Panel: Wellness programs pay off for employers
Companies need to start wellness programs as soon as possible, even if that means they're not perfectly mapped out, Flannery said. Simple steps include removing smoking areas, encouraging employees to use the stairs, or starting a weight-loss challenge in which the winner gets a day off, he said.
"There's a misnomer out there that every wellness endeavor you do as a company is expensive," he said. "That's a fallacy."
A wellness program for employees in the Baylor Health Care System reduced the system's health care costs by $4.2 million last year, said Joel Allison, the system's president and CEO. Baylor spent about $2 million on the program, he said.
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
- CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'
- Carondelet to Pay $35M to Settle Fraud Allegations
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- CA Powers Up $80M HIE to 'Create Value in the Data'