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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Jan 16

As employers digest federal guidance regarding incentives that are contingent upon health behavior change, interest is growing for several emerging ideas. Over the next 24 to 36 months, employers will explore the following:

  1. Incentive designs that require a focus on health 365 days a year (34% of employers)
  2. Population-based rewards tied to organizational attainment of key health metrics, such as average population BMI for a business unit or location (33% of employers)
  3. Use of gamification theory and concepts to support continuous engagement (22% of employers)
  4. Location or site-based rebate program rewarding locations that meet predetermined health criteria (20% of employers)

2 Responses so far.

  1. Cindy Bjorkquist says:

    I was wondering if you are seeing a trend of physician integration as well. We are modeling products and employer solutions around incentive-based annual visits to obtain health measures. This will replace the onsite biometric screening process we have had in place in this industry for many years.

    • michaeldermer says:

      Yes. We have had a bunch of customer that are using the physician as the central resource – replacing onsite biometric resources. In other cases, programs are using both – onsite as well as physicians for other preventative care visits. Also, for some of those employers that are turning to onsite medical resources, they are combining those functions to onsite. I’m not sure you will see replacement, but for those who believe that relationship with primary care is critical to health improvement, think this will be a trend.

      Also thought you might find the folowing interesting. It’s physicians from a different angle but further integration of them into the process:

      Companies are increasingly embracing health plan strategies that use financial incentives to hold providers accountable, growing from 25% this year to an expected 33% next year. 39% of employers believe that it is likely in 2014 providers will reimbursed based on improvements in quality, efficiency and health outcomes.


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