Wellness/Disease Management

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  • Critical illness voluntary benefits, mobile technology use expected to increase

    September 16, 2014

    As interest increases in employers offering voluntary benefits, a particularly large number of employers are beginning to add a more robust range of voluntary benefits to improve morale of existing employees and attract new talent.


  • Employers should consider boomer generation when forming retirement health plans

    September 15, 2014

    The impending post-retirement health costs of America’s baby boomers may still seem remote, but benefits managers would do well to help their older workers by working together to consider those potentially explosive concerns – and include them in a comprehensive employee health plan.


  • Employers continue to embrace wellness programs

    September 15, 2014

    A majority of employers, large and small, are embracing wellness programs as a means to improve employee health and, hopefully, cut rising health care costs.


  • Thrift savings plan targets retirement messages to younger generation

    September 11, 2014

    EBN’s annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits. In this four-part series, we highlight this year’s winners, including the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, winner of Best Use of Social Media.


  • Benefits professional of the year: Heather Vertrees

    September 11, 2014

    Heather Vertrees tunes up benefits at Fender Musical Instruments Corp. Her active role in a specialized wellness program for the company’s factory workers has earned her the Benefits Professional of the Year honor.


  • Shared responsibility for health key message of Robins & Morton campaign

    September 10, 2014

    EBN's annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits. In this four-part series, we highlight this year’s winners, including Robins & Morton, winner of Best Intranet/Employee Portal.


  • Does Apple's HealthKit signal the end of employer-based health insurance?

    September 10, 2014

    With the release of its new Apple Watch and Apple HealthKit app, the tech giant is literally putting health care in the hands of the consumer. What does this mean for employer-based health care management?


  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals promotes value of benefits, reduces enrollment confusion

    September 9, 2014

    EBN's annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits. In this four-part series, we highlight this year’s winners, including Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., winner of Best Print or Online Newsletter.


  • AECOM campaign educates employees on merits of CDHPs

    September 8, 2014

    EBN’s annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits, and are awarded in four categories: Best Overall Communications Campaign, Best Print or Online Employee Newsletter, Best Employee Intranet or Portal and Best Use of Social Media. In this four-part series, we highlight this year’s winners, starting with AECOM, i-COMM winner for Best Overall Communications Campaign.


  • 7 tips to prepare your workforce for flu season

    September 4, 2014

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 111 million workdays are lost because of seasonal influenza, costing employers approximately $7 billion annually in sick days and lost productivity.


  • Employer sued over wellness program

    August 28, 2014

    The case, EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, serves as a reminder for advisers and their employer clients, when putting together a wellness plan, to pay careful attention to how the EEOC defines liability.


  • 10 ways to design better wellness incentive programs

    August 14, 2014

    With the average wellness incentive reaching nearly $600 this year according to some estimates, it’s no wonder employers are looking to get more bang for their buck. The right incentive program depends on a host of factors and requires thoughtful consultation with your wellness vendor. Here are 10 best practices from Provant to guide the development of effective incentives.


  • Obesity's disease designation could trigger increased costs for employers

    August 1, 2014

    The AMA’s designation of obesity as a disease promises to gain more medical coverage for treatment options, but could cost your employer clients in the short-term.


  • Debunking the myths of health assessments with worksite wellness

    July 31, 2014

    Today’s best health assessments leverage sophisticated computer algorithms to identify individual health risk and measure motivation to change unhealthy behaviors. Across an employer population, health assessment aggregate data can inform the program choices for employer-based health management efforts. But not all health assessments are created equal. As health assessments gain broader use among not only employers but also health plans and in clinical settings, separating the myths from reality can help potential users focus on their true value. HealthFitness has identified several myths of health assessments and identified the best practices for worksite wellness.


  • Employers take to meditation as a perk in relaxing staff

    July 28, 2014

    Commentary: Meditation is not just some quirky, hippy philosophy; it is actually grounded in physiology. Some companies have taken these benefits so seriously that they have dedicated quiet rooms within the office so employees can meditate.



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