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March 27, 2015

Contact numbers

Health & Wellness Center

Front Desk/Appointments: 561-969-6663 Appointments@myffbenefits.com

Pharmacy: 561-337-3353 Pharmacy@myffbenefits.com

Clinic/Medical Records Fax: 561-721-3106 MedicalRecords@myffbenefits.com

List of Available Medications from Wellness Center

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LAB CORP

When having blood drawn at the doctors office

or

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It’s your responsibility to inform your doctor!!!

It’s not just for employees!

All participants of the PBC FF’s Employee Benefits Fund are eligible to use the EAP network of over 20 local providers.  Wide variety of counseling services are available, and the best part…………

It’s absolutely free and

100% confidential

Call Ellen Flaum, Administrator of the EAP @ 561-968-1505 to get started today, or call the Fund office to get a list of providers in our EAP network.

Newborn

Cord Blood (Stem Cell)

Benefit

Adult Stem Cell

Benefit Fund News

  

 

Health & Wellness Center Hours

 

Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm

*Saturday 9am - 5pm

 

*Saturday hours reserved for non-firefighter physicals,

Primary Care and Urgent Care visits.

Closed 3pm-6pm 1st Wednesday of each month for training

    

Haven't been to the clinic yet?

   

Maybe you thought we only do firefighter physicals. Below is a link to a 24 minute documentary on the Health & Wellness Center describing some of the services we offer and our philosophy on providing medical care. 

 Click here for the Video

   

Flu Vaccines

Flu season started October 1st; flu vaccines are available in the Health & Wellness Center for ages 3 months and up.  Dr. Villa recommends everyone get a flu vaccine.

 

      Filling Prescriptions at the Firefighters

Health & Wellness Center

The response to having prescriptions filled at the Health & Wellness Centers Pharmacy has been fantastic and we have been filling several hundred prescriptions a month.  We have also added several new medications available from the pharmacy, and a new list of medications is available on the web-site and through the link provided in this email.  Filling prescriptions here gives the Fund an opportunity to save several hundred thousand dollars a year, in addition to you saving on co-pays. Saving money on prescriptions will assist us in keeping insurance costs down and, in turn, keep premiums reasonable in an otherwise out of control medical market.

Since each prescription needs to be written by one of the clinics providers, when refills are not available, they are asking that you please give them ample time to accomplish the task.  When you have refills available on your medication then of course the process is easier and can usually be accomplished and be ready for pick-up or to be mailed within 24 hours.  When the provider needs to write a new prescription, the process can take up to 96 hours since not all providers are on duty every day, in addition to the fact that they are quite busy during the hours that the clinic is open to see patients, in some instances repeat of blood work or other labs may be necessary to make sure the medication continues to be correct.

We strongly encourage you to not wait until you’ve taken your last dose of a medication to get the refill process started. 

We try to dispense most maintenance type medications to give you a minimum of a 90 day supply and would recommend you starting the refill process no later than 2 weeks before you run out, it will be less stress on you, and us, to have your new supply in hand well before you run out.  Additionally, if any blood test or other tests are needed prior to your refill it will give everyone ample time to complete the tests before medications run out.

We encourage you to inform us of medications you are taking that we do not have on our list; this can be done by emailing Chrystal at pharmacy@myffbenefits.com.  As a reminder, while we try to stock all generics that our participants are taking, brand medications generally produce no saving for the Fund and therefore are not regularly stocked; also we do not carry any scheduled drugs.  We also carry breast milk pumps, nebulizers, glucometers and testing supplies in our pharmacy.

Thank you again for all of your support of the Health & Wellness Center, we continue to be excited to offer you a better medical experience and hope that in most cases it is exactly what we are accomplishing.

Link to pharmacy medication list

     

What's New at Benefits Fund
Employer Mandated Exercise Stress Test
  The Board of Trustees has agreed to cover the cost related to clearance of positive exercise stress tests.  This clearance for the most part was a visit with a cardiologist for which an affected employee may have been charged a $30 office co-pay. Read More...
2015 Rates
New rates effective January 1, 2015: Active Employee Medical Insurance Tiers Active Employees (per paycheck) Employee only $65.46 Employee +1 $170.00 Employee +2 $180.00 Employee +3 or more $190. Read More...
October Rate Increase Canceled
October Rate Increase Canceled   The health insurance premium rate increase for active employees that was scheduled to go into effect on October 1, 2014 has been eliminated. There will be no change in premiums on your next pay check. There will be a smaller rate increase effective January 1, 2015 along with a change in the premium tiers. Read More...
Health & Wellness Coordinator
Health & Wellness Coordinator    The Board of Trustees of the Employee Benefits Fund is proud to introduce the newest member of the Health & Wellness Center staff. Melissa Drappi, RN. Read More...
Benefits Fund Gets CT Machine
        New Computed Tomography (CT) Placed In Service On Friday, February 28, 2014, The Health & Wellness Center's brand new GE 64 slice CT scanner went operational. Read More...

EXPECTING? 

If you are currently expecting a new baby in your life don’t forget about the Benefits Fund Cord Blood harvesting and cryogenic storage program.  For only $100 out of your pocket you can protect your newborn from numerous health issue’s.  The Fund will pick up the balance of the cost for harvesting the stem cells and storing them for 18 years…….. It’s well worth the small investment on your part.

Call the Fund office to get a brochure and contact information for the Stem Cell Cryobank  located at the Bethesda Health City on Hagen Ranch Road in Boynton Beach.

We will also cover your future storage fees if you had your child's cord blood stored with another vendor prior to the Fund implementing the program in January 2011, call the Fund office for more details.

 

UMR.COM Access 

We hope that you have had an opportunity to experience the enhanced services on umr.com and will find that the new features increase the productivity of your day-to-day benefit-related tasks.

Please remember to use your new login information to access umr.com.

Click here for a flyer that you can use as a reminder to set up your new access to umr.com.


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