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Understanding Pain: The Direct and Indirect Impact of Persistent Pain

From toothaches to surgeries, pain is elemental to our human experience. But discomfort often presents itself in a variety of ways and can be detrimental to our quality of life—often in ways you might not think about.

To help us unpack this painful topic, we brought in Dr. Mihir Kamdar. Dr. Kamdar is the Associate Director of the Division of Palliative Care and the Director of the Cancer Pain Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital. Not only is he a prominent figure in the medical field, but he is also an instructor at Harvard Medical School.  

While pain is probably one of the first things that humans tried to apply medicine to thousands of years ago, it is a relatively young field in modern health care. Dr. Kamdar walks us through the different kinds of pain, the link between pain, memory and emotions, and how pain should be treated.

Topics Include

  • The beginning of pain in modern medicine 
  • A definition of acute vs chronic pain 
  • Why pain differs between patients 
  • The important link between pain and emotions such as anxiety 
  • How the digital era can change the way physicians treat pain 
  • Why opioids aren’t a silver bullet for pain treatment 

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    The pandemic has drastically shifted how both employers and employees view paid time off, from its role as an employment benefit to its creative utility.

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    The Health Is On The Way crew is joined by Bravo's Nicole Grasso and Ashley Kraus to recap the first season of Health Is On The Way.

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    What We Know About the Link Between Cancer and Obesity

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    In 2020, in-person doctors visits gave way to virtual health care out of necessity. What does this shift mean now and into the future of healthcare?

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    Age and chronic conditions like obesity, hypertension and diabetes are major COVID-19 vulnerabilities. Here's what we know about avoiding chronic disease.

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    Bravo Acquires Chicago-Based PUSH Wellness

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    How Health Risk Assessment Data Will Help You Influence the Health of Generation Z

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    How Spouses Can Help Improve Employee Health and Wellness Program Participation

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    Engagement ROI Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    The Most Important Ingredient to Achieve Wellness Results?

    As I learn more and my own understanding and viewpoint evolves, I’m often asked about the “most important thing” necessary for a successful program. Here are the most powerful ingredients to a successful strategy.

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    Compliance Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    The Debate Continues: Worker Privacy vs. Prevention and Cost-Containment

    These are not black-and-white issues. An employer's benefit plan has to effectively attract and retain talent. But if the benefit plan is so rich that it could cost company profits and threaten the company’s viability, most would agree that it should've done more to control cost.

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    Compliance

    Should Genetic Testing Be Part of Workplace Wellness Programs?

    Bravo’s Take on the Preserving Employee Wellness Program Act, which would allow employers to impose penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing tied to workplace wellness programs.

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    Well-Being Health Improvement

    The Human Side Of Corporate Wellness Programs

    Wellness efforts must deliver business value to employers for them to be viable. But let's not forget that a well-designed mix of resources, education and incentives help human beings. It helps people remember the power they have over their well-being, and encourages them to exercise it.

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    Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    It’s Not Your Fault! But It Is Your Problem.

    Inevitably, when I present the idea of withholding an incentive from someone who may have used available tools yet failed to achieve health improvement, someone will say, “But what about when it’s really not their fault?”

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    ROI Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Fueling Smart Decisions

    Don’t underestimate the importance of the right data approach in wellness program design and execution. Here are five vital practices that we have learned from almost 10 years of implementing wellness plans.

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    ROI Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Wellness Incentives and Your Health Plan Renewal

    There are many dials to turn when attempting to balance the value of the benefits you offer with the cost your company can sustain. Is your wellness program a discretionary benefit or a key strategic dial to adjust?

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    Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Has “Outcomes-Based Wellness” Run Its Course?

    A program that says “have a BMI under 25 or pay a 20 percent penalty” is long gone (as it should be). The idea, however, of encouraging health plan participants to identify a primary care provider, make progress toward a meaningful health goal and earn premium discounts is stronger than ever.

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    Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    How Much Is Poor Health Costing Us?

    You can find countless studies that provide you with different costs and measures. But no matter where you find your statistics, they all confirm that poor health within a population has a significant cost impact for the whole risk pool.

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    ROI Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Business Realities Dictate Wellness Program Priorities

    The priorities of a corporate wellness program seem like they would be clear: engage the population, help individuals reduce risks, and improve their commitment to personal well-being. Most will tell you that a measurable return on investment (ROI) is great but shouldn’t be a primary objective.

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    Engagement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    What Is the Best Way to Position Wellness Program Incentives?

    Behavioral economics helps us better understand how and why people respond to external prompts such as an incentive. Here are seven principles to consider when designing your incentive strategy.

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    Webinar ROI Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    The Importance of Using Data in Your Wellness Program

    Watch this webinar to understand our Claims Analytics product, which allows us to analyze medical and pharmacy claims data with your wellness program’s biometric and incentives data to provide a tailored strategy and actionable steps for improving health risks and high claims within your population.

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    Compliance

    Have Employer Wellness Programs Been Trumped?

    In the unlikely event of the ACA being completely repealed and the safe harbor for wellness program incentives disappearing from our world, it seems we would revert back to the HIPAA regulations and the recently established EEOC regulations. For most plans, this would mean...

