BEATING WINTER'S WOES
- Keep on the sunny side. Whether you have SAD or just feel blue during these darker months, step outside when you can—even if it’s cold or cloudy. Increase your indoor daylight with sheer curtains, and trim shrubs and trees so that they don’t block windows. Use artificial "sun box" lights with special fluorescent tubes that mimic the sun's beneficial rays. These lights benefit those with intense SAD as well as anyone with regular winter doldrums.
- Make a move. Exercise can boost your mood, relieve depression, and decrease stress. Dress appropriately for cold-weather workouts—wear a hat, scarf, gloves, jacket, and layered clothing. Also, do indoor exercise at home like running in place and dancing with upbeat music.
- Stay in touch. Call family members and friends to set up plans, volunteer in your community, or join a social group.
IBH POPULATION HEALTH SOLUTIONS COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF HMC HEALTHWORKS
IRVINE, Calif. (December 22, 2020) – IBH Population Health Solutions (Integrated Behavioral Health, Inc.), a leader in behavioral health, today announced the completion of its acquisition of HMC HealthWorks, adding world class chronic condition management, data analytics, wellness and pharmacy specialty services to its portfolio of services. In addition, HMC HealthWorks’ pedigree and expertise in Managed Behavioral Health, EAP and Opioid & Pain Management further expand IBH’s already robust capabilities in these areas. The combined companies bring one of the nation’s most comprehensive, whole person focused and digitally sophisticated product and service portfolios to the market. Industry leading ROIs are accomplished through an integrated care approach delivered through tailored digital tools and highly experienced, URAQ accredited, care management teams.
Speaking on the transaction, Dan Clark, CEO of IBH commented, “Today marks an important day for IBH, HMC and our customers. We have had the privilege of working alongside HMC for years and have long admired the company that Dr. Jan DiMonaco, its founder, has built. Both companies have deep experience in behavioral health and recognize how impactful an integrated care approach can be to improving patient outcomes. According to a recent analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of the nation’s $3.5 trillion in annual healthcare are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. We’ve seen how powerful an integrated approach can be and are excited to drive even better outcomes for our collective customers. IBH’s strength in digital health care, combined with HMC’s excellence in chronic condition management and addressing gaps in care, will deliver best in class outcomes for our customers from coast to coast.”
“Lastly, and importantly,” Clark added, “Jan and I have been working together for over a year to ensure that as our companies combine, our Government, Labor Relations & Trust and Commercial customers continue to receive the high level of service and outcomes they’ve grown to expect from us. Jan will not only be part of IBH’s board but has committed to work in partnership with me to ensure that happens. I want to thank Dr. DiMonaco, our customers and millions lives that we collectively serve, for entrusting us with their business and care.”
Jan DiMonaco, speaking about the transaction said, “We’ve found a kindred spirit in IBH. Their unwavering focus on quality, innovation, outcomes and dedication to service, align precisely with our own. I’m excited for what’s to come for the members and customers we are so privileged to serve. I am looking forward to working with Dan and his team to take our combined organizations to the next level.”
IBH has been providing EAP and Behavioral Health services for over 30 years. Their mission is to ensure all clients, ranging in size from small, local employers to national companies, have rapid access to superior care for their employees, members and dependents when and where they need it. Even during these times of uncertainty, IBH and all their associates remain focused on the health and safety for our community and members they serve.
IBH is a pioneer in managed behavioral health, integrated employee assistance programs and services. It is one of the US’s leading population health management companies, delivering world class EAP, Managed Behavioral Health, Wellness, Data Analytics and Opioid Assessment and Treatment Solutions across the United States. With a focus on positive outcomes through clinically validated methods and tools, IBH reduces claims and costs for organizations while improving the lives of its people. IBH has been providing services for over 30 years and is a Shortlister Vendor of Choice for EAP, Behavioral Health, and Healthcare Content. The company provides services to millions of members representing a diverse group of employers, health plans and partners through their credentialed network of providers across the United States. Visit www.ibhsolutions.com for additional information.
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2 shots if before age 15.
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BEING APART DURING THE HOLIDAYS
- Hard choices to be apart this year may mean that you can spend many more years with your loved ones.
- Do what is best for your health and the health of your loved ones. This year spend time with those in your own household. If you live alone, reach out to loved ones and friends online, on the phone or video chat. Be together apart. Social distancing doesn’t mean emotional distancing.
- Being away from family and friends during the holidays can be hard.
- When you talk with your friends and family about plans-it’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others. It’s okay if others decide they want to remain apart from you and other people.
- Doing what’s best for you includes eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep.
- Take care of your body and stay active to lessen fatigue, anxiety, and sadness.