Vol 7. Issue 18 / June 4, 2007

In Brief

Ardem Patapoutian to Speak in Faculty Lecture Series
Associate Professor Ardem Patapoutian will speak on "The Fifth Sense: The Chemistry and Biology of Temperature and Pain Detection" Wednesday, June 13 as part of the Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at 5 PM in the Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Clinic, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla.

Benefits Seminar: "Keeping Your Investment Strategy on Track"
Benefits Administration is pleased to have Fidelity Investments on the California campus to present a seminar, "Keeping Your Investment Strategy on Track," on Thursday, June 7 from noon to 1 PM. There will be some discussion about the market and about some of the economic factors that affect it, so you should have a good understanding of investment concepts.

The goal of this workshop is to educate you on how to actively review, evaluate, and manage your portfolio on an ongoing basis, with confidence and foresight. During this workshop, you will be shown how to evaluate your retirement savings plan account and how to rebalance it when necessary.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Assess the appropriateness of your current investment mix,

  • Evaluate your plan's investment options,

  • Estimate if you are saving enough,

  • Rebalance your investment mix to stay in line with your savings goals.

This informative presentation will be held in the Human Resources Training Room, 3377 N. Torrey Pines Ct., Room 205. No R.S.V.P. required.

Look for New Health Plan Cards
The Scripps Research medical network provider, First Health Network, recently changed its payor ID number in compliance with the National Provider Identifier Rule effective May 23, 2007. The purpose of the National Provider Identifier (NPI) is to have one identifier replace the various identifiers used by Medicare, Medicaid, and other large payors such as health plans. The new NPI ID number is meant to improve the electronic processing of medical claims while continuing to protect private health information.

As a result, all health plan participants will receive updated health plan ID cards from Caremark reflecting the new payor number the week of May 28. The card will be mailed to the home address on file in the Human Resources Department. If you do not receive a new ID card by the end of June, you can request a replacement card by contacting Caremark directly at 800-966-5772. Please be sure to present the new ID card to all of your health care providers so that they can update their records with the new information for submitting claims.

If you have any questions, please contact Benefits, at x4-8487 or benefits@scripps.edu.

Upcoming Onsite Clinics
On Monday, June 11, Wednesday, June 13, and Friday, June 15, personnel from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group will be onsite to conduct TB screenings, hepatitis B immunizations, serum draws, and tetanus immunizations.

The clinics will be conducted in the 3366 Building, in Room 325, on the third floor, from 11 AM to 2 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

No appointments are necessary. TB screening requires a 48 to 72 hour follow-up. Individuals receiving the TB screen on Monday will need to return on Wednesday, and individuals screened on Wednesday will need to return on Friday. Initiation of the TB screening process will not be available on Friday, but hepatitis B immunization, serum draws, and tetanus immunizations will be. To learn more about these programs, see the Environmental Health & Safety Occupational Medicine web page.


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