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Tools for Managing Stress

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Access, Health and Wellness

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Stress can affect anyone. It’s your body’s natural reaction to overwhelming or dangerous situations, and can have negative effects on mental and physical health if left untreated. Life-stressors may include difficulties in personal relationships, struggles with caring for others, lack of a work/life balance, pressures from school, experiencing a major life event like divorce or illness, and financial insecurity or unemployment.

“Asking for help for stress, depression and anxiety, or supporting a loved one in getting care, is the first step toward improving mental wellness,” says Sutter Health Plus CEO Brian Fellner. “It’s critical that our members know they have access to services designed to treat the whole person.”

Mental and Behavioral Health Services
Mental health conditions are very common and very real. According to a recent report from Mental Health America, 18 percent of American adults have a mental health condition, yet less than half have received treatment. Sutter Health Plus partners with U.S. Behavioral Health Plan, California (USBHPC) to provide access to mental health, behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services.

Members can visit or call USBHPC at 855-202-0984 and self-refer to a participating licensed mental health provider for in-person office visits or to book a secure virtual visit with select providers. Virtual visits, where available, may be accessed through a desktop or mobile device from the comfort of a member’s home. Benefit information, stress management articles, self-assessment tools, informational videos and tips for improving mental wellness are also available on the Live and Work Well site.

Stress Management Coaching
Sutter Health Plus offers the Health Coaching Program to help with stress management at no additional out-of-pocket cost to members. The program provides customized life coaching to help effectively manage stress and achieve wellness goals. Members work one-on-one with a trained, personal health coach to uncover barriers to self-management, link behavior to personal values, and set goals to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Participation is easy. Coaching appointments are by telephone and the first call lasts no more than 20 minutes. The Sutter Health Plus Health and Wellness site also offers a self-enrolled online stress management assessment and customized action plan with interactive quizzes. This learning module teaches members to identify stressors and find coping techniques for controlling feelings during stressful situations. For more information about the Health Coaching Program, call 866-961-8513 or visit the Health and Wellness site through the Member Portal.

Stress Prevention
There are many ways help to reduce or prevent stress. Try carving out time for deep breathing, yoga or tai chi, putting on relaxing music, or going for a short walk. Whatever activity you find calming, make the time to do it daily for at least 15 minutes. Here are some other ways to boost mental wellness:

  • Get creative: Just 30 minutes of an artistic activity, like coloring or painting, is enough to reduce anxiety levels.
  • Take a digital detox: Take breaks from your devices at meals, during outings with family and friends, and at least a half hour before bedtime.
  • Meditate: Quiet mindfulness through meditation may help calm your body and clear away the information overload that contributes to stress.
  • Laugh often: Laughter can stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which may reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
  • Say no: Allow yourself to say no to obligations, projects and stressful situations, and don’t expect perfection from yourself or others.

For more information about mental and behavioral health benefits, members can consult their Evidence of Coverage and Disclosure Form found on the Member Portal.

Signing up for Mail Order Pharmacy

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Access, Innovation

Nearly one in four Sutter Health Plus member prescriptions filled are for maintenance drugs—prescriptions for ongoing conditions such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Members can skip the trip to the pharmacy to pick up maintenance drug prescriptions by signing up for mail order pharmacy through Express Scripts®.

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Fifteen Network Hospitals Honored for Reducing C-Section Births

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in News, Quality

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) recently recognized hospitals for reducing cesarean section (C-section) births for first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies.

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Sutter Health Plus Adds Dignity Health Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz County

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Access, Network, News

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital—Santa Cruz
Dignity Health Dominican Hospital—Santa Cruz

Today, Dignity Health, a healthcare provider system, and Sutter Health Plus announced the signing of agreements to add Dignity Health Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz to the Sutter Health Plus network effective Jan 1, 2020.

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Sutter Walk-In Care Opens in Yolo County

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Access, Community, Network

Sutter Health Plus members in Yolo County have a new option for same-day care for everyday illnesses and health needs—no appointment necessary. Sutter Walk-In Care is now open in Davis at 4647 Second St., Suite 130, near Target.

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A Member’s Journey to Health through Innovative Care

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Access, Digital Health, People

Jaime Sanchez (right) with his fiancé, Elise.

As a single father of four children, Jaime Sanchez admits he hasn’t always made his health a priority—or even checked in regularly with a doctor. Jaime, 40, works as a mechanic in Colma, CA, and between his job and his children, he never found the time to talk to a physician about his weight or concern he might have diabetes, something that runs in his family.

That all changed when Jaime’s employer, Serramonte Volkswagon, began offering Sutter Health Plus to employees. Jaime enrolled in Sutter Health Plus and selected Dr. Yumi DiAngi Taylor as his primary care physician (PCP).

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Accessing Care Away from Home

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in Access, Network

When planning a trip—for a business meeting, relaxation, an extreme adventure, or anything in between—the last thing anyone wants to worry about is what to do if they get sick or injured. It’s important to understand your health benefits and know how to access care away from home.

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