Weekly News & Announcements — May 18, 2021

Dr. Tiffany Hill named chair of pediatrics
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT) has named Dr. Tiffany Hill the chair of pediatrics. Dr. Hill joined the UTHSCT faculty in September. Click here to read more: https://www.uthct.edu/uthsct-names-chair-of-pediatrics/news/2021/05/17/27997/.

MDLIVE virtual visits webinar Wednesday, May 19
UT System provides UT Select participants access to virtual visits through MDLIVE. Virtual visits connect you with an independently
contracted, board-certified doctor or therapist by secure online video. There’s no travel and no waiting room – just a convenient,
affordable and confidential consultation in the comfort of your own home, office or on the go. Want to know more? Join other UT Select
participants Wednesday, May 19, at noon to learn more about MDLIVE and the tools members can use to connect to the care they need.
Register now at https://www.cvent.com/c/express/19e01e31-5959-47c6-9f32-1324a7d17ed1?fbclid=IwAR3RX4wqZ65Obrw7QJ7qXofvEAssSSlgy022HEn8VDtGKBYv-foznbHIoOo.

Hypertension and disease management webinar Wednesday, May 19
Improve your health at no cost to you with Livongo, a program available to UT Select participants who are dealing with health issues like hypertension and diabetes. Eligible participants receive advanced blood glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, free strips, coaching and more. Learn about Livingo’s program during a webinar on May 19 at 12:30 p.m. Register now at https://www.cvent.com/c/express/6b87eba0-e0b6-4e69-b8d3-8810768924a2?fbclid=IwAR3gTzhIGq68g6lXMlDEI7aNe5U1M2yTeodzv3TxCBlZVLtO3rRFoHjmzZ8.

Fertility, pregnancy and parenting support webinar Tuesday, May 25
Ovia Health offers UT Select Plan members access to daily support for their fertility, pregnancy and parenting journeys. Want to know
more? Attend the free online webinar Tuesday, May 25, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Register for the online webinar at
https://www.cvent.com/c/express/ef945f8f-9717-4694-acbf-6fd4ca77d707?fbclid=IwAR1McN4KVdAAxMF9bWT0k8j72ZzPvl_lfC0b7z_Zy-ZHfWWCUjtJq1GqEUc.

Help for chronic pain webinar Wednesday, May 26
Hinge Health is an exercise therapy program available to UT Select participants that helps conquer chronic back, knee, hip, neck and shoulder pain – from the convenience of the participant’s home. The program offers unlimited one-on-one coaching, personalized exercise therapy, a free tablet and wearable sensors. Learn more during a Hinge Health webinar Wednesday, May 26, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Register now for the webinar at https://www.cvent.com/c/express/06d1badb-f9cb-4ae1-a107-c64ec64c131e?fbclid=IwAR3ixcJ_iW4byEFUeJ6SglGcm8iRgLtxTSOp8Ire79Ry25_y2o-p2KgHwLY.

Better sleep webinar Wednesday, May 26
One of several issues that Omada, a program available to UT Select participants, addresses is helping participants get a better night’s sleep. Omada provides guidance through their Personalized Behavior Change for Chronic Disease program. They’ll help participants realize consistency is the cornerstone of good sleep habits and how to get the right amount of sleep on a regular basis to avoid deprivation. Learn how to “Put Your Pillow to the Test” during an Omada webinar Wednesday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. Register now at https://www.cvent.com/c/express/adbbe74e-6980-4c47-aeef-1b149189d91f?fbclid=IwAR16pqQTfvJaai3rOI2Q7u26IBJBJwZqhKQW4sL4T6XOarRD90uDYWH8CbA.

Update on Telecommuting Agreements
Effective Monday, May 31, current telecommuting agreements will expire and all UTHSCT employees will be expected to return to campus full time Tuesday, June 1. As a reminder, we ask that our employees continually:
• Maintain social distancing while on campus (6 feet between desks and workspaces).
• Wear your mask while on campus.
• Clean and disinfect your workspace(s) daily.
• Wash your hands often.
For more information, please contact UTHSCT Human Resources Director Jared Seigler at jared.seigler@nulluthct.edu or 903-877-7784.

Annual compliance training due Wednesday, June 30
The University of Texas System compliance policy and directives state that employees of all UT institutions are responsible for compliance
with appropriate laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Compliance activity is closely monitored by each institution and periodically
reported to UT System. To ensure that employees are aware of and trained on the compliance requirements, annual training is
provided. In accordance with UT System, state regulations and The Joint Commission, compliance training is a requirement of all UT
Health Science Center at Tyler employees. Annual compliance training modules are required for every employee within 30 days of their
start date and annually thereafter. These modules have been updated and assigned to all employees in NetLearning (accessible through Performance Manager). To access the annual training modules, please go to https://www.healthcaresource.com/performance/uthsct and click on Learning Assignments. In conjunction with annual compliance training, tuberculosis (TB) surveillance is also due. Please ensure you complete the TB screening form. The link for the form can be found within the 2021 ACT Occupational Health module. Managers: Please ensure your staff is aware of these training requirements and ensure timely completion for your area. Managers may view the status of their employees’ training completions by selecting the “Employees” tab at the top of the screen, then select “Employee List” from the drop-down menu, then select “Vitals” per employee. Another option for monitoring progress is available by using the NetLearning reports feature. Instructions for running reports for your employees can be found at http://bit.ly/UTHSCTNetLearningManagerReports. Managers will also receive weekly email reports listing their employees and their incomplete modules. The deadline for completion is June 30, 2021. Should you have any questions or problems accessing the material, please email kristine.voorhies@nulluthct.edu.

