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    September 2017
Telemedicine Benefit Utilization Report Shows Positive Results
In May, the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund introduced a new medical benefit, Teladoc, giving members access to a doctor by phone or video when they are sick or in pain, and their own doctor isn't available. The benefit has yielded a year-to-date savings of $536,163 on medical claims, according to utilization data collected through August 31, 2017. Eligible members have used Teladoc 729 times, accessing care from their homes rather than traveling to more costly emergency rooms and urgent care centers. In fact, 45 percent of those who used Teladoc said they would have gone to an urgent care center had the benefit not been available, and 21 percent said they would have gone to an emergency room, even for an issue that was not an emergency. The most common diagnoses included acute upper respiratory infections, rashes and other nonspecific skin eruptions, low back pain and acute bronchitis. Most-frequent users of Teladoc include members age 31 to 45 (34 percent). For more information on Teladoc, visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/teladoc.
1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund Offers New Online Opportunities
The 1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund has partnered with
CE Direct, a provider of continuing education programs for healthcare workers, to give 1199SEIU members unlimited access to more than 2,000 hours of online courses. Members can now take courses --- free of charge --- however, whenever and wherever it is convenient for them. There are more than 700 online nursing courses, including over 200 recorded webinars on a variety of healthcare topics, as well as more than 50 audio courses. CE Direct also offers more than 1,400 courses for dozens of other allied health disciplines.

By using CE Direct, 1199SEIU members receive:
  • Instant access to thousands of continuing education courses, many written by top healthcare experts;
  • Hundreds of accredited courses designed to help members pass license and certification exams; and
  • Discussions with nationally recognized experts, self-study readings and online forums to connect members with course instructors and classmates.
Please encourage your 1199SEIU employees to take advantage of
CE Direct by visiting www.1199SEIUBenefits.org and clicking on My Account's "My Training" tab. For more information about CE Direct, please contact Pauline Boothe at (212) 494-0509 or Pauline.Boothe@1199Funds.org.
Registration for 2018 Child Care Fund Programs Kicks Off
Eligible 1199SEIU members can now register online for 2018 Child Care Fund (CCF) programs, which include offerings for day and after-school care, sleep-away and summer camps, academic prep courses, cultural arts programs and more. This year, CCF has also added a teen sleep-away program that allows children ages 13 to 17 to attend both winter and spring sleep-away camps.

The fastest and easiest way for members to register is to visit www.My1199Benefits.org and log on to My Account, the secure member portal, where they can complete the 2018 online application and upload all of the required documents. CCF will send members an email notifying them when their application is complete. For members who prefer to enroll in person, registration will begin at the Benefit Funds Manhattan Headquarters on Saturday, September 9. Registration in Hicksville will begin on Saturday, September 16.

Child Care Fund 2018 Onsite Registration Hours:
Benefit Funds Manhattan Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10036
September 9 through October 31
Mondays through Fridays: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed on Sundays)

Special Hours:
Saturday, September 9: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 33rd Floor (Penthouse)
Tuesday, October 31: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

1199SEIU Hicksville Office
100 Duffy Avenue, 3rd Floor
Hicksville, NY 11801

September 16 through October 31
Wednesdays: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Special Hours:
Monday, October 30: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 31: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

For more information, please call (212) 564-2220 or visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/childcare.
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

The 1199SEIU Greater New York Education 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 facility. The schedule is also available at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events.

Neurological Rehabilitation
Tuesday, September 19
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (EST)

This three-hour program has been accredited for rehabilitation therapists. It will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Penthouse (33rd Floor), Manhattan. The program will be offered onsite only.

The Opioid Crisis and Healthcare's Responses: Interprofessional Perspectives
Saturday, September 23
8:45 am to 4:30 pm (EST)

This six-hour interdisciplinary program has been accredited for a number of healthcare professionals. It will be offered at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, Manhattan. Live onsite, with videocast and webcast also available.

Marijuana in New York State: The Business, Legislation and Medical Implications
Thursday, September 28
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (EST)

This three-hour program has been accredited for Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASACs) and social workers. It will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, Penthouse (33rd Floor), Manhattan. The program will be offered onsite only.

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 TUF's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.
In This Issue
Telemedicine Benefit Utilization Report Shows Positive Results
1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund Offers New Online Opportunities
Registration for 2018 Child Care Fund Programs Kicks Off
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs


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