Wellness/Disease Management

  • Small employers can shift wellness discussion

    June 12, 2014

    Virtually all large employers are committed to conventional wellness programs. Because of this market saturation, wellness vendors and their commercial partners, benefits consultants, are now setting their sights on smaller employers. These groups would do well to learn what hasn’t worked in wellness and avoid wellness programs built around health risk appraisals, biometrics, and preventive medical care.

  • Employers want you to sell them financial wellness solutions — they just don’t know it yet

    June 10, 2014

    Employees living paycheck to paycheck need solutions from their employers to meet financial emergencies, yet most employers aren’t aware financial wellness programs and lending solutions exist or that they’re credible.

  • Employers reluctant to use ACA wellness incentives

    June 6, 2014

    As employers face growing challenges with employee disengagement, many are looking toward wellness programs as the surest route to improve morale and workplace culture. And while the Affordable Care Act offers improved incentives to support workplace wellness programs, employers aren’t rushing to take advantage of them.

  • Wellness efforts can help prevent obesity from becoming a disability

    June 2, 2014

    To effectively address the reality of the widespread implications of obesity, employers must think beyond wellness programs. They must apply a wide-angle lens to employee health, wellness and even risk.

  • How to make wellness work

    May 29, 2014

    Benefits managers struggle to measure the real returns on wellness initiatives; achieving the goals of cost savings, cost avoidance and employee engagement requires a well-orchestrated plan. But it's not an impossible task.

  • What really constitutes good health and wellness?

    May 28, 2014

    If your wellness program consists of a health risk assessment and nothing else, you may be missing the bigger picture. While the tools can yield important information, they may ignore broader factors in employees’ lives that are influencing the unhealthy behavior.

  • 5 ways to engage manual laborers in wellness

    May 27, 2014

    Engaging a company’s manual laborers in a wellness program can be a challenge with remote locations and limited access to technology, among other things. Here are five tips to help your employer clients with this type of workforce activate wellness conversations.

  • Women ‘feel the weight’ of health more than men

    May 21, 2014

    While certain health and wellness campaigns lend themselves to gender-specific messaging – mammograms or prostate cancer, for example – positioning health and benefits communication to male and female employees differently isn’t commonplace.

  • Mental health is too often overlooked in employee wellness

    May 19, 2014

    Increasingly, organizations are recognizing that employees don’t leave their financial, child/elder care-giving responsibilities and other worries at home, and are beginning to look at wellness in a broader, more holistic way.

  • Tobacco cessation, lowered blood pressure hallmarks of healthiest companies

    May 14, 2014

    What are some of the common factors – all much welcomed signs of improved workplace wellness – that are common to America’s healthiest companies? A marked reduction in smoking, plus measurable reductions in glucose and blood pressure levels emerge as the most consistent hallmarks of a truly healthy workplace.

  • 5 tips for cultivating a healthy workplace

    May 14, 2014

    Commentary: Blogger Jeff Hyman says creating this culture is challenging but he has suggestions you can bring to your clients, or your own work environment.

  • Employers can take an active role in patient safety

    May 9, 2014

    Employer action on the patient safety issue could include crafting health benefit plans that reward safety and penalize non-compliance, urging hospital boards to make safety a priority and distributing patient safety literature.

  • Is your client’s wellness plan fully HIPAA compliant?

    May 9, 2014

    A lesser known fact about outcome-based wellness programs can help advisers bring their clients’ programs into HIPAA compliance.

  • Weight-loss programs attempt long-term behavior change

    May 8, 2014

    Two plan sponsors, the Government Employees Health Association and Orlando Health, share their approaches to weight loss and engaging employees in sustained behavior change.

  • Health, fitness apps for consumers show limited user engagement

    May 5, 2014

    Though mobile health apps have the potential for greater patient engagement, researchers found only two major methods of engagement in their sample population of apps.

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