CEOs participate in, but don’t evaluate wellness programs

  After more than a year of participation in workforce wellness programs, mid-Atlantic companies are still enthusiastic about the benefits but can’t prove programs are making a difference. A recent survey conducted by RCM&D in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research polled 150 companies with workforce wellness programs and showed that although 78 percent of senior leadership is committed to wellness, only one in four companies … Continue reading

What can you do to promote heart health?

  Heart disease and stroke, the principal components of cardiovascular disease, are among the nation’s leading causes of death and disability, and the most expensive medical conditions for businesses. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and 11,000 Marylanders die from heart disease. That’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. The good news is employers can take preventive action to improve worker health and productivity and save on … Continue reading

Employers get informed on what to do at the Health Benefits Exchange

  Greater Baltimore regional companies learned about the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange and how to prepare for participating in it at a presentation at the GBC made by Carolyn Quattrocki, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform and Rebecca Pearce, Executive Director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Maryland is one of only five states that already have an exchange set up and prepared to go live … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Challenges and unintended consequences await health care reformers

  By Donald C. Fry Now that the Supreme Court has upheld most of the federal health care reform legislation, Maryland businesses, employees, health care providers and the uninsured can expect to be impacted in many significant ways, but must also brace for operational challenges and unintended consequences. That’s the consensus of the heads of the state’s largest health insurer and two leading hospital systems who briefed Greater Baltimore Committee … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Health care reform: Maryland insurers, Medicaid ahead of the readiness curve

  By Donald C. Fry While more than a dozen states, including Virginia, are reportedly considering taking advantage of the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing states to decline to participate in the federal health care reform act’s expansion of Medicaid, Maryland is ahead of the readiness curve and is poised to embrace the full federal reform package that the court otherwise upheld. That’s the consensus of the presidents of the state’s … Continue reading

Health care reform: how do small businesses survive the changes

  Nearly one-quarter of uninsured Americans are employees of firms with less than 25 workers. Small businesses have a tough time affording and choosing health care for their employees because the small pool of workers and rise in administrative costs allows for limited distribution of risk, which means insurers cannot spread the premium cost of health insurance into as many hands as a large organization could. With these steep costs, … Continue reading

Maryland’s groundbreaking shock trauma center remains uniquely effective

Maryland was far ahead of its time when, in the 1960s and 70s, Dr. R Adams Cowley developed the nation’s first and only integrated trauma hospital that now bears his name in Baltimore City. Now, as the new Critical Care Tower is being built at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, advocates are reminding city and state business leaders of the unique resource in their midst as they seek … Continue reading

Economic growth and job creation must be 2012 General Assembly priority

State lawmakers convened January 11 for the 2012 General Assembly session, facing a familiar challenge of having to close a projected $1 billion deficit. But Maryland’s long-term future will be shaped by how lawmakers act, or defer action, on issues relating to what has to be their overriding priority this year — economic growth and job creation, said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. A … Continue reading