reducing-health-risksIdentifying and controlling risk in an organization takes many forms, from developing talent retention strategies to following ISO 31000 standards. As healthcare costs continue to rise and nationwide healthcare initiatives face an uncertain future, reducing health risk amongst employee populations is becoming an increasingly important focus for executives and risk managers at organizations of all sizes.

Be Proactive About Reducing Health Risks

Employers are on the lookout for proven and effective long-term solutions to lower health risks (and the subsequent reduction in healthcare spend) while also finding benefits that will help to retain their top employees and keep them healthy, happy and productive. Many organizations are realizing that the best way to mitigate health risks for their employees is by taking a proactive approach, bringing wellness programs, primary care, occupational health, and preventive care screenings directly to the worksite in the form of an onsite health center.

For example, at health centers managed by Marathon Health, a Population Health Risk Management model is used to identify and mitigate risks amongst the total employee population. Marathon Health coordinates and tracks the participation in (and results of) preventive care campaigns and uses data collected from health risk assessments (HRAs), biometric screenings and prior claims data to risk stratify the member population. Patient lists are then created to identifying medium and high-risk patients, and proactive outreach (by telephone, secure email or in-person visits) to at-risk members is performed by the clinical staff at the health center.

Perform a Health Risk Assessment

The methodology Marathon Health uses for a Health Risk Assessment/targeted intervention process can be summarized in our four-step approach:

  • Identify Risk: population health risk is identified through analysis of claims, biometric screenings, and HRA data. A population stratification report documents the results and provides a blueprint for action for clinic staff.
  • Manage Risk: Comprehensive Health Reviews are completed on medium and high-risk individuals. Health coaching and disease management services provided for targeted participants.
  • Change Utilization: Through the care, coaching, and condition management, the risk profile of the population changes; undiagnosed conditions are discovered and treated, specialist visits and hospital admissions are reduced.
  • Capture Savings: Clinic performance documents lower medical claims, fewer work loss days, and higher productivity.

If health risk and healthcare cost reduction are an issue for your business, implementing an onsite health center will control major health risks in your employee population before they affect your workforce and your bottom line.

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Topics: Health Lifestyle, Corporate Health Risks