Health Care Institution with over 10,000 Employees with 60% of Their Members Being Overweight or Obese
Currently, 60% of this large employer’s employees’ are either overweight or obese. Obesity directly contributes to the incidence of disease and frequency of disability and compromises the management of most all chronic illnesses. Using obesity calculators from recent research, this employer’s annual cost of obesity is calculated to be over $12 million in 2012.
Engaging health plan members (employees and dependents) to become better healthcare consumers and take more responsibility for the cost and care of their own health is a core component of the change happening in our health system today. By encouraging primary care participation in the change process, we are supporting the new models of care emerging such as the Patient Centered Medical Home. Driving members to their doctor ensures proper care coordination with the healthcare system that is lost in traditional wellness and health plan based disease management.
The Abacus program is designed to manage risk in the overall population by using benefit plan incentives and targeted communications to engage high-risk individuals to manage their health and reduce chronic illnesses. The approach is referred to as an outcomes-based benefit plan design as the incentive is based on a health outcome (weight loss and smoking cessation) not just on participation.
Strategies like this are backed by behavior change principles and the latest research for ongoing weight maintenance.
To continue to drive innovation, the program now has a proprietary Keep It Off® component that utilizes the latest technology enabled self-monitoring and individualized feedback to support ongoing weight maintenance.