Scott Colby, VP of Regional Operations & Exec. Director of MHI NH, as he discusses health topics with various Minuteman Health In-Plan Providers. Listen live or download the podcasts  here .

2/26/2016: Minuteman Health Reports Solid Financials, Membership for 2016                              

Need help? Contact the Minuteman Health Member Services Team at 855-MHI-1776 (855-644-1776) or send an email* to members@minutemanhealth.org .

Have a billing or premium-related questions? Or need to cancel or terminate a policy, or report a life change? Contact the organization that helped you enroll:
  • MA Health Connector at 877-MA-ENROLL
  • Health Services Administrators at 800-296-5827
Need to register for Minuteman Health Direct, our secure online members-only portal?  Start at  MinutemanHealth .org and click on MEMBER LOGIN.

HMO members--need to find an In-Plan Provider? Visit our  In-Plan Provider & Pharmacy Search Tool .

PPO members--need to find a provider? Visit our  First Health Provider Search .

Looking for important member updates? We've got them for you. Visit Forms, Documents & Updates at 

Business owners--looking for insurance for your employees? Contact Patrick O'Brien (Director of Broker & Employer Relations) at patrickobrien@minutemanhealth.org .

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