April 2016

National Benefit Fund Expands Partnership to Improve Cancer Patient Care

To help 1199SEIU workers receive the highest, most consistent standard of cancer treatment, the National Benefit Fund (NBF) is expanding its partnership with eviCore healthcare, effective April 1. In reviewing pre-service elective radiation therapy and medical oncology services, as well as outpatient high-tech radiology and nuclear cardiology studies, eviCore will utilize established, evidence-based clinical pathways to support clinicians in pursuing the most effective course of action for medical oncology treatment. This will help maintain consistency in diagnoses and treatment methodology and reduce disparities in treatment and outcomes for members. The expanded partnership and prior authorization process will also help limit members' exposure to unnecessary and potentially harmful treatments and encourage a more holistic and patient-centered approach to healthcare delivery. For more information, visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org.

1199SEIU/League Labor Management Project Leadership Change

Created to find new ways to improve labor-management collaboration and the quality of care in hospitals and nursing homes while operating more cost-efficiently, the 1199SEIU/League Labor Management Project (LMP) has forged a valuable and unique partnership. Susan Wasstrom, who retired on April 1, played an important role in the LMP during her 14 years with the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF). Over the years, Susan has served TEF as an LMP project consultant, associate director, co-director and director, and headed up the Florida and multi-state regional programs for the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund.

Stepping up as co-directors are Bernadette Braddy and Clyde Riggins, who bring unique and complementary perspectives to their new roles. Bernadette began as a patient registrar in an emergency room before joining TEF, and Clyde has worked as a manager in charge of training and organizational development at a nursing home. Both are well-qualified to help strengthen the LMP as healthcare delivery in New York continues to undergo change. You may contact Bernadette at Bernadette.Braddy@1199Funds.org and Clyde at Clyde.Riggins@1199Funds.org.

Science Fair Helps Educate Pre-K Children About Climate Change

The 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's Future of America Learning Center (FALC) held its 20th annual science fair on March 12. Science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) play an important role in FALC's "Pre-K for All" curriculum, making the annual fair a highlight of the academic year. The theme of this year's fair was climate change, and children took part in activities related to air and water quality, weather patterns, the effects of global warming and more. At the fair, family, friends and members of the community had the opportunity to view the children's projects and discuss how science plays a role in their daily lives. For more information on FALC or the 1199SEIU Child Care Fund or 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation, please call (212) 564-2220 or visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf.

The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund assists 1199SEIU members in staying abreast of developments in their fields, helping them to provide quality care and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Please share these opportunities with 1199SEIU employees at your institution. The schedule is also available on the ICE calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events/

Presented with the University of Minnesota's National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

Friday, April 22
7:45 am to 4:30 pm

This seven-hour program will focus on the changing national healthcare environment and the importance of interprofessional, collaborative, team-based practice in improving patient experience and health. The program has been accredited for a number of healthcare practitioners, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and others. The program will be offered at the New York Times Conference Center, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) will also be available.

Free prep courses are also available for national certification exams and New York State Licensure examinations for several positions, including social workers and clinical lab technologists. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute or contact the Training and Upgrading Fund's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.

In This Issue
National Benefit Fund Expands Partnership to Improve Cancer Patient Care
1199SEIU/League Labor Management Project Leadership Change
Science Fair Helps Educate Pre-K Children About Climate Change
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

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