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Cancer in the Workplace – Supporting Treatment for Positive Employee and Employer Results

Dec 2, 2015|

The big “C” – cancer -- can cause panic and feelings of helplessness. These feelings, however, often are shared beyond the patients being screened or treated for the disease. Employers often are unsure of how to help their employees who have been diagnosed with cancer and desire to remain at work during treatment or [...]

CDHPs: Overcoming the Challenges for Managing Health and Productivity

Jun 30, 2015|

At the National Association of Health Underwriters’ (NAHU) annual meeting in New Orleans, Brian Gifford, IBI’s Director of Research and Measurement presented findings on consumer-driven health plans’ (CDHPs) challenges for managing health and productivity. The session described findings from IBI’s recent review of the CDHP research literature and lessons from Cummins Inc.’s and Kraft Foods’ [...]

PCORI Mental Health Talk on Twitter

Jun 10, 2015|

On May 19th, IBI Executive Vice President Dr. Kim Jinnett was a panelist in a Live Twitter chat moderated by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) about how patient and clinician involvement is making a difference in mental health. The chat was denoted by the hashtag #mhtalk and trended. While many participated, IBI was asked to [...]

Unmanaged Diabetes in the Workplace – Higher Worker Absence, Lower Performance

May 26, 2015|

This IBI report features the productivity implications of poorly managed diabetes drawing upon IBI’s 2013 Benchmarking data, prior IBI studies and others’ research. Together these findings suggest that when diabetes is managed well work-disruptive symptoms and events -- such as attendance problems, fatigue-related performance issues and work disability episodes -- are likely to diminish. Value-based [...]

IBI Research: Chronic Health Conditions, Workplace Productivity and Accidents

Feb 27, 2015|

Spotlight on article published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine IBI Spotlights call attention to important health and productivity findings from peer-reviewed work. The research described in this particular Spotlight is authored or co-authored by an IBI researcher. IBI members are encouraged to obtain the original articles from the copyright holder. What is the [...]

Worksite Wellness Programs in Small Businesses

Jan 21, 2015|

Spotlight on article published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine IBI Spotlights call attention to important health and productivity findings from peer-reviewed work. The research described in this particular Spotlight is authored or co-authored by an IBI researcher. IBI members are encouraged to obtain the original articles from the copyright holder. What is the [...]

Prevention in the ACA Environment

Dec 2, 2014|

Many employers have questions about preventive health activities in the wake of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Using findings from IBI’s integrated research database, IBI Executive Vice President Kim Jinnett discussed the financial and productivity implications of preventive health – with a particular focus on successfully implementing smoking cessation in the workplace. Other speakers included [...]

Clinical and Behavioral Predictors of Short-Term Disability

Nov 17, 2014|

Preventing the need for disability leave is preferable to managing disability claims. At the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans, IBI Director of Research and Measurement Brian Gifford illustrated how modifiable health risks and biometric lab results predict employees’ later short-term disability (STD) claims. Analyzing data from Aetna disability claims, HRA survey [...]

The High Costs of Low Prevalence Diseases – Evidence from IBI’s 2013 Benchmarking Data

Sep 17, 2014|

The Issue: When it comes to managing workforce health and productivity, employers typically focus on costly, high-prevalence conditions such as low back pain, depression and obesity. However, less common diseases can still take their toll through wage replacement and lost productivity costs when cases end up in the disability system. Evidence: To demonstrate this [...]