Employers confirm plans to offer employee health benefits, wellness incentives

A majority of employers are committed to providing employee healthcare benefits in the near future, according to findings from the annual Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health (NBGH) Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care. The survey found average total healthcare costs are expected to reach $12,136 per employee this year, up 5 percent […]

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FDA recommends change in natural rubber latex labeling to prevent allergic reactions

To avoid giving a false sense of security to healthcare workers and others who are allergic to natural rubber latex (NRL), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that manufacturers of FDA-regulated medical products stop using statements on labels such as “latex-free” or “does not contain latex.” A draft guidance document published today in […]

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Hospital receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace award for safe patient handling program

St. Luke’s, Duluth, Minn., will receive Best Practice Honors for its safe patient handling program at the American Psychological Association’s eighth annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards ceremony tomorrow in Washington, D.C. Best Practice Honors recognize a single program or policy that contributes to a psychologically healthy work environment and meets the unique needs of the […]

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Stakeholder collaboration holds promise for healthcare cost management

Innovative healthcare organizations recognize the dual role they play as both providers and employers. Meanwhile, providers need to engage in collaborative conversations with other employers in their communities, third-party administrators and health plans. For their part, employers are encouraged to ask certain critical questions, according to Healthy Employees, Lower Premiums and Costs, a new report […]

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It’s National Patient Safety Awareness Week

Medication safety and healthcare culture and safety are the focus of Patient Safety Awareness Week, with corresponding events scheduled throughout the week ending March 9. The broader theme of the campaign sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation is Patient Safety 7/365: 7 days of recognition, 365 days of commitment to safe care. The foundation’s […]

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New study finds troublesome gaps in occupational health & safety sustainability reporting

A study released this week by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) reveals troublesome gaps and a lack of transparency in sustainability reporting. The study, Current Practices in Occupational Health and Safety Sustainability Reporting, also raises concerns about ranking methodology. Some highly rated corporations reported more than 10 work‐related fatalities in a year […]

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