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Aetna Insurance Plans Now Cover Lung Cancer Screenings for High-Risk Individuals

Lung cancer screenings are now a covered service under Aetna Health Plans, allowing UM employees and their dependents who are at high risk for lung cancer to take advantage of this new approach for diagnosing the deadliest of all cancers.

Lung cancer does not show any symptoms until its late stage and, as a result, kills more people than breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer combined. But here’s the good news: The 2011 National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated that screening high-risk individuals with a series of low-dose CT scans over time can detect the disease in its early stages, allowing treatment to ensue and decreasing mortality by 20 percent.

As a result, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends lung cancer screening, which is not a single test, but a series of tests performed over time, for high-risk individuals. High-risk candidates are:

  • People between 55 to 80 years of age who have smoked 30 or more packs of cigarettes a year
  • Current and former smokers who have quit during the past 15 years

The screenings are 100 percent covered by UM Aetna Health Plans for those who meet the USPSTF criteria. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Marie Charles, the coordinator of the lung cancer screening program, at 305-243-9069 or mcharles4@med.miami.edu.




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Join the UHealth Team at the 2014 Miami-Dade Heart Walk

This year’s Heart Walk takes place on Saturday, November 1, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The fun-filled day starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is available at www.miamidadeheartwalk.org. Be sure to select UHealth under the “Join a Team” field when registering. Choose from an existing UHealth team or create your own UHealth department team.

Participants will receive a free UHealth Heart Aware health assessment, and can enjoy breakfast and lunch, music, dancing and more. Kids can enter costume- and pumpkin-decorating contests, and the event is dog-friendly.

UHealth participants who register for the Heart Walk will get a free UHealth dry-fit T-shirt. T-shirt distribution will take place on Tuesday, October 28, through Thursday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, on the 9th floor of the Clinical Research Building, 1120 NW 14th Street.


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Aetna Medical Plan Provider, VitalMD, to End Contract Effective November 15

VitalMD is a large physician practice in Florida consisting primarily of ob-gyn providers.  The University recently learned that, after several months of contract negotiations, the contract between VitalMD and Aetna will terminate on November 15, 2014. Negotiations, however, are still ongoing and the University has expressed to Aetna its earnest desire to retain VitalMD within the Aetna network.

If you are currently pregnant or are receiving medical treatment for a serious medical condition from a VitalMD physician, you may apply for Transition of Coverage from Aetna.  If approved by Aetna, this may enable you to continue your current treatment with your VitalMD physician despite termination of the contract.

Aetna members will receive letters regarding the upcoming contract termination.  Please note that a small number of letters were sent in error related to physicians who are not directly employed by VitalMD, and correction letters were sent out immediately following confirming that those providers will remain in the Aetna network.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. If you have any questions, please contact HR Benefits by completing the online inquiry form atbmiami.edu/benefits/ask.

To schedule an appointment with a UHealth physician, call UHealth Connect, the UM employee-dedicated appointment line, at 305-243-CARE (2273).

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Dickinson Drive Construction Begins for UHealth at Coral Gables


Dickinson Drive Construction Begins for UHealth at Coral Gables

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 30, 2014) —Road construction is set to begin this week for UHealth at Coral Gables, the ambulatory care center that will bring UHealth, University of Miami Health System’s leading physicians and specialty services to the Gables campus, specifically at the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and a repositioned Dickinson Drive.

To make way for the new medical center, the southern end of Dickinson Drive will be moved 100 feet to the north, into the western portion of the Serpentine parking lot in front of the BankUnited Center. The western portion of that lot is now closed. The western portion of Walsh Avenue that runs in front of the BankUnited Center also will close from Dauer Drive to Dickinson Drive, but just temporarily. Yet, other than a green fence around the construction zone and a new pedestrian walkway, which will be delineated by barricades, motorists on Dickinson Drive and visitors to the BankUnited Center will not notice any difference, or inconvenience.

Dickinson Drive will never close and the one-way segment of Dickinson that ran in front of the School of Architecture already has been converted to a two-way street, providing motorists a convenient east-west corridor across campus.

While some yellow zone parking spaces in the Serpentine lot have been eliminated, there are sufficient yellow zone parking spaces available in the area on a daily basis to accommodate everyone who holds a permit.

Construction on Dickinson Drive is expected to be completed this fall, while construction on the new UHealth at Coral Gables facility is scheduled for completion in 2016. Designed by architects Perkins+Will, the 200,000-square-foot center will be just a short walk from the University Metrorail station, providing students, faculty, staff, and residents of surrounding communities easy access to UHealth’s leading physicians.

For more information on UHealth at Coral Gables, visit www.uhealthsystem.com/locations/coralgables.

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New Chief Supply Chain Officer to Consolidate and Manage All Procurement Functions

Philip Profeta

Philip Profeta

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 15, 2014) — In an effort to improve efficiencies and reduce costs in the procurement process, the University of Miami is consolidating all purchasing and delivery functions under a single umbrella organization and has brought on board a seasoned expert to lead and manage the new system.

Philip Profeta, whose experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, accounts payable, hospital supply chain planning, logistics, and warehousing spans more than three decades, is the University’s new associate vice president and chief supply chain officer. Based on the medical campus, he is responsible for consolidating and leading the University’s entire procurement structure, including accounts payable, across the institution and multiple supply chains across the health care/hospital system.

“Phil Profeta is extremely qualified and capable to reorganize and lead our purchasing and delivery systems to better meet customer needs and negotiate better pricing with suppliers,” said John Shipley, UM’s vice president of finance and treasurer. “He is used to running huge supply chain operations at academic medical centers, so he really understands the needs of academic medical centers and research universities like ours. He is charged with putting all our purchasing operations together in a way that makes sense, delivers great customer service and produces cost savings.”

Profeta, who comes to UM from the Baylor-Scott & White Health Services in Temple, Texas, said he looks forward to transforming UM’s more traditional supply chain operations into a flexible and strategic asset.

“In today’s health care and academic marketplace, the supply chain has a pivotal role as a strategic resource,” Profeta said. “It’s about more than pushing paper and delivering boxes. It’s about more than delivering stellar service and savings. It’s about positioning the University in the marketplace. The supply chain needs to be flexible enough to keep up with all the growth and changes that are around us.”

As vice president of supply chains operations at Baylor-Scott & White, Profeta integrated all supply chain functions when the Scott & White Health System merged with the Baylor Health Care system, creating a vast, new organization with 43 acute care hospitals, 500 care sites, two 100,000-square-foot warehouses and 42,000 square miles of coverage area.

Prior to that, he was the corporate director of purchasing for the University of Rochester/Strong Health System, where he was responsible for all purchasing policy, contract development, and strategic purchasing initiatives.

He also has held positions at Neoforma/Revelocity, Inc. in California; the Yale New Haven Health System;Novation, Inc.; and the Rochester Regional Hospital Association. He worked as independent consultant as well.

A graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, Profeta studied business at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, and completed the Managed Care Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School.


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