Guidance for a Reasonably Designed, Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Using Outcomes-Based Incentives

StayWell Research

The joint consensus statement: “Guidance for a Reasonably Designed, Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Using Outcomes-Based Incentives,” was published in the July 13, 2012, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM).

The statement represents the collective guidance of various stakeholders who previously expressed different perspectives — some urging support and others expressing  caution — in the discussion of outcomes-based incentives used in connection with employer-sponsored wellness programs. The primary goal in providing guidance is to help employers to implement programs that engage their workforce, improve employee health, and potentially reduce health care and other related costs over time while also protecting employees from discrimination and unaffordable coverage. We believe that the fundamental goal of any wellness program should be to provide opportunities for individuals to improve their health and wellness.

The statement was prepared by a joint committee:

  • Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
  • American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN)
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Contributing StayWell authors: David Anderson, Ph.D. and Erin Seaverson, M.P.H.

Anderson and Seaverson offer considerable insight. We invite you to review StayWell’s 2016 Incentive eBook “Financial Incentives in Health Management Solutions.”

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