According to the CDC, 54 million adults in the US have arthritis, the leading cause of work disability. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic condition affecting the joints which often results in a lower quality of life due to issues with decreased mobility. Considering 60% of adults with OA are between the working ages of 18 and 64, the cost to individuals and their employers can be significant. Annual US direct medical costs related to arthritis are more than $140 billion. This newly released toolkit offers insight into the impact of arthritis to your organization and provides tools to create the business case and evaluate your benefit design strategy as well as access to free awareness and prevention resources. Use these tools to enhance your current benefit offerings and mitigate health care costs related to this common chronic condition.
The World Health Organization ranked migraine as one of the ten most disabling illnesses and the third most common medical disorder on the planet. Migraine affects one in eight American adults. Prevalence peaks during prime productive years, between the ages of 25 and 55, at a time when work and family responsibilities are most significant. Although the prevalence of migraine far surpasses that of diabetes, it rarely makes the list of chronic conditions that get an employer’s attention because migraines, on the surface, appear inexpensive to treat. However, in 2016, annual direct and indirect costs related to migraines were an estimated $36 billion. This figure doesn’t take into account the many individuals with migraines who go undiagnosed.
This toolkit offers employers a variety of resources to integrate into their workplace strategies and benefit design to increase productivity and reduce migraine-related disability. Employers will find a wide array of resources for employee communications and printable materials for their population. These resources will help support employer efforts to correct the stigma against Migraine and reduce direct and indirect costs due to Migraine.
This toolkit is designed to ensure employers have access to knowledge, best practices and high-quality industry resources and materials that have been vetted by employers and employer coalitions.
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Building on the foundation laid by the Diabetes Management in the Workplace toolkit, this resource is designed to highlight the often missed link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), and provide information and resources to help employers take action to lower the CVD risk of their covered populations.
Pain related conditions result in $560 - $635 billion in medical costs and lost productivity for employers. In addition, the overuse of opioids to address pain costs employers nearly twice as much ($19,450) in medical expenses on average annually than non-abusers ($10,853).
The MBGH Employer’s Guide to Pain Management at the Worksite provides recommendations on how to identify the costs and impact of pain among employee populations and how to address the key challenges through data collection, benefit design, worksite policies and working with your health plan, PBM, EAP and other vendor partners. To easily access recommendations from the Employer Guide, a toolkit has been created to support employer efforts.
In the changing health care benefits landscape, it’s time to think about eye health benefits in a whole new way. Many of the vision plans you review are often focused on vision correction, including selling corrective lenses, and less on eye health, which is directly connected to overall, general health.
This toolkit is designed to help employers consider a smarter vision benefit strategy that delivers eye health care for your employees. It offers tools to design a value-based benefit that promotes eye health.
Highlights many of the key challenges employers are facing with managing specialty drug costs and providing innovative approaches, tools and resources to support benefit plan design strategies and vendor contracting
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