HHS rules aim to encourage wellness program participation

HHS has proposed new rules that increase the maximum reward allowed for workers who participate in wellness programs from 20% of the cost of health coverage to 30%. People with special medical conditions must have an alternate way to qualify for the rewards. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/20)

Loss aversion could aid in wellness program motivation

Most wellness programs offer employee incentives for participation, but a recent experiment using teachers and academic achievement tested the idea of giving a reward upfront with a risk of losing it if goals were not met. Researchers said businesses do not have a good understanding of how important loss aversion is to employees. Sally Sadoff of the University of California, San Diego, said some evidence shows using it with teams can be effective. Employee Benefit News (10/1)

Wellness program study shows reduced medical spending

A study of medical claims data from participants in Interactive Health Solutions’ wellness programs showed reduced medical spending per member by up to $1,332 annually and lower worker compensation costs. The study showed 85% of people participating were able to reduce or maintain their health risk level. EHS Today (9/5)

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