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The Art and Science of a Well-Being Program

Behavioral science provides essential direction for the design and build of our solutions. Can a well-being program really help people make positive changes in their lives?...

The Final Rules on Wellness Programs: What Is Keeping You up at Night?

We waited and waited for the final rulings. Now that they are actually final, they have become part of my every day conversations with clients. The good news is the rules are not drastically different from the proposed regulations that were released in November. So, while most of us are not surprised, there are several changes that may impact your wellness strategy next year. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you look ahead to motivate your population in 2014 and beyond. To read the final rulings visit: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/workplacewellnessstudyfinalrule.pdf Is outcome-based the way to go? Or should we…

Data Is Only Valuable if You Do Something With It: A Response to the RAND Workplace Wellness Programs Study

The recently released RAND Workplace Wellness Programs Study [1. Workplace Wellness Programs Study – Final Report, 2013, RAND Corporation, http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR200/RR254/RAND_RR254.pdf] has generated plenty of attention, due as much as anything to the negative portrayals by several news sources. I’m generally a fan of RAND’s research methodologies, so I dug into the report to see for myself what the fuss was about. After a complete review, I’m actually quite impressed. I think the most important thing to remember about this and any other study of its kind—including those my analytics team performs for WebMD—is that the value of research is really in what…

How Your Health Assessment (HA) Can Sink—or Save—Your Population Wellness Program

Health assessments (HAs)—often alongside biometric screenings—have become the established foundation for population health management programs, and for plenty of good reasons. While there are many discussions about the value of HAs, those discussions often revolve around the dramatic differences in how these tools are developed, maintained, implemented, and leveraged. You need to understand those differences to make sure that the HA you choose doesn’t sink your population health management goals. First: Why do you need a health assessment? Organizations gain enormous knowledge from the aggregate data of their populations’ HAs. They can understand health risk prevalence, self-reported condition prevalence, and…

Helping Employees Sort through Open Enrollment Confusion

Open enrollment. It’s hard to believe that it’s right around the corner. As we all are well aware, benefits are more confusing than ever and individuals do not understand their options. In fact, a recent study found that choosing healthcare benefits is more difficult than purchasing a car, making decisions about medical tests and even parenting! [1.Aetna: Decision 2012: Health Care Benefits Second Most Difficult Decision for Consumers] (I have three children, so it’s hard to believe that anything could rank higher than parenting in my book.) But it’s clear that people are overwhelmed by the decisions they have to make…

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