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Why Some Corporate Wellness Plans Succeed and Others Fail

From the Puget Sound Business Journal: Healthier people cost less. While this is not a new concept, companies and organizations across the country are starting to see how employee health and wellness translate to their bottom line. Many studies have shown how investing in health promotion activities will result in a decrease in benefits costs, sick leave, and absentee costs. We know the statistics and the evidence to prove them but how do we build a worksite wellness program that is right... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Monday, January 27, 2014

New Member Benefit: Purchaser Self-Assessment Tool

We are pleased to announce that MBGH members now have access to the National Business Coalition on Health’s Purchaser Self-Assessment Tool (PSAT) 1 .  The PSAT is a comprehensive, easy-to-use online tool that helps busy benefits and wellness professionals achieve value-based purchasing.      The PSAT provides MBGH members a customized analysis of your progress in adopting value-driven health benefit practices in comparison to other employers. Based on the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, January 19, 2014

Creating a Burning Platform for Payment Change

In their December 2013 Issue Brief "A Burning Platform and Trust: Key Ingredients for Payment Reform" prepared by Bailit Health Purchsing, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation encourages the following to advance payment reform and delivery system change: Create a momentum for change by continuing the discussion and paying attention to payment change. Once everyone believes that the old rules have changed, behavior will change. No one wants to be left behind. Emphasize that it is better to... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014

Benefit Design Tool: Evidence-Based Cardiovascular Disease Approaches

Be sure your benefit design incorporates evidence-based approaches to managing cardiovascular disease released by the Community Preventive Services Task Force: Read  the complete Community Preventive Services Task Force report on cardiovascular disease as well as other conditions Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014

Benefit Designs Should Include "Clinical Nuances" to Reduce Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Drs. Mark Fendrick and John Ayanian argue that in order to shift health care spending from volume-based to value-based, payment models must consider certain “clinical nuances.” The authors conclude that "By basing consumer cost sharing on the clinical value – not the price – of services, payers can actively engage consumers in seeking high-value care and foster more regular conversations with providers regarding low-value services."  ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014

Employee Wellness Programs Can Reduce Health Costs, Hospital Admissions

From the National Business Coalition on Health : According to a report on PepsiCo's Healthy Living wellness program published in Health Affairs, employee participation in BOTH disease and lifestyle-management workplace wellness programs resulted in a cost reduction of $160 per month and a 66% decline in hospital admissions. The disease-management program alone helped employees cut health costs by $136 each month. Employees that only participated in the lifestyle-management initiative did... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014

CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program

MBGH is working with the CDC in recruiting employers, insurers, health care professionals and other stakeholders to participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with pre-diabetes. The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped ... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Program Overview: CEO Cancer Gold Standard

In the CEO Culture of Health Initiative, participating employers select one of four national, evidence-based programs to serve as a road map for their comprehensive worksite wellness program. The CEO Cancer Gold Standard is one of the choices. What is the Gold Standard? The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ is a series of health-related recommendations with special emphasis on cancer, developed by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, to promote healthy lifestyles in the workplace. The Gold... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Company Spotlight: First Horizon

First Horizon is one of the thirty leading area employers committed to creating a Culture of Health within their organization. First Horizon signed on to MBGH’s Culture of Health Initiative on January 3rd of last year and they have been expanding upon their health and wellness programming ever since. First Horizon chose to participate in the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation program and in doing so made the commitment to a comprehensive worksite wellness program that not only fights... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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