1st Quarter 2017
As episodes of workplace-centered violence have increased in the United States, a focus on emotional and
mental health matters is more essential than ever. This
article addresses workplace violence, risk factors and
the components of a violence prevention plan, as well
as the importance of building a psychologically healthy workplace.
More and more employers recognize the business impact of behavioral health concerns in the workplace.
This article provides insights into current innovations in
behavioral health benefits. Areas of innovation include
conceptual and delivery models, technological advancements, tools for engaging employees and ways of quantifying
the business value of behavioral health benefits.
The barriers to achieving the mental health system we
need are not just a chasm of a poorly organized system
of care but a mountain range of issues that stop us from
bringing mental health and well-being into the 21st century on a par with the rest of health care. This article
reviews the progress that has been made, describes the continuing
concerns and outlines a path forward toward holistic mental health
and well-being in the workplace.
Although the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)
and associated regulations have been around for a while, behavioral
health advocacy groups have expressed significant concern about a lack of enforcement to ensure compliance
among health plans and employers. This article presents
recent developments in mental health parity, including a
summary of the parity law requirements, new warning
signs for nonquantitative treatment limitations and more.
Investing time and effort to uncover and mitigate today’s stressors for employees can help employers
avoid tomorrow’s more damaging and expensive consequences. A comprehensive assessment of workplace stress can generate a substantial return on this
investment, measured in enhanced individual well-being, reduced
health care and disability costs and improved company performance.
The prevalence and destruction of opioid addiction
have touched individuals and families across all social
groups and geographies. Employers can contribute toward curbing the opioid addiction epidemic in a number of ways and should play an instrumental role in facilitating increased awareness of and access to needed
programming. This article will explore the size and prevalence of
the opioid epidemic, reflect on its implications for employers—including public policy initiatives—and suggest specific strategies
for employer interventions.
Most Employee Assistance Program (EAP) utilization
initiatives fail to address the impact of stigma, misunderstandings about mental illness and the reluctance of
many employees to seek counseling as an option for
better management of stress, work-life balance and
overall mental wellness.
This article describes how methods of personalized
medicine—specifically, pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing—can benefit private health plans, benefits managers, care providers and consumers alike. The authors
cover pharmacogenomics as a science and also introduce an innovative way to optimize drug treatments. The article
touches on some clinical outcomes drawn from a recent study in
community pharmacy and reviews the application and return on
investment of PGx testing in disability and medication management.
It is simply good business to protect the mental health
and productivity of employees. This article describes
existing challenges surrounding employees with mental disorders: the link between mental disorders, disability and an employee’s ability to return to work; best
practices for employers, employees and health care providers; and
the role of the insurance company.
The pressure on employers to justify providing health
benefits or to prove the value of health investment has
never been greater. This article provides a framework
for employers to better understand the full impact of
workforce health and well-being on bottom-line costs
and the opportunities for connecting workforce health and well-
being to top-line business performance metrics.