Score one for the enthusiasts: Disease management reduced health care costs by $136 per member per month. Score one for the skeptics: Lifestyle management programs did not save money. But I don’t see the game ending in a tie.
The study, conducted by RAND Corporation, has plenty to recommend it. There were plenty of people in the sample: 14,455 participants in disease management, 22,880 in lifestyle management, and 9,324 in both. They had at least one baseline year and at least seven program years to analyze. They used sophisticated techniques to create a control group, comparable to the participants. They adjusted results to factor in differences between the groups. For a stats geek, it was pure delight.
Enthusiasts will be less than delighted that lifestyle management did not show strong results, except for a small reduction in absenteeism. Lifestyle management takes people with unhealthy habits and turns them in a new direction. These people do not already have an illness, but the theory is they are running toward one.
There is a straightforward reason that lifestyle management shows weak results here (and elsewhere): it costs more to work with hundreds of people on prevention than it costs to treat the dozens who are already sick.
There is some research showing that preaching to the choir – that is, keeping healthy people healthy – is also worthwhile. Even if this is true, worthwhile investments are going to be pushed aside as benefit costs press profit margins and wages down.
Wellness programs are a complex physical-social-emotional-financial transaction. One study won’t end all debate. We can only welcome the new insight the latest studies bring us. Score one for all of us."
Source: Linda K. Riddell, What we can learn from the PepsiCo wellness study, EBN, February 3, 2014.
Minimizing the Worker: Why Attacks on Raising the Minimum Wage Come Up Short
Over the course of a generation productivity in the American workplace has doubled and CEO pay has increased exponentially. So with all that success, why has the minimum wage failed to keep pace even with simple cost-of-living increases? And why should anyone willing and able to work full-time be living below the poverty line?
Your Company Wants to Make You Healthy
A look at the pros and cons of the most popular wellness programs used by companies...Employer wellness programs used to mean just having a gym in the office or posters on the wall encouraging people to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Now more companies are using real money, and sometimes penalties, as incentives for workers to get in better shape.
Our highly flexible solutions allow for efficient administration and management of customized wellness programs and member engagement strategies, while empowering individuals with a personalized health experience based on their risks and needs.
Collective Health is creating the health insurance experience we all want and deserve. We’re starting by fixing what’s broken for US employers, who bear the brunt of most of our country’s private healthcare costs.
ConXus Wellness Platform
Wellness providers, accountable care organizations, health plans, and large employers use the ConXus Platform to manage wellness and population health management programs.
Corporate Health & Wellness Association
The Corporate Health and Wellness Association (CHWA), also known as the Health and Wellness Association or the Corporate Wellness Association is the first national non-profit association focused on health, wellness, disease prevention and management for employers, employees and their families.
Daily Wellness Company
The Daily Wellness Company uses its over 15 years of experience in the natural health care industry to ensure we continuously bring our customers clinically validated, efficacious, natural products focused on our customers desire to stay healthy and active throughout their lifetime. While most other companies rely on third-party studies on ingredients only, we are one of very few companies to do double-blind, placebo-controlled studies on exact formulas, the “gold standard” of validation.
Empathia has been helping organizations and individuals be their best for over 30 years. Through dedicated staff, proprietary technology and time tested experience, we help foster well-being, heighten productivity, and resilience in the face of challenging circumstances.
Employee Benefit News
EBN is the leading trade publication for benefits and HR professionals, who hold decision-making responsibility over benefits.
Welcome to GlobalFit, the nation's leading provider of healthy living benefits, helping you and your family to get fit, feel better and live healthier.
Founded in 2011, Grand Rounds orchestrates the analytics, expertise, and technology needed to deliver positive outcomes and cost savings through its Outcomes Management platform. Grand Rounds dramatically reduces companies’ healthcare expenses and gets employees back to work sooner by providing accurate clinical diagnoses and proper options for treatments from the start.
Health Care Cost Institute
Health care costs have increased three times faster than wages over the past decade, putting a strain on government resources, and employer and family budgets. Rising costs to finance Medicare, Medicaid and other public health programs are major contributors to the long-term fiscal challenges facing federal and state governments and centerpieces of today’s debate on proposals to reduce the deficit and cut government spending.
At IDEO, we see this evolution as a historic opportunity to design human-centered products, services, spaces, and systems. We strive to help people thrive by easing their physical and emotional burdens around health and wellness.
Established in 1987, Impact Health offers a customized approach to onsite health screening services. With over 20 years of experience, we’ve tested more than 2 million people at approximately 10,000 locations around the world. We have worked with many Fortune 500 companies, most major pharmaceutical companies, national foundations, large retailers and major manufacturers.
We help our clients lower health care costs and increase employee productivity through our comprehensive health and wellness solutions. Our proven results demonstrate early detection and identification of risk factors, coupled with immediate intervention and personalized health action plans, improve employee health and positively impact your bottom line.
