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Health Reward Stat of the Day – July 1

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According to the 19th Annual Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care entitled “The New Health Care Imperative – Driving Performance, Connecting to Value”, the use of incentives (rewards and penalties) to lower employer risk related to workforce health risk continues to grow significantly — with more focus on results than mere participation in programs. Requirements for rewards are increasingly linked to achievements measured against specific health standards. By next year, 58% of employers expect to reward or penalize employees based on tobacco use, a 38% increase over 2014 (Figure 30) and twice the number doing it in 2011. Outside of tobacco use, 22% of employers are using rewards and penalties to motivate employees to achieve certain biometric standards this year (e.g., weight control and cholesterol management), and more than twice as many (46%) expect to use them next year, nearly four times as many as used them in 2011.

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