Archive for Research

  • Workplace Wellness – Finally a Comprehensive Guide & Analysis

    Wellness programs have long stymied corporations in terms of "getting it right."  Will employees enroll?  Will they participate after enrollment?  Which programs work the best? Which offerings are most widely used and accepted?  Who knows?  Well, we hope that this, the 2018 Employer Guide will...

  • 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? ...

  • 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 ...

  • Your health program can affect bottom line performance Your health program can affect bottom line performance

    Will your employee health programs translate into better financial performance for your company?  No one knows for sure, but studies performed by reputable organizations (HERO, The Health Project, and others) certainly indicate that investment value grows at a higher rate among those corporations w...

  • Optum/NBGH Study

    A white paper produced by the National Business Group on Health in conjunction with Optum shows that there is a correlation between reducing health risks among employees and improvement in absenteeism and presenteeism. The white paper is a summary of a survey conducted in which the researchers we...

  • New Data on the Cost of Medication Non-Compliance New Data on the Cost of Medication Non-Compliance

    Three published studies were recently summarized in a white paper by Healthentic (a population health management company) demonstrate that ". . it costs the U.S. health care system between $100-$289 billion every year in direct costs" when patients don't take their medications correctly, and "Losses...

  • ROI – Once again, revisited

    We have talked about ROI in the past, many time and also in our companion newsletter. However, we recently came across an blog article which is stunning in content, reporting on a peer reviewed study performed by Navistar, a larger employer heavily involved in creating a "culture of health" for the...

  • AHA Urges Employers to Improve Health Screening at Work

    In a summer article in the professional journal, Circulation, the American Heart Association published a policy statement on the benefits of improved workplace screening for heart disease.  Some statistics provided included the projection that the direct medical cost of  treating cardiovascular di...