Employee Wellness and Health Promotion Programs
Employee Wellness and Health Promotion Programs Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Employees with multiple health risk factors tend to use more health care resources, miss more days of work, and perform at less-than-optimal levels of efficiency and productivity. Well-constructed employee health and wellness programs can be effective in reducing risk factors and improving employee health, resulting in benefits for both employers and employees.
The featured Innovations describe three different programs designed to promote employee health and wellness and reduce health care costs. The programs include an incentive plan offered by the state of Connecticut that improved screening and medication adherence, increased use of primary care services, and reduced specialty and emergency department visits; a multinational health care corporation’s wellness program that significantly reduced risk factors; and a large employer’s comprehensive wellness program that attracted broad participation and reduced overall health care costs.
The featured QualityTools include a Web site that offers interactive tools and evidence-based strategies to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs; a scorecard that assesses how evidence-based health promotion strategies are implemented at a worksite; and a toolkit that provides employers guidance on how to implement a smoke-free workplace policy.
- Corporate Health and Wellness Program Attracts High Levels of Participation, Significantly Reduces Health Risks and Overall Health Care Costs
- Comprehensive Wellness Program Improves Employees' Health-Related Behaviors and Risk Factors, Stems Rise in Employer Health Care Costs
- State Plan Offers Employees Incentives To Access Needed Services and Health Enhancement Activities, Leading to High Participation, More Appropriate Utilization, and Slower Cost Growth
Also in This Issue:
- Performance Feedback, Ultraviolet Cleaning Device, and Dedicated Housekeeping Team Significantly Improve Room Cleaning, Reduce Potential for Spread of Common, Dangerous Infection
- Financial Incentives and Education Do Not Help Patients Better Manage Hypertension or Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Management of the Disease