Virtual care is convenient, but is it better for everyone?

Through all the changes that we experienced in the past two years, two trends became quite popular: staying home to binge-watch television and getting medical care over your phone. Interestingly, neither are new and both have been around for 20+ years in various forms. Both have become mainstream by the common denominator of COVID-19. This pandemic has allowed for many device-based conveniences to…

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Managing Toxic Employees

You've worked with them before, and managing them can be a challenge: toxic employees. We are not just talking about difficult employees who fail to conduct themselves appropriately at work, don't work well with others, or generally under perform. We are talking about those toxic workers who cause harm as their negative behaviors spread to other team members, causing a pattern of de-energizing or …

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FCH promotes Shruti Singal, MD as new Chief Medical Officer

Effective January 1, 2022, John Robinson, MD departed First Choice Health, and Shruti Singal, MD will assume leadership of Medical Management as our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Shruti Singal, formerly our VP of Medical Management, has been promoted to Chief Medical Officer responsible for all of Medical Management. Prior to joining First Choice Health, Dr. Singal was a medical director for Anthem B…

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Tips on supporting people with holiday depression or other struggles

The winter holidays can be a magical time of celebrations and fond family memories, but they can also shine a light on grief, depression, and troubled relationships that don't disappear when the decorations come out. Idealized images in movies, commercials, and Facebook posts can give the impression that everyone is deliriously happy with perfect families - and if you're not, then there's somethin…

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8 ideas for supporting your staff in their career development

Now more than ever, employee retention is at the top of most managers' minds. Ensure that your employees feel valued and see a path to develop their career within your company. You have an important role in supporting employee career growth so they can build their skills and be motivated at their job.Making an effort to show employees they have a clear career path and can reach their goals at your…

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HLTH Conference and the value of employer-sponsored care

As we continue to build smart, value-centric health plans for employers across the country, our CEO Jaja Okigwe was invited to speak on the topic a panel at HLTH 2021 in Boston recently, with other First Choice Health team members attending talks throughout the conference to take in the latest trends. If you're not familiar, HLTH (pronounced "health") is one of the world's leading healthcare …

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What you should know about untreated ADHD in adults

Many adults face distractions in their daily lives caused by work, family and other stressors, but certain conditions can heighten a lack of focus and disorganization. One cause may be attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental condition that affects a person's behavior. ADHD begins in childhood and continues through the teenage years into adulthood. According to th…

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Use EAP supervisor consultations to solve complex employee and workplace issues

Supervisor consults are just one of the valuable benefits of having EAP services available at your fingertips. Whether you have a formal HR department or you are flying solo in your managerial role, it's always great to know you have access to a co-pilot when you need it. Problem solving in the workplace often involves a complex set of employee issues, such as: work conflicts, complaints, policy v…

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9 key takeaways from the Direct-to-Employer Executive Summit

In June, along with rule of three, we were thrilled to co-host the inaugural Direct-to-Employer Executive Summit for discussion on current and future opportunities for provider-driven employer healthcare strategies. The event, which featured special guest presentations from Leah Binder (CEO of The Leapfrog Group) and Lee Lewis (CSO of the Health Transformation Alliance), included thought-prov…

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The importance of your mental health

Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month. Now, more than ever, we need to continue to strive towards reducing the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. This past year presented a number of different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic and social unrest events forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and …

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