Wellness/Disease Management

  • Employers’ corporate wellness incentives climb to new heights: survey

    February 20, 2014

    With a reported 15% increase in wellness incentive spending within their health care plans, corporate employers have their sights set on improving their workforce’s overall health in 2014 through wellness programs for both employees and their significant others, according to a new survey from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health.

  • Study: Drug copayments and co-insurance fees up under ACA

    February 14, 2014

    Copayments and co-insurance fees have increased on average 34% compared with those of the pre-Affordable Care Act individual insurance market, according to the results of a new HealthPocket study released Thursday.

  • Why wellness programs alone won’t deliver employee weight loss

    February 11, 2014

    The short-term motivators and health advice typical of wellness programs provide general benefits across an employee population, but people needing sustained weight loss require concentrated behavior change assistance specific to their condition.

  • CVS drops tobacco sales to focus on health-care role

    February 6, 2014

    By ending the sale of tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies, CVS Caremark Corp. is redefining itself as a health-care provider in an environment in which millions of newly insured Americans will be looking for quick and convenient medical care.

  • Workplace wellness in the new age of the ACA

    January 2, 2014

    With all the implications that the Affordable Care Act has on employer’s health insurance obligations, it’s easy to overlook its effects on workplace wellness programs. Yet these programs are very much affected by Obamacare.

  • Benefits brokerage practices what it preaches

    January 2, 2014

    The strength of a business relies on its bottom line, and it takes a productive and engaged workforce to help meet those financial goals, particularly for a client-focused organization, such as EPIC, an employee benefits brokerage firm in Petaluma, Calif. With this in mind, EPIC has implemented a wellness program to improve its employees’ health and has watched it grow and positively influence employees’ lives.

  • 6 health care trends for 2014

    December 18, 2013

    2013 was a pinnacle year in health care with the opening of the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges. But what can we expect in 2014? EBA spoke with experts across the spectrum to find out. [Photos: Fotolia]

  • The integration of finances into wellness programs

    November 19, 2013

    Wellness is not just about fitness or smoking cessation anymore.

  • Think beyond wellness ROI

    November 19, 2013

    Smoking cessation programs offer insight to the real issues affecting health contingent programs.

  • New cholesterol drug guidelines may double U.S. users

    November 13, 2013

    Statins will be recommended for almost 33 million Americans, about twice the number under previous guidelines. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, accounting for 1 in 4 U.S. deaths.

  • Survey: Employees still under-informed on ACA, wellness

    November 8, 2013

    Nearly one in five doesn't even know if their company has a wellness program. Are your workers entirely ignorant of your offerings?

  • Making wellness work

    October 29, 2013

    Brokers need to start communication earlier to implement a successful outcomes-based plan.

  • Help clients get their money’s worth

    October 29, 2013

    A good communications strategy can help your clients get the most from their benefits investment.

  • How to transform employees into better health consumers

    September 27, 2013

    Creating a smart consumer takes more than health care reform and adopting a consumer-driven health plan.

  • Veggie-heavy, stress-reducing regimen prolongs cell life

    September 19, 2013

    Adopting a diet rich in unprocessed foods combined with moderate exercise and stress management over five years increased the length of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes linked to aging.

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