Early detection means a healthier workforce, and a reduction in both healthcare claims and in revenue from lost productivity. Both of these factors come from the fallout of staff members stricken by Stroke and creates a resolve from employers to keep this from happening again. That is when they call Baseline Medical to help them in their wellness programs.
You can help your employees and the company, avoid the physical and emotional stress, as well as financial costs of medical conditions that have advanced because they went undetected.
It has been shown that employing healthier people results in happier staff, who as a result are more pleasant, alert and competent on the job. Many employees have expressed how they feel a sense of value and worth when the employer regards them – with a screening – and sees them as people instead of a pay stub entry on paper. This is truly a meaningful win-win-win.
How it works
We will meet to discuss a plan in accordance to the schedule of events outlined by the company benefits administrator and human resources department. Each company is different and Baseline Medical can tailor a screening event to meet the desired needs in each setting when a health fair or wellness event is being planned on campus.
As in past events we provide a schedule of individual appointments throughout the course of the specified event and to allow space for additional participants. As the event unfolds we have seen the employee enthusiasm develop a second wave of energy among the staff. They stop by to inquire if there is more room in the schedule before we leave for the day.
Co-workers have routinely shared how easy the entire process is with their peers when they return to their work station and they have encouraged others and even sought them out and escorted them to the screening venue to have them participate. It is quite exciting and rewarding to have such a positive response to a meaningful initiative that impacts everyone in the company.
Payment for the screening event is determined by the host company. There is only one nominal host fee for Baseline Medical travel and transfer cost with set up of equipment to the remote venue location.
1. Some employers prefer to offer this event as a token of thanks to their team members and it is no cost to them. Many times when annual raises or performance bonuses are not possible this has proven to be an exceptional expression of sincere appreciation from the executive management to the entire company staff. A final head count is provided by Baseline Medical to determine the total number of screenings performed and the company is invoiced accordingly.
2. Other companies have joint participation with employees and the cost of the event is divided between the employer and employee. Baseline Medical either receives the co-pay from the employee at the time of their reserved appointment or the employee submits their co-pay to the wellness director. The total invoice is submitted by Baseline Medical for applicable payment.
3. Also, screenings can be paid for by each team member directly or as part of a health spending/savings account. Receipts from Baseline Medical are provided to each team member with their results at the conclusion of their personal screening session.
Preliminary reports are issued immediately to the employee only. HIPAA privacy laws are practiced during and after the screening event to ensure integrity of the process for the employee. The employer or company receives no information on any specific employee. Only statistical data is conveyed to the host for processing the success of the event. This is useful to track progress when the health fair is repeated in the future to confirm how awareness is improving the status quo and results are seen in their healthier work force.
It would be helpful to share with the insurance carrier how proactive steps endorsed by the wellness director have reduced employee risk. Perhaps your insurance carrier may offer discounted premium rates for offering a yearly wellness and preventative health program to your employees.
Benefits of Hosting a Baseline Medical Event
- Improve team morale
- Employee feels valued
- Maintain or improve job productivity
- Things get done when employees show up
- Added incentive to employee benefits package
- Endorsed by employer prompts compliance
- Negotiate reduced insurance premiums
- Reduced claims means lower cost
- Educate employees with healthy options
- Reduced illness confirms event success
- Reduce healthcare costs
- Expensive medical procedures
- Create community goodwill promoting a caring attitude
- Be known as the good place to work
American Heart Association
Position Statement on Effective Worksite Wellness Programs
The American Heart Association supports the implementation of a comprehensive set of wellness initiatives implemented at the workplace. Although programs will vary, a comprehensive program should encompass
- tobacco cessation and prevention
- physical activity
- stress management / reduction
- early detection/screening
- nutrition education
- weight management
- cardiovascular disease prevention
Health care costs in the United States doubled from 1990 to 2001 and are expected to double again by 2012. Chronic illnesses affect more than a third of working-age Americans and the costs associated with chronic diseases account for approximately 75 percent of the nation’s annual health care costs.
An effective worksite wellness program can attract exceptional employees, improve on-the-job decision-making and time utilization, enhance employee morale and organizational commitment, reduce turnover, and reduce organizational conflict.
Employer spending on health promotion and chronic disease prevention is a good business investment. Programs have achieved a rate of return on investment ranging from $3 to $15 for each dollar invested with savings realized within 12 to 18 months. Meta-analyses have shown a 28% average reduction in sick leave absenteeism, an average 26% reduction in health care costs, and a 30% average reduction in workers’ compensation and disability management claims costs. Other benefits include recruitment, retention, and improved corporate image. Benefits to society from healthier employees extend well beyond the workplace.
Research suggests that migration to lower risk status is estimated to save $53 per employee and these savings recur each year that the employee remains in a low-risk tier. Addressing risk factors early can make a difference. For example, $5.6 billion in heart disease costs could be saved if one-tenth of Americans began a regular walking program.