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National Healthy Worksite Program Kicking Off in Memphis in May!

UPDATE: FIRST TRAINING ANNOUNCED Register NOW to attend the June 6 "Healthy Worksite 101" training provided by the National Healthy Worksite Program here in Memphis. The topic is "Making the Business Case for Worksite Wellness" . Space is filling up fast. RSVP with Mary Cay Oyler at mcoyler@viridianhealth.com. Any employer in the greater Memphis area is invited to trainings and you do not have to be one of the selected program participants to attend! Overview As the CDC's National... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, April 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Costs of Many Preventive Services Vary Widely: What Employers Can Do

Kelly Kennedy's April 6, 2012 article in USA Today sheds light on the significant variance in the costs of preventive services, now required to be covered by insurance at 100%, not subject to co-pays or deductibles. "Over the past year, health plans and self-insured employers began paying for wellness exams — diabetes screening, mammographies, Pap smears and colonoscopies — as required by the law, without charging consumers a deductible or co-payment. But in looking at 15,000 consumers, a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Disturbing Anti-Smoking Ads Convince Thousands to Quit

"(RNN) - Calls to a national stop-smoking line doubled and traffic to the government's anti-smoking website tripled after a hard-hitting TV advertising campaign seems to have convinced many Americans to quit the deadly habit. The Tips from Former Smokers ad campaign was launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health on March 19. The commercials profile former smokers and others who have been affected by second-hand smoking. The... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, April 7, 2012 | 0 comments

For One Little Soul At A Time...

This video explains it all...why MBGH is working with our regional hospitals to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of their care. For one little soul at a time. Plan to attend MBGH's April 24, 2012 celebration of 10 years as a Leapfrog Regional Roll-Out, and thank the employers and hospitals, and their teams, that have taken on the work of saving lives. Click here for registration information. And, plan to watch the full-length documentary on the Discovery Channel April 28th,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, April 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Physician Groups Identify Tests and Procedures That are Often Not Necessary

Nine physician organizations have each identified five tests or procedures that may be overused or unnecessary as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign led by the ABIM Foundation, with Consumer Reports, in an effort to improve health care quality and patient safety. Patient advocates are calling the move a significant step toward improving the quality and safety of health care. As the nation increasingly focuses on ways to provide safer, higher-quality care to patients, the overuse... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, April 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Will CFOs Play or Pay Under Healthcare Reform?

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Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 0 comments

Some Good News for Shelby County in the County Health Rankings

The recently released 2012 County Health Rankings have some good news for Shelby County as well as continuing to point out where we need to focus efforts to improve the overall “health” of our community. The good news is that Shelby County is improving in some key health measures including: Fewer people are dying prematurely, from 10,646 in 2010 to 10,334 in 2012 Fewer adults are smoking, from 22% in 2010 to 19% in 2012 Fewer preventable hospitals stays, from a score of 74... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 0 comments


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