Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Celebrate Your Benefits

April 2 is National Employee Benefits Day! In honor of this year's theme, which is dedicated to improving employee health and well-being, get out and do something healthy for yourself. When you do something positive to better your physical and mental state, your energy will naturally flow over to your customers, family and friends.

Schedule a Visit
Whether or not you are participating in the Wellness Pledge Program, take the time to make an appointment with one or more of your healthcare providers. Keeping on track with your preventive care routine in 2015 will make it that much more natural in the years to come. Consider your coverage in the North Shore-LIJ Benefits Plan:

  • A physician wellness visit with an in-system or in-network healthcare provider is covered at 100%
  • A visit with your OB/GYN, which will most likely include a Pap test for cervical cancer, is covered for the low copay of $40 (if in-system)
  • A vision exam with a Davis Vision provider* is covered at 100%
  • Two trips to your dentist are covered at 100% (in-network)
  • A skin cancer screening by your dermatologist is covered for the low copay of $40 (if in-system)
Find In-System Providers and North Shore-LIJ Facilities HERE

Find Financial Fitness
Another great way to treat yourself well is by investing in your financial future. Take the time to celebrate your benefits by increasing your contribution to your 403(b)/401(k) plan by 1%. Maybe even consider using the Auto-Increase tool on the Transamerica website, making your saving automatic!

Get a Discount on Your Fitness
Make exercise a part your lifestyle. As a health system employee you are offered discounts to over 27 exercise facilities in the area. Big names like YMCA/Long Island/Greater NYC, Equinox, CrossFit Sanctuary, NY Health and Racquet Club, Island Fitness, as well as some locals such as Evolution Fitness in Bayville and Oyster Bay are all available to you at reduced rates. Just show your employee ID and start getting healthy - today. For a complete list visit the employee intranet>Discounts.

*As of April 1, two North Shore-LIJ Opthalmology offices are considered Davis Vision providers:
MEETH Ophthalmology, Marta Fabrykowski, OD and Christopher Lee, OD
210 E. 64th St., NYC at 212-702-7300
NSLIJ Department of Ophthalmology, Corina Busuioc, OD, Francesca Kim, OD
600 Northern Blvd., Great Neck at 516-470-2020

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thinking About Retiring?

There's so much to think about when you are preparing for your retirement. Social Security and Medicare are the obvious, but some very basic questions can become overwhelming.

  • Can I afford to retire?
  • What will my budget be?
  • How will I receive my pension?

These are all great questions and really not so basic. If you are considering retirement in the next couple of years start doing your research now. Transamerica is offering online webinars through's new link "Getting Ready to Retire?" These 30-minute presentations are provided, free of charge, on the five key areas - lifestyle, investments, healthcare, legacy, and income. All the topics that are critical to a more sustainable plan for retirement.

Get Organized
As knowledge is power, so is being organized. Get your personal information into one valuable document by downloading the "Personal Document Locator" under the "Getting Ready to Retire" tab on the TA site. This 26 page template will allow you to gather important data about your life, such as your loans, credits, financial dealing and contacts.
Your personal contact information about family, friends, and neighbors is also captured in the "Personal Document Locator".

Know Your Plan
Be on the lookout in early April for your next quarterly statement from Transamerica. Reviewing your statement should act as your gentle reminder to be smart about your saving strategy. Take this time to consider increasing your contribution, or allocating your funds to work better for you.
Keep in mind if you are anywhere near your retirement years (50 or over) your limit to your 403(b)/401(k) is 75% of your pay or $24,000.

Visit and click on the Getting Ready for Retirement blue button, and follow up by requesting a "Retirement Ready" one-on-one or group presentation from your site Transamerica retirement representative - today.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sleep Well

Sleep well. Just one of the many solutions our friends from North Shore-LIJ's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offer when your schedule seems out of control. "It's true. most of us can get by with occasional sleep loss, but regular sleep loss leads to attention and memory problems, learning difficulties and increased tension," says Dr. Curtis Reisinger, Corporate Director, Employee Assistance Program and Physician's Resource Network. "In the end, lack of sleep can lead to poor performance and mistakes, that is why it is so important to get to the root of the problem with solution-oriented skills as soon as possible," adds Dr. Reisinger.

