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Can health insurance improve employee health outcome and reduce cost? An evaluation of Geisinger's employee health and wellness program



Can health insurance improve employee health outcome and reduce cost? An evaluation of Geisinger's employee health and wellness program



Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 55(11): 1271-1275



To evaluate the impact of a health plan-driven employee health and wellness program (known as MyHealth Rewards) on health outcomes (stroke and myocardial infarction) and cost of care. A cohort of Geisinger Health Plan members who were Geisinger Health System (GHS) employees throughout the study period (2007 to 2011) was compared with a comparison group consisting of Geisinger Health Plan members who were non-GHS employees. The GHS employee cohort experienced a stroke or myocardial infarction later than the non-GHS comparison group (hazard ratios of 0.73 and 0.56; P < 0.01). There was also a 10% to 13% cost reduction (P < 0.05) during the second and third years of the program. The cumulative return on investment was approximately 1.6. Health plan-driven employee health and wellness programs similarly designed as MyHealth Rewards can potentially have a desirable impact on employee health and cost.

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DOI: 10.1097/jom.0000000000000009


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