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91% of Employers Will Continue to invest in Health Management Programs


According to a new employer survey conducted by The National Business Group on Health and Fidelity Investments, despite the outcome of health care reform, 91% of employers will continue to invest in their health management programs. Among survey findings:

  • More than half (57%) of companies report that they use incentives with cash value for their wellness programs. The most common incentives were reducing the employee’s health care premium and offering cash and contributions to a health reimbursement arrangement or a health savings account.
  • One out of five companies (20%) spends more than $400 per employee a year on incentives, while 29% spend less than $100 per employee.
  • Companies are spending almost the same amount of money on programs aimed at prevention and lifestyle wellness (45%) as on programs that manage conditions after the onset of disease or illness (43%).
  • The most prevalent programs in the prevention and lifestyle categories are on-site flu shots (90% of companies offer them), preventive-care reminders related to screenings or annual exams (68%), employee assistance programs (92%), stress management (68%) and smoking cessation (66%).
  • The top condition-management programs in use are nurse hotlines where nurses are available to answer questions via telephone (79%), diabetes disease management (74%), coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and asthma disease management (69%).
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February 10, 2010 - Posted by | Chronic conditions, diabetes, healthcare, Prevention and Wellness | , , ,

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