Graduate Medical Education House Staff Resources
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Benefit Program Highlights for House Officers (2016-2017)
...an overview of the benefit programs and services designed to help support you as a member of the BIDMC community
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers a broad-based benefits program, with choice and flexibility to meet diverse needs. The benefits summarized here are available to House Officers who are in budgeted positions and regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Benefits become effective within the first month of your employment.
Medical Insurance: Through Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, you can select from the following health plans: BIDMC Select Plan, BIDMC Choice Plan or a PPO plan. Both the Select and the Choice Plan are Tiered options, with providers and hospitals placed into Tiers based on the cost of services. The BIDMC Select Plan offers two Tiers and the BIDMC Choice Plan offers four Tiers. For more information regarding health plan coverage and Tiered providers, please visit www.harvardpilgrim.org/BIDMC.
When you elect one of the BIDMC health plans, you are automatically enrolled in prescription drug coverage administered by Caremark. The Medical Center contributes about 80% of the cost of medical coverage for full time employees; your share of the cost is pre-tax.
Dental Coverage: Through Delta Dental, you can select from the following dental plans: Dental Plus Plan or Dental Value Plan. Both provide 100% preventive care with varied levels of coverage reflective of the plan cost. This is a pre-tax, employee-paid plan.
Vision: Through the EyeMed Vision Plan, you have coverage for your eye wear materials: frames and lenses, including contact lenses. (Eye exams are covered through the medical plans.) This is a pre-tax, employee-paid plan.
Note: You may enroll your spouse or same-sex domestic partner (if you live outside of a state that recognizes same-sex marriage--currently only RI), and your dependent children, for medical, dental and vision coverage.
Flexible Spending Accounts : You may set aside money, pre-tax, to pay for certain out-of-pocket medical care and dependent day care expenses with tax-free dollars. You choose how much to contribute to one or both accounts, up to the annual plan maximums ($2,500 for medical and $5,000 for dependent care). You may also choose to participate in a Commuter Services FSA to set aside up to $250 per month of pre-tax dollars for commuter parking expenses.
Basic Group Life Insurance: BIDMC provides basic group term life insurance coverage in the amount of one times your annual base pay.
Supplemental and Dependent Life Insurance: You may purchase additional life insurance for yourself, from ½ up to five times your annual base pay (in ½ pay increments). You may also purchase life insurance coverage for your spouse and dependent children. For your spouse, you may purchase $10,000, $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000; for your children, $10,000 per child.
HIV Supplemental Benefit Plan: This plan, fully paid by BIDMC, provides financial assistance and other services if you become HIV positive as the result of a work-related incident.
Voluntary 401(k) and 403(b) Savings Plans: You may save pre-tax money for your retirement through the Medical Center’s 401(k) and/or 403(b) savings plans. You choose where to direct your 401(k) and/or 403(b) contributions from a wide range of funds offered by Fidelity Investments. (Note: There are no Medical Center matching contributions to your account.)
There's more! You may also:
- Enroll for ARAG Group Legal and Financial Advisory Plan and/or Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance;
- Get help with commuting expenses through Commuter Services;
- Take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program for confidential counseling for you and your family members seeking professional guidance with personal or work-related problems;
- Utilize Parents in a Pinch for back-up child and elder care services;
- Join a credit union--Alpha Credit Union or MAFCU Credit Union; and
- Apply for direct deposit of your paycheck.
Questions? Contact the Benefits Office at (617) 632-9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Highlights of the Disability Insurance Plans for ACGME House Staff
Eligibility: House staff members in ACGME accredited programs are eligible for Short- and Long-Term Disability Plans on your first day of training at BIDMC.
Enrollment: Enrollment is automatic.
Cost: There is no cost to you; the full cost of these plans is paid by BIDMC.
Note: You have the opportunity to purchase additional Long-Term Disability coverage if you wish, as described below.
Short Term Disability: Employees in ACMGE accredited program are automatically enrolled in the Trainee Short Term Disability (STD) Plan at no cost on your first day of training.
Employees in ACMGE accredited program are automatically enrolled in the Trainee Short Term Disability (STD) Plan at no cost on your first day of training.
Generally, the plan will pay 100% of your regular base pay for weeks 1 to 8 and 60% of your regular base pay for weeks 9 to 26 if you are out of work and unable to perform all the duties of your job due to a non-work related illness or injury.
For maternity leave, this is a salary continuation policy and would provide you with compensation as outlined above for 12 weeks.
Employees in a non-ACGME programs will have the opportunity to purchase a Short Term Disability benefit through post-tax deductions.
Long-Term Disability (LTD): Full-time employees in ACGME accredited programs are automatically enrolled for LTD insurance. If you are totally disabled and out of work for six or more months, the plan provides 50% of monthly pay up to $7,500 per month. Generally, benefits are payable to age 65. You may buy up to a 60% LTD benefit if you wish.
