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As a follow up to our release of “Policy Recommendations to Promote Sustainable, Affordable Pricing for Specialty Pharmaceuticals,” in which we focused on policy recommendations we think the government should examine, this blog post focuses on policies we think are ill-advised. These policies may include specialty drug price caps, out-of-pocket payment caps, limitations on utilization management tools and mandated disclosure of proprietary information.
Workplace nutrition programs play an integral role in supporting employee health. Since full-time working adults spend about 50% of their waking hours at work, employees are likely to eat at least one meal and a snack per day in the workplace. Employers should evaluate their current dining, catering and vending offerings using assessment tools or audits on healthy food offerings and sales.
The CDC estimates1 that one in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and diagnoses continue to rise. Whether that’s due to increasing prevalence or more accurate diagnosing, large employers must have a strategy for supporting plan members with ASD and the employee caregivers who assist them.
As we do every year, the National Business Group on Health held its Employers' Summit on Health Care Costs and Solutions in January. The summit provides a forum for close to 100 benefits leaders to come together early in the health care planning cycle to reflect on last year’s initiatives, discuss strategy for 2017 and begin to plan for 2018 and beyond. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, to network and learn from peers, and to leverage best practices that employers can implement back in the office.
The emergence of mobile health apps is giving consumers unprecedented ways of engaging in their health and well-being. More than 165,000 apps are currently available, with the majority focused on diet and fitness. Apps are also incredibly popular; almost 60% of consumers have downloaded at least one health app, and of those, a third use one every day. Employers can positively impact workforce health by recommending safe, effective, secure and user-friendly apps to employees.
The Business Group is pleased to roll out a Public Policy Issue Brief that offers public policy recommendations to create a more favorable environment for financial sustainability and affordability of specialty medications. At the outset, understanding the challenge is important. With specialty drug expenditures trending at an all-time high and all indicators pointing to sustained increases over time, employers are strategizing on how best to manage growing pharmacy expenditures for this subset of drugs.
It’s important that a governance structure for benefits be in sync with the overall mission and goals of a company. What is at stake, among other things, is a company's fiscal health. Employers want to secure their employees’ health and well-being consistently across their operations in different local and global markets.