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Last chance to enter drawing for Steelers training camp tickets
Every day, UPMC physicians and staff members change lives by going above and beyond the call of duty. Tell us about your experience. Submit a story via the UPMC News & Views forum on Infonet by midnight Saturday and you will be entered into a random drawing to win a pair of tickets to UPMC VIP Day at Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Pa., on Tuesday, Aug. 17. To learn more about the drawing, visit Infonet.

Searching for inspiration?
Read some of the moving submissions we've received so far.
Help us recognize the “life changers” among us.

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Find A Doctor search tool improved
It's now easier to find a UPMC physician to meet your needs thanks to recent upgrades made to the Find A Doctor search tool on UPMC.com.

In addition to seeing a new design, users now can search for a physician by language. The left-hand column conveniently features related resources, such as links to UPMC Urgent Care and UPMC HealthTrak, while prominently displaying contact information for scheduling an appointment. And the newly updated results page better highlights physician credentials.

Test Find A Doctor out yourself.

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Are you ready to set your quit date? Take a Healthy Step to quit smoking
Today is the final day of registration for the UPMC MyHealth Ready to Quit™ tele-group (telephone-based group) coaching program. If you’ve been trying to quit smoking or using other tobacco products, but haven’t felt you’ve had the necessary support, this option may be the perfect choice for you.

This program is made up of six 45-minute group phone sessions conducted in conference-call style. Each tele-group includes 10 to 15 participants — many of whom may be sharing your experience — and is led by a UPMC Health Plan health coach specializing in tobacco cessation. Readings and on-your-own assignments prepare you for each group coaching session.

Registration closes July 30, 2010, and sessions begin the week of Aug. 2.

Two tele-group options are available: Mondays, from 7 to 8 p.m., and Thursdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. To learn more about MyHealth Ready to Quit and to break your smoking habit, call 1-800-807-0751.

UPMC copayment reimbursement available through Sept. 30
To assist you in your efforts to quit smoking, UPMC is offering copayment reimbursement for tobacco cessation medication to covered employees, spouses or domestic partners, and adult dependents, saving you approximately $50 to $100 in copayments.

To qualify, individuals must:

  • Register for the MyHealth Ready to Quit program and have at least one order of their prescribed tobacco cessation medication filled between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2010.
  • Complete the program.
  • Complete a 90-day follow-up survey.

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Policy updates
The following systemwide policies were reviewed and updated by the UPMC Policy Review Committee in July 2010. All UPMC policies can be reviewed in their entirety on Infonet.

New policies
HS-PH2000 Controlled Substances (CS)* policy
HS-PH2000-PRO Controlled Substances* procedure

Significant changes
HS-AC0508 Signature Authority*
HS-EC1806 The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Other Anti-Bribery Statutes*
HS-RE0722 Financial Assistance*

Minor changes
HS-AD0822 Volunteer Services
HS-EC1900 Code of Conduct
HS-FM0203 Acquisition, Leasing and Disposition of Real Estate* policy
HS-FM0203-PRO Acquisition, Leasing and Disposition of Real Estate* procedure
HS-FM0211Storage, Use and Proper Disposal of Anesthetic Agents*
HS-FM0212 Laboratory Safety
HS-FM0213 Water Infiltration/Wet Areas & Mold Remediation*
HS-FM0216 Decorating Guidelines*
HS-FM0221Fire Safety in the Operating Room*
HS-HR0700 Employee Health*
HS-HR0705 Harassment-free Workplace*
HS-HR0714 Dress Code
HS-HR0725 Employment Verifications/Pre-Placement Evaluations/References*
HS-HR0726 Staff Member Records*
HS-HR0731 Compensation*
HS-HR0738 Recruitment & Selection Policy*
HS-HR0741Time Entry Submission*
HS-HR0746 Student Externships/Internships & Educational Experiences*
HS-IC0600 Integrated Infection Control Committee*
HS-IC0603 Reporting of Diseases/Conditions*
HS-IC0615 Hand Hygiene
HS-IS0210 Controls for External System Interfaces that Transfer Protected Health Information*
HS-PS0494 Professional Services Provided Incident to Medical Resident Education*
HS-PS0495 UPMC Continuing Medical Education (CME) Policy*
HS-RI1301 Indemnity/Risk Insurance Policy*

No changes
HS-AD0817 Intellectual Property*
HS-EC1611 Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) For Research Purposes Pursuant to the HIPAA Privacy Rules*
HS-HR0701 Severance for Position Eliminations*
HS-HR0707 Grievance Procedure*
HS-HR0709 Employment Classification*
HS-HR0715 UPMC Temporary Services*
HS-HR0733 Orientation Period*
HS-HR0735 Disasters/Severe Weather/Emergencies: Communication and Staffing Policy*
HS-HR0736 Confidential Information*
HS-HR0742 Worker Classification*
HS-HR0743 Use of Alcoholic Beverages on UPMC Premises*
HS-HR0744 Clean Air/Smoke-free Campus*
HS-IS0218 Auditing, Logging, and Monitoring*
HS-PS0490 Physician Ethics
HS-PS0493 Medical Students*
HS-PS0502 Certification of Death in Adults*
HS-RE0723 Financial Clearance for Elective Scheduled Services*
HS-RI1300 Claims Administration (Non-clinical)*

*This policy is intended to replace individual business unit policies covering the same subject matter. Business unit policies covering the same subject matter should be pulled from all manuals.

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Dates to note:
For an online listing of upcoming events, visit http://extra.upmc.com/Events.htm.

Aug. 3 to 5:
UPMC Sports Medicine is sponsoring the 13th Annual High School Athletic Training Aide Workshop.

Aug. 25 and 26:
Health care practitioners interested in developing or enhancing their management communication skills are invited to attend the 2010 Productive Performance and Communication event sponsored by the Pennsylvania and Ohio Public Health Training Center. Register online or call 412-383-2400. 

Aug. 29:
To benefit the UPMC Cancer Centers Patient Assistance Fund, the Dee Dee Sacco Fight for Life Fund will hold its sixth annual cocktail party at the LeMont Restaurant (Mount Washington). For more information, call 412-781-7453.

Aug. 31:
Deadline to submit videos that show what you know about using needles safely. For more information, and to upload your video, visit the Safe Needle Procedures Video Contest Infonet site.

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Research study recruiting participants
Are you interested in a long-term method of birth control? Nonpregnant women, age 16 to 45, who are in need of contraception are being sought to participate in a research study of an investigational contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD). If eligible, you can receive study-related exams and study-related birth control at no cost. Participants must have regular periods and be willing to come to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC to complete up to 14 or more visits over a five-year period. Participants will be reimbursed up to $1,030 over five years. For more information, call the Center for Family Planning Research at 412-641-5496 or visit www.birthcontrolstudies.org.

For an online listing of additional research studies, visit http://extra.upmc.com/Studies.htm.

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July 30, 2010