Wellness/Disease Management

  • 20 characteristics of successful worksite wellness programs, Part 2

    October 28, 2014

    Successful wellness programs share common characteristics, including health being promoted as a core business value, senior leadership involvement and the use of grassroots wellness champions.

  • 20 characteristics of successful worksite wellness programs, Part 1

    October 27, 2014

    Benefit managers are well aware of the challenges associated with implementing a workplace wellness program – low participation, employee engagement and communication and C-suite resistance, to name just a few. But successful programs share common characteristics.

  • Is your wellness math better than a fifth grader's?

    October 23, 2014

    The Validation Institute certifies individuals as competent to review, analyze, and produce health program measures. Given the high stakes – millions of dollars in savings – it’s comforting that not just any 11-year-old could pass.

  • 4 elements of a well-designed wellness program

    October 20, 2014

    Commentary: Employers and advisers that embrace the full concept of wellness by implementing programs with these four elements have the ability to improve the physical health of employees and put corporate productivity and profitability back in the black.

  • 5 reasons wearable wellness is here to stay

    October 16, 2014

    Whether it’s Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Apple Watch or even Google Glass, consumer demand for wearable technology is at an all-time high. Amy McDonough, Fitbit’s director of wellness, shares five reasons wearable fitness technology is not just a fad and what each trend means for employers and employees.

  • 8 flu shot myths debunked

    October 10, 2014

    A study conducted by the Trust for America’s Health found that one in five Americans (62 million) get the flu each year. Despite the numbers, fewer than half of Americans (45%) got a flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season.

  • The ‘secret potential’ of biometrics

    PODCAST | October 10, 2014

    Looking only at wellness program participation rates misses the big picture and limits the effectiveness of an organization’s plan, says Healthentic’s Sean Gallivan. Listen in as he shares how advisers should be directing their clients to take advantage of biometric screenings.

  • How the ACA is shaping outcomes-based wellness

    October 9, 2014

    With an endorsement from the Affordable Care Act, outcomes-based wellness programs are gaining popularity. In the process, the way employers incentivize participation is changing in step with evolving user-friendly technologies.

  • Managing the cost challenges of specialty drugs

    October 6, 2014

    Employing a proactive strategy to address the explosive costs of specialty medications can serve the patients who need those specialized meds, with an unbelievable 63% increase in costs expected in the next two years.

  • How to make the most of your narrow network

    October 6, 2014

    Narrow networks of health care providers offer new ways for employers and health plans to control the costs of care. But many of these networks are being constructed without regard to the value they deliver, says Scott Wallace, visiting professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.

  • The components that will make or break a wellness plan

    October 1, 2014

    All comprehensive wellness platforms should consist of four core programs — wellness, disease management, EAP and work life components — says Yale Mallinger of wellness company HMC-HealthWorks, but it’s what makes up those components that counts.

  • Online tool removes need for pharmacy RFPs

    September 26, 2014

    A new self-service tool for employers and brokers aims to make the RFP process for pharmacy benefit plans a little easier.

  • Satisfaction with pharmacy benefits hinges on flexibility

    September 25, 2014

    In an era when health care consumerism is being touted as a game-changer for employer-sponsored benefits, offering employees a variety of choices when it comes to how and where they fill their drug prescriptions is an important satisfaction driver.

  • NBGH launches absence, productivity benchmarking tool

    September 24, 2014

    The Employer Measures of Productivity, Absence and Quality program, originally launched in 2001, is getting a new life after a two-year pause thanks to the National Business Group on Health’s partnership with Truven Health Analytics.

  • American Benefits Council releases slew of regulatory recommendations in 2020 plan

    September 23, 2014

    The American Benefits Council has introduced its strategic plans for health and retirement policy, providing 46 specific regulatory recommendations for Congress to consider in easing the burdens on employees, employers and government agencies.

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