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The Impact of Smoking on Employer Healthcare Costs

By / May 15, 2013 / / 0 Comments

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of conditions and diseases that include emphysema, chronic bronchitis and sometimes, asthma. For employers, COPD is a primary source for disability with smoking being a primary risk factor for COPD. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoke is the most common […]

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Symptoms and Treatment of Tick Bites

By / May 13, 2013 / / 0 Comments

Ticks are poised to more abundant this year than in several decades. The past couple of weeks, we’ve written about the explosion in the tick population set to take place this spring and summer and tips on how to prevent tick bites. This week, we will focus on the symptoms and treatment of tick bites. […]

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Basic Steps to Prevent Tick Bites

By / May 6, 2013 / / 0 Comments

Last week we wrote about the potential for a particularly large outbreak of black-legged ticks and the related incidence of Lyme’s disease. The Hudson Valley is poised for the worst tick season in decades this year. Today, we will focus on tips to prevent tick bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Lookout! Tick Season is on its Way

By / April 30, 2013 / / 0 Comments

Spring is here and so are the ticks! This year, be extra careful because the tick population should be booming and it’s all related to the white-footed mouse and acorns. The black-legged tick is a carrier of Lyme’s disease and one of its favorite places to hang out are on white-footed mice. These mice are […]

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Affordable Care Act (ACA) Brings New Life to Company Wellness Programs

By / April 24, 2013 / / 0 Comments

Employers and employees are poised to benefit from new rules governing workplace health promotion programs associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014. While most of the population is focused on the increased access to health care services, another portion of the ACA is designed to put a greater emphasis on […]

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Five Components of a Drug-Free Workplace

By / April 18, 2013 / / 0 Comments

Employers are always looking for ways to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety. A drug-free workplace will not only improve work conditions, it may reduce legal costs, minimize insurance premiums, and allow your business to qualify for grants and government contracts. In order to maintain a drug-free workplace, five components should be in place:

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Action Plan to Save Money With High Deductible Health Plans

By / April 12, 2013 / / 0 Comments

High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP’s) are here to stay. Over the past couple of weeks we examined HDHP’s and discussed Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s). Today we will help you with an action plan to manage costs associated with HDHP’s. It’s worth repeating, the first step you should take is to establish an HSA and benefit […]

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Advantages of a Health Savings Account

By / April 5, 2013 / / 0 Comments

Previously, we provided an overview of High Deductible Health Plan’s (HDHP), characterized by lower premiums and higher deductibles. You can find that article here. These plans put a much larger burden on the out-of-pocket expenses for patients. During the past decade, the government experimented with Medical Savings Accounts (MSA), which allowed for a limited number […]

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High Deductible Health Plan's

By / April 5, 2013 / / 0 Comments

With the changing nature of healthcare reform, the economic effects of healthcare utilization and delivery must be evaluated in many different areas including employment based coverage, healthcare access and governmental programs. This has led to the advent of High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP’s). With individuals taking an increasing financial responsibility for their health care, insurance […]

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Urgent Care vs. ER

By / March 28, 2013 / / 0 Comments
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