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Congressional Bill Could Allow Wellness Programs to Require Genetic Testing

Kim Bassett - in News & Insights

Very little is being said about a bill moving through Congress that would allow employers to require its employees enrolled in the company’s wellness program to submit to genetic testing. Under this bill, if the employee does not comply, the employer could…

Senate Approves Trump FDA Pick

Daniel Pyne - in News & Insights

On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a 57 to 42 decision, mostly along party lines. The decision is not without controversy. Dr. Gottlieb has had close ties to the pharmaceutical and…

21st Century Cures Act

Promoting Wellness and Empowering Entrepreneurs: The Promise of the 21st Century Cures Act

By Andre Bourque - in News & Insights

Perhaps one of the most significant pieces of legislation signed by President Obama is the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill enacted a little over a month before his departure from office. In terms of furthering health and wellness, the 21st Century Cures Act…

a bloodsucking mosquito

Preparedness against Mosquito-Borne Illnesses: Confronting this Challenge

Micah Ali - in News & Insights

For all the worry about mosquito-borne illnesses, including Zika and West Nile Virus, it would be a mistake to consider the former a problem for the State of Florida alone, while treating the latter as a phenomenon exclusive to the East Coast in general. Put…

What Employees Don’t Like About the Holidays

What Employees Don’t Like About the Holidays

Paul White - in News & Insights

Some people love the holiday season, while others really don’t. In fact, it seems that a growing number of people make comments like: “I hate the holidays!” (Maybe they are just more vocal about it.) To find out more specifics, last year we sent out…

With election day here, what do the candidates plan for the future of American healthcare.

Election Day: What Are the Candidates Plans for Healthcare?

Daniel Pyne - in News & Insights

Today, America’s 18-month election process (it seemed like an eternity) will be behind us at long last.  However, before we wave goodbye to the 2016 election which often resembled a roller-coaster ride, it is important to take a look at the plans both candidates…

Healthcare consumers need to spend more time speaking with their doctor, like this woman here.

What do Healthcare Consumers Care about Most?

Daniel Pyne - in News & Insights

Deloitte’s 2016 Consumer Priorities in Health Care Survey was recently released and it revealed some surprising opinions from healthcare consumers in regard to their healthcare.  The numerous services from which to choose, and the complexity of those services,…

Halloween Candy

5 Candy Tips for A Healthy Halloween

Thea Runyan - in News & Insights

As kids collect pounds of candy this Halloween, this can leave parents playing the candy police, using their best bargaining skills, or just navigating meltdowns. Childhood weight/health expert, Thea Runyan, offers up her 5 tips to keep kids candy consumption…

AARP Sues EEOC Over Incentive-based Wellness Regulations

Daniel Pyne - in News & Insights

The AARP - a lobbying group representing the interests of older Americans, and formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons – has sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over new workplace wellness regulations. The decision…

Hospitals Feel Effect of Drug Price Hikes Too

Daniel Pyne - in News & Insights

Pharmaceutical companies are once again on the defensive over rising drug prices. A report released earlier this month revealed that inpatient drug spending for hospitals rose by an average of 23.4 percent in the period of 2013 to 2015, and as high as 38.7…

These sugary beverages could be taxed

WHO Report Recommends Tax of Sugary Beverages

Daniel Pyne - in News & Insights

  As covered on the site previously, the notion of an extra tax on the sales of sugary beverages – a “soda tax” – is an idea gaining traction across the United States. Philadelphia, for example, became the first big city in the nation to put into…

No Wellness, No Bonus

by Corporate Wellness Magazine - in News & Insights

Leadership buy in, as we all know, is a crucial part of any wellness program. Support needs to come from the top down. If the C-Suite and management do not utilize and discuss their company’s wellness program, why would the lower level employees? So…