What you need to know about virtual care, telehealth, and their post-pandemic promise

It might seem counterintuitive during a pandemic, but many doctor's offices and even hospitals have been quieter than usual since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Fear of infection is forcing some people to avoid seeking care for complaints they might normally visit a doctor to address. Others, however, are simply taking advantage of a better way to address their health needs with virtual care …

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Encouraging exercise for mental health, stress and mood relief

Now more than ever, employee health and wellbeing is at the front of mind. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, handwashing, social distancing, wearing masks, and monitoring physical health symptoms are now common practices as we continue to navigate both personal and workplace environments. While these recommendations are essential to the protection of our communities, there is a lack of at…

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What happens when flu season combines with COVID-19?

A vaccine for a disease that's killed far too many people in the last year is available now, and it's imperative that you go get it immediately.No, I don't have an inside connection to the CDC about a vaccine for COVID-19 - I'm talking about the flu.While our attention has rightfully been elsewhere in terms of contagious sicknesses in the last several months, it is the time of year when the flu st…

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New networks that reduce healthcare costs and promote access to care

From mergers and acquisitions to research agreements and technology partnerships, the healthcare industry is full of information exchanges. Collaboration is common in U.S. healthcare, all in efforts to refine or reform the nation's existing healthcare system. Costs are rising, services are shrinking and high-quality care is falling off. The status quo must change, but how? Clinically Integrat…

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What managers need to know about suicide warning signs and prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths from suicides and drug overdoses currently exceed deaths due to the COVID-19 virus, CDC director Dr.Robert Redfield warned during a medical presentation earlier this month.There is hope, though. Nearly 75% of those who attempt suicide will tell someone first, directly or indirectly, opening a door to support and help. Friend…

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Are we doing enough to ensure employees' safe return to work places?

As many organizations, even "nonessential" ones, considered returning to their physical workplace earlier this summer, the protocols and processes they put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 seemed reasonably sound. Most companies drew initial guidance from government agencies. In June, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released Guidance on Re…

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Understanding the complexities of eldercare for your loved one

While so much attention has been paid to families juggling their responsibilities of childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, very little attention has been paid to the over 40 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States. Among these caregivers almost half are supporting their own children while caring for their aging parents and nearly half of all caregivers who prov…

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8 tips for providers transitioning into telehealth appointments

Many hospitals, healthcare systems and medical practices have already been in the process gradually rolling out telehealth services for their patients, and in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, telehealth services are now booming and are anticipated to skyrocket in the coming months and years.The question for you as a provider is less about whether you are ready to increase your telehealth offerings,…

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Supporting your mental health while working from home

According to a recent study, 67% of people reported higher levels of stress since the outbreak of COVID-19, and 42% reported a decline in their mental health. As a result, many have reported a decrease in productivity at work, saying they have difficulty concentrating, take longer to accomplish tasks, and so on. COVID-19 presents new and unique challenges, and for many, working from home has …

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How you can connect with employees while social distancing

As leaders, how do we maintain trust and rapport with our team members when we need to keep our distance and can no longer connect with them face-to-face?This is a question and a challenge many business leaders are facing in these unprecedented times. Working from home has been part of many areas of America's workforce for decades. Nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce work at home in some capaci…

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