As Americans continue to wrestle with increased healthcare costs, most of the focus has been on wasted dollars on unnecessary procedures, excessive markups on materials, and lack of competition in the marketplace. But one area that has been getting increasing coverage recently is in dollars that aren’t spent: prescription drug [...]
Over the past couple months I've continued to receive questions from employers and their employees about the value of the pharmacy discount cards they are receiving in the mail, at the store, or available via Apps such as GoodRx. Last year, HCW addressed the rise of Pharmacy Manufacturer Rebate Cards, [...]
A few weeks ago, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) unveiled the results of their 2015 employee benefits survey at their national conference. The results? Of no surprise to many in the industry, health and worksite wellness programs continue to grow in prevalence and popularity. SHRM attributes much of [...]
On Tuesday, June 16, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially declared trans fats as unsafe, and passed regulation that will ban their use in processed foods in the United States.
Trans fat is typically created in a process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil, which makes it a solid at [...]
Have you ever considered how your community stacks up to others in terms of happy, fulfilled individuals? Gallup recently released their 2014 Well-Being Index, which ranks the 100 largest U.S. communities from highest to lowest well-being scores. Raleigh ranked in the top ten once again, increasing its ranking from sixth [...]
A wellness committee is a critical component of any health management program. It provides the opportunity for employees to bring their ideas and opinions to the table in a collaborative manner, and supplies you with champions to actively promote initiatives to their peers. Getting a successful committee running can be [...]
Prevention Partners, in conjunction with the NC State Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control’s Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, has released their 2015 North Carolina Prevention Report Card. Let’s be frank – this isn’t a report card you would be proud to hang on the fridge. [...]
As pricing in the healthcare market continues to rise, we, as consumers of this healthcare, will begin seeking more cost-efficient ways to pay for this. Many experts agree that one way to begin to slow this rise is to become smarter with our healthcare buying decisions. A ‘smart healthcare consumer’ [...]
Have you noticed all the black bracelets people are wearing these days, or have you seen a small gadget connected to a waistband? Chances are you have. Wearable electronic activity monitors are growing in popularity and are holding out great promise they will help people reach their fitness and health [...]
Drug costs are expected to rise in the next few years primarily due to the high costs associated with specialty medications. While less than 1% of a typical employer group population utilizes specialty medications, they can account for up to 25% of a group’s overall drug spend, and sometimes more.