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    News Compliance

    AARP Targets EEOC in Lawsuit Concerning Wellness Programs

    I and many others were surprised to see the ADA and GINA regulations extend the 30 percent maximum to individuals outside of the health plan. Now, the 30 percent isn’t “out of your benefit plan,” it could be “out of your paycheck.”

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    Engagement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Real Change Seldom Occurs Before Responsibility Is Accepted

    Don’t hold people accountable to unrealistic goals that you have never equipped them to achieve. But at the same time, if you’ve established a reasonable goal and created an environment conducive to winning, you have to follow through with enforcing the consequences.

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    News

    Bravo Welcomes Mikhail Koumoundouros, Senior Vice President of Sales, to Its Growing Team

    Bravo is pleased to announce the addition of Mikhail Koumoundouros as their new Senior Vice President of Sales. Koumoundouros will lead Bravo’s growing sales team and champions Bravo’s approach to wellness as a business solution.

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    Webinar Engagement

    Driving Engagement With A Large Labor Workforce

    Watch our recorded webinar to learn how to: find your cultural markers, determine the values that should be driving success, and design a strategy to market wellness based on the things that matter most to your population.

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    Engagement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    What Impact Does Including Spouses Have on Your Wellness Program?

    It’s a fact that behaviors have a tendency to spread from person to person over time.¹ So doesn’t it make sense that including spouses in your wellness program would contribute to a program’s long-term success?

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    Engagement Culture

    How To Encourage Wellness and Still Keep Your Workforce Productive

    Wellness is a lifestyle choice. It coincides with all aspects of life—not just what happens at work. Research suggests that as your employees’ health begins to improve, their productivity does as well. The CDC supports the claim that healthier employees are generally more productive, too.

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    Compliance Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Aren’t Wellness Incentive Plans Just About Cost-Shifting to Employees?

    Regulations are specifically designed to help prevent cost-shifting, and many note that wellness incentive plans must be “reasonably designed” and “not merely cost-shifting schemes.” In order to have a compliant and fair plan, it is essential that you follow both the letter and spirit of the law.

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    News Compliance

    EEOC Issues Finalized Wellness Rules

    The EEOC has issued its final rules to amend the regulations implementing Title II of GINA, and its final rule to amend Title I of the ADA. As we continue to review these updates, we wanted to immediately make you aware of the key elements.

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    Compliance Health Improvement

    Ensuring the Protection of Employees’ Personal Health Information

    The protection of personal health information (PHI) is the most crucial element in workplace wellness programs. There is another layer equally valuable: the accuracy of data.

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    Culture Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Wellness vs. Corporate Wellness – Are They the Same?

    In a word, “no.” Although it seems most everyone has an opinion on employers’ wellness initiatives, few, if any, outsiders have all of the facts...

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    Engagement

    Participant Testimonial: Bravo Saved My Life

    Participant Testimonial: Bravo Saved My Life

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    Compliance

    How Do I Minimize Compliance Risk in My Wellness Program?

    Have concerns regarding the compliance of your current wellness plan? Read more to learn about what regulations are out there that could potentially impact the development and implementation of your program.

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    Webinar Engagement

    Integrating Wellness Into Your Workers’ Compensation Strategies

    On this webinar, learn how co-morbidities affect the cost of your workers’ compensation, and how you can implement a wellness program that diminishes those co-morbidities.

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    Compliance

    A Response to Proposed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Regulations on Employer-Sponsored Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives

    A Response to Proposed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Regulations on Employer-Sponsored Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives

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    Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    BMI: An Imperfect Measure

    There have been several industry articles about the fact that measuring body mass index (BMI) alone fails to capture a true picture of health. A new study released by the Annals of Internal Medicine examines the associations of BMI and body fat percentage (separately and together) with mortality.

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    ROI Well-Being Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Why Wellness? Why Bravo? Why Now?

    Most everyone intuitively knows that healthy people are more productive, have higher levels of energy and incur fewer medical, workers’ compensation and disability claims. The real question is, “What

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    Compliance Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Should Health Screenings Occur Annually?

    Most often, employers are unable to segment the population into groups that need annual screenings and those that don’t. Here's why, and what you can do about it.

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    Well-Being Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    An Inside Look at Bravo’s Screening Department

    Every year, Bravo’s Screening Team coordinates and executes hundreds of unique biometric screening programs for employers ranging from 1 to 300 locations each with anywhere from 100 to 20,000 eligible participants. Here's how.

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    Engagement ROI Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    My Employees Like Our Wellness Program…But It’s Not Working.

    Of course you want to introduce a wellness program that is liked by your employees. But if you’re looking to truly transform lives and experience measurable cost reduction, the most liked program design may not align with the most effective approach.

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    Compliance

    EEOC VS. Flambeau, Inc: What You Need to Know

    While it was the Honeywell case that gleaned most of the attention and caused a stir given its clear compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this particular case, EEOC v. Flambeau Inc., was viewed by many as significant because it highlighted a noteworthy gray area.

