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EEOC Continues Legal Action Against Employer Wellness Programs

From the National Business Coalition on Health The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a new lawsuit against an employee wellness program on October 27, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, seeks a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to prevent Honeywell International Inc.... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, October 31, 2014

67% of Memphis-Area Hospitals Receive an "A" on National Hospital Safety Score

Memphis, Tennessee October 29, 2014 – Updated Hospital Safety Scores– the “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades assigned to more than 2,500 U.S. adult general hospitals (pediatric and specialty hospitals do not receive a score)– were released today by patient safety advocate The Leapfrog Group , an independent nonprofit organization representing employer purchasers of health care. The Scores are based on preventable infections, injuries and errors, and grades were assigned to nine adult, general... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How One Employer Saved $3.5million in Health Benefit Costs

The results of a dependent audit saved Baptist Health, an 18-facility health care system based in KY, $3.5 million according to an article in Check out how they conducted their audit and see if you have incorporated the same best practices! Define "dependent" and then stick to it Give fair warning (and get some voluntary terminations!) Consider "amnesty" for past offenses Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beginning to See the Change We Want

An insightful article by Mark Hepler, CFO of Munson Healthcare, an 8-hospital system based in Traverse City, MI, on, reveals that health care providers, well, at least his, are beginning to make the changes that we want to see and that have, to a large extent, been spurred by the Affordable Health Care Act (see recent blog post on whether the ACA is working). What changes are happening in how health care is delivered? Investing in becoming clinically... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Is the Affordable Health Care Act Working?

From Brian Klepper, CEO of National Business Coalition on Health: The New York Times has published a major, multi-article piece , on different aspects of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) performance.  Here's the overview: "After a year fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, an analysis by a team of reporters and data researchers shows. But it has also fallen short in some ways and given rise to a powerful... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Specialty Drugs to Account for 50% of Pharmacy Spend by 2018

Wonder why specialty drugs are likely to account for 50% of pharmacy spend by 2018? Here are three reasons: Supply and demand. Only 3.6% of the commercial population use specialty drugs so the market for these drugs is very small. On the other hand, the development costs are very high, resulting in high costs per patient. No generics . Specialty drugs are often too complex to be produced under generic requirements. LImitations on price increases once on the market. Manufacturers... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 27, 2014

Don't Forget To Prevent Seasonal Flu in Your Workplace

With all of the focus on the risks of being exposed to Ebola, it may become easy to forget that the seasonal flu causes 111 million loss workdays and approximately $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity annually for US employers. Get a refresher on what you can do in the workplace to help minimize the flu's impact on your business by reading the CDC's "Make It Your Business to Fight the Flu"  employer toolkit. The toolkit includes: Tips and resources for providing flu... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 20, 2014

Ebola Recommendations for Workplaces

CDC has developed Ebola recommendations for: healthcare workers  laboratory workers  airline workers humanitarian workers funeral/mortuary workers  Other workers that are at potential risk for ebola exposure include first responders, such as police, fire and emergency medical professionals, as well as transportation workers. Recommendations have also been developed for colleges and universities about study abroad programs. Click... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 20, 2014

EEOC Files Second Lawsuit Challenging An Employer Wellness Program

MBGH and National Business Coalition on Health thank the American Benefits Council for the information provided in this post.    On October 1, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit challenging a wellness plan sponsored by Flambeau, Inc. (a Wisconsin-based manufacturer with 1,600 employees) as violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The EEOC lawsuit in EEOC v. Flambeau, Inc. alleges that the company's wellness plan... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, October 9, 2014

Most Employers Reject Private Exchanges

In a stark departure from other industry polls, employers plan to resoundingly reject private exchanges as a way to control rising health care costs, according to a new survey of more than 330 employers conducted by the non-profit National Business Coalition on Health and Benz Communications.     More than half (55%) of the respondents indicate they will “never” stop sponsoring employee health plans in favor of giving employees money to buy coverage through a private exchange.... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Culture of Health Spreads Throughout Duncan-Williams Inc.

“My father passed away at 56 from heart disease. He worked hard his entire life in a very stress filled business, and ultimately his health suffered from it. So it has always been important to me to try and stay healthy,” Duncan Williams, President of Duncan-Williams, Inc. explains. Duncan’s personal connection with health and wellness has ultimately spurred the adoption of a worksite culture conducive to health at Duncan-Williams, Inc. Duncan-Williams, Inc. is one of forty-nine companies... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Monday, October 6, 2014

Healthy Shelby's 140/90: Living Life Under Pressure Campaign

Did You Know That: Hypertension affects 1 in 5 adults, and only 50% of affected individuals have their condition under control Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause serious health issues including heart disease, stroke and even death. Healthy Shelby recently launched the “140/90: Living Life Under Pressure” Hypertension Awareness Campaign to educate the community on the importance of blood pressure control. In order to prevent the debilitating... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Thursday, October 2, 2014

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