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The Case for Adding a Wellness Program

As a business owner, are you focusing on work performance, or lowering your healthcare costs?

Only 19% of employers are focusing on impacting both. Here’s why you should consider becoming part of the 46% of employers that will be adding a wellness program in the next three to five years.

A recent study conducted by Humana involved their employees over a 3-year period of time. The results are more than interesting.

Claims
Medical claims decreased by 10.1% in the participating group, while claims increased by 17% by the non-participating group. Lower claim costs equals bottom line savings.

Lower Absenteeism
Non-Participating members had 35% more unscheduled absences than those that were participating in the wellness plan. Less absenteeism means a workforce that is on the job, impacting work performance.

Controlling “Bad Habits” impacts Chronic Conditions
Those that participated in the wellness program found that the number that moved into a low-risk category increased by 25%. Chronic conditions are responsible for the bulk of healthcare costs in the U.S. Lower risks for chronic conditions means happier and healthier employees.

Fewer Emergency Room Related Visits
Non-participating members experienced 56% more emergency Room Visits, and 37% more hospital visits than participating members. Generally, less emergency healthcare means less healthcare costs. And with an increase in regular physicals and screenings, employees can be healthier and more productive.

For a White Paper on this study, click here.