Understanding How Wellness Works “ The only solution that works is to stop the increase of upward flow of people to high risk. The natural flow, if you do nothing, is people moving from low to high risk and high cost.”
The Health of the Population to Percentage of Health Care Claims 40% 40% 5% 15% Catastrophic 5% Diseased 15% At Risk 40% Healthy 40% Health of Population % of Health Care Costs
How Much Should I Budget? Dr. Dee Edington answered “$400-$500 per person. This is more than most companies spend but is an ideal goal for getting high participation and major lifestyle changes. By running your own wellness program in-house you can generally keep these costs much lower. The principle is to budget enough to run a comprehensive program that gets good results.” Reference: Edington D. Wellness in the Workplace Conference. Beyond Individual risks and Behaviors. Health Management Research Center. March 15, 2006.
What will be My ROI? “ Properly designed health promotion programs can positively impact an organization’s bottom line. . . . 30% to 60% of health plan costs could potentially be modified or avoided altogether.” Dr. Larry Chapman, Expert Interview, 2007 Wellness Council of America “ Since partnering with TriHealth, our program has grown in participation, has become more structured, and is well received by our employees. We have also seen significant reductions in workers compensation and disability claims . “ Ms. Jennifer Miller, Sr. HR Representative, Beiersdorf USI reduced average population health risks by 29% in one year from 2.4 to 1.7 Trihealth saved over $417,000 in health plan costs in one year from one intervention.