Benefit Design

The Health and Productivity Impact of Chronic Conditions Report: Back Pain

Back pain is caused by conditions such as intervertebral disc disorders or ankylosing spondylitis not only degrades the quality of employees' lives -- it has business costs for employers and the economy at-large. The findings from IBIs series on the health and productivity impact of chronic conditions provide a scalable benchmark of what back pain [...]

The Health and Productivity Impact of Chronic Conditions Infographic: Back Pain

Back pain is caused by conditions such as intervertebral disc disorders or ankylosing spondylitis not only degrades the quality of employees' lives -- it has business costs for employers and the economy at-large. The findings from IBIs series on the health and productivity impact of chronic conditions provide a scalable benchmark of what back pain [...]

Health and Productivity Challenges for Lower-income Workers

Lower-income employees may be at a particularly high risk of experiencing cost-related barriers to care. Even when they have employment-based health insurance, high-deductibles, coinsurance, and health care and prescription medication costs can often keep health care out of their reach. To explore the productivity losses that cost-related barriers to care can impose on employers, IBI [...]

Research Summary: What Does a Hospital Stay Really Cost?

Employers know that an employee’s hospital stay often result in missed workdays and lost productivity. A new study co-authored by Stanford Ph.D. candidate Adelina Wang (supported by IBI as part of the Thomas Parry Research Fellowship) suggests that productivity losses do not necessarily end with a patient's discharge—and are linked to the quality of hospital [...]

The Impact of Medication Adherence on Workplace Productivity Outcomes

Medication nonadherence—when a patient’s use of prescribed pharmaceuticals for a given condition does not meet established guidelines or provider recommendations—undermines the effectiveness of treatments. Recent efforts to improve adherence have shown promise, but the implications for how improved adherence will impact patients’ lost work time is not well known. To help employers understand the business's [...]

Toward Better Value: Employer Perspectives on Managing Prescription Drug Benefits

Learn what employers can do to get better value for money spent on prescription drug benefits.  First, Chuck Reynolds of Benfield-Gallagher reviews key findings from research on employer experience and perspectives regarding pharmacy benefits management. Then, Kristen Putnam of Praxair describes her company’s journey from a traditional PBM vendor relationship to collaboration with their [...]

Leveraging IBI Tools

BI Director of Research and Analytics Dr. Brian Gifford covers practical measurement tools and strategies for linking employee health, wellbeing and productivity. These resources can help employers better understand the opportunities for improving the health and productivity of their people, and improve the value that suppliers provide to their clients and partners.