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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
12 doctors shared insights

Employee Health (Overview)

Employee health refers to activities and practices relating to the health of workers in an institution. This may include anything from providing a small bonus for employees who get a yearly physical, or by hosting an employee fun run.


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
12 doctors shared insights

Employee Health (Overview)

Employee health refers to activities and practices relating to the health of workers in an institution. This may include anything from providing a small bonus for employees who get a yearly physical, or by hosting an employee fun run.


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What causes employee health costs to rise so high?

What causes employee health costs to rise so high?

400 words or less?: Enemy is us. Inexorable pursuit of health perfection over "good." physician lack of confidence and fear in making diagnoses on history / physical. Burgeoning administration "supervising" medical care. Substandard docs and medical societies who fail to police them. Legal system awards compensation beyond reason. Pharmaceutical, lab, imaging industries and media who market sickness to the public. ...Read more

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Why is employee health care cost rising?

Why is employee health care cost rising?

400 words or less?: Enemy is us. Inexorable pursuit of health perfection over "good." physician lack of confidence and fear in making diagnoses on history / physical. Burgeoning administration "supervising" medical care. Substandard docs and medical societies who fail to police them. Legal system awards compensation beyond reason. Pharmaceutical, lab, imaging industries and media who market sickness to the public. ...Read more

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What causes employee health care to rise so high?

400 words or less?: Enemy is us. Inexorable pursuit of health perfection over "good." physician lack of confidence and fear in making diagnoses on history / physical. Burgeoning administration "supervising" medical care. Substandard docs and medical societies who fail to police them. Legal system awards compensation beyond reason. Pharmaceutical, lab, imaging industries and media who market sickness to the public. ...Read more

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Improving Mental Health (Checklist)

Do some form of vigorous exercise everyday
Once
Maintain perfect sleep hygiene
Once
Accomplish a task daily, no matter how small
Once
Have contact with a friend daily, even if by text or email
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Should employers have access to employee health records?

Should employers have access to employee health records?

Depends: Generally employee health records are not readily available except in cases of information on fmla forms and sometimes for particular job requirements. People should know that more information is available to employers in regard to diagnoses, etc when they get that information from employer sponsored health plans. ...Read more

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Employee health physical: test for drugs?

Employee health physical: test for drugs?

Some do, some don't.: Some require drug testing, and other companies don't. Ask to see the labs required for you employee health physical. It should mention it there. ...Read more

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Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
Once
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What do you feel about tx being the 1st state to allow employers to have access to employee health records?

What do you feel about tx being the 1st state to allow employers to have access to employee health records?

My understanding...: Was that employers can get a list of employees and family — not identified by name, but by a code — whose health spending was greater than 15, 000. It also lists the diagnosis, amount paid, dates of service, prognoses and treatment plans. Personally, I'm not too comfortable with it... But the argument is if the employer is paying the medical bills, then they should have access to the info. ...Read more

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Where can I buy antidepressants confidentially if I have public employee health program insurance?

Where can I buy antidepressants confidentially if I have public employee health program insurance?

Cash.: If you are using your insurance card in any way to purchase a medication or see a doctor, then the insurance company knows. The only way to do it confidentially is if you pay cash to a doctor who writes the prescription, and then you pay cash for the medicine. ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Checklist)

Cut the nails straight across
once
Do not dig into the corners when you cut your nails
once
Avoid harsh chemicals
Once
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Please tell me the company obligations for employees with mental health issues?

Please tell me the company obligations for employees with mental health issues?

There are laws: Which protect all americans with disabilities, although they are difficult to enforce. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/american%27s_with_disabilities_act. ...Read more

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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
Daily
Dry well between your toes after you bathe
Once
Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
Once
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Is there a government-funded health insurance program that retired massachusetts town employees can take advantage of?

Is there a government-funded health insurance program that retired massachusetts town employees can take advantage of?

Medicare: Medicare is a federal government-funded health insurance program for elderly & disabled. MassHealth is MA's Medicaid, which is run by states for those w/lower incomes. Check out https://www.mahealthconnector.org/ for health insurance options as mandated by Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
Daily
Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Health insurance portability and accountability act: may I discuss client details with other employees within my agency?

