Blog Weekly News Scan: Reducing Burnout and Boosting Employee Engagement, Benefits of Direct Access to PT for Low Back Pain, Americans Cutting Back to Afford Healthcare Premiums By Clinicient, 11.13.19 FacebookTwitterLinkedin This week in the news, we look at an article on preventing burnout and boosting employee engagement, an APTA co-sponsored study about how unrestricted direct access to physical therapist services is effective for new-onsite low back pain, and an article about how Americans are cutting back on other expenses to afford healthcare premiums. We hope you enjoy! Making Work Less Stressful and More Engaging for Your Employees, Harvard Business Review, November 5, 2019: Stress makes people nearly three times as likely to leave their jobs, temporarily impairs strategic thinking, and dulls creative abilities. Employee burnout is real, costing the U.S. more than $300 billion a year. What are some practical ways organizations can help prevent burnout and boost employee engagement? Read this article for helpful guidance on how you can create a workforce environment that reduces stress and boosts employee engagement. APTA Cosponsored Study: Direct Access to Physical Therapy for LBP Saves Money, Lowers Utilization Better When It’s Unrestricted, PT in Motion, November 8, 2019: Therapists understand that unrestricted direct access to physical therapist services makes a difference and achieves effective results for people suffering from new-onset low back pain. This is backed up by a large-scale retrospective study cosponsored by the APTA of nearly 60,000 US adults. Learn more about the study and its important findings here. Americans Cutting Back on Monthly Expenses to Afford Healthcare Premiums, Healthcare Finance, November 11, 2019: Open enrollment is kicking off, and according to new survey results, insured Americans aren’t impressed. According to HealthPocket survey results, more than 40% of those surveyed have found it difficult to pay their monthly insurance premium and another 41% are feeling pressure to cut back on other monthly expenses to afford their monthly premium. Respondents are also looking to elected officials to bring down costs. Read the article to gain more insights on how healthcare premium costs are impacting Americans.