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May is Mental Health month and the time is ripe for your company to double down its efforts to raising awareness about this important aspect of employee’s health and well-being; reducing stigma related to seeking care and providing support; and connecting employees with relevant benefits and resources.
On March 29-31, over 500 HR/benefits and health care professionals came together in Washington, DC for the Business Group’s annual conference Business Health Agenda. This year’s conference focused on employee communication and engagement, innovation in health care and pharmacy delivery and health care policy and regulation. The following five key takeaways were gleaned from 3-day event.
In recent years, major breakthrough cancer therapies have entered onto the oncology stage, namely actors in immunotherapy that have shown extraordinary promise. These new agents differ from conventional treatments in that they selectively target aspects of the immune system to optimize the innate response to invading cancer cells.
Tax season is here and there’s no better time – or excuse – for your company to communicate with employees about the financial benefits and services available to them. Whether your company offers tax preparation, a generous 401k matching program, a student loan repayment benefit, or workshops on budgeting or financial planning, be sure to discuss the resources you offer, the advantages of engaging with them, as well as where employees can learn more.
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.