Need Help?
EAP is a part of your Total Rewards package at North Shore-LIJ. A team of licensed NYS behavioral health providers are available business days and on-call 24/7/365 (for urgent matters) to assist you with problems you may be experiencing at home or at work. All services are 100% confidential and in alignment with the health system's mission. Some typical requests include marital/couple problems, financial stress, issues dealing with a manager or fellow employee, and stress in general.

In addition to one-on-one counseling, EAP offers educational programs for managers and employees at the Center for Learning and Innovation. Customized programs are also available on-site upon request.

Help is Here for You
Don't brush off your lack of sleep - address it head on with the help of EAP.

  • Call 1-877-EAP-4YOU (1-877-327-4968) 
  • All services are free of charge 
  • EAP is located at 333 East Shore Road, Manhasset, with additional offices at 410 Lakeville Road, Lake Success and 300 Community Drive, Great Neck
  • EAP is also willing to meet you at an off-site location for purposes of confidentiality
  • Employees may be referred to mental health in-system providers if the problem is not solutions-oriented - if so, a copay of $20 is due upon each visit

Monday, March 9, 2015

Education: A Big Part of Your Total Rewards

The health system is hard at work improving and broadening your chance to grow professionally, with access to an expanding platform of educational opportunities. Below are just two of the many programs the health system offers you.

Debbie Tascone Nursing Scholarship
Entering its second year, this annual program awards academic scholarships of $5,000 to six nursing students who are either employed by the health system or a qualified dependent of an employee. To be eligible, you must be enrolled - or have been accepted for enrollment - in an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, or currently be taking graduate, post-graduate or certificate courses in palliative care.

These scholarships will be awarded every year, in recognition of Debbie Tascone, the first registered nurse and first woman to be appointed as a hospital executive in the health system's history when she was named head of Syosset Hospital in 1997.

To apply - click here. Note: you must be on a North Shore-LIJ in-network computer, running on Microsoft Internet Explorer) to complete the application.

Capella University Offers 10% Discount to Employees
Capella University is an accredited online university where working professionals gain skill and knowledge to make a bigger difference in their lives, work and communities. It serves over 37,000 students from 59 countries, offering more that 148 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 22 certificate programs. The university offers online degrees in:

  • Business and Technology
  • Education
  • Healthcare and Nursing
  • Counseling and Psychology 
  • Public and Human Services

These categories encompass all areas of business management, supply chain management, human resources, accounting, project management and more.

To learn more about North Shore-LIJ's New Alliance Partnership Scholarship, the 10% tuition discount, waived application fee, and free professional development webinars, visit

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Time for Your Annual Exam

Why not start off the new year by scheduling your annual physical with your primary care physician. Each calendar year United Healthcare covers your preventive care visit free of charge, as long as you stay in-system and/or in-network.

Choose In-System and Save
Think carefully when choosing your healthcare providers and the facilities you visit. Your physician may be an in-system doc, but his new office on the South Shore is not! Another fact to keep in mind when choosing in-system providers: larger medical groups may have a mixed group of providers, some may be in-system, some not. Build your own network of in-system providers by searching the North Shore-LIJ In-System Provider Network at Savings begin with low copays, no deductibles and no coinsurance.

Your Wellness Visit
Now that you have chosen your primary care physician, your annual wellness visit is a terrific opportunity to share any noticeable health changes that may have occurred since your last visit: a change in your sleeping habits, unusually weight gain or loss, erratic highs and lows in your mood, can be just some of the symptoms you may ignore on a day-to-day basis. Develop a relationship with your primary care physician, their guidance in your preventive care routine is an important element of your quality of life.

What Occurs at Your Annual Physical
Besides your confidential conversation with your doctor, you can also expect the doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant to check your:
  • Vital signs: blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, temperature
  • Heart and lungs
  • Head and neck: throat, tonsils, teeth and gums, ears, nose sinuses, eyes, lymph nodes thyroid, and carotid arteries
  • Abdominal: liver and bowel 
  • Neurological: nerves, muscles, general balance and strength
  • Dermatological: skin check for unusual moles or rashes
  • Extremities: physical and sensory changes in joints
  • Lifestyle
Depending on your physician's findings, as well as your stage in life, your doctor may prescribe a screening for further detection of a condition, or a medication to maintain a condition.

