1404, 2015

Five Best Practices of Sustainable Wellness Committees

By |April 14th, 2015|Health Management|Comments Off

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 [...]

2003, 2015

North Carolina Flunks Population Health 101

By |March 20th, 2015|Health Management|Comments Off

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. [...]

1603, 2015

Are We Beginning To See Price Transparency In Healthcare?

By |March 16th, 2015|Health Management|Comments Off

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’ [...]

1103, 2015

Can Every Little Step You Take Improve Your Health?

By |March 11th, 2015|Health Management|Comments Off

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 [...]

203, 2015

New Specialty Medications Expected To Cost Billions

By |March 2nd, 2015|Health Management|Comments Off

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.

Historically, [...]

2302, 2015

Top Tips To Gain Executive Support For Health Management

By |February 23rd, 2015|Health Management|Comments Off

According to the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), gaining executive support for your work site health management initiatives is a crucial first step to a successful program. Leadership support is a significant driver in getting employees to pay attention to and engage in the program. An executive champion serves to [...]

402, 2015

Is Legally Required Telemedicine In Our Future?

By |February 4th, 2015|Health Management|Comments Off

Wouldn’t it be nice to just “phone in” your swimmers ear symptoms and get a prescription for the drops?

How can a physician possibly diagnose accurately with only a phone call?

According to the American Telemedicine Association, telemedicine is “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic [...]

1201, 2015

What The Triangle’s Healthiest Employers Have In Common

By |January 12th, 2015|Health Management|Comments Off

In December, the Triangle Business Journal awarded the title of Healthiest Employer to 35 companies across the Triangle at their annual luncheon. Hill, Chesson & Woody would like to congratulate all of the winners on their hard work, including eight of our clients who were awarded this honor.

The organizations varied [...]

1912, 2014

FSA Balances – Time to Spend Down or Roll Over

By |December 19th, 2014|Health Management|Comments Off

Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to set aside a portion of their income on a pre-tax basis to use for qualified expenses.  For 2015, the maximum amount that can be put in an FSA is $2,550.  Participation in an FSA and/or the amount elected, has historically been low due to the [...]

409, 2014

Controlling Pharmacy Costs – What Is It Worth?

By |September 4th, 2014|Health Management|Comments Off

As I contemplate employer concerns for 2015, I came across an article from Forbes about the 5 trends employees will see as options for plan design adjustments. One of the key elements employees will see is a more concerted effort to control pharmacy costs as we continue to see new [...]

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