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Hospitals as Employers Using Wellness Programs Find Benefits Beyond a Healthy Workforce

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 workforce.

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.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 8:33 AM

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