Questions and Answers
Answers to questions you might have about the Know Your Numbers: Next Steps Biometric Screening Incentive Program
Select a Question:
- What is a biometric screening?
- Do I have to get this screening done?
- Does my spouse/domestic partner have to complete a biometric screen...
- Do my kids have to have a biometric screening?
- Do employees who aren’t insured through APS have to complete a biom...
- Where do I have this screening done?
- What if I'd rather have the screening done by my doctor?
- What if I already had these tests done earlier this year?
- Can any employee sign up for the school and work-site screenings?
- What if I don’t have the screening done by Feb. 28, 2011?
- Why is APS recommending these screenings?
- How long do these screenings take?
- How is the screening performed?
- Who performs these screenings?
- How much will the screening cost?
- Will my supervisor or anyone in APS see the results of my biometric...
- Can I just drop off the results to the APS Benefits Department?
- Will I risk losing health care coverage if my results are poor?
- Am I required to follow-up on the results?
- Why is APS making changes to benefits in the middle of the school y...
- What if I need a special accommodation to access the screenings?
A biometric screening provides a detailed assessment of your basic health indicators such as:
- Blood pressure
- Body Mass Index (calculated from height and weight)
- Blood Glucose and
- Pulse/Heart rate
APS employees who carry medical benefits through the district aren’t required to complete annual biometric screenings, but there is a financial incentive to do so. Beginning March 1, 2011, employees who haven’t completed a screening will pay an additional $20/month for their medical coverage.
There also is a financial incentive for spouses/domestic partners who have medical coverage through APS to complete a biometric screening by Feb. 28. Those who don’t will pay an additional $20/month for medical coverage.
No. The financial incentive only applies to employees and their spouses/domestic partners.
5. Do employees who aren’t insured through APS have to complete a biometric screening?
No, though we encourage employees to do so through their chosen health care provider in order to make sure they are addressing their health and wellness needs.
APS employees and their spouses/domestic partners who have health insurance through APS can participate in an upcoming on-site biometric screening at more than 100 APS locations. Dates, locations and appointments available on the APS Employee Wellness website at www.aps.edu/staff/employee-wellness/know-your-numbers.
Another option is to have a biometric screening completed as part of a wellness checkup through your doctor. This needs to be done by Feb. 28, 2011. A checklist to bring to your doctor to assure you have all the required tests is available here.
If you already had a biometric screening that included all the required tests completed as part of a wellness checkup after July 1, 2010, you will receive the financial incentive. Your health plan will be sending you acknowledgment of your visit.
No. These clinics are only for employees and spouses/domestic partners who have medical benefits through APS.
If you have APS medical benefits, you will be charged an additional $20 a month for the remainder of the plan year, which ends Dec. 31, 2011. The same applies to your spouse, which means your cost of health care benefits could increase by $40 a month.
11. Why is APS recommending these screenings?
The simple answer is we want our employees to live long, healthy lives. Biometric screenings allow employees to learn about their current health status, and determine risks for common diseases including diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions. Health care professionals at the school and work-site clinics or an employee’s doctor can review the results of the screening and recommend further tests, a treatment plan or a wellness program.
Normally, the screening takes about 30 minutes.
- The blood pressure screening is completed with a standard blood pressure check.
- The blood glucose and cholesterol screenings are performed with a "finger-stick.”
- Patients are required to fast for eight to 12 hours before having blood drawn. Patients should drink plenty of water and take their medications during their fast.
They are performed by registered nurses and/or licensed practical nurses. Qualified health care professionals also will be available at the APS clinics to go over results and recommend next steps for the patient’s well-being.