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Everything You Need to Sell Your Boss on Health Assessments

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Thu, Mar 07, 2013

Selling WellnessYou know Health Risk Assessments (HRA) can lay a solid foundation for making lifestyle changes. You're a believer in the power of HRAs to evaluate employees' modifiable risk factors. And you've been reading up and know that they have one of the best return on investments – with one report finding that HRAs returned $6.04 for every $1 spent. 

But your boss may still be asking: Are HRAs really effective? What results will we see? HRA's are an important tool, especially if used strategically, in any wellness program. Here are just some of the benefits:

Individual (Employee) Benefits

  • Identifies personal health status and health risks based on lifestyle, personal and family history, health status, and lab results.
  • Measures readiness to change for key lifestyle behaviors.
  • Delivers actionable evidence‐based recommendations for self‐managed improvement of health risks.
  • Gives a good starting point for conversations with health care provider. 
  • Links employees to appropriate follow‐up resources and programs.
  • Provides baseline data and tracks progress overtime.

Employer Benefits

  • Provides aggregate data reports that identify population health risks, health status, and year‐over‐year comparisons.
  • Stratifies individuals into risk groups for interventions.
  • Targets individuals qualifying for personal health coaching, e.g. smoking cessation, weight management, high cholesterol. 
  • Projects future risks, future health care needs, and estimates of cost.
  • Measures the impact of wellness initiatives. 
  • Solid information that can aid in building a results-oriented wellness program.

What questions have you faced when trying to explain the ROI on Health Risk Assessments?

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