Category Archives: Employers

Fingerstick vs. venipuncture: The cost-saving power of biometric screenings

Lowering health care costs remains a top priority for most employers today, and it’s not uncommon to find incentive programs encouraging employees to maintain health and lower risk factors. While gym memberships and smartwatch discounts are great techniques to engage employees in their health, as I recently discussed in our webinar, Biometrics Value Story: Attitude, Preferences, […]
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Managing complex, costly conditions with Centers of Excellence

Today, four condition categories — cancer, musculoskeletal, cardiology and kidney — drive a quarter of all health care spending, accounting for $455 billion annually.1 A large majority of employers (87%) are concerned with costs related to these conditions.2 Likewise, these conditions are overwhelming for individuals and their families. They don’t understand what their insurance covers […]
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HEROForum19 panel: It’s all about community

At the HEROForum19 conference, I met with two health and benefits leaders to talk about culture of health and well-being at their respective companies. Our main topic was on the importance of community health in well-being programs as well as other issues, such as mental/emotional health and the role of loneliness. I was surprised to […]
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Complex, costly conditions: Having a care team is essential

Complex, costly conditions take an enormous toll on those who have them — and on their family members. The four condition categories — cancer, musculoskeletal issues, cardiac conditions and renal disease — account for $455 billion in annual health care spending.1 Not surprisingly, nearly nine out of 10 employers are concerned about costs related to […]
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Dispelling vaccine myths: How to boost employee flu clinic participation

The 2017–2018 flu season was one of the longest in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that cases of influenza-like illness were at the highest level since the 2009 flu pandemic. Flu cases were also above the national average for 19 weeks, from November through March.1 Despite these powerful statistics, […]
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Wake up and smell the inactivity: Help employees get moving

The newest edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has been released. It’s full of vital information about: Different types of activity such as aerobic, muscle strengthening, bone strengthening, balance and flexibility The levels of intensity during physical activity It also has updates including: Evidence showing more health benefits to physical activity — including […]
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Workplace resilience: A path to perseverance and performance

In his book, Spartan Up!, Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena discusses resiliency. He writes, “In ancient times, the concept of learning how to ‘fail well’ encouraged young Spartans to develop critical skills of resiliency and self-determinantion.”1 This reflects Spartan’s organizational spirit as the global leader in obstacle course races — offering challenges for everyone […]
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Special topic: An Optum Forum 2019 preview

More than 1,500 clients, partners, industry analysts and health care leaders will attend Optum Forum 2019 in Las Vegas next week. The annual health care event will feature thought-provoking content delivered by industry-leading speakers, interactive experiences, and extensive opportunities for our guests to connect and share. Moving health FORWARD The Optum Forum theme – FORWARD […]
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3 reasons to help your employees quit tobacco in 2019

What if you could improve employee health and save your company thousands of dollars in the process? When you empower employees to quit using tobacco, you can. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States.1 More than 480,000 Americans die of a smoking-related disease, and another 16 million […]
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Global health: Well-being partners help workers worldwide

David L. Katz, MD, has said, “What’s best for all of us tends to be best for each of us, too.” When it comes to global health, that statement certainly rings true. Around the world, the people who live the longest and with the best health tend to: Eat well Stay active Get proper sleep […]
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