HIPAA in the 21st Century

Source: JAMA Editorial Author: Larry Chapman HIPAA has been on the health care scene since 1996. It created some often-awkward change throughout our entire health care system when first introduced. Covered entities had new and fairly extensive requirements to protect the health care consumer from unauthorized disclosures of their personal health information. Now 22 years… Continue Reading ›

Is Alcohol Safe to Consume?

Source: The Lancet Author:  Larry Chapman Almost every culture in human history has used alcohol in some way. But, what level of alcohol use is considered “safe” or “low risk” for us today? Each nation has adopted somewhat different guidelines for what constitutes a safe or low risk level of alcohol consumption. For Americans, according… Continue Reading ›

Declining Health-Related Quality of Life in the U.S.

Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine Author:  Larry Chapman Unfortunately, some more bad news!  The health aspects of quality of life of Americans is clearly deteriorating.  This 10-year comparison showed a highly significant erosion of the perceived health-related quality of life ratings from a large national sample of adults (N = 79,402).  People are feeling… Continue Reading ›

The State of US Health: Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors by State: 1990 – 2016

Source: JAMA Author:  Larry Chapman The health of the US population is a matter of great importance to our national future.  Few analyses document the patterns, as well as this particular article, does.  This state by state analysis covers the years 1990 through 2016 and includes: Prevalence, incidence, mortality, life expectancy, healthy life expectancy (HALE),… Continue Reading ›

CDC’s Built Environment Package

Author:  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The field of public health, over the past decade, has been developing and refining a perspective and technical approach to bring a health orientation to what is called the “built-environment.”  This approach encompasses all man-made environments and how we use them and specifically, public health research has… Continue Reading ›

Corporate Wellness Services Industry in the U.S.

Author:  Sarah Turk, IBISWorld What services constitute the corporate wellness industry?  How big is our industry in financial terms?  How many are corporate wellness services vendors out there?  These are just a few of the answers you will find in this edition of the Connections newsletter. Why is this important? This 34-page report provides a… Continue Reading ›

Physician Wisdom on Wellness and Well-being

Author:  Larry Chapman Why is this important? This short, 4-page interview is important because it includes some great wisdom from the physician’s perspective about how to help patients (aka “employees”) get on the wellness bus. It includes practical tips for anyone advising anybody about succeeding on their wellness journey. Fast, pithy and practical read. The… Continue Reading ›

Are we doing enough about Cancer?

Author: Larry Chapman Think about that employee of yours that this year will receive a diagnosis with the “C” word.  Pretty chilling huh!  Even with the steady improvements in cancer incidence and survivability, it is still a primary health concern for a major portion of your employees.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) just released its national cancer estimates… Continue Reading ›

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard

Author: Larry Chapman The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) is a tool designed to help employers assess whether they have implemented evidence-based worksite health promotion and wellness interventions or strategies in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The tool was developed by the CDC Division… Continue Reading ›

Obesity in the Workplace: Impact, Outcomes, and Recommendations

Author: Larry Chapman The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is the authoritative group that provides guidance to health professionals that serve and care for employee populations in work organizations.  This guidance statement provides a consensus among occupational health professionals about the impact, outcomes to be expected and recommendations for dealing with obesity… Continue Reading ›