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While conducting your day-to-day interactions with Employer Solutions, you may have heard about other areas of Quest. Today we’d like to highlight another group that provides valuable services to employers, Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness.

The Health & Wellness division of Quest is the nation’s leading provider of biometric wellness screenings, flu shots, and related preventive services for employers. Each year, more than 3.5 million American adults undergo wellness screenings, and over 500,000 flu shots are administered during these screenings. With unrivaled access and flexible collection methods, including access to 2,200 Patient Service Centers nationwide, Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness helps reduce barriers to participation and enhance employee-sponsored, wellness screening program flexibility in order to lead employees to the right care at the right time.

By offering compelling screening insights in easy-to-understand personalized reporting, Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness helps employees and their partners identify and understand disease risks. Within that reporting, individualized health-improvement solutions are also recommended, enabling participants to make healthier choices ­– choices that result in reduced healthcare costs and lives saved. In fact, wellness screening participants have an average 2-year healthcare-related savings of $884 per person¹.

Population health insights, garnered from screening data, also provide a foundation for employers to help guide planning and decisions about benefit design and wellness initiatives. That’s why Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness offers population-level reporting with data-driven insights to every client at the end of each biometric screening program. This aggregate data provides rich insights about an organization’s health status, while maintaining the confidentiality of personal employee information.

It is essential that employees understand their health risks and how to maintain or improve their health, especially during open enrollment season. Giving employees and their spouses/domestic partners the chance to know their numbers gives them the opportunity to take charge of their health, and promotes a culture of well-being in the workplace.

To learn more about the value of biometric screenings, along with engagement and health improvement solutions from Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness, visit QuestForHealth.com.

¹Diagnostics Blueprint for Wellness – Domino’s Case Study, 2012.

Special thanks to guest contributor Katie Birkenfeld, Marketing Specialist, Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness

Drug Testing Do’s and Don’ts

by Pablo Bolanos on November 14, 2017

Its 6:00 a.m. and the sound of your alarm fills the calm morning air. You’re certain that wonderful wake up sound is a bit early and hit snooze to catch a bit more rest. You finally wake up and when you do, you’re immediately hopeful, because today could mark the beginning of a new chapter. As you sit down next to your closest friend—coffee—you take a moment to reflect on your journey and replay the steps you’ve taken to change one of the most important aspects of your life—where you work.

During the past month, you’ve written down potential interview questions, calmed your nerves during face-to-face meetings, and rehearsed the perfect tone when you assert yourself as the best-suited candidate for the job. Prospective employers met you, listened, and got to know you better, and, at last, one manager recognized that your talent would be a great fit for the team and made you a conditional job offer. Before walking proudly into your new job, there is one last step—you must complete and pass a drug test.

As the most common reason for testing, a pre-employment drug test, helps employers proactively protect themselves from the negative impacts of hiring a drug user. The process kicks off when an employer gives the candidate instructions to provide a urine, oral fluid or hair drug test specimen. The test is typically conducted at an off-site location like a Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Center by a professional test administrator. It’s significant to note that the drug testing process is standardized across our network, meaning the same strict regimen occurs no matter which Quest site you visit. Our staff is trained to be welcoming, respectful, and to consistently follow strict guidelines.

Your part in the process is simple, yet equally important, to ensuring a successful drug test collection. With the goal of making sure that you, as well as others in the waiting area, have a safe and pleasant experience, we have compiled 10 helpful tips:

 

For information about your upcoming drug test from Quest, visit our website or contact us online.

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International Drug and Alcohol Trends

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Brazil is known for spectacular beaches, the Amazon rainforest, and over the past decade, the “Cracklands,” a notorious part of Rio de Janeiro at the heart of Brazil’s growing crack-cocaine epidemic. On the other side of the equator, there is Canada, often referred to as “the friendly neighbor to the north.” Much like the U.S., […]

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How to choose a drug testing laboratory

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Studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggest that substance abuse – which includes drugs and alcohol – costs the U.S. an estimated $276 billion a year, with much of the cost resulting from lost work productivity and increased healthcare spending. Compared to the risks that hiring a drug user can […]

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Ask the Experts: Hair drug test specimens

October 17, 2017Hair testing

Q: Can a hair drug test be performed on someone with little or no hair? We get many questions from both individuals scheduled for a drug screen and employers in anticipation of a hair drug test. They wonder how much hair is needed, what part of the head is the hair is cut from, whether […]

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