Category: Financial Health

Part 2 of a 2-part series In part 1 of our series, we began highlighting comments from our recently sponsored expert panel webinar, Financial Well-Being: What It Is and Why It Matters. The panelists discussed how financial well-being and health are connected, as well as how behavior finance is used to help people make better financial decisions. In this post, we’ll summarize the panelists’ discussion on getting and keeping people involved in taking steps toward positive financial decisions and how to get them excited. How can employers get and keep people involved? There’s incentivizing, but what else is out there? Beyond incentives, the panelists explained that in order to see improvement and have repeat users, companies need to do more […]

Part 1 of a 2-part series The holidays have come and gone, and many of your employees are now facing the reality of just how much the budget has been blown. When employees are stressed about money, they aren’t able to work as well, and that affects not only their productivity and job satisfaction, but your company’s overall performance. That’s why financial well-being is an important part of a broader employee engagement strategy. RedBrick Health recently sponsored an expert panel webinar, Financial Well-Being: What It Is and Why It Matters, with: Lauren Olson, Assistant Vice President, Financial Education Strategy, U.S. Bancorp Steve Blume, Vice President – Director, Fiduciary Strategies, RBC Correspondent & Advisor Services Ryan Geyer, CX Strategy & Design, […]

By Phil Hadden, vice president of business development, RedBrick Health Cost, access to providers and convenience are major drivers for employers and consumers when selecting a health plan. You might have these questions in mind: How do I attract the right members? How do I stand out from the crowd? How can I get the edge on my competition? Are my current well-being services meeting the needs of our brokers and employer groups?   If you are limiting your wellness efforts to just hosting wellness-related content on your site, you may want to re-think that strategy. Based on the Pew Internet Project’s research in 2014, 87% of U.S. adults use the internet and 72% of internet users say they they’ve […]

By Heidi McAllister, Coaching Services Manager, RedBrick Health We all know that investing in employee health is a way to manage healthcare costs, but many programs overlook important partners—spouses and other family members—who not only often have higher healthcare costs themselves and nearly always have a strong influence on the health behaviors of the participant. Our research shows that social support is not only a predictor of meaningful engagement, but also a catalyst for more meaningful engagement. We recommend including spouses and significant others as often as possible and focusing on the family unit for optimal behavior change. Whether support comes from a family member, a co-worker or a health coach, leveraging the social sphere is smart. We’ve embedded social […]

By Sara Ratner, senior vice president of compliance and corporate systems, RedBrick Health It’s no secret—improving the health of beneficiaries with chronic conditions is essential to lowering avoidable healthcare costs and improving quality of life. Treating chronic diseases accounts for 86 percent of our nation’s healthcare costs1. In our work with employers, we’ve seen that employees who participate in wellness initiatives—condition-specific or not—can improve their health. Can wellness programming also move the needle for Medicare and Medicaid populations? And if so, how to best engage them? There are many levers to drive engagement and one is the use of rewards and incentives. At RedBrick, we believe the lessons we’ve learned can be actively adapted to support those with Medicare Advantage and […]

Eric Zimmerman, chief marketing officer at RedBrick Health, is guest-posting on the Benefitfocus Blog today with additional thoughts on choice architecture: What’s missing from traditional wellness program design. Why you should make consumer choice a core element of your wellness program. How to incorporate choice architecture to get better engagement – and how better  engagement translates to clinically-meaningful outcomes. At RedBrick Health we like to do what works, rather than what’s traditional. And—as it turns out—choice works. Visit the post to learn more.

Part 2 of a 3-part series By Dr. Jeff Dobro, Chief Medical Officer, RedBrick Health In part 1 of this series, we presented the case for choice for engaging individuals in their health. We found that by putting the person back into the personalization—letting individuals select their own healthy activities and way to interact—we were able to find equivalently strong impact on health results regardless of the choice between live coaching, virtual (or digital) coaching, and self-tracking. In part 2 we focus on the segment of the population with chronic conditions—a group that can comprise up to 20% of the typical working population and drive up to 80% of total healthcare costs. A traditional health management stratification design would focus […]

With January 1st rapidly approaching, the implications of the new ACA laws are changing how employers structure their wellness programs in order to remain compliant. To help alleviate confusion, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration will host a compliance assistance webcast on Tuesday, September 17 that will discuss the final wellness rules under the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act Compliance Assistance Webcast will provide employers, brokers, third-party administrators and others with practical information, helpful tips and clarification on the new law. EBSA staff will be joined on the webcast by representatives from the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services. As discussed previously, a properly designed wellness program can help […]

New York's On-Again, Off-Again Soda Restrictions…Again Mayor Bloomberg's controversial restrictions on large soft drinks were dealt a super-sized blow by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan this week. The New York Times summarizes the ruling.   If You Can't Do Seven, Maybe Two Will Do If you haven't heard the term already, "Two Day Dieting" might soon enter your wellness vernacular. NPR examines the phenomenon and explains that it may be more than the next passing fad.   Don't Tell the Kids… It’s time to start thinking "Back to School". The Mayo Clinic Hometown Health Blog offers some tips to ensure the transition from Summer into Fall is a happy and healthy one.   […]

As cost and risk within healthcare shift from employers and health plans to individuals, we are seeing an increased focus on "healthcare consumerism" and, in turn, the need for organizations to help consumers better navigate the changing healthcare system. Increased accountability for cost has created the need to help consumers make the best choices when it comes to their health – both in regards to the behaviors that create a healthy lifestyle as well as healthcare purchasing habits. While the majority of people understand the impact of their choices when it comes to becoming more physically active, eating more nutritiously and even managing a health condition, the same isn't true when it comes to purchasing healthcare services. Most consumers have no […]