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6 Tips For Preventing Sleep Deprivation

By Whitney Trent on Apr 12, 2017 6:30:00 AM

I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

Maybe you’ve used that phrase or heard a colleague or friend utter it. In the midst of our busy lives, sleep often falls by the wayside. But the reality is - sleep isn’t an option. A recent British survey revealed that people who sleep less than six hours a night have a 13% higher mortality rate than those sleeping at least seven hours.

Many factors contribute to sleeplessness such as family worries and financial concerns, but one factor that stands out above others: work. The work we do can affect the quality of sleep we get. It can impact how much free time we have, how anxious we feel, and how tired we are.

Topics: Employee Benefits Health Risk Management
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Ask The Advisor: Employee Benefits Communication

By Gibson on Apr 10, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Ryan Colvin, Principal and Consultant at Gibson, discusses employee benefits communications - the risks associated with your workforce not understanding their benefit plan and how to create an effective employee benefits communication strategy. To hear what Ryan has to say, check out the video below: 

Topics: Employee Benefits
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Can Step Therapy Help Control Rising Prescription Drug Costs?

By Gibson on Apr 5, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Today we’re sharing insight from guest blogger, Dr. Eric Bricker, Chief Medical Officer of Compass Professional Health Services. We hope you enjoy Dr. Bricker’s wisdom and perspective.

The February 28, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article by Dr. Michael Fischer and Dr. Jerry Avorn entitled, “Step Therapy—Clinical Algorithms, Legislation and Optimal Prescribing,” that explains the benefits of step therapy, an approach intended to control the costs and risks posed by prescription drugs.

Step therapy is a relatively new program offered by insurers and pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) that requires patients to try lower cost or generic medications before they can ‘step up’ to a more expensive medication.

Topics: Employee Benefits
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“Obamacare is the law of the land for the foreseeable future.”

By Gibson on Mar 27, 2017 9:43:15 AM

On Friday, March 24, 2017, Republican leaders withdrew their overhaul of the nation’s health care system, commonly referred to as repeal and replace, from the House floor. What this means for employers is the employer mandate, tax reporting, measurement periods, and employee tracking remain part of our daily activities. “Obamacare is the law of the land for the foreseeable future,” said speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Topics: Employee Benefits Health Care Reform
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Community Wellbeing: Making Workplace Giving Fun & Engaging

By Gibson on Mar 15, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Community wellbeing and workplace giving are integral to an organization’s success. Providing your people with opportunities to get involved within their communities, and supporting the causes and issues that matter to them, increases employee engagement and helps create a strong company culture. The key to a successful community wellbeing program is to ensure your people feel invested in the organization’s giving efforts. The more personally connected to a cause they feel, the more likely they are to participate.

Topics: Employee Benefits Health Risk Management
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Ask The Advisor: The Increasing Cost Of Prescription Drugs

By Gibson on Mar 13, 2017 6:30:00 AM

 

Chad Hahn, Principal and Consultant at Gibson, discusses the risk associated with the increasing costs of prescriptions, specifically specialty drugs, and how your organization can manage this risk. To hear what Chad has to say, check out the video below: 

Topics: Risk Management Employee Benefits
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Employee Experience: Keeping Your Finger On The Pulse

By Gibson on Feb 27, 2017 6:30:00 AM

It’s no secret that disengaged workers can negatively impact your organization. Research, especially studies conducted by Gallup, continues to show us that disengaged employees are less productive, are absent from work more often, and more likely to have workplace accidents than their engaged colleagues.

A key component of managing the employee experience is gathering employee feedback. To improve employee engagement, you must understand your starting point. Do your employees feel valued? What do they appreciate most? What areas can be improved?

Topics: Risk Management Employee Benefits
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Evaluation: A Key Component Of Workplace Wellbeing Initiatives

By Gibson on Feb 15, 2017 6:30:00 AM

You completed a new workplace wellbeing initiative…now what?

As the initiative comes to an end, don’t just forget about it and move on. Use the experience as a guide to ensure that your next workplace wellbeing initiative is even more meaningful and effective.

Topics: Employee Benefits Health Risk Management
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You Can't Have It All

By Gibson on Feb 13, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Today we’re sharing insight from guest blogger Mike Cahill, President & CEO of Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana. We hope you enjoy Mike’s wisdom and perspective.

I was in a meeting the other day about a service my company had considered offering for a number of years. After about 10 minutes, I gave the go-ahead. One of our senior leaders mentioned they have been talking about this for a few years and had not made a decision, so why the need to move now on a decision?

My response, and one many of us should think about, is that putting off a decision is still making a decision. We must get some psychic boost from ‘putting off’ a decision versus deciding to not do anything. In the end, the results look the same. So why bring any of this up?

This country has had the same argument over health care for a long time.

Topics: Employee Benefits Health Care Reform
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Workplace Wellbeing: Recommended Resources

By Nicole Fallowfield on Feb 1, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Seeking resources on workplace wellbeing but not sure where to find them? Look no further, I have several suggestions here for you! 

As I discussed during the Workplace Wellbeing: Stop Telling Me What To Do webinar, how the brain functions, the different types of motivation, and the research behind incentives are all critical in understanding how to achieve real engagement in your workplace wellbeing programs. There is an immense amount of research articles, studies, and books on these topics, but below are a few mentioned in the webinar that I'd encourage you to check out. 

Topics: Employee Benefits Health Risk Management