Keas combines the best of social media and online games to create happier, healthier, more engaged workforces.
If you're considering a new corporate wellness solution, or are thinking about making a change to your current program, we'd love to discuss how Keas could benefit you!
A corporate wellness company that brings people together to share in the joy of health and fitness.
We relieve the pain of company health plan and benefits decisions. Save money and deliver better outcomes for everyone.
As a fitness and health management company, MediFit offers a variety of comprehensive health promotion, fitness and wellness solutions for the employer, community and residential health, fitness and wellness markets.
Our Focus Has Always Been on Environmental Wellness
At Melaleuca, we were green long before being green was popular. For 25 years, we've been leading the way in selling concentrated products and preserving nature's resources. Listen to how we lead the way in environmental wellness.
National Wellness Institute
The mission of the National Wellness Institute is to serve the professionals and organizations that promote optimal health and wellness in individuals and communities.
Whether you're an employer, payer or provider, or work in the public sector, OptumHealth can help meet your unique needs. Let us help you find the fully integrated program or stand-alone service that works best for you or your members.
Orriant is designed to be a simple and easy to implement program. It lowers the cost for businesses by making the employees accountable for their lifestyle choices and rewards them for making good decisions that would lead to better health. Orriant is an opt-in program where employees commit to living healthier lifestyles and keeping fitness and wellness goals.
The key to any successful corporate wellness program is making diet and exercise fun, accessible, and affordable to your employees. With Powhow, your employees take live fitness classes from their homes or at the office using a webcam and computer. For a fraction of the cost of a gym membership, your employees can work out with their own personal trainer and weight loss expert and stay committed to their long term fitness goals.
Flexible, customized and affordable worksite wellness programs that improve employee health and lower company healthcare costs.
Sage Wellness is committed to providing customized, holistic, educational programs to support businesses and their employees in becoming more healthy, vibrant and productive.
You see, we are one of the only pure-play health optimization companies out there. We aren’t a health plan trying desperately to prove that we can do wellness, too. We’re not a disease management company in disguise, nor are we a multi-billion dollar conglomerate from overseas trying to put our hands in the American pie. We are pure-bred lovers of health improvement. It’s in our DNA. We won’t compromise and won’t ever pretend to be something we’re not.
Stayhealthy was founded in 1995 with the goal of making medical-grade health monitoring devices affordable and accessible to average people in their own homes, allowing them to proactively take control of their health. After all, how can you get healthier if you don't know what's wrong, or what to do about it, and you can't afford to get high-priced tests month after month?
Founded in 1999, Summit Health is now the nation’s highest rated provider of on-site wellness programs, including health screenings, immunizations, coaching, and educational seminars. We offer a strong commitment to customer satisfaction with an emphasis on “quality of care.” This allows us to provide excellent services, positively influence healthy lifestyle choices, and lower health care costs.
We help you deliver the right reward at the right time and in the right way to inspire happy employees and customers.
The Wellness Company
The Wellness Company provides wellness services to adults and children throughout the United States.
Total HR delivers tailored solutions for your business, providing the freedom to focus on what you do best. Productive employees, effective leadership, and a better bottom line: Build a Better Business with Total HR.
United States Workplace Wellness Alliance
The United States Workplace Wellness Alliance is a broad-based, national organization of businesses, health care advocates, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to the vision that a healthier U.S. workforce produces a stronger and fiscally healthier U.S. economy poised to compete in the global marketplace.
Voxiva’s programs support a broad range of health topics such as maternal & child health, smoking cessation, and diabetes self-management. In early 2010, Voxiva and its partners launched text4baby, an award winning educational service for pregnant women and new moms that is now the largest mobile health service in the United States.
The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) was established as a national not-for-profit organization in the mid 1980's through the efforts of a number of forward-thinking business and health leaders.
Wellness Coaches USA, founded in 2002, is the pioneer, the most experienced and fully developed, and the leading national provider of onsite workplace wellness coaching and related services. We are distinguished in the workplace wellness marketplace by our consistent achievement of truly large-scale improvement in employee population health risk factors...
Wellness Corporate Solutions
Wellness Corporate Solutions builds customized, high-impact corporate wellness programs.
You’ll see the results in your
employees’ health -- and
your bottom line.
Many wellness and disease management companies tout predictive modeling ROI. This all looks pretty on paper, but executives often ask “Are these numbers REAL?” Many executives would like to see results immediately versus waiting 2-4 years for some health outcomes. Wellness Jackpot takes a different, more convincing approach.
WellnessRebates™ is offering something much bigger…customized employee wellness programs that are built to last. They last because there is a cultural shift towards healthy living, which is critical to remaining competitive in today’s marketplace. This is wellness 2.0: a comprehensive and results-oriented wellness program.
Wellworks For You was created as a vehicle to assist employers in designing and implementing a comprehensive wellness program. We recognize that healthy minds and healthy bodies are the catalyst to a successful working environment.