Infusing a Culture of Health

Read the latest ideas and best practices from our experts on infusing a culture of health.

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Dispelling 4 myths of health assessments

Myth or reality: When people receive a report of their disease risk, they experience an epiphany and change unhealthy habits. If you answered myth, you’re correct. Since health assessments first came on the public health scene in the late 1980s, they have evolved significantly from the paper-based questionnaires that solved for likelihood of disease or death. We see today’s best health assessments as an engagement tool that leverages sophisticated computer algorithms to identify individual health risk and measure motivation to change unhealthy behaviors. ... Read More >

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Health care and health management trends with data security

At year-end 2013, InformationWeek predicted health care data breaches would surge in 2014, citing the industry’s sizable “attack surface,” i.e., the number of Americans covered and the financial size of the industry, as the primary reason. Recent trend information from Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report examined more than 63,000 information security incidents and found the causes for data breaches in health care and health management, as well as in other industries, could be linked to nine ... Read More >

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Boost participation rates with corporate wellness marketing

Employees may participate—or not participate—in corporate wellness programs for a variety of reasons. According to a recent survey, the top reasons employees gave for participating in their employer’s wellness program include: Improve their health (77%) Maintain their health (75%) Learn more about their own health risks (71%) The top reasons employees gave for not participating in a wellness program include: Believe they can make changes on their own (70%) Lack time (56%) Believe they are already healthy (53%) To engage participants in corporate wellness, employers must ... Read More >

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Avera’s employees model the new approach to health care

The Affordable Care Act is shifting the health care industry to take greater responsibility for costs and quality of care. In response, Avera and its employees are modeling the new approach to health care known as population health management. Learn more about Avera's corporate wellness program.  The goal of population health management is to keep a population as healthy as possible by addressing the preventive and chronic care needs of every individual. Learn how many health care systems — including Avera — ... Read More >

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5 tactics to engage manufacturing employees in health

Seventy-nine percent of consumers view making smart choices every day as the number one factor that leads to good health, according to a 2014 Aon Hewitt study. At the same time, 85 percent of consumers also say obstacles such as lack of time and affordability often get in the way of them making smart choices. As a provider of health management programs, we hear participants share these same hurdles to better health many times. To facilitate behavior change when ... Read More >

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HIPAA and the 800-pound gorilla

A friend of mine is a zookeeper—specifically, she works with gorillas. Gorillas are powerful, agile and smart. Their enclosures constantly undergo inspection to ensure a fallen tree limb or other object doesn’t morph into a ramp to mount the top of the wall and swing to freedom beyond. Security in an organization that handles personal health information also requires proactive, ongoing assessment and surveillance. As Kaiser Permanente can attest, an object as innocent as a missing flash drive can ... Read More >

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Trends shaping incentive design for health plans

Many employers and health plans alike view wellness programs as a top strategy for controlling long- term health care spending. They also share another perspective: Many see incentives as key to motivating targeted, meaningful engagement. Our book-of-business data shows that incentives, when designed appropriately, can engage a larger portion of a population in health management activities. For health plans, incentive designs can be incredibly complex—as the rewards you offer for both self-funded and fully insured groups must be meaningful enough to get ... Read More >

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What Windows XP end-of-life could mean for HIPAA compliance

Support for the Windows XP operating system ends April 8, 2014. For health plans with data stored on Windows XP, this end-of-life date is critical, as protected health information (PHI) could be at risk unless action is taken. Next month, Microsoft will no longer provide automatic updates to Windows XP, which means PHI may not be adequately protected. Without these updates, Microsoft reports that users of Windows XP will become five times more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. For health ... Read More >

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Engagement from participation: Clarity with employee health metrics

Engagement from participation in a health management program—how do we measure it? How do we define it? And how do we know when it adds value? No surprise: Engagement was a hotly debated topic at the recent Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Think Tank last February. To help level-set the industry with a common definition of participation—as well as give greater clarity to employers around the value of their wellness efforts—HERO and Population Health Alliance are collaborating on an important project. This ... Read More >

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Tips to design a thriving corporate fitness program

A recent Towers Watson report reports that a substantial number of employers are having problems attracting and retaining key employee groups, and the percentages of employers that report this difficulty are rising. As part of a strategic imperative to attract critical-skill and high-potential employees, many employers strive to find ways to differentiate their benefits. And as part of their comprehensive benefit package, one key program that can help an employer edge out competitors for talent is corporate fitness. When done ... Read More >

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