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Does Your Wellness Plan Work?

Welness plans should measurably reduce ER visits and their corresponding costs.How does your wellness plan go beyond serving the already-healthy to engage the at-risk population of your employees whose non-health drives so much of your costs? What are you doing right? 

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Topic Expert
Malak Kazan
Title: VP, Special Projects
Company: ERI Economic Research Institute
(VP, Special Projects, ERI Economic Research Institute) |

I know of one company that uses year over year improvement on health measures as part of biometric health plan that offers employees premium discounts. This is encouraging for at-risk employees to become low / no risk. Hope this helps.

Kirk Conole
Title: Partner
Company: DCI Solutions
(Partner, DCI Solutions) |

So the employee gets an incentive as long as he shows some progress?

Topic Expert
Malak Kazan
Title: VP, Special Projects
Company: ERI Economic Research Institute
(VP, Special Projects, ERI Economic Research Institute) |

There should be a threshold set for the yr-over-yr improvement. If the measure for example is BMI then, moving the "needle" from 30 to 28.5 may be the threshold, it depends on the measure, demographics of the employee populations and setting realistic yet stretch targets for the program.

Kirk Conole
Title: Partner
Company: DCI Solutions
(Partner, DCI Solutions) |

Has anyone seen programs that benchmark the healthcare claims over a 1-3 year period? Would be keen to hear a testimonial from a CFO that has used a shared savings strategy to pay his wellness plan for financial benefits actually generated.

Anyone doing this?

Topic Expert
Patrick Dunne
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Milk Source
(Chief Financial Officer, Milk Source) |

We have had biometric screening for a number of years. Now we have introduced premium discounts based on either A-All screenings in an acceptable range or showing 2-4% improvement year over year in a majority of factors. We have had some complaints about pre-existing conditions (high cholesterol due to hereditary factors).

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

This is something new that our company is exploring. This year will be our first year offering a wellness program. I am interested in seeing how it works. I have little knowledge of how these programs work, from what I have been able to ascertain most of the decision makers are unsure also, they simply know it is a great idea to have in place. Does anyone have helpful links they would care to share?

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