Health care spending in Massachusetts continues to rise, faster than the state’s rate of inflation.
Battling the elements, water leaks (and mold!), preventing heat loss, finding fire, and improving energy efficiency. These are just some of the reasons why thermal imaging is an important tool for municipalities. At MIIA, the cost for damage from a burst pipe averages over $80,000 with the capacity to exceed $500,000 – reason enough to look into thermal imaging as a preventative measure.
MIIA presents Loss Control, Wellness awards during Annual Meeting
MIIA workshops to cover workplace safety, stress management
MIIA marks 35th anniversary at Annual Meeting
Which substitute teachers are eligible for health insurance, and when are they eligible? It seems like it should be a straightforward query, but the answer, and statutory background, is complex.
Summertime often brings a need to hire seasonal workers for municipal jobs, such as at summer camps, swimming pools, and with schools and public works departments. These hires, often high school and college students, create safety and liability concerns for municipalities – risks that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Depression affects an estimated one in 10 adults in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and ranks third among workplace problems for employee assistance professionals – behind only family crisis and stress.
Driverless cars, with potential implications ranging from traffic and roadway adjustments to planning and budgeting, are another innovation that’s poised to raise new issues that will need to be addressed at the local level.
Driverless Cars Predicted to Reduce Vehicle Ownership while Reducing Industry Auto Premium with Assisted Driving Innovations.
During its annual meeting on Jan. 23 in Boston, MIIA honored 12 member municipalities for exemplary efforts to promote employee wellness, control costs and losses, and reduce insurance claims.
MIIA members are invited to attend the MIIA Annual Meeting at the Hynes Convention Center Friday January 22,2016 & Saturday January 23, 2016..
One provision of the Affordable Care Act that is beginning to garner attention and debate is the so-called Cadillac tax, a 40 percent excise tax that will be imposed upon group health plans that offer benefits greater in aggregate cost than certain statutory thresholds.
With the inevitable cold temperatures and snow around the corner, this is an ideal time to make the most of the available sunlight and fresh air and to plan for when it becomes a bit more difficult to venture out.
Last winter broke records for snow accumulation and extreme cold. Unfortunately, for those working in municipal governments around the Commonwealth, it broke records for overtime work, building and property damage, and stress levels as well.
With more outside-the-box activities – innovative town events, alternative energy systems, creative learning methods in schools, and other programs – careful consideration must be given to potential liability issues as well as long-term costs.
If you’ve noticed your pharmacy bills creeping up, you’re not the only one. A recent report from prescription management company Express Scripts shows that prescription drug spending in the United States rose by 13 percent in 2014 – the largest annual increase in more than 10 years. And these increases don’t just affect patients, they affect payers and providers as well.
Opinions still differ regarding the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect health care costs and delivery in the long term, but most agree that the landscape is evolving rapidly.
Here’s a startling statistic: 19,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day in the United States, a trend that will continue through 2030, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s a lot of potential retirees being added every day.
Job-related injuries are costly to employers both in terms of workers’ compensation and lost productivity. In response, some communities are implementing “return-to-work” programs to help them manage and reduce these costs.
Have you ever driven right past your own exit on the highway? Or opened the refrigerator door and realized that you forgot what you went there for? These are common examples of not living in the moment.
Board elections and Wellness and Loss Control awards were the highlights of the MIIA Annual Meeting and luncheon, held on Jan. 25 in conjunction with the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Boston.
The economic impact of unnecessary emergency department use is significant. The cost of an ER visit is, on average, $580 more than the cost of a regular doctor’s office visit.