By Clive Riddle, May 2, 2014
Humana has released findings from their HumanaVitality Health Claims and Productivity Impact Study of Humana employees. HumanaVitality is a joint venture between Humana Inc. and Discovery Holdings, Ltd. That serves 3.5+ million members and “is a data-driven wellness and rewards program that motivates members to make healthier life choices.”
Humana touts that “the two-year study found improved health, as shown through lower health care costs and fewer unscheduled absences, among employees who actively participated in the HumanaVitality program.”
Here’s their specific findings:
- Unengaged members in both years averaged $53 more per month spent on health care claims than members who were engaged in HumanaVitality both years.
- The largest impact on health care costs was on members with lifestyle-related chronic conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. Engaged members with these conditions had 60 percent lower health claims costs than unengaged members with these conditions.
- Another way of stating this: Unengaged members with lifestyle-related chronic conditions had 101% higher claims costs than the total population, while engaged members with these chronic conditions had 41% higher claims costs than the total population
- Unscheduled absences were 56.3 percent higher among unengaged members in both years than engaged members
- Members who were unengaged the first year but engaged the second year had 29% higher unscheduled absence and an average of $28 per month in claims costs than members who engaged both years
Humana shared this about the study methodology: “This study was performed on a cohort of Humana associates that were on a Humana employee medical health plan for a full 12 months in at least two consecutive plan years over the study period. The study was conducted by Humana actuaries for the following time period: Baseline Year (July 2010 – June 2011), Year 1 of the HumanaVitality program (July 2011 – June 2012) and Year 2 of the HumanaVitality program (July 2012 – June 2013). Only Humana employees were included in the study; individuals with high cost claims (>= $ 150,000 in the Baseline Year, Year 1 or Year 2) were removed from the sample. The final sample size was 13,046 members in the Year 1 analysis and 16,296 members in the Year 2 analysis.”