2016 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Award Winners
Congratulations to this year's winners! 55 U.S. employers were honored for having the best workforce well-being programs in the nation.Since its inception 12 years ago, the awards have recognized employers with exceptional commitment to improving their employees’ physical health, productivity and overall quality of life. This year, the awards program was expanded to incorporate a wide range of well-being contributors including job satisfaction, community involvement, financial security, emotional health and social connectedness. You can also view the video featuring highlights of award winners' programs.
Prescription Opioid Misuse and Abuse - 2016 Update
To help employers navigate this complex public health crisis, this updated document includes tips for 1) evaluating claims data to identify employees who may be demonstrating high-risk or addiction behavior; 2) empowering and educating employees on when and how to seek drug-alternative therapies; and 3) evaluating opioid misuse in the workforce as a precursor to proactive intervention.
Reframing Palliative Care to Supportive Care
Patients, caregivers and employers all have much to gain if effective palliative care is better integrated into treatment plans for appropriate candidates. Making this change, however, will require shifts in how palliative care is communicated, delivered, paid for, and even defined. The Business Group strongly suggests that employers use the term “supportive care” when describing and promoting services traditionally associated with palliative care. This issue brief explains in more detail what supportive care is, who should get it, barriers to expanding it, and innovative models for delivering it to patients.
Rx Alert - Lidocaine
As companies more aggressively manage opioid utilization, some have seen increases in both costs and quantities being billed for products that are lidocaine or lidocaine-containing formulations. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic used to numb tissue, and can be administered topically, via injection or through a dermal patch to relieve pain symptoms.
Strategies to Support Employees’ Financial Security
Improving employees’ financial security can boost employee health, well-being and productivity. What’s more, for some organizations, providing financial well-being benefits can advance recruitment and retention efforts.This document presents employers with the business case for implementing financial well-being programs or benefits, and provides an overview of the strategies some employers have in place to help employees become more financially secure.
Parental Leave and Paid Family Sick Leave
The purpose of this quick survey is to determine how other employers manage paid parental leave that is separate from short-term disability for different types of parents. The survey also looks at paid parental leave eligibility requirements, other types of paid leave through the Family Medical Leave, and permissive leave. Twenty-nine members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
SAVE THE DATE
Jan. 11 – 12, 2017, Washington, DC
Employers' Summit on Health Care Costs and Solutions
Jan. 25 – 26, 2017 , San Francisco, CA
Employers' Forum on Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being
The Business Group Blog was created to share and discuss information about challenges and solutions to the health care benefits issues that large employers face
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