Health insurance portability and accountability act: may I discuss client details with other employees within my agency?

Probably: If you agency is not health related, then details of your clients are assumed to be public unless there is some other confidentiality arrangement. You probably should not discuss health issues that you are privy to, but this is not a hippa issue if you are not a health professional. ...Read more

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Is there any good data showing that workplace health programs (like paying employees to get yearly pe) does anything measurable for health outcomes?

Is there any good data showing that workplace health programs (like paying employees to get yearly pe) does anything measurable for health outcomes?

Health programs: Such programs have helped to control hypertension, obesity and dieting as well as cholesterol control other programs have cut down on work place accidents and auto accidents. ...Read more

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What are the basic best practices for disease prevention in the workplace? I'm starting a small catering company which will have about 35 employees. As a part of health management, I would like to know if there are guidelines I can put in place to minimiz

What are the basic best practices for disease prevention in the workplace? I'm starting a small catering company which will have about 35 employees. As a part of health management, I would like to know if there are guidelines I can put in place to minimiz

As : As you are starting a business, you will have to abide by all sanitary and safety regulations imposed by the government/regulatory bodies.

Here are some basic safety rules surrounding sanitation/quality:
1. Practice good hand hygiene. Employees should wash their hands before eating/drinking, after eating/drinking, upon entrace into the kitchen and prior to touching clean utensils, before touching food, upon exit of the kitchen. Establish 'moments' for handwashing consistently. For instance:"always wash hands before entering the kitchen." hand washing is the single most effective way of preventing infection.

2. Do not eat or drink in the kitchen/cooking area. This is a place of work. Raw foods are present and can contaminate the hands. Touching food and ingesting bacteria from raw food can cause food borne illness. Do not allow eating and drinking in the cooking area.

3. Label all containers with content and expiration dates. It is always best to label a container with the "throw away" date.

4. Empy trash cans every day, unless they are empty.

5. Based on the space, establish a maximum amount of people that can work in the space at a time. Overcrowding can promote contamination or poor hand hygiene.

6. Create duty lists and logs which help you monitor refrigerator tempurature, environmental cleaning/disinfectant accountability, daily check of operating equipment and stocking of supplies.
7. Ensure a fire extinguisher is handy and that employees know how to use it. Also, ensure the employees have an exit route in case of a fire.

Hope this is helpful. These are some quality guidelines used in the hospital setting. ...Read more

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There is an employee who does not bath. We share a seat in a truck and I've developed a cough and scratchy throat. I need health risk info to give bos?

There is an employee who does not bath. We share a seat in a truck and I've developed a cough and scratchy throat. I need health risk info to give bos?

Can't say: I am not aware of any published cases of health problems from being exposed to body odor. I do not think you should need "health information" — lack of good personal hygiene should be an issue for your boss, other employees and any of the public who this employee interacts with. You may have some kind of allergy, though. You would need to see your doctor to evaluate this and give you a note. ...Read more

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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
Once
Shower daily
daily
Do not wear a wet bathing suit after swimming for an extended period
Once
Maintain good nutrition to ensure good pH balance
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What types of reasonable accommodations may employees with diabetes need?

 What types of reasonable accommodations may employees with diabetes need?

Common sense: Employees with diabetes might need time to check their blood sugars or to give insulin. Some privacy might be necessary. Occasionally when their blood sugar goes low they might need time to check blood sugar and eat a quick snack. Overall, employees with diabetes should be treated like everyone else. ...Read more

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What kind of drug test does walmart use before hiring an employee?

What kind of drug test does walmart use before hiring an employee?

Sorry: This one doesn't fall under medical education. Considering checking on-line or asking the company. ...Read more

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What are the responsibilities of an injured employee during rehab?

What are the responsibilities of an injured employee during rehab?

Follow instructions!: The biggest mistake I find injuried employes make is to not follow the full instructions. The sooner you can return to full work performance in general the better you will feel. The key is to carefully follow all physical therapy and medication instructions to aid your rehabilitation as best you can. Returning to activites you love without hurting yourself is important for self-worth and healing. ...Read more