Virginia Health System Says Wellness Program Saved $3.4M-- $6 Return for Every $1 Spent
Oct 19, 2010
Sentara Healthcare, a Norfolk, Va.-based health system, reportedly saved $3.4 million in employee healthcare coverage costs by implementing an aggressive three-year wellness program, according to an article that appeared in Healthcare Payer News.
Executives at the not-for-profit system with 100 sites of care, including eight hospitals, said they were looking for a way to keep premiums and co-pays down for their employees, so they created a wellness plan with their insurance carrier.
“For every dollar spent to incentivize employees to improve their health, Sentara Healthcare saved $6,” said Optima Health President and CEO Michael M. Dudley.
Called “Mission: Health,” the program was launched in 2008 for more than 11,200 benefit-eligible Sentara employees in Virginia and North Carolina with nearly 80% participation rate. “The most important outcome of the wellness program for Optima Health is the difference it has made in people’s lives,” he said.
According to Sentara Healthcare Senior Vice President for Human Resources Michael Taylor, the hospital system realized that 20 percent of its employees were producing 80 percent of healthcare costs. (more…)