Posts Tagged ‘health management’

Infographic: The Value of an Investment in Health Management

May 13th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Reduced employee health risk, followed by reduced healthcare costs and improved employee productivity are among the top reasons employer invest in health and wellness programs, according to a study by Optum and the National Business Group on Health, depicted in a new infographic.

The infographic also examines eight other emerging reasons for a health management investment by employers.

Profiting from Population Health Management: Applying Analytics in Accountable CareAs ACA reforms continue to impact healthcare, population health management (PHM) is fast becoming the new buzzword for the management, integration and measurement of all interventions across the health continuum, from the healthiest populations to those with catastrophic illnesses. Rooted in the IHI’s Triple Aim, PHM dives deep into health analytics to reduce risk and associated health spend and provide a strong foundation for accountable care in a value-based system.

Profiting from Population Health Management: Applying Analytics in Accountable Care provides both a primer in PHM, identifying the challenges and opportunities of a robust population health management program, and an advanced case study in the use of analytics in PHM.

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Guest Post: Building the Right Health Management Program

February 10th, 2015 by Ann Wyatt, Regional Vice President, HealthFitness

 Ann Wyatt

Ann Wyatt, Regional Vice President, HealthFitness

While Sibson’s Healthy Enterprise Study found that 40 percent of all health management programs are not effective, research shows that organizations adopting the most effective programs—those in the top 25 percent– experienced 16 percent lower healthcare costs and a 35 percent lower rate of increase in costs than the rest.1,2

Well-designed programs lead to improved retention, better employee morale and increased productivity. Reams of data support that.3,4,5

It would seem the answer is simply to build a good program. However, it’s not that simple; what works varies by workplace, income, age and a host of other factors. The task is to develop the right program for your target group. Research6 published in September found comprehensive workplace programs do work, but their success depends on program goals, design and implementation. The program must fit into the organization’s culture.

For instance, a focus group conducted for a client of HealthFitness – a large manufacturing plant population, found that some of wellness program names sounded too “feminine” to attract the rural, blue-collar, mostly male workers. Messages about the importance of good health weren’t effective, but “Get fit for hunting season” was.

Another example: A technology company with employees making six figures launched a health management program. The incentive to complete a health assessment and attend a biometric screening? A $25 gift card. The participation rates were dismal.

Employees want meaningful and relevant programs.7,8

It needn’t be costly, and success isn’t reserved for the mega-firms. Kramer Beverage, a small company in New Jersey, earned American Heart Association recognition for its efforts to keep employees healthy. The company provides gym membership discounts, offers healthful food options at meetings and in vending machines, and has created a walking track outside the building.

Another small company with a limited budget wanted to test the wellness program waters but was concerned it didn’t have the funds to make a big splash. The company started by putting a bowl of fruit in every break room once per week. The buzz it created revealed that employees were hungry for health.

It comes down to finding out what employees are “hungry” for and “feeding” them the means to reach their goals. That can vary widely, from shaving 10 seconds off a 5K time to being readier to hunt. You don’t have to build the perfect health management program–just the right one.

1Healthy Enterprise Study, Sibson Consulting, (Winter 2011)

2Steven F. Cyboran and Sadhna Paralkar, MD. “Wellness Program ROI Depends on Design and Implementation” Society for Human Resource Management, July 26, 2013

3Parks, K., et al. “Organizational Wellness Programs: A Meta-Analysis.” Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 2008

4Goetzel RZ, et al. “Do workplace health promotion (wellness) programs work?” J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Sep;56(9):927-34

52013 Aflac WorkForces Report conducted by Research Now

6J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Sept. op. cit.

7Aon Consumer Health Mindset,

8“Five voluntary trends to watch in 2014.” BenefitsPro , Dec. 13, 2013

Infographic: Health Management Is the Norm

February 14th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

Employee health management is one of employers’ top strategies for slowing health benefit costs and creating more engaged and productive workforces, according to Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans.

Eighty percent of large employers offer programs with disease management, 78 percent offer health assessments, and 66 percent offer lifestyle management, according to a new infographic from LifeHealthPro. This infogaphic also contains program ROI measurements, financial incentives used to drive results and new health management activities that are gaining traction.

Health Management is Now the Norm

You may also be interested in this related resource: 57 Population Health Management Metrics: Assessing Risk to Maximize Reimbursement. This resource delivers performance benchmarks in six key areas of population health management, based on feedback by hundreds of healthcare organizations: population health management, health risk assessment, medication adherence, health coaching, care coordination, reducing readmissions and ED use.


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Infographic: Tracking Health Trackers

April 23rd, 2013 by Melanie Matthews

U.S. adults with multiple chronic conditions are more likely to track their health indicators, according to an infographic by Pathfinder Software, which is based on Pew Report findings.

The infographic also looks at how and why individuals are tracking their health status.

Tracking Health Trackers

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