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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]