Full-time employees in ACGME accredited programs are automatically enrolled for LTD insurance. If you are totally disabled and out of work for six or more months, the plan provides 50% of monthly pay up to $7,500 per month. Generally, benefits are payable to age 65. You may buy up to a 60% LTD benefit if you wish.
Employees in a non-ACGME programs will have the opportunity to purchase a Long Term Disability benefit through post-tax deductions.
Applying for Benefits:
If you become disabled and are unable to work, please contact:
- Your Program Director or Chief, and
- The Benefits Office (617) 632-9400.
The Benefits Office will explain the process and give you any necessary forms to complete to apply for STD and/or LTD benefits.
Other Plan Information:
Generally, STD and LTD plan benefits are not payable for disabilities resulting from any act of war, self-inflicted injuries, participation in a riot, committing (or attempting to commit) an indictable offense or injury on the job.
For complete details and answers to your questions, contact the Benefits Office (617) 632-9400 or email@example.com
This is a summary only. Official plan documents govern plan provisions and payment of plan benefits. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reserves the right to amend, change or terminate its benefit plan at any time, in its sole discretion.
The Program for House Staff Well-Being was established to meet some of the needs of house staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It does so by providing psychiatric assistance to help deal with any emotional difficulty you may experience, whatever the nature of the problem or degree of seriousness.
Confidential assessment, evaluation, and referral for psychiatric service is available. If you would like more information about this program, please phone Dr. Michael Kahn at 617-667-8322 or via page ID 92020. Dr. Kahn will meet with you and will direct your care as appropriate.
Seeking help can be difficult, especially in the competitive atmosphere of a medical education setting. Our hope is that it will not be necessary for you to use this program, but we want you to know that help is available if the need arises.
From their very beginnings, both Beth Israel and Deaconess hospitals reached out to welcome practitioners and patients who were excluded from other medical facilities. That legacy of inclusion continues today with BIDMC's commitment to diversity and to providing exceptional care that reaches out to all members of our community. Not only do our patients come from many countries, speaking more than 30 languages, our employees and providers also represent many different cultures and lifestyles. The medical center is committed to providing a nurturing and safe environment for all who work and receive care here. We believe that our diversity is our strength, enriching all of us, and we offer many activities to celebrate this diversity.
To learn more about our cultural competence initiative (the effort to provide care that recognizes and responds to differences in cultures), or how to become involved in our multicultural celebrations, please contact our Community Initiatives office at 617-667-2602.
Additionally, the Harvard Office of Work and Family (OWF) provides information, resources, referrals, educational programs and support to those combining work lives with family concerns. The OWF serves the faculty, staff, post docs, and students of Harvard Medical and Dental Schools, Harvard School of Public Health and the participating affiliated institutions as an expression of the medical community's commitment to helping families balance their work lives with the important job of caring for their children, their aging parents and their own personal lives. Whether you're looking for child care centers, family child care, after school programs, summer camps, in-home child care providers or information about public or private schools, the Harvard Office of Work and Family can provide you with the resources you need to find the situation that works best for your family.
The Harvard Office of Work and Family is located at 164 Longwood Avenue, Room 106, Boston, MA 02115. Please call in advance to make an appointment, phone 617 432-1615 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who may use a BIDMC on-call room
BIDMC Physicians (Residents and Attendings) and staff who need to stay overnight or sleep during the day because of fatigue from call duty may use an on-call room. In certain circumstances, use of on-call rooms is permitted between shifts when it is not feasible to go home and return for the next scheduled shift.
BIDMC Administration reserves the right to use on-call rooms for other purposes in emergencies. (e.g., snow storms)
Room information and reservation instructions
Call rooms are located on both the east campus and west campus. On the east, rooms are primarily located on Rabb 4 with additional located on Stoneman 4 and Finard 4 (for ICU residents only). On the west, rooms are primarily located on Palmer 2 and 3 with ICU rooms on Rosenberg Building 5, 6, and 7. All rooms are similar in furniture and layout. All rooms have one or two single beds, night stand, desk, telephone, and appropriate lighting. East campus rooms are equipped with computer work stations. On the west campus, work stations, telephones and fax machines are located in a common area on Palmer 2 and 3. Shower and restroom facilities are located on each floor close to room clusters as is a linen cart with additional sheets, towels, etc.
Room reservations are good for one day/night only on the day/night the request is made. Multiple day/night requests or future requests will not be accepted. ICU Residents and Attendings are designated as private room eligible. ICU Resident or Attending status must be communicated to the reservation desk attendant at time of reservation so that proper room assignments can be made. All other call room users will be assigned a room out of the general pool. Rooms will first be assigned as singles, unless otherwise requested. When demand exceeds the number of rooms available, the rooms will be set up for double occupancy. Double occupancy rooms will be assigned by gender.
