HO's can change their benefits between October 27 and November 7.
Open Enrollment for 2015 benefits is Oct. 27-Nov. 7. Beginning on August 18, you can log on to Wolverine Access to view the 2015 benefit rates.
One specific change for 2015 is all of U-M's self-insured medical plans will add IVF coverage for 2015. Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is not a self-insured plan and is excluded. Employees with HAP coverage who are candidates for IVF can select a different medical plan during Open Enrollment to receive coverage of IVF in 2015.
Basic Retirement Savings Plans such as the 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Account (SRA) and 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan can be elected at anytime.
While you are thinking about your benefits coverage, this may be a good time to review your beneficiary designations to make sure they are up to date.
Please note, for those of you transitioning to another type of appointment, Clinical Lecturer or Faculty next July, you are not able to eligible to select another type of health plan at that time. You can only make changes during the Open Enrollment period and if you've had a Life Event.
White Coats Not So White?
Upon employment, your program will provide you with three white lab coats for use during the duration of training. A worn-out or damaged coat may be exchanged at no cost to the house officer on a one-for-one basis, as needed.
Your program is responsible for the facilitation of laundering the white coats and you should not be paying out-of-pocket for this expense. Each program should have a mechanism in place for the timely exchange of coats. To help facilitate this process, the Lab Coat Room located at B2001 in the Taubman Center has daily hours, Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm with breaks scheduled between 10:00 - 10:15 am, 11:30 am - noon, and 1:45 - 2 pm.
As you know, regularly cleaned lab coats aid in controlling the spread of certain germs.
So when do I qualify for a P2 parking voucher? When should I use the valet?
An employee who has been assigned to an off-site location and is required to return to the main medical campus prior to 4 pm (given that at 4:00 pm they will have access to P3) will not have to pay for parking fees incurred in the Patient/Visitor parking area (P2). If this is you, you are entitled to a parking voucher or coupon from your program coordinator or their designee. If your coordinator is unavailable, the vouchers are available at the main desk located on floor 1 of the Taubman Center.
The voucher program is not for a HO assigned to an inpatient service or hospital clinic. Only if you are assigned to the VA, Briarwood, NCRC, Dominos Farms or one of the other numerous off-site locations, and required by your program to return to the hospital (didactics, rounds, or other clinical or educational duties), do you then qualify for a coupon.
Employees who are called to the hospital for an emergency consult, whether in the Emergency Department or on service, may use valet parking at the Emergency Entrance at no expense. You will need to provide the valet attendant with proper ID (your badge) and indicate which service the consult is related to.
Please don't abuse the system. It is understood that impact on Patient/Visitor parking needs would be reason for modification of the collective bargaining agreement.
Who to contact about issues related to MiChart
Since House Officers are often the first-line users of MiChart, and typically have great ideas, Dr. Rino Bautista would like to hear from you. He will triage your issue and be able to determine which MiChart team is the appropriate one for addressing your concern. He'll also be able to tell you if a MiChart team is already working on your issue. Don't assume the MiChart team is aware of whatever scenario you've encountered or that someone else has already communicated the issue.
Please, take a moment and email Dr. Bautista.
When visiting the HO Lounge, some things to consider...
The House Officer's Lounge is a space originally bargained for during contract negotiations many years ago. It is included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement and was designed as a space where HO's could gather and relax, watch television, grab a cup of coffee and discuss issues of interest, including patient care, in a secure environment.
Today, the lounge has morphed into a multi-functional space with 12 computer work stations - each with telephone, 2 LaserJet printers, break tables, a hot beverage station, HD television, massage chair, and couches. The lounge is a lunch and break-destination for many HO's. It is typically frequented by HO's assigned to consult services.
The "HO Lounge," as it's referred to by many, doesn't replace your team rooms or the responsibility the University has, through your program, to provide you with adequate resources. The House Officers Association manages the lounge, and generally maintains the space. Although we receive funding through the Joint Operations Committee of $4,000 per year for printing supplies, all other financial support of the space is paid for with house officer dues.
Supplies are coordinated through the HOA on a bi-weekly basis. Unavailability of products, consumption of products, budget limitations, and varied delivery schedules, may result in not having whatever you are looking for.
The HO Lounge is for the exclusive use of the House Staff. This excludes medical students, who do not have access to the space. However, for educational purposes, from time-to-time, medical students will be allowed in the space when accompanied by a house officer.
Items left unattended in the lounge will be taken to the "Lost and Found" on the 1st floor of UH after 2 or 3 days. Please, DO NOT leave medical supplies in the HO Lounge. Environmental Services will not maintain the space when this occurs.
The HOA Executive Director, Robin Tarter, can be found in the office adjacent to the lounge and is also a Notary Public, should you have a need for that service. Questions or concerns regarding the HO Lounge should be directed to Robin.