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Headlines takes a holiday

December 21, 2016

Next week, Health System Headlines will be on a holiday hiatus. Following Friday’s edition — a special issue featuring our 2016 Year in Review! — no Headlines newsletters will be published until Tuesday, Jan. 3. You may still submit items via our online submitting tool, but please be advised that those submissions will not be included in a newsletter until the first week in January. You also may access past Headlines story at any time next week by visiting our Headlines website. We’ll see you in the new year and look forward to many exciting Headlines in 2017!

Plan ahead: Holiday bus and parking schedules

December 21, 2016

As the holiday season kicks into high gear, it is important to note that there will be temporary parking and bus schedules in place around the medical campus. The following information…

Parking near Crisler Center on basketball game nights

December 20, 2016

Health system employees who park near Crisler Center should be advised that at the end of men's home basketball night games, the U-M commuter bus cannot get all the way south to the SC7 bus stop. On those nights, police convert Greene St. to northbound traffic only to empty the basketball parking lots safely and efficiently. Therefore, the last southbound bus stop at those times is on Hoover St. at Greene St.There are four remaining weeknight men's basketball games: Dec. 22, Jan. 4, Jan. 26 and Feb. 16. If you are likely to be on the bus heading back to your car after…

Flu season is here: ‘Masks On’ policy now in place

December 20, 2016

Flu season has arrived at UMHS — and so has the mandatory “Masks On” requirement. Any employee who has not yet received the flu vaccination must wear a mask in all…

Compliance reminder: Don’t accept holiday gifts from vendors and patients

December 20, 2016

The Health System Compliance Office is reminding all health system faculty and staff that gifts from vendors may not be accepted. Gifts of nominal value and perishable gifts (like cookies, candy, etc.) from patients or patient family members may be accepted, but should be shared with all personnel in your area or unit. Click here for frequently asked questions about gifts from vendors, patients and their family members.

Funding opportunity for traumatic brain injury research

December 19, 2016

The Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care — or MCIRCC — will host its third Grand Challenge, thanks to the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation.The 2017 Massey TBI Grand Challenge will fund integrated science teams that can develop and deliver innovative solutions to improve patient outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI.Up to $600,000 is available to fund the development of diagnostic, device, therapeutic or health IT solutions that address the initial "golden hours" of care after severe TBI (generally the first 48 hours). Treatment administered during this critical timeframe can determine patient survival and have a significant effect…

MHealthy Loyalty Punch Card continues into 2017

December 19, 2016

Due to its success, the MHealthy Loyalty Punch Card program has been extended into 2017 and will continue indefinitely! If you haven’t already, make sure to pick up your card at select…

Brrrring it on!

December 19, 2016

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the coldest time of the year. And as the weather remains bitterly frigid as we close in on…

When to refer a patient to a Financial Counselor

December 19, 2016

Any time a patient wants to pay 100% in full for an item or service and asks not to submit a bill to his or her insurance, immediately refer the patient to a Patient Financial Counselor (PFC). Email: PFC-counselors@med.umich.edu Phone: 734-232-2621 (local) or 877-326-9155 (toll free) Due to an expanded patient right under HIPAA, health care providers are required to restrict disclosure to a patient’s health plan if the patient asks that the provider not bill insurance for an item or service and the patient agrees to and does pay 100% in full for that item or service. A patient may…