You may reserve a room by phone or in person.
To reserve by phone: call the on-call room voicemail at (75)4-3339 and leave the requested information (your name, department, campus location, etc...) Voicemail reservations are accepted until 7:30pm.
To reserve in person either an East Campus or West Campus room you may visit:
West Campus, Rosenberg Building, Information Desk between 7:30am - 8:00pm; or
West Campus, Farr Building, 1st floor, Public Safety Dispatch between 8:00pm - 7:30am.
To reserve in person an East Campus room you may visit:
East Campus, Feldberg Building Lobby, Information Desk which is staffed 24hrs/day every day.
Check in Time: 4:00pm*
Key cards can be picked up at any time at the above listed locations, during the listed times. Cards will not become active until 4:00pm unless special arrangements for daytime use have been approved. Hospital identification must be provided when picking up keys cards. Key cards will only be issued to the individual using the room.
Check out Time: 9:00am*
You must take all of your possession with you at check out. Any personal items left in the room after check out will be moved to lost and found. Key card drop boxes are located on each floor. To check out, simply drop the key card into one of the nearby drop boxes or return it to any Information Desk.
*Requests to change check in or check out times are handled on a case by case basis.
Each Saturday, Sunday and Premium holidays, (see holiday schedule) Palmer 211 (West) and Rabb 451 (East) are converted into food service rooms. Each room is open from 7pm-9pm when our cafeterias are closed. Items offered are salads, assorted sandwiches, as well a variety of beverages. Access to these rooms is by request and via key cards which are available on the East Campus at the Feldberg Building Lobby any time and on the West Campus at the Rosenberg Building Information Desk until 8pm or after 8pm at the Public Safety office - West Campus, Farr Building 1st floor.
Lost & Found
Any personal items left in an on-call room after check-out will be placed in the Lost and Found area that is located on each floor. All items not claimed within 45 days will be discarded.
Trainees may contact their chief resident with any questions or concerns regarding on-call resources. Questions on how to use the key card, room location or other basic information may be directed to the Information Desk attendant where you obtained your key card.
For emergencies/security issues please contact Public Safety at 2-9111.
Other questions/concerns regarding hotel service may be directed to David Clough via e-mail or at 7-2258.
BIDMC recognizes the importance of supporting all ACGME residents and fellows to get home safely after working their hospital shift. The hospital has in place a taxi voucher program which trainees may utilize. BIDMC ACGME residents and fellows are eligible to receive a taxi voucher for Boston Cab Company if:
- s/he has worked an extended shift and feels it is unsafe for you to drive home;
- a shift has required the trainee to leave the hospital during off hours or when it is unsafe to walk home.
BIDMC residents and fellows may access the taxi voucher policy and form via the BIDMC Portal.
However, it is not just about limiting duty hours. Trainees and faculty members must recognize the signs of fatigue and understand the importance of adequate rest. The material below provides an overview of the ACGME duty hour requirement and presents data to show the impact of sleep deprivation on trainees.
Sleep and Fatigue: Impact on Medical Trainees (Powerpoint)
Impairment in the workplace can have serious consequences - not only for the individuals who may be impaired but also for patients and other employees. BIDMC offers services, such as the Program for House Staff Well-Being, to help our trainees during their residencies and fellowships.
You may also find support via the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services (PHS). PHS is a non-profit entity that provides confidential consultation and support to physicians, residents and medical students facing health concerns. You may contact PHS at 781-434-7404 or toll free at 800-322-2303. For more information you may also visit their website at: http://www.massmed.org/phs.
Please register for advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) classes by emailing email@example.com with your name, department, and indicate if PGY Year and Program. Please register at least 2-3 months in advance as classes fill very quickly. Registrations are accepted first come first serve and there are 25 people per class. Please see our scheduled calendar (through the Events Educational Calendaron the portal or on our ECC Website) for details.
Coordinator: Bridgid Jopseh, ECC Clinical Nurse Specialist
Register with name, unit and date of class. Cards are required for all ACLS classes . ACLS cards are $6.00/BLS Cards at $5.00 - Please bring a check payable to BIDMC or cash to class. Cards will be mailed 3-4 weeks after class.
Roadmap for New Physicians: Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse
An important report from Health & Human Services' Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
OIG has developed a Roadmap for New Physicians: Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse . The Roadmap summarizes the five main Federal fraud and abuse laws (the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, the Exclusion Statute, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law) and provides tips on how physicians should comply with these laws in their relationships with payers (like the Medicare and Medicaid programs), relationships with vendors (like drug, biologic, and medical device companies), and relationships with fellow providers (like hospitals, nursing homes, and physician colleagues).
The Roadmap is available at http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/PhysicianEducation. Note that the web link provides additional resources, such as a companion slideshow and speaker notes.
For more information, please contact: