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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Jul;54(7):889-96. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182620214.

Guidance for a reasonably designed, employer-sponsored wellness program using outcomes-based incentives.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide guidance regarding appropriate use of outcomes-based incentives as part of a reasonably designed wellness program designed to improve health and lower cost while protecting employees from discrimination and unaffordable coverage.

METHODS:

The process included reviewing the literature, regulations, case studies, and other resources while developing consensus through numerous group discussions.

RESULTS:

We offer guidance on the elements of a reasonably designed wellness program that should be in place if outcomes-based incentives are deployed and identify strategies to help ensure that effective and fair programs are put in place and evaluated.

CONCLUSIONS:

We strongly encourage employers using outcomes-based incentives as part of wellness initiatives to incorporate these elements of a reasonably designed wellness program and consider this guidance for the design, implementation, and evaluation of such programs.

PMID:
22796935
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182620214
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