Make Workplace Wellness Work
By Dave Miller
Creating competition within an organization may make it easier for employees to get healthy and stay fit. And studies show that those employees are more productive, call in sick less often and visit the doctor less frequently.
Is the Price Right?
By Peter Rousmaniere
The rise of high-deductible plans is leading more organizations to demand "price transparency" from their healthcare providers.
By WorkersComp Forum of Risk & Insurance®
Fatigue -- described as a decreased state of alertness -- may impair a worker's safety, health and productivity, costing employers billions of dollars each year.
What Comes Next?
By Andrew R. McIlvaine, Senior Editor
Lots of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of being required by law to purchase health insurance. And sometime soon -- probably later this month -- the U.S. Supreme Court will have the final word on the matter when it announces its ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
By Marlene Prost
In an effort to help employees better understand their benefit options -- and make them partners in the effort to control costs -- some companies are making serious changes to their benefits-communication strategies.
By Andrew R. McIlvaine
A strong partnership between HR and finance is increasingly important as companies struggle to lower costs and comply with healthcare reform.
Binge Eating Impacts Productivity
In what is said to be the study linking binge eating to decreased workplace productivity, researchers say organizations should address this risk by addressing it in health-risk assessments and routine screening.
Rooting Out Domestic Abuse
By Bob Calandra
A recent study finds that, while some employee-assistance programs can offer help to victims of intimate-partner abuse, none has a standardized program to screen and offer help to perpetrators of such violence. Fear of legal ramifications is part of the reason, but HR leaders can work with their EAPs to enhance services.
Preventing Needless Disability
Why do some workers find themselves permanently disabled when medical evidence suggests they should be able to recover from their injuries? Understanding neuroscience may offer a solution.
Specialty Drugs, Spiraling Costs
By Andrew R. McIlvaine
Specialty drugs are providing relief for sufferers of many chronic illnesses -- as long as they can pay for the treatment. Spending on such drugs accounted for one-fifth of all drug expenditures in the country in 2009, and it's expected to continue to grow.