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Published on September 5, 2019 in Health and Dental

Mental Health Is a Growing Challenge in the Workplace

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health issues that affect our ability to be productive at work, and, according to recent surveys, they appear to be on the rise in younger generations. This trend is likely to amplify the challenges managers face in addressing mental health issues in the workplace. Read More

Published on July 18, 2019 in Health and Dental

Strategies for Mitigating Recent Measles Surge

For the first time in decades, measles outbreaks are making headlines across the country, worrying public health officials in cities and towns large and small. Read More

Published on June 4, 2019 in Health and Dental

Municipal Liability Strategies Under Cancer Presumption Law

Chapter 148 of the Acts of 2018 shifted to the employer the burden of proving working conditions were not a significant contributing factor to the development of certain types of cancer in firefighters. The cancers in question commonly include leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and brain, bladder and gastrointestinal cancers. Read More

Published on December 7, 2018 in Health and Dental

Shift Underway in Employee Health, Wellness Initiatives

Traditional wellness programs – focused mainly on physical health and fitness – are very popular and here to stay. But a shift is underway toward new approaches and initiatives that are intended to have a direct impact on health outcomes and costs. Read More

Published on November 15, 2018 in Health and Dental

Doctor: Local Leaders Can Promote Progress on Opioid Problem

The opioid epidemic is in the news, part of our discussions with neighbors, friends and families, and affecting our kids. Learn what municipal leaders do about it. Read More

Published on September 27, 2018 in Health and Dental

How to Help When Opioid Misuse Enters the Workplace

The past year has brought modest improvements, but opioid misuse and related deaths remain a national crisis, with the Massachusetts opioid-related death rate more than twice the national rate. (Note: 2 Opioid Webinars for Municipal Employers are available at end of this article.) Read More

Published on July 10, 2018 in Health and Dental

Health Literacy Is Essential to Success of Wellness Programs

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, only 12 % of Americans are “well-informed, savvy users of health care.” Learn how to create a health-literate workforce. Read More

Published on April 30, 2018 in Health and Dental

Prediabetic Screening Programs Can Help Reduce Health Risks

Diabetes costs the U.S. economy more than $245 billion per year, making it the country’s most expensive disease, according to the personal finance website It’s the third most-deadly disease in the U.S., claiming more than 80,000 lives per year, and is becoming a daily concern for millions more. Read More

Published on February 27, 2018 in Health and Dental

Musculoskeletal Disorders and an Alternative, Cost-Saving Treatment

Musculoskeletal disorders often require costly MRI scans and x-rays that can be misleading, resulting in treatments and surgeries that may provide only temporary or no relief for the patient. Municipal managers see this reality in their spiking health care and workers' compensation costs, which often lead to greater lost time and lost productivity. Read More

Published on October 27, 2017 in Health and Dental

Pharmacy Cost Management: What's Being Done to Control Costs

The cost of healthcare in America continues to increase each year, and the price of pharmaceuticals along with it. So, what kinds of strategies are in place to improve costs for insured individuals and families and to reduce costs for the employer? Read More

Published on September 5, 2017 in Health and Dental

Wellness Programs Can Improve Organizational and Employee Wellbeing

Wellness programs have become an important component of employee education and healthcare benefits among for-profit and nonprofit organizations nationwide. The reason is clear: improving the wellbeing of an organization and its employees is a win-win proposition. Read More

Published on March 15, 2017 in Health and Dental

Controlling Costs in a Changing Health Care Landscape

Health care spending in Massachusetts continues to rise, faster than the state’s rate of inflation. Read More

Published on August 29, 2016 in Health and Dental

Substitute teachers and health insurance: Who is eligible and when?

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. Read More

Published on October 29, 2015 in Health and Dental

Connecting with nature promotes workplace wellness

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. Read More

Published on July 30, 2015 in Health and Dental

Strategies for combatting rising drug 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. Read More

Published on June 10, 2015 in Health and Dental

ACA affects workers’ compensation in 3 areas

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. Read More