Boulder, Colo., tech company CampMinder contracts with a company to bring in fresh produce for employee snacks, and every day workers get a yoga break. Lili Tenney of Health Links says company wellness programs have evolved over the past five years and now focus on making health personal and including all employees.
Despite the convenience of the quick text or e-mail, leaders and staff still need to talk in person to avoid misunderstandings and build relationships, argues Scott Mabry. Face-to-face interactions lead to better body language, fuller attention and a greater likelihood of clarity, he writes.
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission released a report last week urging the federal government to streamline the Medicaid managed care program by giving states more flexibility, providing guidance on telehealth use and implementation, and extending approval and waiver renewal periods from two to five years, among other steps. AHIP said states need a more efficient mechanism for adopting and expanding their Medicaid managed care programs, and the group urges lawmakers "to enact legislation in line with MACPAC's recommendation and build upon the successes of Medicaid managed care."
The American Heart Association in Buffalo, N.Y., is hosting its second Corporate Wellness Summit to bring companies together to exchange ideas about effective approaches to employee wellness. The event comes after a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report showed four of eight counties in the region rank low for length and quality of life, and a Gallup-Sharecare survey ranked Buffalo-Niagara 151 out of 186 US metro areas for health and well-being.
Five organizations are assessing what needs to be done to make Lakewood, Ohio, the healthiest city in the US. The $50,000 project will include an analysis of data, systems, processes, resources and needs from a health and wellness focus.
The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association's Drug Benefit Solutions campaign earned an "Honorable Mention" in the Best in Public Affairs category last week at the PRWeek U.S. Awards 2018 ceremony in New York City. The campaign promotes how pharmacy benefit managers lower prescription drug costs and increase access. PRWeek, the leading source of news, analysis and features for the public relations industry, hosts its annual awards ceremony to recognize the best public relations practitioners and campaigns in the US.
Anecdotes about so-called pharmacy gag rules have resulted in unneeded legislation, according to the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, which supports "the patient always paying the lowest cost at the pharmacy counter, whether it's the cash price or the copay. This is standard industry practice in both Medicare and the commercial sector."
President Donald Trump's plan for reducing opioid abuse and addiction includes a public education campaign, federal funding for treatment and harsh penalties -- including the death penalty -- for dealers, according to White House Domestic Policy Council Director Andrew Bremberg and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Opioid-drug makers were able to inject an element of doubt into plaintiffs' claims in early lawsuits, but the argument that patients were to blame for abuse and addiction might not hold up against current lawsuits brought by state attorneys general, says Rebecca Haffajee, a lawyer and professor of public health at the University of Michigan.
Congressional aides and lobbyists say biologic-drug makers are pushing for provisions in an appropriations package that would bar higher Medicare payments for biosimilars than for branded biologics at hospitals participating in the 340B discount program.