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New IRS Guidelines for High Deductible Plans Could Give Employers a Productivity Boost

Jul 25, 2019|

High deductible health plans (HDHPs) are a popular way for those who don’t expect to have expensive medical services in a year pay lower premiums. The danger is that enrollees may not seek medical care when it’s needed or to manage chronic conditions because they can’t afford to meet the deductible. IBI recently released a [...]

Research Review June 2019

Jul 9, 2019|

Research review keeps you up to date with the latest peer-reviewed work on health and productivity. Here’s a sample of what caught our attention that you may have missed in June. In This Issue: Legal Promise of Equal Mental Health Treatment Often Falls Short When Dad Can Stay Home: Fathers' Workplace Flexibility and [...]

Research Review

Jun 20, 2019|

Research review keeps you up to date with the latest peer-reviewed work on health and productivity. Here’s a sample of what caught our attention that you may have missed in May. “People with health insurance are having trouble paying for their care due to increasing deductibles. And as deductibles increase, people are less [...]

Social Media Posts Say More About Our Health Than We May Intend

Jun 18, 2019|

Status updates may be more useful than demographic factors in predicting certain health conditions. That’s the finding from a new study published in PLOS One. The authors linked words used in patients’ Facebook posts to their electronic medical records (EMR) in order to see if the ways people express themselves on social media gives clues [...]

World Health Organization: Job Burnout Now a Diagnosable Syndrome

May 29, 2019|

In 2022, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases, revision 11 (ICD-11) will contain a code (QD85 Burn-out) for a syndrome characterized by: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy. Burn-out [...]

The Sitting Epidemic

May 1, 2019|

When I was at the CDC, sedentary time was just beginning to emerge as a topic of conversation and research. The evidence is strong for improving physical activity, but the negative consequences of sitting – and not just physical inactivity – is becoming an area of focus. We know that there are a lot of [...]

Balancing the benefits of paid family leave with the challenges to productivity

Mar 29, 2019|

A policy brief on the impact of paid family leave (PFL) summarizes the research literature showing several advantages for workers and children, and few wage or productivity implications for businesses. That is good news for employees who work in the seven states with PFL laws, and for several states that are considering similar laws. In [...]