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Find the latest insights and real-world examples from our corporate wellness experts.

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Find the latest insights and real-world examples from our corporate wellness experts.

Are your vendors protecting wellness program information?

As employers and health plans look to outside vendors for services, it is critical that these vendors are aware of and practice specific measures to protect client data. Lapses in appropriate privacy and security measures may not only violate the law, but could cause tremendous problems for employers and health plans. Mistake 4: Not paying attention to how third-party partners protect your information. For a Top 10 list of questions that employers and health plans might ask health management vendors to begin ... Read More >

Don’t know state laws that govern PII/PHI? Why this matters

How well do you understand the state laws that govern personal health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) associated with your wellness program? If your answer is not well, below are reasons to change this. Mistake 3: Not understanding/complying with state laws that govern PHI, PII The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that sets rules about the use and management of PHI. This law gives consumers rights over their health information and when ... Read More >

The not so sweet truth about the impact of sugar on employee health

The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day—in other words, nearly 330 calories with no nutritional value. This is substantially higher than the American Heart Association’s recommended daily consumption of added sugar: no more than 6 teaspoons (100 calories) of added sugars a day for ... Read More >

7 tips to boost employee well-being during the holidays

Research shows that although the average weight gain over the holidays is one to two pounds, even a small increase in body weight each holiday season can add up over time—turning into a potential health risk.

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Protect wellness program information against silly actions

When smart people do silly things with information, there is no mal-intent. An employee could intentionally give out information, but not realize that it could be harmful. Someone might inadvertently attach a file with protected health information (PHI) or personally identifiable information (PII) to an email for a different client, for example. Or, perhaps a process wasn’t followed and this led to the release of PHI or PII. Mistake 2: Not protecting against smart people doing silly things. This year, a ... Read More >

Keep wellness program information safe from external threats

You may already know that information in a medical record (Social Security number, home address, date of birth) is an identity theft goldmine for committing generic identity theft. However, did you know a more specific kind of identity theft, in which a patient’s medical records are resold to uninsured patients who are desperate to access medical care, is an even more lucrative target? While Social Security numbers go for about $3-$5 each on black market websites, medical records ... Read More >

Curb desk dining to nudge worksite wellness forward

Research shows four out of five people consistently do this; it’s called desk dining. Eating meals regularly at your desk is common place at most workplaces, but many don’t realize it can also be harmful to employee health. How? Missed opportunities to socialize with co-workers and increased mindless eating are just a few reasons. Yet, regularly dining out has its share of hazards, too. Employees oftentimes hit fast-food restaurants or convenience stores for meals, contributing to overeating and overconsumption of ... Read More >

3 strategies for a tobacco-free workplace

Nationally, the estimated economic costs attributed to smok­ing and exposure to tobacco smoke continue to increase and now approach $300 billion annually, which includes $193 billion in health expenses and lost productivity. The good news? Nearly 70 percent of smokers have the desire to quit. An expensive habit to break According to a recent report, employees who smoke cost companies more than $6,000 extra per year compared to their nonsmoking colleagues. The breakdown annually, per each ... Read More >

6 steps to minimize security threats to program information

If you are feeling overwhelmed with the challenge of information security issues related to protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII), you are not alone. There are many ways your information can be affected if a breach occurs and it requires a multi-tier approach to maintain a heightened awareness, take precautionary measures and address a breach, if it happens. Here is a high-level framework to establish a strategic, proactive risk-based approach to information security with PHI and PII—and suggestions on ... Read More >

Simple tools to mend employee back health and medical spend

If you haven’t experienced back pain personally, consider yourself lucky. In a three-month period, about one-fourth of U.S. adults experience back pain, which means a high percentage of your employees is likely having back issues right now—affecting their health as well as their ability to work. Back pain can cause shooting and burning pain; make it difficult to move, dress or drive a car; and create a pain-induced mental fog that diminishes your ability to think. Research shows ... Read More >

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