Keas surveyed more than 100 Human Resource Executives across the United States via an online survey between July 31 and August 16, 2013. This survey tracked HR executive opinions on HR topics and plans and priorities for the 2014 calendar year. The survey revealed health and wellness programs are taking center stage in employee engagement and retention. With healthcare costs and obesity-related diseases on the rise and wellness incentives baked into the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this will be the first year health will play a major role in health benefits as organizations integrate preventative care programs to manage costs.
This technical brief streamlines and simplifies the key issues in the new regulatory landscape and provides information to help inform important business decisions regarding Wellness programs. "The Legal Environment of Wellness" offers in depth information abuot wellness program requirements under the ACA, and reviews how corporate wellness programs are impacted by the rulings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and HIPAA. In addition to the ACA, it covers information companies need to be aware of regarding how other legislation may impact their health promotion efforts. Choosing a new wellness program or bringing current programs into compliance will require a thorough understanding of new and existing laws and sometimes complex decisions and structural redesign.
Companies that offer employee wellness programs are clearly committed to the idea that a healthier workforce means a healthier bottom line. Yet, how this connection gets made is the subject of much debate. What's really known about what work? What will it mean to your company, in terms of business outcomes and healthcare costs? And, how do you show real bottom-line benefit to a skeptical CFO or CEO?