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    Compliance

    11 Things You Need to Know About the Proposed Amendments to GINA

    We’ve been anticipating proposed amendments to GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008) for some time now. They were released Thursday October 29, 2015 and there is a 60 day period for public comment. Here's what you need to know.

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    Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Are Screenings Worth the Investment?

    A recent article from Kaiser Health News nicely summarized one of the key debates in corporate wellness programs–do the benefits of annual workplace wellness screenings outweigh the risks? What are the benefits? What are the risks? Read more to find out.

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    Engagement Compliance

    Cost-Shifting or Aligning Interests?

    "I suppose the world will always have “schemers” but when it comes to wellness programs and incentive designs, I’ve yet to meet anyone who set out on a mission to disguise a cost-shift as a wellness i

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    Compliance

    EEOC Amendments: Bridging the Great Divide

    The proposed amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) formally published on April 20th by the EEOC highlight this “great divide” in spades.

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    Compliance

    EEOC Proposed Rule to Amend the ADA for Wellness Programs

    [WEBINAR] EEOC PROPOSED RULE TO AMEND THE ADA FOR WELLNESS PROGRAMS

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    Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Stop Overlooking the Importance of Data

    Stop Overlooking the Importance of Data

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    Compliance

    EEOC Issues Positive Proposal for Wellness Programs

    Although a few questions and inconsistencies with the ACA HIPAA regulations remain, this is a clear sign to employers that the EEOC supports their efforts to control costs and improve the lives of workers and their families.

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    News Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Jim Pshock Featured in Michael Rucker's Thought Leader Interview on Workplace Wellness

    Addressing tough questions like “Where does the responsibility of the company end and the responsibility of the employee start?” and “What are the key elements that contribute to the success of a wellness program?” this interview speaks to some of the uncertainty surrounding workplace wellness.

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    ROI Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Defining Success in Wellness

    “Wellness” is a term that means different things to different people, and that “program success” is equally ambiguous. A key part of measuring success is understanding how the stakeholders who made the decision to invest in a wellness program define victory.

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    ROI Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Accountability Produces Outcomes in Wellness

    Adding the “good driver discount” and making it reasonable to achieve, and financially meaningful to attain, is proving to be the missing ingredient in many strategies.

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    ROI Health Improvement Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Does Wellness Work?

    Does wellness work or not? Of course it does! Except for when it doesn’t. And those other frequent times when it partially does. Good Lord, what is meant by “wellness” anyway? What’s your definition of “success?"

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    News

    Wellness Solutions Receive Praise

    Bravo is pleased to announce that several clients and partners have been named 2014 IHC Superstars. The awards were created to recognize those individuals who go above and beyond in executing innovative health and benefit management programs or who provide those solutions to organizations.

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    Compliance

    Is ACA Compliance Enough?

    Have you thought about exposure to EEOC, ADA and other regulations? Read more to learn about wellness program compliance.

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    News

    Bravo Named No. 3 on Crain's Fast 50

    Bravo was honored to be a part of the inaugural Crain’s Fast 50 awards reception. The Crain's Cleveland Business Fast 50 was designed to recognize Northeast Ohio's fastest-growing companies, and Bravo was right near the top of the list.

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    Compliance

    What You Need to Know: EEOC Cases Against Orion Energy Systems, Flambeau and Honeywell

    Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed three lawsuits against employer wellness programs at Orion Energy Systems, Flambeau, Inc., and Honeywell International, Inc. Here's what you need to know.

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    Compliance

    EEOC Lawsuit: What Went Wrong

    The EEOC is alleging that Orion Energy violated the ADA by firing an employee who declined to participate in their workplace wellness program. This marks the first ADA challenge to such a program. According to the EEOC, here's what went wrong with the company wellness program.

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    Compliance

    What Do the Regulations Really Say About Affordability?

    We encounter employers who aren't the least bit concerned about the affordability calculation and others who have been convinced that it's the end of civilization as they know it. Here are the facts.

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    News

    Bravo Secures $22 Million Investment

    Bravo receives a $22 million Series A minority investment from ABS Capital Partners, a leading investor in later-stage growth companies. Bravo Wellness will use the proceeds to expand its sales and marketing efforts and to continue to innovate and expand its solutions.

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    Compliance

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Employee Benefits

    A summary of ways employers can address the daunting reform mandates, including industry statistics, best practices and private exchanges.

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    News

    Survey: Outcomes-Based Incentives Continues to Grow

    Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health recently released its annual employer survey on purchasing value in healthcare. This survey tracks employers' strategies and practices in providing and managing health benefits for their workforce, as well as the results of these efforts.

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    Compliance

    EEOC to Clarify Impact of Wellness Programs

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) spring Regulatory Agenda indicated that the EEOC intends to issue two proposed rules in the coming months. Here is what we know and how you can avoid having to make a change.

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    Engagement Culture Corporate Wellness & Benefits

    Resist the Sizzle

    No, I'm not talking about the sound of bacon frying on a Sunday morning as you debate rolling out of bed! I'm talking about the feeling people have when their wellness program doesn't include all the latest mobile apps, social games, and tracking gadgets that may give the illusion of results.

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