From the National Business Coalition on Health: Hospitals are emphasizing employee health,
in part to give them credibility when they pitch wellness programs to other
companies. Hospital executives increasingly agree that employee wellness
programs show a hospital can manage population health and can help the
facility stand out as an employer in competitive markets.
According to Becker's
Hospital Review, employee health management is an opportunity
for hospitals to put their money where their mouths are. When a large
employer asks how a hospital plans to manage population health, a successful
organization should be able to illustrate that answer by referring to its own
Somewhat ironically, some say the hospital industry is a bit behind the curve
in its approach to employee health. Other large employers outside of the
healthcare industry have aggressively managed the health and wellness of
their employees for years. General Mills, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and
Perdue are just a few major corporations with employed CMOs in addition to
robust wellness programs including fitness centers, healthy food options,
on-site health screenings and annual runs and walks.
With the delivery system reforms coming in the near future, such as ACOs and
medical homes, which require input and participation from all stakeholders in
a community, employers experienced in wellness program administration and
population health management have a unique opportunity to partner with
hospitals, both as employers and as providers, to leverage the benefits of a
healthy and productive workforce.