Worksite Wellness Resource Kit has been assembled by Wisconsin to aid businesses by reducing costs. The return on investment was calculated as $3.27 on medical costs for every dollar spent on wellness programs and that absenteeism costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent. Published March 2018; 121 pages
The American Heart Association’s 2019 list of Workplace Health Achievement companies shows many hospitals, health plans and health systems at the top Gold level, and at Silver and Bronze levels. Honored organizations addressed 55 best practices to promote exercise, good nutrition and a wellness culture in the workplace
#MeToo and the Medical Profession began open discussion only recently. Physician authors Holroyd-Laduc and Strauss write: “In the era of #MeToo, it is time for physicians to acknowledge that the medical profession is not immune to bullying, harassment and discrimination, and act to abolish these behaviours.” They further ask: “…why, with the MeToo movement, has there been no complaint against a prominent male physician?” Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) August 2018.
CDC reports rates of vaccination of health care workers for influenza in the last completed flu season (2017-2018). An estimated 78% of healthcare workers were vaccinated, about the same as the prior year. Best rates were by hospitals (91.9%) and physicians (96.1%). Ambulatory care clinics were only 75.1%, long-term care settings were just 67%. Be sure to inquire if your clinic and nursing home staff are getting vaccinated. Published Sept. 28, 2018
A new question to ask your nursing home caregivers: Did you get your flu shot? Nursing homes who pay for their employees’ flu shots may have higher compliance, and higher rates of employee immunization, along with resident immunization, reduced influenza outbreaks, and therefore fewer deaths. See resources, including summary by Lisa Shugarman of the Rand Corporation “Vaccination of Nursing Home Staff, Residents, Key to Reducing Influenza Outbreaks”