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Assessing the (Wellness) Problem

01/19/10

  04:19:13 pm, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Incentives

Assessing the (Wellness) Problem

A recent article in Employeer Benefit News chronicles the difficulties one employer has had in persuading employees to take a health risk assessment (HRA), a tool for gathering personal information to ascertain potential health risks for wellness intervention and management. The author, a risk management director, writes that in the first year her employer offered an online HRA, only 97 employees out of 5,000 took the assessment. In year two, just 38 employees completed it – despite dangling the carrot of a raffle to win one of eight Wii game consoles (complete with Wii Fit game)!

Encouraging participation in a worksite wellness program can frequently prove problematic, which is why MedBen offers a wellness service that avoids HRAs in favor of electronic claims data analysis. Using a plan member’s company claims history, MedBen Worksite Wellness detects health patterns that would benefit from specialized nurse coaching. Moreover, our program uses an “opt-out” approach – all health plan members are considered participants in the wellness program unless they indicate otherwise.

For additional information about MedBen Worksite Wellness, please call Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Fargus at (888) 627-8683.

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