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Eight Tips to Cut Health Care Costs

July 30, 2009
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Here are a few tried-and-true strategies to trim health care-related expenses without slashing benefits or shifting costs.
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On the Road to Wellness, Beware of Legal Hurdles

July 26, 2009
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Employers that wield financial incentives and penalties to nudge workers toward healthy behaviors had better think twice about whether those inducements pass legal muster.
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Getting the Wellness Message Right

July 26, 2009
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Whether you're launching a wellness initiative or kick-starting an existing program, you've got to get the message right. Here's what experts say about effectively communicating your efforts.
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Employers Take Steps to Relieve Workers Stress

August 5, 2008
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Dealing with stress caused by workload demands and lack of resources can positively affect the company’s bottom line. ‘Implementing stress management initiatives is more effective and less expensive than dealing with the fallout of the stress once it hits,’ one expert says.
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Health Coaches Tackle Both Risks and Goals

May 15, 2008
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Health coaching has gained traction as employers tackle workers’ multiple health risks, including physical inactivity, stress, tobacco use and obesity. But there’s not yet hard evidence that such coaching works, or has demonstrable return on investment.
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Successful Coaching Programs Require Advance Planning

May 15, 2008
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Before hiring a company to provide health coaching for employees, wellness experts recommend thoroughly evaluating the provider and the program itself, as well as understanding its responsibilities in making the program work.
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Fine-Tuning Consumer-Driven Health Plans

September 13, 2007
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With a few years of experience under their belts, employers and health plans are adjusting their consumer-driven health plan offerings in an attempt to make them more attractive to plan sponsors and employees.
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