The Wellable Blog

Survey: Significant Increase In Health Plan Costs For Small Employers

“Most small employers have faced increasing costs associated with their health plans, while suffering from a lack of leverage and resources to manage the costs.”  This is the opening line in an article covering some of the findings from Mercer’s ...
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Number Of $1M+ Medical Bills Increased 87%

According to a report from Sun Life Financial, the number of patients with claims that exceeded $1 million grew from 104 to 194 between 2014 and 2017, reflecting a 87% growth rate. The total spending on such claims grew to $935 million. In the press ...
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5 Office Yoga Poses To Improve Posture and Reset

For many office-based employees, a normal day consists of sitting hunched over a computer keyboard.  Unfortunately, this lifestyle has adverse effects on musculoskeletal and mental health.  To relieve the negative impact a work environment may have ...
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Making Way For Generation Z In The Workplace

Over the past several years, business leaders have focused on understanding and providing for the needs of the millennials, the generation of individuals who reached early adulthood around the year 2000.  However, the succeeding generation, ...
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Employee Retention Takes Center Stage As Quit Rate Hits 17-Year High

The success of any organization is, without doubt, contingent on the productivity of its employees.  With employers optimizing their human capital through costly investments in recruitment and training, new statistics on employee retention may have ...
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Study: Fitbit Data Correlates With Patient Performance Status

Patient performance status (PS) helps shape prognosis and determine the best treatment for a patient with cancer.  Specifically, PS is a score that estimates a patient’s ability to perform certain activities of daily living (ADLs) without the help ...
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Meditation Kept Thai Boys Calm In Cave

Last week, 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, who had been trapped in a cave for more than two weeks,were rescued one-by-one by Thai Navy SEALs.  When they were first discovered by British divers, they were reportedly meditating.  The widely ...
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No Action From EEOC On Wellness Regulations

The current wellness regulations sunset in January 2019, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has employers guessing “what’s next” by making no moves to institute new ones.  Before diving into what this means for employers, a ...
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Wellness, Perks Comprise Trending Benefit List

According to a list from Employee Benefit News on 15 trending workplace benefits, employee wellness and perks continue to take center stage. Below is the full list of trending benefits, and the eight highlighted in bold show that more than 50% of ...
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Employers Begin To Question HDHPs

According to a survey by the National Business Group on Health, 39% of large employers offer only high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) to employees for health insurance, which is up from 7% in 2009.  The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that half of ...
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