Optima Health's Incentive-Based Wellness Program Bends Cost Curve

A success story about ROI from a press release found on Digital Journal.com.  Optima Health, the insurance arm of Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare, has saved $4 million over a five-year period since the start of its employee wellness program!  They saved $2.70 for every dollar invested. Projected healthcare costs came in $2 million dollars under projections in 2011 ($23 million vs $21 million).
Their wellness program is called “Mission: Health”, a cute play on Mission Impossible. And the numbers show how health measures can have a direct impact on the bottom line… the savings come from an 85% improvement or maintenance of blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, tobacco use and level of exercise.
Read the original press release at Digital Journal Online