A 3-year, incentive-based wellness program for the employees of Sentara Healthcare had a 6:1 return on investment, saved approximately $3.4 million in healthcare costs, and resulted in health improvement for nearly 80% of the employees that participated in the program.
Major program components included:
- Completion of a voluntary personal health profile to identify risk factors
- Employees with low risk factors were awarded a $500 annual premium reduction
- Employees with 2+ risk factors could earn the premium reduction by working with a health coach
- Employees with targeted conditions or who were pregnant could earn additional incentives (up to $460/year) if they worked with disease managers
Employees who declined to participate in the program gave up these discounts.
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