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Tobacco Testing Process for Employees Receiving Johns Hopkins Health Care Benefits
A component of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s five-year Strategic Plan is to actively support a healthy workforce, as outlined in the people priority. Last fall, participating entities of the Johns Hopkins Health System, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, implemented a voluntary tobacco testing program for employees who elect benefits through the various Johns Hopkins participating entities — EHP, CareFirst and Kaiser. This policy is directed toward Johns Hopkins Health System employees, not Johns Hopkins University employees. For further clarification about Johns Hopkins University benefits, please visit http://www.benefits.jhu.edu/resources/benefitscontacts.cfm.
As part of the open enrollment process for health care benefits, a Johns Hopkins Health System employee may voluntarily sign a consent form stating that they do not use tobacco products and agree to be tested for tobacco use. The employee will then be asked to breathe into a carbon monoxide (CO) machine which detects levels of carbon monoxide in the lungs. Those who take the test and pass will receive a $20 pay credit ($11.03 for Johns Hopkins Hospital represented employees) toward their health insurance premiums for 2018. Should an employee test positive on the carbon monoxide test, they will be allowed to take a second test, which is a saliva test. The saliva sample will be sent to LabCorp and results will be mailed to the employee within two to three weeks.
Log into the Interactive Health website to set up an appointment for your tobacco test. The log-in/passwords are below.
Tobacco cessation programs are available to those employees who are not able to test, but would like to quit tobacco use.
We recommend that employees try to attend on-site testing if offered at their location. Employees are welcome to test at any location offering tobacco testing. Those who miss on-site screening may go to LabCorp for voluntary urine screening to test for tobacco use. nicotine. The test is free to you and does not go through your insurance. The test is free to you and does not go through your insurance. You must go to the Interactive Health website (log-in/password below) to register, consent to testing and print out a LabCorp voucher.
For new hires who are interested in receiving the credit for 2017, you must go to LabCorp. Any LabCorp test after September 1, 2017 will count for credit toward the rest of 2017 (beginning the 1st of the month after testing) and will also count for 2018 – no need for testing twice. The sooner you go for testing; the sooner you will receive the credit. No retroactive credit will be provided.
Results will be sent to Interactive Health, and you will receive a letter in about two to three weeks with your results. You can contact Interactive Health directly with any questions about your results at 410-363-4948.
For Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, Johns Hopkins Bayview, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital employees, use the following log-in and password to access the site:
- Log-in: Hopkins
- Password: Tobacco
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital employees should use the following log-in and password:
- Log-in: Childrens
- Password: Tobacco
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