It should be good news – health care cost increases finally held below 10% in 2011.  That is, of course, to the glass half full crowd who have already given up hope costs will ever be stabilized on par with inflation.  But peer further into the soup, and even the glass half full crowd will pause at the news that the increase in total dollars is the highest in the history of the study. A typical family of four covered by a PPO plan in 2011 tallied (on average) $19,393 in total health care costs – an increase of $1,319 from 2010.  And the Milliman Medical Index points out this record dollar jump occurred despite the fact the additional cost burden […]

Do you ever feel like your job may be killing you?  It likely is.  If your workday is as sedentary as most, you are putting yourself at daily risk for increased disease and mortality rates just for doing your job.  Consider: Americans spend 8.5 hours a day sitting in front of screens – computer, televisions, etc. Nearly half (49%) of U.S. employees have not engaged in any rigorous physical exercise in the past 30 days Only 28% of employees rate their overall health as excellent Sitting 6 or more hours a day leads to an increased risk of death with only minimal risk reduction gained by exercising outside of work Physical inactivity and diet combined are the second leading cause […]

Unless your health and wellness solution engages your employees and mitigates rising health care costs, what good is having it?  Many employers might be asking themselves that question.  Welch Allyn, a leading manufacturer of innovative medical devices, isn't one of them. RedBrick Health is pleased to release a compelling case study documenting the impressive results of this client's program  – proof that blending personal, financial and social elements can be a game changer when it comes to health and wellness. Since first partnering with RedBrick Health in 2007, Welch Allyn has realized: $1.3 million in total health and productivity savings over two years ($443 annually per participant); a 3:1 ROI based on a RedBrick book-of-business analysis. Increasing program engagement rates from 62 to […]

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