4 Ways Employers Can Better Manage Chronic Illness

Thursday, March 19th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

A new Hewitt Associates survey recommends four key steps for employers to ensure condition management programs achieve optimal results:

  • Analyze members’ claims
  • Improve techniques used to engage targeted enrollees
  • Implement more compliance incentives
  • Communicate and market effectively

    The survey found that number of companies taking action to combat the chronic health conditions of employees and their families jumped almost 30 percentage points over the past year, as organizations attempt to balance rapidly rising U.S. healthcare costs with a growing population of unhealthy Americans.

    Hewitt’s survey of 343 large U.S. employers found that almost two-thirds (65 percent) continue to make significant investments in improving the health and productivity of their workforce. Their efforts go beyond general condition management programs to pinpoint and subsequently reduce the most prevalent chronic illnesses within their employee populations.

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