Wellness Pledge 
If you are participating in the Annual Wellness Pledge Program,  a visit to your primary care physician every year, is not only free of charge, it also credits you $260 in 2016 paycheck credits. Read more about the Wellness Pledge Program by searching this Blog.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wellness Pledge Program - All Year Long

It's back! Well it never really left ...
The Annual Wellness Pledge Program, designed to heighten the level of awareness of your preventive care health routine, now enters its second year. The program offers eligible* employees the opportunity to act on four wellness pledges in 2015 in exchange for four paycheck credits in 2016. The pledges in 2015 are the same as in 2014 with one exception: the Wellness Video Pledge has been eliminated and will be replaced by a brand new pledge in March. More on the new pledge in just a few weeks.

Pledges Available for Action Now
As in 2014, you will once again have to complete an online Health Assessment (HA) on to collect any paycheck credits in 2016. Keep in mind that six months must pass before you are able to submit the HA. This passage of time between your HAs is put in place to accurately gauge your health routine and patterns.

Choose Three More
What better time than now to schedule your annual health appointments. Those appointments may, or may not, lead to additional screenings. Act on three of the below (+ the HA) before October 31 and you will receive the maximum amount of paycheck credits ($1,040) in 2016. If you complete one or two in November or December, those one or two credits will be delayed in 2016.

  1. Physician Wellness Pledge: Your annual physical
  2. Dental Exam Pledge: Exam and/or cleaning
  3. Vision Exam Pledge: Eye exam by a licensed provider
  4. Breast Cancer Screening Pledge: Mammogram
  5. Skin Cancer Screening Pledge: Full body skin check
  6. Colorectal Cancer Screening Pledge: Colonoscopy
  7. Cervical Cancer Screening Pledge: Pap Smear
  8. Health Assessment for a Covered Spouse Pledge: A covered spouse has the option to submit
  9. Financial Wellness Video Pledge: This pledge will be introduced in March
How'd We Do?
Not all the numbers are in yet, but here's some great stats on the pledges in 2014:
  • 15,403 completed the HA
  • 14,447 visited with their primary care physician in 2014
  • 11,922 had a dental exam
  • 9,406 completed a vision exam
  • 5,056 had a mammogram
  • 4,287 visited with a dermatologist
  • 1,921 opted to have a colonoscopy under the advice of their doctor
  • 8,433 visited with their OB/GYN and had a Pap test for cervical cancer
  • 2,115 had a covered spouse fill out the HA
  • 18, 851 viewed the Wellness Video
  • That's 91,841 preventive care actions in 2014 - Bravo!!!

*You are eligible to participate in this voluntary program if you enrolled in the 2015 benefit plans administered through North Shore-LIJ. Union nurses from Lenox Hill Hospital and MEETH also had the option to choose the North Shore-LIJ plans. To receive paycheck credits in 2016 you must also enroll in the benefit plans in 2016.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

W-2 Tax Statement Online January 20

If you are one of the many North Shore-LIJ employees that opted to go paperless this tax season, your W-2 Tax Statement will be available on Employee Self Service (ESS) January 20. If you did not opt to go paperless through the pop-up prompt on ESS over the past several weeks, your paper copy will be mailed by January 31, 2015.

Past W-2 Tax Statement on ESS
Beginning with 2013's W-2 Statement, ESS now has the capability to house more of your personal information. No more lost statements or searching the mail - a simple login will now give you the opportunity to view, print and save not just this years' W-2 Tax Statement, but last years' too.

Other important information can also be viewed on ESS, such as your pay statement, which details your deductions and available PTO. In addition view your W-4 tax and direct deposit information. For those employees who participate in the Wellness Pledge Program - your personalized Wellness Summary is another convenient feature on ESS.

Update Your personal Information
The beginning of a new year is a good time as any to be sure your personal information in ESS is correct. While checking your address, email, and phone number, why not take a look at your emergency contacts. You may want to confirm those phone numbers for your contacts are still correct.

Organize and simplify, You are off to a great start!