A Hospital System’s Wellness Program Linked to Health Plan Enrollment Cut Hospitalizations but Not Overall Costs

A Hospital System’s Wellness Program Linked to Health Plan Enrollment Cut Hospitalizations but Not Overall Costs

Employers are increasingly looking to wellness programs to encourge healthy behaviors among their employees and control health care spending. A study examining the effects of a wellness program on workers’ health service use found a substantial decrease in hospitalizations for targeted conditions, but the resulting cost-savings were counterbalanced by increased spending for prescription drugs and outpatient care, in addition to the costs of the program and incentives themselves.  

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/In-the-Literature/2013/Mar/Hospital-Systems-Wellness-Program.aspx