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Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina: Are Changes Coming?

Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS - in Focused

In recent years, six states (AZ, OH, OK, TN, TX, and WA) have adopted formularies specifying preferred substances and excluding others, when pharmacologic treatment is part of the care of injured workers. Other states are considering such action. According…

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Dementia: A Public Health Concern with Personal, Occupational Consequences

Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS - in Focused

As a public health concern projected to gain momentum in the coming decades, Alzheimer’s disease presents substantial consequences not only for individuals and families but also within the larger American workforce. Alzheimer’s—along with other forms…

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The Effects of Depression on Workers’ Compensation

Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS - in Focused

The phrase “workplace injury” typically conjures a physical ailment—a back injury, a laceration, a respiratory illness—but there’s another, often overlooked consequence of on-the-job injuries that can affect both employees and a company’s bottom…

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The Genomic Revolution Continues: Genetic Basics and Types of Genetic Tests

By Dr. Phil Smalley MD, FRCPC - in Focused

This is part two of a continuing series. Be sure to check out part one here. Genetics Basics For the insurance and employee benefits professional to understand the different types of genetic tests, you first need to know the vocabulary. We have 23 pairs of…

Genomic Revolution is Here: What an Insurance Professional Needs to Know

Dr. Phil Smalley - in Focused

Introduction Is genetic testing ready for prime time use in employee benefits and insurance products? We think so, albeit with some caveats. Other expert opinions are mixed regarding this question, but one thing is for sure, this field of medicine is growing…

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Healthcare: Timeline to Failure

Charles Bens, Ph.D. - in Focused

For the past ten plus years, messages have been arriving that the existing healthcare system is seriously broken and there is a scientifically and medically proven way to fix it. Consider the following series of events. May 29, 2006 - The cover story in…

Wellness to Wellbeing – The Future of the Industry

Daniel Pyne - in Focused

Join GHR’s Christina Hunting as she hosts four industry professionals; Kate Siano, Wellbeing & Engagement Consultant, Arthur J. Gallagher & Company; Georgette Kores, Manager of Global Wellness & Engagement, World Fuel Services; Jenny Dodson,…

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A Zest for Life: The Story of 9zest

Lewis Fein - in Focused

Sometimes sickness is less a verdict than a chance at vindication. Sometimes it is an opportunity to convert a condition into a career, where the therapies of a great nation complement the technologies of a great idea, where one person’s struggles with Parkinson’s…

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Gender Discrimination and the Pay Gap – What Employers Need to Know

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Chris Williams, the Employment Practices Product Manager at Travelers, answered the following questions about the gender pay gap and what employers need to know. What is the issue?  The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported that in 2015, women…

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This Is How Writing Can Make You a Broad-Minded Person

Gloria Kopp - in Focused

Writing may sound like a boring task, reminiscent of your school days, however, many people would benefit from spending some time as a wordsmith on a daily basis. It helps with mental and emotional health; helps wake up your brain, and can even make you a…

5 Key Components to Effective Disaster Preparedness

Scott Cormier, VP of Emergency Management, Environment of Care and Safety Medxcel Facilities Management - in Focused

Natural disasters cause nearly 500 deaths annually in the United States. Unfortunately, healthcare facilities in the U.S. continue to fall short in disaster planning and preparedness. This lack of preparation creates the potential for serious ramifications,…

Four Ways to Hack Your Fitness Routine in an Overwired World

Camille Preston - in Focused

My dear dad always said, “If you want to make sure something gets done, give it to the busiest person you know.”  While this baffled me as a kid, I now see the truth in his words. Looking back, I realize that I always got my best grades when I was also…

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