Researchers have long advised that workers shouldn’t sit too much because they say the inactivity can be a factor in such conditions as heart disease and cancer. The university is acting on the issue: Officials encourage standing at meetings, communicating face-to-face instead of by email and more.
Articles by Charlotte Huff
High-deductible health plans have been touted as a savvy behavioral tool to motivate enrollees to more closely scrutinize the price tag of imaging tests, brand-name drugs and more. But at what point does the hefty deductible discourage employees and their families from getting potential health problems checked out or treated?
‘People who were confused about what was covered [outside of the deductible] were more likely to cut back on care,’ one researcher says.
The New York-based financial-services company has taken on such issues as food safety and prenatal care as part of a broader global wellness effort it launched in 2009.
Mobile clinics, a relatively new phenomenon, offer an alternative for employers who might not otherwise be able to reach geographically scattered workers.
The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance & Policy published cost figures of procedues last year, part of a blitzkrieg of data that officials have released as they strive to better understand what’s driving the state’s high health costs.
With national health care reform looming, Workforce Management examines Massachusetts’ reforms, which went into effect in 2006. Five-plus years later, we found that almost all Bay Staters now have health insurance, but overloaded physicians aren’t necessarily taking on new patients and some employees are realizing that their favorite providers might be too pricey.
More consumers in limited networks seem to be comfortable leaving a favorite doctor or hospital.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is expected to improve preventive care, which likely will boost access to vision specialists. But in a tight economy, all benefits are subject to scrutiny and some signs of strain are visible, according to data and vision coverage experts.
As the recession recedes, some companies are repositioning their EAP programs, using them to better support wellness efforts and to offset mental health treatment costs. Caterpillar Inc. leaders are piloting a new analytic tool, designed to better quantify EAP’s influence on presenteeism, workplace stress and other work-related outcomes.