Wellness News

HealthMine News

June 17, 2015

Engagement continues to be a challenge in wellness programs. In a HealthMine survey of 1,200 consumers with sponsored health plans, people identified the key barriers to their participation in wellness, including lack of time and inconvenience of location. Plan sponsors can help members overcome inertia by making programs more convenient and meeting people where they are.

Read more at BenefitsPro.

June 9, 2015

As the EEOC prepares a final set of rules on wellness programs, employers may be impacted by tighter limits on financial incentives. More than half of large companies offer incentives for wellness, and 80% of workers want them, according to the HealthMine Consumer Wellness Report. Monetary inducements are important motivators for engagement.

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May 29, 2015

Wellness programs may not be focusing enough attention on smoking cessation programming, despite the fact that e-cigarette smoking is on the rise. According to recent survey data, 63% of wellness program participants reported that smoking cessation programs are absent from their plan. A multi-faceted approach to help employees quit smoking, like the one North Shore-LIJ Health System (NSLIJ) uses, may be the most effective strategy.

Read more at Employee Benefit News.

May 14, 2015

HealthMine CEO Bryce Williams advises employers not to throw the baby out with the bath water when it comes to revamping their wellness programs to meet EEOC requirements. The risk that programs may not be compliant is something that should be monitored, but focusing on employees’ health is of paramount importance. “Investing in, rather than holding off on, your employees’ health and well-being gives you the potential to realize measurable and meaningful payoff,” says Williams.

Read more at Employee Benefit News.

May 11, 2015

As the EEOC submits new regulations governing sponsored wellness plans, employers are helping individuals discover chronic health conditions and lower costs through wellness programs. Michael Garcia discovered he had hypothyroidism after completing a blood screening required by his wellness program at JFK Health. Through preventive care and treatment he has lost 20 pounds and avoided what his doctor said could have turned into cancer within four years.

Read more at USA Today.

May 11, 2015

Just 45% of individuals with employer-sponsored wellness programs reported that incentives were meaningful in helping them manage their health. Even those who did participate in earning incentives left money on the table. Those who did not take full advantage of the incentives offered cited concerns about data security, inconvenience, and the belief that they are already doing what they need to be doing to be healthy, among other reasons.

Read more at Managed Healthcare Executive.