Wellness/Disease Management

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  • 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.


  • 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  • American Heart Association’s wellness policy sells outdated science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:



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