Spending on Wellness Incentives Up 15% in 2014
In 2014 corporate employers plan to spend an average of $594 per employee on wellness-based incentives, an increase of 15 percent from the average of $521 reported in 2013 and more than double the average of $260 reported five years ago.
Linking Health Insurance Rates and Smoking
Smoking clearly impacts health care costs and may legitimately affect premium rates, but are there pitfalls and dangers involved in imposing additional costs on smokers?
Helping Employees Stay Healthy Is a Good Investment
Wellness promotion and chronic-condition management reduce health care costs and maintain a high level of energy, engagement and happiness among workers, explains wellness expert Dee Edington.
Defuse the Diabetes Workforce 'Time Bomb'
Employers can influence the prevention of Type 2 diabetes and help control the effects of diabetes for their employees who are already diagnosed.
Eye Strain at Work Is Up
There has been a 45 percent increase in people taking breaks from their workday to rest their eyes in the past two years, as employees use more electronic devices.
Flu widespread across U.S.
Forty-one states reported widespread seasonal flu activity in the CDC's latest FluView report.
Flu Remedy: Can an Employee Get FMLA Leave for the Flu?
If the employee’s flu-related illness meets the definition of a “serious health condition,” the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies.
Misconceptions About Age and Work Absence Challenged
Despite a common misperception, older workers (those 55 and above) do not account for most disability leave-of-absence claims.
Why Employees Participate—or Don't—in Wellness
To improve wellness program participation rates, communications and education efforts should speak to employees' concerns, which may be based on faulty assumptions.
Mixed News on Wellness ROI
Wellness programs targeting chronic-illness management lowered costs; lifestyle initiatives' return on investment (ROI) was smaller, Rand Corp. researchers found.
Claims Data Drives Chronic Disease Management
The key features of a chronic disease management plan are data analytics, predictive modeling and intervention.