Employer Case Study #1
A world leader in manufacturing addressed obesity in their population by defining and instituting a comprehensive well-being program to improve the lives of their employees. Their focus was to create global, people-centric strategies that allowed site-specific adaptations within a supportive environment.
They launched an on-site health coaching program in partnership with local hospitals and point solution partners, provided virtual solutions to meet the needs of their diverse workforce, integrated nutritional counseling with registered dietitians and modified their health plan to include coverage for bariatric surgery and anti-obesity medications. Mental health support was woven into all aspects of their weight management program.
- A personalized approach is imperative to success; one size does not fit all
- Point solution partners must work together to provide a seamless, integrated solution to members
- Communication is key – keep it simple
- Integration of mental health support with weight management programming yields bigger results (in their case weight loss doubled)
Employer Case Study #2
A privately held, diverse supermarket chain implemented an outcomes-based wellness program that included incentives to those who met specific clinical outcomes or showed documented improvement of 3%. Both employees and their covered spouses were eligible to earn the incentive.
To help members succeed, their medical plan covers three consultations with a registered dietitian (annually), “game based” digital health education and health coaching is provided, and primary care medical home clinics are utilized to give participants additional support. The organization employs their own pharmacy team to oversee the prior authorization (PA) process for anti-obesity medications (AOMs). The pharmacy plan design supports the use of generics and as a result, 83% of all AOMs filled are lower cost generics.
Since implementing this program, participants achieved an average weight loss of 8.8 pounds and 33% of the screened population met all their improvement goals. The number of members with multiple risk factors has decreased for the first time since 2014. The company is considering adding coverage for bariatric surgery and is focused on enhancing communications around nutrition services, AOM’s and their condition management programs.
Employer Case Study #3
One of America’s great food companies and leading foodservice distributors started focusing on obesity as a disease nearly a decade ago. However, their geographical dispersity and wide range job roles within the organization (line workers, multiple shifts, white collar, etc.) made it challenging to engage employees in traditional “wellness activities”. In addition, the company was ill-equipped to track the success of their program.
To meet the needs to their diverse workforce, they partnered with a point solution provider to offer a digital behavioral change program that addresses both the mental and physical aspects of weight loss and delivers a science-based, personalized program experience. The program is integrated into their medical plan design with services billed as a preventive medical exam. The clinically proven results include an average of 4% weight loss in the first 10 weeks and 54% engagement in the first eight weeks.
In addition, participants report:
- 89% feel they are more in control of their weight
- 73% have increased physical activity
- 71% report higher self-confidence
- 69% have increased energy levels