Wellness/Disease Management

  • How to make your clients’ corporate wellness programs work

    July 23, 2014

    Commentary: Here are some tips from blogger Jeff Hyman on how to ensure employers’ wellness programs are on track, including top-level buy-in and consistency.

  • American Heart Association’s wellness policy sells outdated science

    July 18, 2014

    Opinion: While some thought that expensive, broad-based health screening programs were a thing of the past, the AHA's policies may support practices that should have been abandoned long ago.

  • Senator calls for Social Security expansions, not cuts

    July 9, 2014

    Funding for Social Security Disability Insurance is set to run out by 2016, and if no further action from Congress is taken, SSDI recipients could see a 20% reduction in benefits.

  • Employers adjusting benefits spending habits to focus on health care

    July 3, 2014

    Employers are spending more money to keep their employees healthy, even if it means sacrificing other benefits.

  • 5 ways to make the most of your vacation time

    June 27, 2014

    We’ve heard of buyer’s remorse, but vacation remorse? A new survey suggests one-in-three senior managers said taking too little time off was the biggest mistake they made with their last vacation.

  • Intel, GE will check your wellness math

    June 26, 2014

    Wondering if your wellness program is delivering the goods or just delivering good profits to your vendor? Intel and GE’s joint venture Validation Institute will tell you. Think of it as a new sheriff in the wild west of wellness ROI, armed with science and a calculator.

  • Health care cost increases driven by specialty drugs, economy

    June 25, 2014

    A nearly 7% spike in health care costs in 2015 can be attributed to a revitalized economy, the modernization of health care technology and the drastic increase in specialty drug use.

  • Where do e-cigarettes fit into an ACA-compliant wellness program?

    June 24, 2014

    The ACA has increased incentives for employees to quit smoking, but employers are wondering where e-cigarettes fit into the equation.

  • Beyond physical wellness

    June 16, 2014

    Commentary: Blogger Sam Fleet submits that in order for a wellness initiative to be truly comprehensive, benefit advisers and their employer clients must look at other components of employees’ lives.

  • 6 wellness mistakes advisers can help employers avoid

    June 12, 2014

    More than 80% of employers with 50 or more employees offer wellness programs and more than two-thirds offer financial incentives to employees, yet many employers still say their wellness programs don’t work, according to Elizabeth Bierbower, president of Humana's employer group segment. Here are 6 mistakes she says employers often make with their wellness programs that advisers can help them avoid:

  • Small employers can shift wellness discussion

    June 12, 2014

    Virtually all large employers are committed to conventional wellness programs. Because of this market saturation, wellness vendors and their commercial partners, benefits consultants, are now setting their sights on smaller employers. These groups would do well to learn what hasn’t worked in wellness and avoid wellness programs built around health risk appraisals, biometrics, and preventive medical care.

  • How business can save America from health care

    June 9, 2014

    Commentary: One of America’s most enduring mysteries is why the organizations that pay for most health care don’t work together to force better value from the health care industry.

  • Commentary: Helping employees be better consumers for their health care benefits

    June 6, 2014

    Most people wouldn't buy a car without shopping around and doing some online research first. You’d think that people would show similar interest when shopping for health insurance.

  • Employers reluctant to use ACA wellness incentives

    June 6, 2014

    As employers face growing challenges with employee disengagement, many are looking toward wellness programs as the surest route to improve morale and workplace culture. And while the Affordable Care Act offers improved incentives to support workplace wellness programs, employers aren’t rushing to take advantage of them.

  • Top 3 sources of stress for employees and employers

    June 5, 2014

    More than two-thirds of Americans say that work is a major source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association. This is evidence enough that both employers and employees need to figure out what’s triggering the stress and find a solution. However, new research from Towers Watson indicates that employers and employees couldn't be any farther apart when reporting their top sources of stress.

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