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  • Industry market research study reports increased demand for US EAPs
  • Business model for therapists shifts away from solo practices and toward large medical groups
  • 91 percent of organizations now offer some type of wellness program
  • Cost of benefits, ACA compliance main concerns of midsized businesses
  • Workplace safety: In over 50 percent of states employees can bring their guns to work
  • Study: Workplace depression tied to how boss treats workers
  • How does PTSD affect decision-making in depression?
  • Exposure therapy turns off fear neurons to treat anxiety
  • Are healthier employees more productive?
  • How Affordable Care Act impacts mental health care

  • Industry market research study reports increased demand for US EAPs
    IBISWorld via PRWeb
    A major new study reports that the EAP industry has experienced an increase in demand over the past five years as firms have aimed to reduce the cost of healthcare and turned to alternatives. Employee assistance programs have gained popularity as a preventative measure. As the economy continues to improve and companies generate higher profit margins and hire more employees, demand for EAPs is forecast to grow strongly. Despite a recessionary hiccup, industry revenue has grown at an average annual rate of 2 percent over the five years to 2013 to $2.6 billion. An increase in the size of the U.S. workforce, coupled with growing acceptance of EAPs into benefits packages, is expected to boost industry performance.
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    Business model for therapists shifts away from solo practices and toward large medical groups
    NPR
    The business model for therapists is shifting away from solo practices and toward large medical groups, say mental health experts. Organizations that advocate for mental and behavioral health have applauded the federal laws. But inclusion has come with some unhappy caveats, including less pay and more paperwork.
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    91 percent of organizations now offer some type of wellness program
    By Joy Burgess
    Many companies have been turning to employee wellness programs to help reduce employee healthcare costs. In fact, statistics from the American Institute for Preventive Medicine show that 91 percent of organizations now offer some type of wellness program, a percentage that has risen substantially in the last decade. Corporate wellness programs have soared in popularity due to their ability to fight high insurance premiums and skyrocketing medical costs, but statistics also show that these programs go beyond healthcare savings.
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    Cost of benefits, ACA compliance main concerns of midsized businesses
    Employee Benefit News
    The cost of health coverage, the Affordable Care Act and the volume of government regulations are the top three concerns of midsized business owners and executives, according to a new survey from the ADP Research Institute. Nearly two-thirds of benefits decision-makers at midsized companies are not confident they understand the ACA and what they need to do to be compliant. Ninety percent aren’t confident their employees understand the effects of the ACA on their benefits choices.
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    Workplace safety: In over 50 percent of states employees can bring their guns to work
    NBC News
    A spate of state laws, many enacted recently, pit recreational shooters and gun-rights advocates against human resources and labor law professionals. In more than half of states in the U.S., an employer is legally required to let employees bring their guns to work and keep them in their parked cars.
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    Study: Workplace depression tied to how boss treats workers
    The Huffington Post
    While it's a common perception that a high workload contributes heavily to workplace depression, Dutch researchers said results of a study showed something different. The study concluded that workplaces with low levels of institutional justice put employees at risk for work-motivated depression.
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    How does PTSD affect decision-making in depression?
    GoodTherapy.org
    Post-traumatic stress is an anxiety condition that has some similarities to MDD, but is unique in that risk/reward choices tend to be quite different. Understanding how people with MDD, PTSD and MDD-plus-PTSD value risks over rewards is an important area of clinical research and can provide insight into the behavioral and cognitive processes that take place in people with these mental health problems.
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    Exposure therapy turns off fear neurons to treat anxiety
    PsychCentral
    Exposure therapy is often used to treat anxiety disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias; despite its effectiveness, little is known of the biological processes underpinning the therapy. A new study in mice, published in the journal Neuron, reports that exposure therapy remodels an inhibitory junction in the amygdala, a brain region important for fear in mice and humans.
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    Are healthier employees more productive?
    CBS News
    Ivan Misner, founder of networking organization BNI.com, believed that healthier employees are more productive and challenged his staffers to a 90-day diet makeover — what he called "The Misner Plan Challenge." Followers ate fresh, organic produce, small amounts of seafood and food rich in healthy fats like olives and avocados while avoiding processed, packaged foods and saturated fats. Here is what he's finding with his healthy experiment.
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    How Affordable Care Act impacts mental health care
    PsychCentral
    We still don't know what a lot of the ACA's impact will be on mental health care in America, according to Dr. John Bartlett, the senior project adviser of the Primary Care Initiative of the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. "It's really not clear at this point, on a state-by-state basis, what any of this (the implementation of the ACA) means."
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