Be an Informed Healthcare Consumer

A new online tool is available to help members of the Brown community make informed decisions about healthcare.  Consumer Health Choices’ Choosing Wisely program was founded by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and is supported by 60 different medical societies.

Choosing Wisely offers topical articles and videos to help you make the most of your conversations with your doctor.  Knowing your options and asking the right questions can often result in more personalized care and can reduce unnecessary services. Check out this user friendly library to find more information on common tests, medications, procedures, and imaging.

Retirement Fund Changes Effective April 9, 2015

At the close of the financial markets on April 8, 2015 some retirement investment options will be removed from Brown's core fund choices.  Existing assets and future contributions will be mapped to the new core funds.  For details, please see the links below.

Fidelity Retirement Transition Guide

TIAA-Cref Retirement Transition Guide

Brown University Recognized for Work-Life Effectiveness

Brown University is a recipient of the WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress 2015 Seal of Distinction, for demonstrating leadership in workplace strategies that help employees achieve work-life balance.

The Seal of Distinction is awarded every year to organizations across the country. The overall strength of a company’s work-life portfolio is evaluated along with work-life programs, policies and practices in place within each of the seven categories of work-life effectiveness:

•    Caring for dependents
•    Health and wellness
•    Workplace flexibility
•    Financial support for economic security
•    Paid and unpaid time off
•    Community involvement
•    Transforming organizational culture

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island has provided the following information regarding the Anthem database breach:

Update: Anthem is working with AllClear ID, an identity protection provider, to offer 24 months of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services to current or former members of an affected Anthem plan or other independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan dating back to 2004. For more information go to the BCBSRI link below, scroll to the bottom off the page and click on the link,

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is aware of the Anthem Inc. cyber attack and we are diligently working to gather more information and understand the scope of this issue and how it might impact any of our members. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield System consists of 37 independently operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield member companies. BCBSRI and Anthem Inc. are separate and distinct companies, though through various collaborative agreements some information on members could have been affected.

Please go to the BCBSRI web site for additional information: 

Talk with a Doctor, Day or Night

Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island Members can Enroll in American Well.

There’s a faster, new way to see a licensed physician via video using American Well.  This new telehealth program offers:

  • 24-hour access, 7-days a week via mobile or web
  • No appointment necessary – connect right away
  • An ePrescription, if you need one*
  • Private and secure, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant (HIPAA-compliant)

Click here for more information and to learn how to get started.

* As appropriate in states where prescribing following a telehealth consultation is permitted.