NOTICE CONCERNING EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM
The Amedisys Wellness Program is a voluntary wellness program available to all employees who are enrolled in one of the Amedisys medical/prescription drug plans. The program is administered according to federal rules permitting employer-sponsored wellness programs that seek to improve employee health or prevent disease, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as applicable, among others. If you choose to participate in the wellness program, you will be asked to complete a voluntary Health Assessment or “HA,” that asks a series of questions about your health-related activities and behaviors and whether you have or had certain medical conditions (e.g., cancer, diabetes or heart disease). You will also be encouraged to complete a biometric screening, which will include a blood test. You are not required to complete the HA or to participate in the blood test or other medical examinations. However, employees who choose to participate in the wellness program by engaging in various wellness activities may receive a financial incentive and other rewards for making healthy choices.
Although you are not required to participate in the wellness program, only employees who engage in these activities and more will receive the rewards. If you are unable to participate in any of the health-related activities, you may be entitled to a Reasonable Accommodation or an alternative standard. You may request a Reasonable Accommodation or an alternative standard by contacting the Amedisys Benefits Center at 888-528-7066.
The information from your HA and the results from your biometric screening will be used to provide you with information to help you understand your current health and potential risks, and may also be used to offer you services through the wellness program. You also are encouraged to share your results or concerns with your own doctor.
PROTECTIONS FROM DISCLOSURE OF MEDICAL INFORMATION
We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your personally identifiable health information. Although the wellness program and Amedisys Holding, LLC (“Amedisys”) may use aggregate information it collects to design a program based on identified health risks in the workplace, the wellness program and the program’s third-party administrator will never disclose any of your personal information either publicly or to Amedisys, except as necessary to respond to a request from you for a reasonable accommodation needed to participate in the wellness program, or as expressly permitted by law. Medical information that personally identifies you that is provided in connection with the wellness program will not be provided to your supervisors or managers and may never be used to make decisions regarding your employment.
Your health information will not be sold, exchanged, transferred or otherwise disclosed except to the extent permitted by law to carry out specific activities related to the wellness program, and you will not be asked or required to waive the confidentiality of your health information as a condition of participating in the wellness program or receiving a reward. Anyone who receives your information for purposes of providing you services as part of the wellness program will abide by the same confidentiality requirements.
In addition, all medical information obtained through the wellness program will be maintained separate from your personnel records, information stored electronically will be encrypted, and no information you provide as part of the wellness program will be used in making any employment decision. Appropriate precautions will be taken to avoid any data breach, and in the event a data breach occurs involving information you provide in connection with the wellness program, we will notify you immediately.
You may not be discriminated against in employment because of the medical information you provide as part of participating in the wellness program, nor may you be subjected to retaliation if you choose not to participate. If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or about protections against discrimination and retaliation, please contact the Amedisys Benefits Center at 888-528-7066.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW YOU MAY OBTAIN A COPY OF THE PLAN’S NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES, WHICH DESCRIBES THE WAYS THAT THE PLAN USES AND DISCLOSES YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION.
Amedisys Employees Welfare Benefit Plan (the “Plan”) provides health benefits to eligible employees of Amedisys Holding, LLC (the “Company”) and their eligible dependents as described in the summary plan description(s) for the Plan. The Plan creates, receives, uses, maintains and discloses health information about participating employees and dependents in the course of providing these health benefits. The Plan is required by law to provide notice to participants of the Plan’s duties and privacy practices with respect to covered individuals’ protected health information and has done so by providing to Plan participants a Notice of Privacy Practices, which describes the ways that the Plan uses and discloses protected health information. You can access the Plan’s Notice of Privacy Practices online at amedisys.com/benefits. To receive a paper copy of the Plan’s Notice of Privacy Practices, you should call the Amedisys Benefits Center at 888-528-7066 or submit an HR Total Rewards Benefits request at helpdesk.amedisys.com.