BlueCross BlueShield introduces BurnAlong, an online fitness program
There’s no place like home. BlueCross BlueShield is offering UT Select members (age 16 and older) the opportunity to participate in an
online fitness program to stay active while staying at home. The program is provided by BurnAlong, a digital-only option, that is now
available for members who prefer to work out at home. This new program offers full access to thousands of digital fitness videos or live
classes that are available in dozens of categories led by wellness professionals. Digital classes include cardio, boot camps, Barre, yoga and
more. And the digital classes are available for just $10 per month. Other options are available for an additional fee. UT Select participants
can access this new option by going to www.bcbstx.com/ut, hitting “Log In” in the upper right side to log in to Blue Access for members
and under “Quick Links,” choose “Fitness Program.” You’ll get access to BurnAlong directly through the website or mobile app. Plus, your
account will remain active as long as your BCBSTX tiered fitness program membership is active. You can join the fitness program for a
membership fee and choose from different options that vary by price – now including the digital-only option. If you prefer to join a gym,
check out the gym locations available near your home, your work or anywhere in the U.S.

Texans warned to protect data on social media
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is encouraging Texans to use extreme caution on social media amid a dramatic increase in identity theft. Although no TWC system has been compromised, a record number of identity theft cases shows just how important it is to be vigilant in securing private information. Private information is exposed like never before. Social networking sites routinely expose full names, addresses, birthdates and other information valuable to scammers. Combined with information stolen from data breaches, cell phone hacking or “phishing” scams that expose social security numbers can empower criminals to impersonate you online. If you think you have been the victim of identity theft or would like more information, please visit https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/texans-warned-protect-data-social-media.

 

COVID-19 Reminders

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic relocated to Riter Center
The COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic has been relocated to the Riter Center lobby. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. with the
last vaccination to be given at 3:45 p.m.

KRONOS coding for COVID-19 vaccine reactions
When an employee misses time because of a reaction to their COVID-19 vaccination, KRONOS hours should be entered as unscheduled sick leave. Employees should not enter their absence using a COVID-19 code. Any reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is being treated as any reaction to any other influenza vaccination. Missed time or absences should be documented as sick leave. To facilitate our monthly KRONOS COVID-19 cost reporting to the State, when an employee is exposed to COVID-19, has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 and becomes ill or is absent, their missed time should be entered in KRONOS with a COVID-19 code. A Human Resources staff member will contact managers of employees who have been exposed to, have symptoms or have tested positive to provide information about proper COVID-19 KRONOS coding.

Updated COVID-19-related employee health issues
Please continue to use personal protective equipment. You must wear masks at all times when interacting with patients or other employees. Additionally, wear eye protection with all patient encounters that are within six feet. Break rooms and the cafeteria are no exception. Social distancing of more than six feet must be maintained when unmasked and eating in these settings. Please consider alternatives such as eating in a closed office, work space or eating on your own outside.

• Employees returning to work after illness or known/suspected exposure to COVID-19 must complete the Return-to-Work (RTW) Screening Questionnaire and receive approval from the Occupational Health department before coming back on campus. Employees can access the questionnaire here: Return-to-Work (RTW) Screening Questionnaire.
• Employees who have been directed to return to campus after exclusively working remotely are also required to complete the questionnaire and receive approval from the Occupational Health department before coming back on campus.
• Your Return-to-Work Screening Questionnaire must be completed no later than 3 p.m. the day before your intended return to work. If your return to work is on Sunday or Monday, it must be completed by no later than 3 p.m. the Friday before. Occupational Health will make determinations on Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you develop symptoms over the weekend, please stay home and contact Occupational Health on Monday.
• Notify Occupational Health immediately if you have been tested for COVID-19 and once results have been received, so they can give you guidance about safely returning to work. You must stay home from work if you are sick and/or have been tested and are awaiting results. Filling out the return-to-work survey is the preferred method of contact with Occupational Health about these issues. Should you need to clarify anything further, please email Occupational Health at occhealth@nulluthct.edu.
• Supervisors may not authorize employees to return to work on campus without approval from Occupational Health, if those employees have taken time off or have been working remotely. We are closely tracking information related to COVID-19 and need to be promptly made aware of any concerns.

Beware of scams related to the COVID-19 vaccine
There has been an increase in online criminal activity taking advantage of the public and attacking drug companies to disrupt the supply chain of COVID-19 vaccines. Cyber criminals have targeted numerous drug companies developing COVID-19 vaccines. The hackers reportedly attempted to harvest login credentials of company personnel by creating web domains mimicking the legitimate online login portals in order to gather information on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. For more information and safe practices, read this article about COVID-19 vaccine-related scams.

 

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