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Aug 14, 2012

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Do your employees have access to their medical information?

A recent survey found that 90% of patients want online access to health information, scheduling, and prescription fills. Having ready access to their medical information empowers employees to take an active role in their health - improving care compliance, reducing inefficiencies and controlling costs. Read the survey at: http://whiteglove. com/sm11-topix-24  (Oct 4, 2012 | post #1)

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Are you certain about the health of your employees?

According to an executive briefing by the SHRM foundation, wellness programs are both a great employee benefit and a corporate necessity, as “an organization’s health and prosperity is directly influenced by the health and well-being of its employees.” Do you have certainty over how healthy your employees are? Read this briefing at: http://whiteglove. com/sm11-topix-23  (Oct 3, 2012 | post #1)

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U.S. spends the most on healthcare worldwide

According to an analysis by the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other industrialized country. Has your company tried a more comprehensive solution in order control the outcomes of your health programs? Read the study at: http://whiteglove. com/sm11-topix-22  (Oct 1, 2012 | post #1)

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Study: the High Healthcare Cost of Chronic Disease

About 57 million working-age Americans live with chronic conditions. In a recent brief, Health System for Change found that people with chronic conditions fail to receive preventive and ongoing care, which raises costs for both them and their employers. Read the study at: http://whiteglove. com/sm10-topix-19  (Sep 26, 2012 | post #1)

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What does it take to implement effective wellness and dis...

In order to combat the high costs of chronic diseases ($1.9 trillion in 2010 alone!), employers are increasingly implementing wellness and disease management programs. But these programs only effective when they include certain critical components, such as real-time ROI measurement. Read more about the necessary components of wellness and disease management at:http://whiteglo 21  (Sep 25, 2012 | post #1)

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How do you balance the value of employee benefits against...

In a recent survey by Prudential, 79% of financial executives said that employee benefits are critical for attracting and retaining top talent. However executives struggle with the cost of maintaining these packages. Employers must find “ways to offer an attractive range of benefits while effectively managing benefit costs and risks.” Read the study at:http://whiteglo 20  (Sep 24, 2012 | post #1)

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Study: Healthy Lifestyle Education can improve employee h...

In a recent study, the CDC found that lifestyle education lowered cholesterol and coronary heart disease levels in employees. Authors assert that "...if employers and employees are willing to participate in a WHP [workplace health program] designed to improve the health of employees at reasonable cost, both parties will benefit." Read the study at:http://whiteglo 8  (Sep 20, 2012 | post #1)

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Study: "Benefits are among the top motivators for employe...

In a recent Buyer’s Study, UNUM found that employee benefits are essential for employee satisfaction. Moving forward, UNUM recommends that companies focus on technology and wellness programs to bolster their benefits packages. What employee benefits does your company provide? Read the study at:http://whiteglo 7  (Sep 19, 2012 | post #1)

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Health Care Cost Report: Why healthcare costs keep rising

Using claims data from private insurers, The Health Care Cost Institute found that there were “price increases across all categories of service” in the healthcare industry in 2011. They cite unit price increases as the primary driver of this change. The traditional fee-for-service system is broken, and things are not likely to improve unless new models are adopted. Read the report at:http://whiteglo 6  (Sep 17, 2012 | post #1)

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Americans don't receive enough preventative care.

In a recent study, the Annals of Family Medicine found that information technology, especially personal health records, improved the delivery of preventative care. Better preventative care leads to better employee health. Does your company’s healthcare utilize information technology? Read study at:http://whiteglo 5  (Sep 13, 2012 | post #1)

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How to improve health care? Information technology and pa...

In a recent study, Johns Hopkins University found that the use of IT systems supporting patient-centered care leads to positive health outcomes. It is becoming ever-increasingly clear that healthcare built on a solid IT framework provides higher quality health care, if related follow-up care is provided. Does your company provide employees with patient support systems? Read the study at: http://whiteglove. com/sm8-topix-14  (Sep 12, 2012 | post #1)

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Study: how one state used Wellness to reduce costs and im...

The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) recently took an in-depth look at the State of Nebraska's proactive approach to Wellness. The State of Nebraska is enjoying a $4.2 million reduction in claims, best-in-class participation rates, and a majority of employees touting how the program has improved their lives. Have you implemented Wellness in your company? Read the study at:http://whiteglo 3  (Sep 12, 2012 | post #1)

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When employees skip needed health care, the bottom line s...

In a recent study, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that three-quarters (77 percent) of those in poor health say they have skipped or delayed care in one form or another. And these are the employees who tend to miss work and come to work sick, prompting even higher costs for their employers. What can be done about this? Read the study at: http://whiteglove. com/sm7-topix-12  (Sep 6, 2012 | post #1)

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Study: 87% of employees rate health benefits as "very imp...

A recent survey by the National Business Group on Health found that most employees value health benefits highly when making a decision about accepting a new job or remaining with their employer. The survey also found that nearly four in ten employees (39%) ranked biometric screenings as a very important health benefit program. What health benefits does your company provide? Do they include biometrics? Read the study at: http://whiteglove. com/sm7-topix-11  (Sep 5, 2012 | post #1)

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Study: Employers need to rethink the way they do healthcare

In a recent survey, AON Hewitt found that employers are looking for new solutions to the problem of rising healthcare costs, including accountable care organizations and medical home pilots. AON Hewitt asserts that employers must, "break away from traditional benefits programs to innovative models that impact health, performance, and business outcomes.” What innovative solutions have you tried? Read the study at: http://whiteglove. com/sm7-topix-10  (Sep 4, 2012 | post #1)