Wellness Study Puts Price Tag on Unhealthy Behavior

Everyone knows unhealthy behaviors can be costly. Now some of those costs have been calculated into dollars. The Thomson Reuters Workforce Wellness Index estimates that employers spend an average of $670 annually per employee on medical care and pharmacy around six behavioral risk factors, with the top cost drivers identified as: Obesity /body mass index ($400), High blood sugar ($150), Tobacco use ($100).

Tackling Family Physician Shortage

For now, Prineville has just one family doctor for every 943 residents — a staggeringly low number… The shortage of primary care physicians isn’t just in Crook County — it’s nationwide. Studies show by the year 2020, America will be short 30,000 family physicians.

CFO insights: Employee benefits considerations

White Paper Summary A special CFO Insights series addressing health care reform lays out three considerations for CFOs with regard to employee benefits and human resource planning. These considerations include: a) workforce transformation and planning; b) managing uncertainty and avoiding unintended consequences

Health Care Reform Increases Workforce Planning Needs

Article Summary One of the many upcoming changes in the new legislation will be the 2014 requirement that large organizations offer “full-time” employees and their dependents the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage under an employer sponsored insurance plan. It is

Incentive Plan Design in the Current Health Care Environment

Article Summary Today’s environment is causing hospitals and health systems to rethink performance measurement. First, organizations are facing revenue pressures. The health care reform law calls for a decline in provider reimbursements and the redesign of the health care delivery system. Other

Healthcare Transformation Using Information Technology

Report Summary In  2008, HIMSS called for major recommendations to transform healthcare using health information technology (IT). The years 2009 and 2010 were momentous for healthcare transformation in the United States when many of these recommendations were enacted into law and are

Healthcare Benefit Trends in 2011

Article Summary According to the following research, most companies are looking to lower their rising health care costs and improve their employees’ overall health. When human resources professionals look toward the future, most major plan changes surround the health care reform legislation.

How to Impact Health Care Costs

Article Summary Leading employers in the United States today know all too well that rising health care costs have the potential to significantly reduce net income and have a negative impact on employee morale and productivity. Working with 350 of the largest

Health as Human Capital

White Paper Summary There was a time when the health care market functioned much like other markets… [A] kind of two-party, market-based transaction [that] rarely occurs in today’s health benefits marketplace. In its place is a consumption process that involves many third