Weekly Article Roundup
March 18, 2011 / Uncategorized
All the news you need from this past week.
Data on employee needs can help focus wellness programs
Human Resource Executive
Lowering health costs is important, but successful wellness programs also require companies to understand their employees’ health, habits and lifestyle so decisions can be based on needs, experts told a Human Resource Executive Forum panel. Mark Bukowski of Aon Hewitt said employee data…
Wellness programs can help offset rising health costs
Employers are looking to increase participation in wellness programs and offer consumer-driven health plans to temper rising health care costs and expected changes from the health care law, according to a survey by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. The survey found a more than twofold increase in the use of outcomes-based financial incentives, such as lower premiums for keeping weight or cholesterol levels in check.
Michelle Obama emphasizes obesity’s cost to U.S. cities
The 10 cities with the highest obesity rates are spending about $50 million in obesity-related costs per 100,000 residents, and they could collectively save nearly $500 million annually if they lowered their obesity rates to the national average, first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday. In a meeting with…
Employers rapidly losing confidence in their ability to offer health care
This is one of these big, landmark health care surveys that really can give you some insight into what is happening with American health care as organizations everywhere try to figure out that just what the new government mandates mean and what the impact will be on both cost and quality of care…