Employee Benefits and Enrollment Disconnect

August 11, 2014

Annual enrollment in employee benefits can be a real pain in the behind. Employees and their families wade through volumes of benefits communication. Human resources professionals have the daunting task of pulling it all together. Typically, open enrollment season combines printed material with online technology. But not always. Most agree clear communication is critical. However, a recent survey […]

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Will Calorie Labeling Produce Venti-Size Success?

August 5, 2014

Calorie labeling is the latest summer treat. Health reform’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) is coming to your fast-food restaurant. It’s true. ACA requires chain restaurants with 20 or more U.S. locations to put calorie information on menus. Even the drive-through menu. You may have already encountered the calorie counters. Is the super-sized dose of reality working? […]

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The Healthy, Unhealthy and Unpredictable Human

July 30, 2014

What makes today the day you stick to your healthy goals? You’ve tried a zillion diets Let multiple gym memberships lapse Converted your treadmill into a clothes rack Suddenly, it clicks. And you’re not sure why. Welcome to the wonderful, wacky health world of the unpredictable human. Healthy Resistance For all the science, all the behavioral […]

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Will Texting Rescue Healthcare Communication?

July 21, 2014

We know texting while driving is dangerous. Would you believe texting could rescue healthcare communication? A report conducted by independent research firm, Ponemon Institute, suggests it could. Secure text messaging as an alternative to old-school paging could help healthcare providers communicate more efficiently. In more ways than one. High Cost of Healthcare Communication In 2010, the Journal of […]

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Mixed Drinks: A Recipe for Health Disaster?

July 15, 2014

Mixed drinks come in all shapes and sizes. Some bear fruit Some have straws for sipping And others sport paper umbrellas For all their adornments, mixed drinks could be a recipe for health disaster. How? By fooling you with their alcohol content. Mixed Drinks Deceit You’re on vacation. The weather is hot and you want […]

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Private Practice Physician: A Dying Breed

July 8, 2014

The days of Dr. Marcus Welby are fading faster than the TV show’s re-runs. And didn’t that comment reveal my age? Most of today’s physicians do not relate to Dr. Welby. In fact, the private practice physician numbers are dropping dramatically. According to a report from Merritt Hawkins, the largest U.S. physician search firm: 90 percent of new physician […]

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E-Cigarettes Pose Interesting Wellness Dilemma

July 1, 2014

Should e-cigarettes be part of an employer-sponsored wellness program? One study suggests electronic cigarettes help people stop smoking Health reform’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires coverage of tobacco cessation programs under preventive care That last point, as discussed in a recent article, is open to interpretation. E-Cigarettes and Wellness Companies that make e-cigarettes say the liquid, flavored vapors […]

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Will Reduced Surgical Errors Hurt Hospital Bottom Line?

June 25, 2014

Did you know surgical errors contribute to higher profit margins for hospitals? A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that finding in 2013. If you think about that, it makes sense. But should it? Surgical complications mean more care, possible extended stays or re-admission. More care + longer stays = […]

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Ruh-roh: HealthCare.gov Receiving Facelift

June 17, 2014

The debut of HealthCare.gov was anything but pretty. System crashes Missing applications Customer service with few answers It’s a nightmare no one wants to revisit. Let’s hope the announcement of an overhaul is not a warning sign of enrollment terror yet to come. HealthCare.Gov Facelift Those of us who spent years in health insurance appreciate technology challenges. […]

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Powerhouse Watercress Is a Knockout

June 9, 2014

Powerhouse fruits and vegetables. Who knew? Sure, our moms told us that fruits and vegetables are good for us. But did you know watercress tops the charts of powerhouse fruits and vegetables (PFV for the acronym lovers)? Take that kale. Powerhouse Watercress A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bestowed watercress with bragging rights. Food […]

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