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Updated: How employers can prevent and prepare for coronavirus

We have updated the "Insurance and employee benefit considerations" section of this article, and we will continue to make updates as they become available. While the headlines about COVID-19 may be alarming, employers can be proactive by taking a calm and practical approach to mitigate and respond to the unique risks the pandemic continues to pose to their organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance to help employers respond to COVID-19. Employers should be prepared to prevent infection from entering and spreading in their organizations as well as to answer employee questions about the organization’s readiness plan and how their health plan coverage and other employee benefits will address their needs during this pandemic.

Addressing mental health in the workplace

For many employers, experience proves that investing in a mentally healthy workforce is good for business in a variety of ways. According to the American Psychiatric Association's 2019 Workplace Mental Health report, employers see lower total medical costs, increased productivity, lower absenteeism and decreased disability costs when employees receive effective treatment for mental health conditions. Specifically, the reports shows that 80% of employees treated for mental health conditions reported improved levels of work efficacy and satisfaction.

How do I understand and manage my diabetic costs and risks?

Diabetic costs are often a huge cost driver and worrisome impending financial risk for employer-sponsored health plans. Plan members that do not manage their blood glucose can incur huge costs for an employer plan. This article aims to provide a more detailed and clinical perspective to how employers might understand and impact their diabetic spend.