Archive for General

  • University of Michigan Guidelines for Opioid Use Post-Surgery

    None of us can escape awareness about the catastrophic consequences of the use of opioids in America today.  You hear about it every time you turn on the news, whether local or national.  The costs are astounding (estimated at over $500 billion for 2015), and stopping the spread of opioid addicti...

  • Another Reason Why Your Prescription Drug Costs are So High Another Reason Why Your Prescription Drug Costs are So High

    If you are a patient, or an administrative manager of a clinic, you would never stop to think that the liquid medications prescribed every day (cancer drugs, eye drops, etc.) may all contain too much of that drug for the actual need, resulting in waste every time a vial is opened.  Why would you? ...

  • Is a Chiropractor in the future for your on-site clinic? Is a Chiropractor in the future for your on-site clinic?

    The National Association of Worksite Health Centers just published the findings from a project (done by their staff and with the assistance of a grant from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress) on the potential impact of chiropractic services for employees at on-site clinics.  This project incl...

  • Coaching Platform Twine Works to Increase Treatment Adherence, Lower Medical Cost Coaching Platform Twine Works to Increase Treatment Adherence, Lower Medical Cost

    With lack of patient adherence to treatment being a costly problem in the United States, MIT Media Lab spinout Twine Health has gained notice recently as a potential solution. Twine, a health activation platform, aims to improve health and lower medical costs. Recently, the startup has moved the...

  • Telemedicine for Mental Health Services Soaring Telemedicine for Mental Health Services Soaring

    Telemedicine for mental health services is soaring in the US in response to both the opioid abuse crisis and an increase in access to behavioral healthcare in general, according to the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and telemedicine companies. NBGH also said that 56% of employers in 201...

  • Will Your On-Site Clinic be Only Telemedicine?

    For those employers out there considering an on-site clinic, the option of providing medical services on-site to employees and dependents via just telemedicine exists - but the question is, is it the right option for you? Telemedicine has certainly played a role in on-site clinics for quite some ...

  • Want an Eye Exam for Your Employees? Want an Eye Exam for Your Employees?

    Well, now you may be able to get them through a new mobile service, 2020 On-site.  This company, started about two years ago, now offers mobile eye exams using optometrists and they'll bring the retro-fitted van right to your parking lot.  The employer pays a fee for the service, and employees lik...

  • Employer Attacks Rx Drug Abuse Among Employees

    We all hear nearly every day some new story about the impact of prescription drug abuse on society, law enforcement and healthcare costs.  It has reached a level where the governor of the state of Vermont during his 2014 State of the State address focused primarily on the costs and impacts of drug ...

  • NBGH Releases 2017 Health Plan Design Survey

    The National Business Group on Health released a summary of their 2017 Health Plan Design Survey last week.  The press release itself and, of course the actual survey, are worth the read. Ironically, a 5% increase in premiums (as projected by major employers for 2017) would have been a stunning ...

  • Availability of Telemedicine Benefits Continues to Rise Availability of Telemedicine Benefits Continues to Rise

    It was reported in Becker's Health IT and CIO Review that telemedicine, as a benefit to employees, has increased from 48% of employers to 74% (2015 to March of 2016).  That is a huge increase and you just have to check the stock values of these telemedicine companies to verify that growth. This ...