Wellness News

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June 7, 2016

Seventy percent of employees do not compare prices before shopping for medical services or pharmaceutical drugs, according to a May 2016 HealthMine survey of 750 consumers enrolled in wellness programs. The reasons are varied. For one, only 29% of wellness programs offer a price comparison tool, respondents reported. But also, 41% said they don't price shop because the "cost is covered by my health plan, so it doesn't matter."

Read more at PlanSponsor.

June 6, 2016

If companies are required to disclose their impact on the environment, shouldn’t they also have to disclose their impact on employee health? One group of prominent insurers, pharmaceutical companies and employers is proposing that publicly traded corporations report on the health of their workforces in annual reports, 10-Ks, sustainability reports and other SEC documents. Could this happen? What would be the impact on employers and employees?

Read more at EBN.

June 3, 2016

Sixty-two percent of people who paricipate in wellness programs believe that all health plan members should enroll in wellness. The data comes from a new Healthine survey of 750 consumers who participate in wellness programs. What's more, 47% say their healthcare costs would decrease if wellness programs had 100% participation.

Read more at Business Insurance.

May 31, 2016

Wellness programs are increasingly taking aim at diabetes, engaging those with the chronic condition to manage their health by using a combination of digital health tools and dynamic, personalized incentives.

Read more at Managed Care Magazine.

May 27, 2016

The use of digital health tools in primary care could save the U.S. healthcare system $10 billion annually, according to Accenture. There are now hundreds of thousands of digital health apps and devices in the market. But, despite growing adoption of these tools by consumers, nearly half (46%) say their doctor is not incorporating digital health data into their healthcare.

Read more at Healthcare Informatics.

May 18, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) unveiled a final ruling on wellness program guidelines, allowing employers to offer incentives up to 30% of the total cost of an employee's self-only coverage for wellness participants. The new rules could lead to an expansion of wellness programs with more robust designs that help employees improve health.

Read more at USA Today.