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Marathon Health Blog

Employer Pharmacy Solutions and Savings

Drug prices continue to be the fastest growing cost in healthcare, with brand medication prescriptions increasing by 98.2% since 2011. Major drivers of increased pharmacy spend have been new treatment medications, compounded medications, the consolidation of brand and generic drug manufacturers, and supply chain shortages. These challenges are unprecedented and expected to increase in the coming years.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Behavioral Health Opportunity

Let’s talk about something that can be difficult to talk about: behavioral health. Issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse contribute to high turnover, burnout, exhaustion, and decreased motivation. It’s time to peel back the curtain. We’re not helping our employees by avoiding the topic like politics at the Thanksgiving table.

What is the true corporate wellness ROI?

In an age of ever-increasing healthcare costs, the value of a healthy workforce is clear to all employers. However, many companies find challenges in determining the return on investment (ROI) involved with implementing a corporate wellness programs at their onsite health centers.

The Benefits of Cultivating a Healthy Workforce and Workplace

Creating a benefits package that promotes a positive culture in the workplace has become an increased priority among many organizations. As a result, more employers are finding greater employee satisfaction and retention.

How Investing in Employees Can Scale Your Business

When faced with a mandate to grow their business, many CEOs will first look at ways to increase revenue by cutting costs, and health benefits are often a casualty.

Though it might appear to be a prudent decision, in actuality cutting health benefits will hurt an employer’s bottom line in the long run. The best way to grow a business is establishing programs that help employees develop and achieve their optimal health, which will in turn help retain top talent and pay dividends for years to come. 

How to Measure the Success of an Employee Wellness Program

Congratulations on implementing an onsite employee wellness program. This is a benefit your employees will tell you is one of the most valuable to them. But now that it’s up and running, you want to be able to measure and report on its success to the C-Suite.

Jerry Ford Featured in Hayes Healthcare Leaders Blog Series 

Please enjoy this blog our CEO Jerry Ford wrote for Hayes Management Consulting, a leading healthcare mangement consulting firm. 

Jerry's blog, Caring for the Clinician: The Key to Patient Experience, Enhancing Health Outcomes, and Reducing Cost, describes the vital components of a successful onsite program.

The blog is filled with insights about the problems with the current U.S. healthcare delivery system as well as long-term solutions.

The blog is available here.

Great job Jerry! 

How Health Insurance Claim Audits Help Businesses

An ideal first step brokers can take when evaluating new changes to their self-funded clients’ benefits structure is a health insurance claim audit. This will lead to lower healthcare costs through identification of trends and high-cost claimants.

There are two generally accepted approaches for auditing claims: 100-percent claims audit and stratified random sample audit.