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Feds Issue Proposed Rule To Broaden Data Employer Wellness Programs Collect

November 2, 2015

Under the proposed rule, workplace wellness programs would be able to ask employees for data on spouses covered by their insurance plans, some genetic information and attach larger incentives based on family, not individual, health plans.

Study: Stress-Reduction Programs Could Reduce Annual Health Care Costs

October 15, 2015

The study finds that patients who participated in an eight-week relaxation program reduced their number of medical encounters from 53.5 to 30.5 and saved an average of $2,360 in emergency department costs annually.

Experts Question Usefulness of Biometric Testing in Workplace Wellness Programs

October 6, 2015

While some employers that offer workplace wellness programs hope genetic testing can improve employees' health and lower costs, some experts worry that requesting annual biometric tests "add[s] to a culture of over-testing" that drives up spending.

Obama Admin Announces Campaign To Encourage Use of Preventive Care Services

June 12, 2015

The "Healthy Self" campaign will seek to help newly insured individuals better understand and take advantage of the no-cost preventive services guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Should Boost Preventive Care Efforts, Paper Argues

May 29, 2015

In the paper, the Bipartisan Policy Center suggests building the evidence base and integrating prevention efforts into overarching delivery system reforms.

Researchers, Payers, Providers Increasingly Turn to Cash Rewards To Affect Patient Behavior

May 19, 2015

Studies testing whether incentive payments work have shown mixed results.

Many States Struggle To Enroll Beneficiaries in Medicaid Incentive Programs

May 6, 2015

Experts are unsure as to what kinds of incentives can successfully cause individuals to practice more healthful behaviors.

Workplace Wellness Programs To Include Genetic Testing

April 30, 2015

Some employee benefits experts are skeptical of genetic testing in part because of employee privacy concerns.

EEOC OKs Financial Incentives for Wellness Programs, Proposes Protections

April 17, 2015

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair Jenny Yang says the proposals are meant to "harmonize" conflicting federal laws that apply to the issue.

GOP Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Protect Employee Wellness Programs

March 4, 2015

The group says the legislation would clarify that employee wellness programs are permitted under the Affordable Care Act and "eliminate confusion" spurred by legal challenges to such initiatives.

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