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February 26, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Employers, health plans use market data to boost wellness efforts
    Some employers and health plans are using market data to track employee purchases to improve wellness efforts, such as weight-loss programs. Critics say it's a slippery slope between being protective and being invasive, but insurers say they follow medical privacy regulations and only give employers aggregate data, not personal details on workers. MarketWatch (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio hospital works on employee wellness
    With 70% of employees deemed overweight, Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ohio's Miami Valley last year offered a 12-week Weight Watchers program and gave people rebates worth $10 per pound lost, up to 50 pounds, on their insurance premiums. The hospital's wellness program also encourages annual health risk assessments and offers premium rebates for workers who do not smoke. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • USPSTF: Postmenopausal women should not take vitamin D, calcium
    Noninstitutionalized postmenopausal women should not take vitamin D and calcium supplements, as they do not show efficacy in preventing fractures and are associated with higher risk of kidney stones, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stated. It is unclear whether the supplements work for younger populations, according to the statement published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Family Practice News (2/25), Reuters (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mo. tanning salons may misinform consumers on health risks
    U.S. researchers surveyed operators at 243 indoor tanning facilities in Missouri and found that almost two-thirds of them said they accept customers as young as 10 or 12 years old, sometimes without consent from their parents. Of all the respondents, 43% said there were no health risks linked to indoor tanning, while 80% said that tanning could help avoid sunburns later in life. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. Reuters (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Cooking demos show diabetes patients how to prepare healthy foods
    Miami's Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center offers cooking demonstrations to show people with diabetes different ways to prepare healthy foods using ingredients available to them. Ann Albright of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation said it is important to consider people's "taste, culture, even preferences" to help increase the likelihood they will make lifestyle changes. The Miami Herald (free registration) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
Improve your ACA knowledge with new online courses
For a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), register for AHIP's new Affordable Care Act (ACA) Compliance Online Series. Available course topics include Medicare, Exchanges, the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, and Accountable Care Organizations, with more programs planned in the near future. For details, click here.
  AHIP News 
  • Strengthening care, services and support for dual eligibles
    What programs are demonstrating success in achieving better care integration for the dually eligible population? How do these partnerships improve access and quality? At AHIP's Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost, March 12 in Washington, D.C., you'll learn the answers in sessions such as “Partnerships for Improved Access” and “State Strategies for Streamlining and Aligning Initiatives.” Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Want efficient back office operations? Consider TPA Direct
    The TPA Direct program consist of AHIP member companies and offers guidance to health insurance plans and other payers and administrators interested in outsourcing. TMG Health, a TPA Direct partner, is a technology-enabled, Business Process Outsourcing services firm providing operational solutions and information systems for health plans, providers and insurers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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