The Last Mile: The Role of HPM in Rounding Out the Enterprise Human Resource Management Mission

Active management of healthcare delivery and cost control has not typically been seen as an integral part of the mission for human resource (HR) departments. But changing times — and skyrocketing costs — have pushed healthcare performance management (HPM) center stage for companies that want to boost productivity, while investing benefits dollars in better health outcomes for their employees.

This shift away from traditional ways of managing employee health benefits stems from a clear and universal reality: rising healthcare costs increasingly pose a core business challenge.

Wellness Study Puts Price Tag on Unhealthy Behavior

Everyone knows unhealthy behaviors can be costly. Now some of those costs have been calculated into dollars. The Thomson Reuters Workforce Wellness Index estimates that employers spend an average of $670 annually per employee on medical care and pharmacy around six behavioral risk factors, with the top cost drivers identified as: Obesity /body mass index ($400), High blood sugar ($150), Tobacco use ($100).

Incentive Plan Design in the Current Health Care Environment

Article Summary Today’s environment is causing hospitals and health systems to rethink performance measurement. First, organizations are facing revenue pressures. The health care reform law calls for a decline in provider reimbursements and the redesign of the health care delivery system. Other

Employee Perspectives on Health Care: Employee Engagement

Part II – Report Summary With the economy still unstable, many employees face the strain of job insecurities, rising benefit costs and resulting financial troubles. With so many competing pressures, it’s not surprising many workers are failing to place a high priority

Employee Perspectives on Healthcare: The Affordability Gap

Part I – Survey Report Summary Although nearly two-thirds of employees are satisfied with their health plan, overall satisfaction with plans has fallen from 2007 levels. Increases in health care costs continue to outpace the historic rate of inflation. Recent Towers Watson

Building a Culture of Health

White Paper Summary Efforts to control healthcare costs often focus on expense management and cost shifting. But that’s no longer enough to control cost increases that are outpacing growth in both personal income and gross domestic product. Today’s  companies are aggressively addressing

Changing Bad Employee Habits

Article Summary A recent survey found that employers are frustrated that employees aren’t taking advantage of their work-based wellness programs to rid themselves of unhealthy habits such as smoking and excess weight. This frustration is understandable. The primary motive for the wellness