Work with Third-party Providers
If your business contracts with medical, pharmacy, and other benefits vendors, be sure to consult with them as you plan and implement your worksite wellness program. These vendors can help you determine if your current levels of coverage for diabetes related services are adequate. In addition, they o can help you gather important data that you can use to design a program that’s the best fit for your employees.
Some vendors also provide additional services, such as nurse consultants, online support groups, webinars etc. Take advantage of these resources whenever possible to augment what you provide through your on-site wellness program.
Your insurer may generate reminders for health care services that are due, such as visits with opthamologists, dentists, or services, such as laboratory testing. Human Resource staff may want to investigate what services are available and how to optimize them.
Aids & Tools
- The Population Health Alliance (PHA) offers resources. PHA’s members represent a range of stakeholders in the health and healthcare system – employers, providers, insurers, government agencies, advocates and technologists – with a common goal of advancing population health.
- Learn more about worksite wellness and safety from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
- The CDC Control also has resources within the Total Worker Health Initiative.
- The Workplace Health Promotion from CDC also provides additional resources.
- What are some things that third-party providers can do?
Many third-party providers of insurance offer health and wellness services. These may include medical expertise and consultation, literature and online resources and tools.
There are also wellness companies that can offer data collection and analysis services and specific programming based on the needs of your company. Programs may include health tracking, walking programs, onsite exercise areas, screening and workshops.
- What are some questions that we should ask our vendor?
Some examples are:
- Are the interventions evidence based?
- Are the interventions appropriate for the demographics of our company’s employees and family members?
- How is the program delivered to our employees (on site, virtual, face to face)?
- Is there integration among the various program components?
- If incentives for participation are used, are they appropriate to promoting health and well-being? Are the resources adequate?
- Is the program a permanent part of the employee benefits plan?
- How will the program be evaluated?
- Explore the various associations that monitor and evaluate wellness programs. Some examples are:
- National Business Coalition on Health’s eValue8™ was created by business coalitions and employers to measure and evaluate health plan performance.
- URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services.
- The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) is a tool designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites.
- Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Employee Health Management (EHM) Best Practices Scorecard
- Page last reviewed: December 29, 2016
- Page last updated: December 29, 2016
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