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Wellness Program Management

Many employer-sponsored health plans are offering wellness programs to incentivize their members. Identifying the activities that are likely to benefit the members is often a starting point. Programs that reward taking a health risk assessment and certain biometric tests show little direct financial return, but can be valuable when encouraging members to establish a medical home with their primary care provider. These programs can also be valuable when properly targeted in increasing health awareness and a sense of the plan or employer caring.

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A common current strategy for wellness programs is to identify certain activities that are determined to be rewarded. These often include health risk assessments, certain clinical tests, certain activity accomplishments, etc. There is little evidence that these wellness programs actually reduce medical costs. However, these programs can be of great assistance to a human resource department in contributing to an environment of wellness, and helping employees feel they are part of a caring

There are, however, other wellness programs that are designed to help employees more effectively engage in their medical care. For example, it has been shown that patients that have a significant relationship with their primary care provider do better in managing their health outcomes. The wellness program designed to foster the primary care relationship may show improved clinical compliance and cost savings. In a similar way, a program designed to improve pharmacy compliance may show results of improved clinical outcomes.

The team at EmmData manages wellness incentives. Our rules-engine tools allow for effective management of rewards for programs, and our in-depth analyses can determine if program goals are being met.