Whether its Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Apple Watch or even Google Glass, consumer demand for wearable technology is at an all-time high. Amy McDonough, Fitbits director of wellness, shares five reasons wearable fitness technology is not just a fad and what each trend means for employers and employees.
A study conducted by the Trust for Americas 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.
Looking only at wellness program participation rates misses the big picture and limits the effectiveness of an organizations plan, says Healthentics Sean Gallivan. Listen in as he shares how advisers should be directing their clients to take advantage of biometric screenings.
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.
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.
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 Dartmouths Geisel School of Medicine.
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 its what makes up those components that counts.
A new self-service tool for employers and brokers aims to make the RFP process for pharmacy benefit plans a little easier.
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.
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 Healths partnership with Truven Health Analytics.
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.
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.
The impending post-retirement health costs of Americas 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.
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.
EBNs annual i-COMM Awards recognize the best in internal communication of benefits. In this four-part series, we highlight this years winners, including the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, winner of Best Use of Social Media.