Received a 1095-C Tax Form? Here’s What You Need to Know

All applicable large employers are required to send a 1095-C tax form to employees eligible for health care benefits in 2017. The 1095-C informs employees what their employer reports to the Internal Revenue Service regarding their health care benefits and if the benefits met Affordable Care Act standards. No action is needed. The form is not required for filing income tax returns. Simply keep the form with your other tax documents. If you did not meet the eligibility requirements for health insurance benefits or were not enrolled in health coverage during 2017, you will not receive the form. Questions: Read the FAQs, visit the ACA website or call the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511.

Employees Helping Employees: More Than 200 Support EASE Fund

By now, all UMass Memorial Health Care employees should have received their UMass Memorial 2017 appreciation gift. This recent employee gift program included the option to forgo the appreciation gift and instead support the Emergency Assistance Support for Employees (EASE) fund. Thanks to the generosity of 208 caregivers across the system, more of our colleagues in need can receive financial assistance in the event of a serious emergency. For that, caregivers in need, the UMass Memorial Health Care senior management team and the Board of Trustees and are truly thankful. For more information about the EASE fund, visit MyHR.

Learn About Sweet 16 Finalist Teams in Final Part of Video Series

Earlier this week, we shared the third video of a four-part video series showcasing the work of the 2017 Innovators of the Year finalist teams, our “Sweet 16.” Watch the fourth and final video in this series to learn about the remaining four Sweet 16 teams. Join us Friday, December 15, noon to 1 pm, at a watch party near you as we announce the Innovators of the Year winning teams! View flyer for details.

 

Patients and Donors Honored at Gift of Life Celebration

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Last week, the Division of Solid Organ Transplantation hosted the 12th annual Gift of Life Celebration. The evening was filled with emotional stories of generosity, perseverance and gratitude. Medical Center President and transplant champion, Patrick Muldoon, provided the opening remarks, Stephen Heard, MD, anesthesiology, took a break from playing the cello with the Seven Hills Symphony quartet to present a donor quilt, and transplant recipients and donor families shared their personal stories. The evening was closed out with heartfelt remarks by Adel Bozorgzadeh, chief, Division of Solid Organ Transplant, who acknowledged the strength and inspiration of the patients and donors who make transplantation possible. Click through the slideshow, below, to see photos of the event.  See media coverage of the event: Charter TV 3 and Masslive.

Learn About Sweet 16 Finalists in Third Part of Video Series!

Last week, we shared the second video of a four-part video series showcasing the work of the 2017 Innovators of the Year finalist teams, our “Sweet 16.” This week, watch the third video in this series to learn about the next four of our Sweet 16 teams! Remember: Attend the next Innovation Celebration Friday, December 15 in multiple locations across our health care system, noon to 1 pm to find out who wins the Innovators of the Year award! Download flyer.

 

Thanks for Making Your Health Matter in 2017!

Congratulations to the UMass Memorial Health Care caregivers who participated in this year’s myHealth Matters wellness program! This year, 60 percent of our caregivers took charge of their health and completed wellness activities – hundreds more than previous years. Whether you completed the well-being assessment or showed off your strengths by reaching the Gold-level incentive, caregivers across the took positive steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Register or check back into the myHealth Matters website Tuesday, December 19 when it reopens to see great new features and challenges to help you stay healthy. Make 2018 your year of progressing your health and wellness goals.

Learn About These Sweet 16 Finalist Teams in Part 2 of Video Series

Last week, we kicked off a four-part video series showcasing the work of the 2017 Innovators of the Year finalist teams, our “Sweet 16.” This week, watch the second video of our four-part series to learn about the next four of our Sweet 16 teams!

Reminder: Employee Gift Order Deadline Is Friday, November 10!

By now, all UMass Memorial Health Care employees should have received a letter in the mail with instructions on how to order their UMass Memorial 2017 appreciation gift. If you haven’t placed your order yet for your employee gift, please do so before midnight Friday, November 10. No orders will be accepted after this deadline as the ordering website will become inactive. If you did not receive your employee gift letter or need help with your online order, email umassmemorialgifts@gmail.com or call 508-752-4400 (8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday). Our contractors and volunteers will also receive an appreciation gift, distributed by their respective manager later this fall.

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Schedule a Mammogram Today

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers for women. A mammogram can help detect breast cancer earlier, when the most treatment options are available. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a perfect reminder to take the time and make your health a top priority. Consider the details below when you schedule your mammogram with UMass Memorial Health Care:

  • UMass Memorial Health Care offers 10 convenient mammography locations.
  • Several of our sites feature 3-D mammography, a screening option for women with dense breasts.
  • Breast size is not an indicator of breast density, and a woman’s breast density can change during her lifetime.
  • Tri-River Family Health Center in Uxbridge is our newest site to offer this innovative 3-D technology.
  • Call 855-UMASS-MD or visit our website today to schedule your mammography appointment at a location convenient to you.

Having Login Issues to Order Employee Gift? Learn More

By now, you should have received a letter in the mail with instructions for ordering your gift online. Unfortunately, some of the mailings did not include the complete email and password information needed to place an order. If you received incomplete website login instructions, you will be mailed another letter next week with corrected login details. If you know your UMass Memorial Health Care email address, please use that along with the password provided in your letter to log on to the gift website. Due to these login issues, we are extending the deadline by an additional week to place orders by Friday, November 10. If you’ve already placed your order, no further action is required. We sincerely appreciate all your support and tireless efforts in fiscal 2017 and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have questions, call   508-752-4400 or email umassmemorialgifts@gmail.​com.