Dr. Carrie Shaffer, OurHealth physician

Q&A: Meet Dr. Carrie Shaffer

Carrie Shaffer, DO, joins OurHealth with more than 13 years of medical experience. She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2001 from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency training in family medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Dr. Shaffer has worked as a family medicine and primary care […]

Q&A: Meet Donnie Harms

As OurHealth’s business development director for North Carolina, Harms brings nearly two decades of employee benefits experience, and a unique viewpoint. Over his career Harms has managed and sold accounts for carriers such as Cigna and Aetna, benefits advisory firms, and most recently OurHealth. A husband and father of five, the Chicago transplant and unrepentant […]

Health Coaching Leads to 80-Pound Weight Loss

By Mike LaFollette For years, Mike Hartle put his body through the ringer. As a welder for BraunAbility, he’s used to 10-hour days working with his hands. With little time to spare, Hartle would often grab lunch from the vending machines at work. By late 2017, he says he tipped the scales at 330 pounds. […]

Why Health Coaching Works

As healthcare costs continue to rise for organizations of all sizes, HR teams are constantly looking for new ways to lower costs while keeping employees healthy Health coaching is an effective and increasingly popular way to achieve healthy outcomes and bring down costs. Making a conscious investment in employee health can also drive employees to […]

5 Tips for Creating a Winning Wellness Culture

Workplace managers and HR teams understand the importance of workplace wellness and how a positive work environment can increase employee engagement and, ultimately, a company’s bottom line. Problems arise, however, when organizations go to put these types of programs into action and don’t know where to start. Consider these five straightforward, no-fuss tips to create […]

What to Do When Your Company is Too Small for Onsite Healthcare

By Heather Halliburton, SPHR This article originally appeared in Employee Benefit News. As HR leaders serving a diverse range of companies and organizations, we all constantly look for new ways to improve the lives of our employees, boost satisfaction rates and establish the company’s reputation as a leader in workforce wellness. You may have recently researched […]

Mindful Eating Helps OurHealth Employee Reverse Diabetes

Dave Smith of Indianapolis calls himself a gamer. In the past, a typical weekend for Dave often meant hours in front of the TV, controller in hand, junk food by his side and a never-ending supply of Mountain Dew and Red Bull. “I really never paid a lot of attention to my healthcare as well […]

OurHealth Data Team Wins at Civic Hackathon

OurHealth’s Data and Analytics Team racked up another impressive win at the recent AT&T IoT Civic Hackathon, a competition that invited developers, designers, students and technologists from all over Indiana to build mobile apps and hardware solutions to help better their state or community and increase first responder capabilities. Using Indiana State Police crash data, […]

My Injury Brought New Perspective

By Stephen Feider, CPA Controller, OurHealth Warren Buffet summarizes U.S. healthcare in one word – the economy’s “tapeworm.” This tapeworm, in part, is what motivates our clients to partner with OurHealth. Suppress the tapeworm – that’s our job. We’ve had rave success, thankfully. With our unique model of employer-sponsored healthcare, patients get healthier, expensive encounters […]

Belk Selects OurHealth as Near-site Clinic Provider

Southern retailer is the latest Charlotte employer to join the fast-growing clinic network. CHARLOTTE (April 16, 2018) – Today, OurHealth is announcing a new partnership with Belk department stores to provide its more than two thousand Charlotte-area associates and their dependents with high-quality and convenient primary care. The newly announced partnership adds to OurHealth’s growing […]

Trending Wellness Benefits to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Today’s employers are pulling out all the stops to attract and retain top talent. US job seekers typically weigh an employer’s perks and benefits before deciding to either stay with a company or accept a new job offer. This means that HR teams, hiring managers, and executive teams in general are under pressure to deliver […]

Health Behaviors You Must Modify to Reduce Healthcare Costs

When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, it’s hard for anyone—let alone a company—to tell someone how to live their life. This is why healthcare costs in general are traditionally so inconsistent. For employers with self-funded insurance programs, this inconsistency in employee health behaviors can also cause healthcare costs to fluctuate. In fact, a […]

3 Conditions that Create Staggering Costs for Self-Insured Employers

Chronic conditions are one of the largest forces driving up healthcare costs in today’s environment. More than 86% of all healthcare costs are associated with either chronic conditions or mental illness, and chronic conditions are often preventable cases. For self-insured employers, this can mean a staggering increase in overall healthcare costs. Organizations can proactively address […]

Why Employers Should be Worried About the Looming Doctor Shortage

by Jeff Wells, MD, president and co-founder of OurHealth Today’s healthcare landscape is changing rapidly, and it should come as no surprise that these changes are steadily impacting every single facet of the industry. From diagnostic tests to pharmaceutical costs to post-acute services, prices are steadily rising and skilled workers are hard to come by. […]

Opinion: Employers are Key to Improving Healthcare

by Christina Matoski, Nurse Practitioner at OurHealth It’s no longer news that American healthcare is broken. In the U.S., we spend more than $3 trillion a year on healthcare—more than any other developed nation—yet we are in overall poorer health than similarly developed countries. But dealing with healthcare’s myriad issues isn’t the only challenge facing […]