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Latest Evidence That Employees Thrive in a Culture of Health

From the National Business Coalition on Health:   The Consumer Health Mindset analysis, based on an annual survey of more than 2,700 employees and dependents by  Aon Hewitt, the National Business Group on Health, and The Futures Company, found that employees who work in strong cultures of health were more likely to say they have control over their health than those who work at companies where it is less of a priority (75 percent versus 63 percent) less likely... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, February 27, 2014

More Evidence Supports Value-Based Insurance Design

From the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design and National Business Coalition on Health:  More evidence is piling up that clinically nuanced copayment reductions lead to improvements in medication adherence. Click here to read more background on how clinical nuance is used in benefit design. A 2014 Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy study reported that copay reductions for Medicare beneficiaries prescribed statins resulted in a 5.9% increase in adherence over 6 months... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, February 21, 2014

Healthier Tennessee Launches Start Small Campaign

Healthier Tennessee's Start Small campaign is now ready to share with your employees! This ready-to-use, free-to-you campaign is designed to help your employees take small steps, one after the other, which will help them lead healthier lives. This is a great addition to your worksite wellness campaign and aligns perfectly with MBGH's CEO Culture of Health initiative. It may be just what some of your employees need to take that first, small step. They can pick their first Small Start... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, February 20, 2014

How Important is Your Employees' Lunch Break?

The answer is: very important.   A lunch break is important for physical and mental health," says psychologist Frank J. Sileo, executive director for The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, N.J. "Studies have shown that taking a lunch break can reduce stress. Time for relaxation away from work has also been correlated with heightened productivity and creativity."   According to a recent survey by OfficeTeam, a global staffing service, nearly... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sneak Peek of the New Members-Only Toolkit

Employers have a critical stake in communicating information to their employees about choosing good quality care, managing their lifestyle, and making wise use of health care resources. The Getting Smarter About Health Care Toolkit is designed to help employers like you communicate with employees about getting good quality health care, making better health care decisions, and being informed and engaged in their health and health care. This toolkit was developed to help you identify and... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mental Health Works

Catch up on the latest on mental health parity and how job stress impacts your bottom line. Read the latest Mental Health Works from the Partnership for Worksite Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Foundation. Key articles of interest include: Final Mental Health Parity Rules Released Mental Health, Job Stress, and Work Outcomes For more information on job stress and what you can do to avoid it, check out the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More Details on Employer Mandate Final Regs

From the National Business Coalition on Health:  NBCH thanks the American Benefits Council for the information provided in this post.  The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations on February 10 implementing the “Employer Shared Responsibility” provisions (commonly known as the “employer mandate” or the “pay-or-play mandate”) under Section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code, as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ACA's Employer Mandate Delayed, Again

From the National Business Coalition on Health: On Monday, February 10, 2014, the Obama administration announced it is delaying part of the ACA employer mandate for a second year, exempting mid-sized businesses until 2016 and giving big businesses more time to ramp up to full coverage.  The Affordable Care Act requires large employers -- those with more than 50 full-time employees -- to either provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. The mandate was scheduled to take... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Worksite Wellness Helps Employees Stick to Resolutions

A new poll by Workplace Options finds that more than half of Americans said that free workplace wellness offerings would likely help them reach their health goals. These programs include weight loss coaching, tobacco cessation programs, an onsite gym and other resources. Of those that made 2014 resolutions, 27% vowed to lose weight, 25% want to exercise more and 6% reported a want to quit smoking, according to the poll conducted Jan. 23-26. Nearly half (49%) said that weight loss coaching... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Monday, February 3, 2014

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