Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Employers See Well-Designed Worksite Health and Wellness Programs as Strong Value in Down Economy

“As politicians and policymakers debate how to structure and pay for clinical prevention and chronic disease services within new models of care--both at the work site or through new delivery systems--many are looking to mature employer-based health management programs as models. A new, in-depth survey of employers into the use of incentives in corporate wellness programs shows that smart investments in employee health programs are yielding results. Despite tight economic times, paying employees to participate in worksite health and wellness programs is almost uniformly believed among employers of all sizes, with and without programs in place, to boost program success and return value. Almost two out of three U.S. companies offer programs to keep employees healthy, and 66 percent of those offering programs also use incentives, with a healthy number showing an ROI of greater than $1 for each dollar spent."

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