Health dimensions lead to better workforce health, productivity
Employers can take a better and more effective health management approach by focusing on total workforce and total population health management rather than on a limited set of strategies for specific diseases, says Thomas Parry, president of Integrated Benefits Institute.
Parry says employers can more fully articulate the business value of better health by using an outcome-driven, performance-based approach.
Parry has identified 10 health dimensions and key metrics to help employers better develop their overall health management strategy. Among them are:
- Expenditures for health-related benefits programs -- measured by the total health-related program costs per employee.
- Biometric profile of the workforce -- measured by employees meeting clinical targets as a percent of all employees.
- Health risks in the workforce -- measured by the number of health risks per employee.
- Preventive care -- measured by employees receiving appropriate screening as a percent of all eligible employees.
- Chronic health conditions-- measured by the percent of employees with chronic conditions of all employees.
- Lost productivity costs -- measured by lost productivity cost per employee.
- Employee engagement in managing their health -- measured by the average health engagement survey score per employee.
November 19, 2012
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