Happy July! Can you believe we are already halfway through the year? July marks America’s independence and is full of fireworks and hot temperatures. Rising temps go hand-in-hand with the sun’s potent and potentially damaging rays. Although July is home to a smaller number of health observances as noted below, the one that sticks out in my mind is UV Safety. Did someone say sunscreen?
- Hemochromatosis Awareness Month
- International Group B Strep Awareness Month
- Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
- UV Safety Month
Continue reading Cover Up for UV Safety Month!
Spring is in the air and the days are getting longer! With the anticipation of longer days and warmer weather, it’s also exciting to see March’s month-long national health observances. What might your organization focus on in March?
- Athletic Training Month
- Brain Injury Awareness Month
- Child Life Month
- Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
- Eye Donor Month
- Kidney Month
- Nutrition Month
- Professional Social Work Month
- Save Your Vision Month
- Workplace Eye Wellness Month
Continue reading March is National Nutrition Month
As a Senior Advisor at Ovation, I am responsible for managing and servicing our existing client relationships. I participate in renewal strategy meetings and often see our clients struggling with rate increases and the difficult decisions on how to cut healthcare costs while still maintaining the best benefits for employees and their families. We hear the buzzwords over and over again: consumer driven health plans, pharmacy carve outs, specialty drug management programs, tiered networks – the list goes on. Many employers are adopting these trends that will no doubt help to save the health plan money. Still, it seems to me that there is one simple resource available that is often overlooked and underutilized by many of us. This tool will help to lower the cost of healthcare without reducing employee coverage.
I’m talking about preventive health care. Continue reading The Importance of Preventive Health Care
By: Emily Bailey, Principal and Simone Torneo, Senior Advisor
With open enrollment for 2016 in the rear-view mirror for many employers, it might be tempting for benefit managers to sit back and relax. However, now is the ideal time to conduct an open enrollment analysis before memories of what worked, and what didn’t, have faded. During open enrollment, things never go exactly as planned, and now is the time to engage with your employees and understand what can be improved upon next year.
1. Reflect on your 2015 goals
Most employers strive to achieve 90% to 100% participation for open enrollment meetings. With more and more employees working remotely, or working odd hours, this can be a challenge. There has been an increase in web-based and pre-recorded meetings to help employees gain access to the information when not at work.
As more and more benefits technology platforms come to market, an increasing number of employers are trying to go paperless with their open enrollment campaigns. Now might be the time to consider a platform that offers that capability. Continue reading 5 Tips to Evaluate Open Enrollment Effectiveness