Employee Wellness Programs In 2014: What You Must Know To Successfully Build A Culture of Health
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Last June, a final rule appeared in the Federal Register which addresses pieces of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 1996 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
It also defined new parameters for employee wellness programs, particularly directing how they must be designed and administered to make sure they are equally available and fair to employees, and don't discriminate based on health factors.
Once just a "nice to have option" in a healthcare package, employee wellness programs are now the norm at most companies. A recent study of 800 large and mid-size U.S. companies revealed that 83 percent offer employees incentives to participate in programs that make them more aware of their health. Of those employers, 79 percent offer incentives in the form of a reward, 5 percent offer it as a consequence, and 16 percent off a mix of both.
But employer attitudes toward program design are shifting. According the study, 58 percent of employers say they plan to impose consequences on those employees who are not taking adequate charge of their health.
With that many employers participating in wellness programs, it is essential to know how the regulations are changing and what your obligations are in a post-ACA world. Not getting up to speed with compliance could mean your well-meaning efforts to improve your employees' health and lower costs could instead backfire and land you in the middle of a costly lawsuit.
- How to be sure that your well-intended wellness plan doesn't get you sued for discrimination
- The specific rules that apply to the two kinds of wellness programs as now view under the AA
- Legal hotspots to avoid when putting together a wellness program - and how that has changed under the ACA
- How to best assess your company's specific health risks, as well as how to determine the best and most effective options available to you
- Examples of metrics and tracking systems to be able to show that your wellness program is not a waste of your company's time and money
- The four standards you need to know to make sure your program isn't discriminatory under the ACA
- What HIPAA laws mean to your program...and more
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the risks and rewards associated with employee wellness programs, and how to keep your employees healthy and your organization in compliance. Register now for this informative event risk free.
About Your Presenter:
Emily York, founder and CEO of Sade Wellness, oversees business development, directs creative initiative,s and formulates the strategy for Sade's client base. As a fitness and nutrition enthusiast, Ms. York embraces the importance of a life balance in body, mind and spirit. Her goal is to lead the charge with her hand-selected team to help bring health, wellness and balance to the workplace.
Prior to founding Sade Wellness, Ms. York was founding principal of Drew Consulting, LLC, a boutique strategic marketing firm that provided traditional &strategic marketing, public relations and advertising expertise to firms ranging from small startup ventures to Fortune 250 companies. Her strategy expertise encompasses demographic targeting, market research, feasibility studies, competitive market strategy development and environment analysis. Her tactical marketing skills include traditional marketing, brand positioning, public relations, advertising and event planning. Ms. York holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Auburn University and an MBA from Pace University.
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