Wellness/Disease Management

  • 5 cost-saving tactics for ACA compliance

    April 17, 2014

    Complying with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules could add up for employers. Here are five strategies to recommend to your clients today, according to consulting firm Mercer. [Photos: ThinkStock]

  • Why sleep is crucial to any wellness plan

    April 15, 2014

    It’s no surprise Americans are tired. That’s why benefit advisers working with employers to build a wellness program should not ignore sleep solutions.

  • Getting beyond wellness mythology

    April 14, 2014

    Many wellness models are based on mythology. Myths like all plans should have disease management, or everyone needs to work on heart disease prevention. How to get past the noise and on to effective interventions? Look closely at your own group – its people, its illnesses, and its work environment.

  • 3 ingredients for a successful employee weight loss program

    April 10, 2014

    Everyone who has pursued a traditional employee weight loss program knows that results can be unpredictable. Usually, enough employees succeed in losing weight to give the program value. The problem is they often gain it back. While programs are going in the right direction, clearly there is room for improvement.

  • Selling wellness that works

    April 8, 2014

    Incentives or disincentives? Carrot or stick? The answer: it depends…

  • 6 questions employers should ask of wellness providers

    April 8, 2014

    Biometric screenings and health risk assessments are the foundation of many corporate wellness programs. But there can be additional costs associated with onsite biometric screening events – beyond the per employee price – that employers need to be aware of.
    Companies may make costly mistakes by not asking the right questions of their wellness providers, says Alan Kohll, founder and CEO of TotalWellness. He recommends employers ask the following six questions of onsite biometric screening providers:

  • 10 drugs to watch

    March 25, 2014

    Overall spending on traditional prescription drugs -- mostly pills used to treat common conditions such as high cholesterol and depression -- will decline 4% by the end of 2015, largely because of the availability of generic medications, according Express Scripts. Here are 10 of the top brand-name drugs that had generic equivalents become available in 2013 or are expected to have generics available this year, courtesy of Express Scripts.

  • A culture of health creates competitive advantage

    March 23, 2014

    Employees in organizations with strong cultures of health spend more time working, work more carefully and concentrate better than employees at other organizations, according to research by the Integrated Benefits Institute.

  • Mobile for the masses

    March 20, 2014

    Technology company Cerner lowers its health care costs through personalized mobile messaging.

  • 12 tips to reduce workplace stress now

    March 20, 2014

    Many Americans feel tired, stressed and overburdened by their high-intensity, fast-paced workplace. Author, lecturer and motivation coach Andy Core offers tips on how to beat the stress, stop struggling and start thriving. He says, “Instead of a worker whose actions are dictated by supervisors and to-do lists, you’ll need to begin acting like the CEO of your own life.”

  • 3 hidden effects of workplace depression

    March 19, 2014

    At any given time in the United States, an estimated 1 in 10 adults report symptoms that would qualify for a depression diagnosis. For benefits professionals, navigating employee mental health can be tricky. Not all symptoms are noticeable, but a few hidden indicators can hinder overall productivity.

  • Do workplace smoking bans apply to e-cigarettes?

    March 6, 2014

    The move by Los Angeles City Council this week to ban electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces in the city leaves employers grappling with the issue of whether to develop policies to regulate their use in the workplace.

  • Meditation at work can improve focus, lower stress

    March 5, 2014

    A new trend in employee coaching and assistance programs applies the principles of neuroscience to help employees reduce stress, quit smoking and become more focused and productive.

  • 5 ways to drive healthy behavior change virtually

    March 4, 2014

    Employees have access to thousands of apps covering health and wellness on their mobile device. Employers and wellness vendors can offer workers hi-tech ways to track their physical activity, promote healthy eating and inspire wellness at work. Here are five mobile apps and outreach ideas to get employees moving and engaged in your wellness program.

  • Look beyond health care financing to workforce health

    February 26, 2014

    However employers’ decisions have been determined by the Affordable Care Act, the reasons to continue investing in employee health and productivity remain.

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