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Medicaid Reward Programs Continue to Expand

States throughout the US have implemented incentives for beneficiaries who demonstrate healthy behaviors under the Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases (MIPCD) grant program. A few elements of the programs:

General. Programs vary by the authority under which they operate and the incentives used, such as cash, gift cards, or flexible spending accounts. To expand these programs, the […]

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Front Page of the Wall Street Journal for the Wrong Reason – Rewards in Healthcare Up the Ante on Design and Execution

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled Wellness Programs Get a Health Check in which it outlined many of the challenges and opportunities of wellness and associated reward programs. http://online.wsj.com/articles/wellness-programs-get-a-health-check-1412725776. At their best, wellness programs with rewards can drive important health improvement and cost savings. When not done right, these programs can […]

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CMS Proposes Further Expansion of Rewards for Medicare – Retailer Reward Programs

As we reported last week in our blog on September 30 (http://dld.bz/dxYNg), on May 23, 2014, CMS released provisions giving MA plans more flexibility to reward Medicare recipients for healthy behavior. This codified several key provisions including removing the $50 per year and $15 per action dollar limit, expanding the types of behavior for which […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – September 26

According to the 22-page report, “Measuring Wellness, From Data to Insights,” by The Economist Intelligence Unit, a research arm of U.K.-based Economist magazine, when employees were asked “You mentioned that you have never used a personal health and wellness device. Would you consider using one if your employer offered to integrate the resulting data from a health […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – September 4

According to the 2014 study by the National Business Group on Health, among employers offering incentives, the large majority use rewards to promote program participation, program completion and health outcomes. Penalties (i.e.,disincentives) are used less often. When used, disincentives are most frequently used for tobacco use or refusal to participate in tobacco cessation programs.
Nearly 80% of […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – August 11

According to the Aon Hewitt 2014 Health Care Survey “Future Ready, Real Now”, employers focus incentives on the following:
■ Eighty-eight percent focus on building health awareness (HRQs, BMI
screenings, cost and quality tool use, etc.).
■ Sixty percent focus efforts on motivating employees to take action (active
participation in health programs, campaigns, individual coaching, etc.).
■ Only 32 percent of employers are […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – July 30

A new survey from Madison-based M3 Insurance found employer workplace wellness programs have been widely adopted by Wisconsin employers sold on the plans’ potential for cost savings on company insurance costs.

More than 70 percent of organizations provide incentives in their wellness programs to drive participation.
Employers who offered health risk assessments and biometric screenings saw the […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – July 8

As of May 2014, more than 404,000 health care providers received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. More than $15.8 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments have been made between May 2011 and May 2014. More than $8.1 billion in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments have been made […]

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Could Rewards Have Transformed Microsoft Healthvault To Greater Success? And Can We Learn Something We Can Apply to Wearables?

Could Rewards Have Vaulted Microsoft HealthVault To Greater Success? And Can We Learn Something We Can Apply to Wearables?
I was recently conducting an interview with Gregg Masters and Dr. Phil Marshall from Health Tech Media about rewards for healthy behavior and made an off the cuff comment “Microsoft HealthVault should have worked but for some […]

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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Jan 28

The dollar value of employee incentives continues to increase. Two years ago, the mean incentive was $432, about a 50% increase over the previous two years. Today the mean is $649, but there is wide variation in amounts, from $1,400 at the 90th percentile to $150 at the 10th percentile. For employees not enrolled in the […]

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