I’d encourage everyone to take a looksee at this article in Insurance Thought Leadership. Not just because I wrote it (though that too) but because it will open your eyes to a whole series of hidden costs of the current wellness mania.
Among the problems of wellness is that it is a full-time job. Getting employees to eat more broccoli, weight-loss “challenges,” dealing with appeals and complaints, policing vendors, holding “health fairs” etc. Not to mention all the math involved in incentives/penalties. Catching the cheaters putting the Fitbits on their poodles. The list goes on and on.
As a result, a bunch of other things go unnoticed:
- Massive numbers of unnecessary surgeries
- Hospital errors
- Dishonest PBMs
- Employees getting snookered by providers (or demanding low-value care)
- Opioid addictions
Addressing all of those is ultimately much more fruitful for you — and beneficial for employees — than wellness, but there simply aren’t enough hours in a day to do it all. This article will get you started on a focus strategy…and then future articles will help you hone in on what really does make a difference.