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September 16, 2010

Pitt Benefits


2010 Walking Campaign –

“Football Footsteps”

For the past few years, a walking campaign has been promoted as part of the Fitness for Life Program.  During 2009, walkers participated in the “Reach the Beach” campaign. For 2010, the theme is “Football Footsteps.” Working with the Department of Athletics and the Department of Health and Physical Activity, the Benefits Department is supporting this activity to promote health, earn a chance to win some great prizes and support the University’s football program.

All faculty and staff members along with their spouses/ domestic partners are eligible to participate in this six-week walking/exercise challenge. Features of the program include the ability to:

Log your weekly physical activity minutes or steps (new).

Earn points for your logged minutes or steps to virtually “walk” to each opponent’s campus.

Participate individually or as part of a team.

Engage in health coaching through UPMC Health Plan.

Receive weekly tips on nutrition and physical activity.

To register for the “Football Footsteps” challenge:

1. Log in to your Fitness for Life Account at:

2. From your account page you will see a section titled “Initiative Enrollment.”

3. Select “Football Footsteps” and click the “Enroll in This Challenge” button.


This year all participants will have a chance to win random prizes, such as tickets for home games, T-shirts and autographed footballs, just for logging their weekly physical activity minutes or steps! Tickets to the Pitt vs. West Virginia football game will be the grand prize!

football footsteps

For more information about the Football Footsteps Walking Campaign, visit: and click on “Fitness for Life Initiatives/Incentives” for details.

Flu Shot Clinics

The Benefits Department once again is working closely with Falk Pharmacy and UPMC Health Plan to sponsor flu shot clinics in Oakland as well as on the regional campuses.

Arrangements have been finalized in Oakland. The clinics are listed below:

flu shot

Falk Pharmacy will also offer flu shots on each Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am – 3 pm September through December.

Similar arrangements are being made for the regional campuses that may involve local providers.

Faculty and staff enrolled in UPMC Health Plan coverage can obtain a flu shot on campus with no out-of-pocket cost involved and no paperwork to complete. At the clinic, members must present their current UPMC Health Plan insurance card. Falk Pharmacy has arranged to bill UPMC Health Plan directly for all eligible members. In addition to faculty and staff members, students with UPMC Health Plan insurance also are eligible for this benefit.

Members also may visit a participating provider who offers flu shots. Additionally, UPMC Health Plan will be sending a letter to members with an enclosed flu shot reimbursement form if they wish to attend a clinic elsewhere. In this situation, the member will need to pay for the flu shot at the time of service and file a claim for reimbursement.

Flexible Spending Accounts

After two months of operation with UPMC Health Plan as the new third-party administrator for flexible spending accounts, there are several updates and progress notes.

Most notable, the use of the paperless debit or stored-value card transactions has increased from 60% to 90%. This means that only 10% of the claims are being filed online or manually.

In total, approximately $6.5 million is deferred into a spending account. As an indication of activity, there were 6,400 debit card transactions in August. The usage is as follows:

Pharmacy:  55%

Medical:  31%

Dental: 6%

Vision: 6%

Chiropractor: 2%

UPMC Health Plan is required by the Internal Revenue Code to obtain documentation substantiating that each submitted claim is eligible for reimbursement. As a result, the language on the Request for Receipts Statement indicates that reimbursements will result in tax consequences if they are not substantiated. The Benefits Department now is working with our dental and vision providers to submit claims data to UPMC Health Plan. The data will be used to substantiate dental and vision claims, thus reducing or eliminating the need for members to supply any documentation.  This effort should be completed within the next 30-45 days.

On a related matter, under provisions of the new health care reform legislation,  effective January 1, 2011, over-the-counter medicine will no longer be eligible for reimbursement from a flexible spending account.

Important Vendor Contact Information

Benefits Department

Office hours: 8 am-5 pm EST

200B Craig Hall

412-624-8160 (Main Line) • 412-624-3485 (Fax)

Please visit our web site for FAQs, downloadable forms and other benefits information.


UPMC Health Plan

1-888-499-6885  •


United Concordia

1-877-215-3616   •


Davis Vision

1-800-999-5431 •



1-800-842-2776    •


1-800-523-1188    •

Flexible Spending Accounts







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