December 2011/ January 2012 


ODS unveils new ID card     

 

ODS is thrilled to announce the release of our brand new ID cards. In addition to changing the look and material of the card, the best feature of the new ID cards is the ability to download your ODS mobile ID card. That means, as long as you have your Smartphone you always have your ODS ID card.

 

In addition to updating the look of the card (a bit nicer don't you think) we've also updated the size of the card. Instead of being a four panel (butterfly) format, we've made our new card two-sided. And because we know you are carrying this around in your wallets, this new material is not only 100 percent recyclable, it is also more durable.

 

The major changes to the new ODS ID cards include:

  • We removed benefit information
  • We removed the dependents

The card still lists:

  • Customer service phone numbers
  • All networks available to a member

We are rolling out the new ODS ID cards in phases. All groups will be transferred to the new cards in 2012. Once your group is transferred, if a member requests an ID card, they will be issued the new ID card.

 

To see our new cards as well as some FAQs prepared for members, please visit the ODS website.

 

If you have any questions about the new cards or your transition date, please contact your ODS Sales Representative.

 

Help ODS members save with Quest Diagnostics

   

There's a new way you can help ODS members save money, and it's as easy as recommending that members make a simple request.

 

When members request that their lab work be sent to Quest Diagnostics labs, now the preferred laboratory partner for ODS, they'll enjoy a lower out-of-pocket cost - potentially saving more than 60 percent compared with hospital-based labs. Just look at the average costs a member will pay for the same test using the following laboratory providers:

 

Laboratory provider testing fees

  • Quest Diagnostics: $7.94
  • Hospital-based labs: $20.00
  • Non-participating labs: $34.30

Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services. ODS' partnership with Quest Diagnostics helps us give our members access to high-quality, cost-effective care, while offering savings that really add up.

 

Quest Diagnostics also delivers:

  • Convenient access to testing services with 14 patient service centers (PSCs) in Oregon
  • An online PSC locator and appointment scheduling to minimize wait times
  • More than 3,000 clinical, esoteric and anatomic pathology tests performed at one of 32 testing facilities nationwide
  • Consultation with more than 800 M.D. and Ph.D. specialists for rare or difficult test results
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Just remember - let your ODS members know that they should request all of their lab work to go to Quest Diagnostics.

 

Members can get more information about Quest Diagnostics PSC locations or schedule appointments at www.QuestDiagnostics.com/patient or by calling 888-277-8772.

   

Diabetes is on the rise 
 

 Diabetes facts

  • Diabetes is a life-long, chronic condition
  • People with diabetes are at greater risk of
    • Kidney failure/dialysis
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • Nerve damage that contributes to serious infections in the legs and feet
    • Toe, foot, and leg amputations
    • Blindness
    • Death (7th leading cause of death)  
  • In 2010
    • 11% of adults in the United States had diabetes
    • Another 35% had prediabetes
    • 2% to 10% of pregnant women had gestational diabetes. They have a 35% to 60% chance of developing diabetes in 10 to 20 years.

Diabetes is on the rise. Close to eight million more people had diabetes in 2009 than in 2001. And, healthcare for people with diabetes costs twice as much as healthcare for people without diabetes.

 

But, the good news is that not all people at high risk of diabetes will get it. There are things you can do. Controlling your weight and getting enough exercise can prevent or delay diabetes. And, people who have diabetes can take steps to prevent or delay the complications. These steps include tightly controlling blood sugar levels and making lifestyle changes. Because people with diabetes can take steps to stay healthy, it's important to be screened regularly for diabetes. You can't take these steps if you don't know you have it.

 

More about preventing diabetes

First of all, get tested for diabetes. People who are 45 years or older should be tested at least every three years. If you're younger than 45, but are overweight and have at least one other risk factor, you should be tested now. If your test results show you have prediabetes, you should

  • Lose 7% of your body weight, if your BMI is >25 kg/m2
  • Get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise like walking every week
  • Talk to your doctor about metformin therapy if you are at very high risk and weight loss and exercise are not enough to decrease your blood sugar level
  • Get tested for diabetes every year  

Diabetes risk factors

  • Body mass index (BMI) >25 kg/m2, that is, being overweight or obese
  • Blood pressure 140/90 or greater
  • HDL cholesterol level <35 mg/dL
  • Triglyceride level >250 mg/dL
  • Hemoglobin A1C level 5.7% or greater
  • Fasting glucose level of 100-125 mg/dL
  • Physical inactivity
  • Previous heart disease
  • Delivered a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Diagnosed with gestational diabetes
  • Having polycystic ovary disease (PCOS)
  • Mother, father, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • Being African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander  

More about preventing diabetes complications

If you have diabetes, you can take steps to stay as healthy as possible. You can

  • Carefully monitor and control your blood sugar levels
  • Lose weight if your BMI is 25 kg/m2 or greater
  • Talk with a dietician and watch your diet
    • Eat <1500 mg of sodium each day
    • Eat 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day
    • Eat 2 to 3 servings of low-fat dairy products every day
    • Eat less saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol
    • Eat more omega-3 fatty acids, viscous fiber (oats, beans, citrus), and plant stanols/sterols
    • Drink no more than 1 (women) or 2 (men) alcoholic drinks per day
  • Increase physical activity
  • Stop smoking  

Drug therapy can also be important for some patients. It may include

  • Glucose control medication
  • Blood pressure-lowering medication
  • Lipid-lowering medications (eg, statins)
  • Aspirin therapy
  • Medications to treat kidney damage

 

If you have diabetes, you should also have an eye exam and a complete foot exam every year.

Article provided by Quest Diagnostics  

 

Disclaimer 

Not all plans have access to all resources or tools referenced in this newsletter. Please refer to your Member Handbook, or call your ODS Sales and Account Services Representative for plan-specific information.

Volume 2, Issue 5    

In this issue:
New ID cards
Quest Diagnostics
Diabetes
Expansion of ODS Plus network
Weight Watchers

 


ODS Plus network just got bigger

ODS is pleased to announce the expansion of the ODS Plus network to include Adventist Health, effective Dec. 1, 2011.

The ODS Plus network is the largest directly contracted PPO network in Oregon. In addition to Adventist Health, ODS Plus members also have access to OHSU, Legacy Health and Providence Health systems for their healthcare needs.

 

To find ODS Plus providers, members may use the Find Care tool on the ODS website. Adventist Health providers will appear on Find Care as ODS Plus providers beginning December 1.

 

If you have any questions about the ODS Plus network expansion, please contact your ODS Sales and Service Representative.

  

 

$10* off a 3-month subscription to Weight Watchers Online

  

ODS has joined forces with Weight Watchers to bring you a savings of $10* on a 3-month subscription to Weight Watchers Online. You'll get Weight Watchers Online for only $55. This program is ideal for those who prefer not to attend traditional meetings. Sign up now by logging into your myODS account and clicking on ODS Member Savings at the bottom of the page. With Weight Watchers online you will get:

  • 24/7 access to tools, information and resources
  • Daily tips and ideas from Weight Watchers experts
  • Round-the-clock inspiration from the free online community
  • An online weight tracker with colorful progress charts to help you stay motivated and focused
  • Hundreds of delicious recipes
  • Restaurant Guides to help you make appropriate choices when eating out or on-the-go

 

Weight Watchers online is a software-based internet subscription product accessible from work and home. It provides confidential access to all the information and resources needed to follow the Weight Watchers program online.

 

 

 

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