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Engagement Tactics: HBG’s Pledge Program

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At HBG we work with our clients and their advisors to drive employee engagement of healthcare solutions.   A powerful method we use is implementing a “Pledge” or “Commit” program. By promoting incentive strategies within the legal framework of the final rules on incentive programs, HBG is able to drive participation and engagement for proven results. This exhibits displays actual utilization and savings from HBG’s transparency solution before and after implementing a Pledge program engagement strategy for a 400 life group.   After 13 months of passive engagement, this client wanted to push harder for utilization.   After realizing a savings of 6K in 13 months, this client wanted to push harder for utilization.   Once a custom engagement strategy was implemented, client’s savings increased 20x in 1/2 the time. After customizing an engagement strategy that aligned with their corporate culture, this client’s savings increased 20x in 1/2 the time.... Read More

Article: How Companies Invest in Financial Wellness

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In between panting through pushups at your cubicle, you need not hear the oft-repeated stats about physical wellness in the workplace. What’s more, you may be required to take those bothersome surveys by your insurer, tweaking your weight and blood pressure numbers the way some folks get creative with their taxes. Or perhaps you’re a convert, believing that the healthier you get, the more productive and happy you become at work and the fewer sick days you take. And employers, who certainly love that return on investment, are increasingly turning their attention to an investment of another kind: financial wellness. “Over 80 percent of U.S. employers offer some type of wellness program,” says Laura Putnam, author of “Workplace Wellness That Works” and founder and CEO of Motion Infusion in San Francisco. “Financial wellness, which is closely connected to productivity, sleep and stress, is one of the biggest trends that we’re seeing now in workplace wellness.” Read More... Read More

Could you benefit by targeting generations with different healthcare strategies?

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At HBG we are lucky to work with a diverse clientele. One of the trends being noted in the industry is the wide range of generations that are working side-by-side in today’s corporate environments.  In fact, the National Business Group on Health just released a compelling report quoting that the U.S. labor force is currently made up of Millennials (34%), Generation X (34%) and Baby Boomers (29%)*. To best support the needs of a multi-generational workforce, today’s benefit strategies should vary accordingly to address the diversity of each generation.   Employees beginning their careers tend to have different physical, financial, emotional and personal needs than employees transitioning into retirement.   In addition to this, NBGH states that 73% of employees say they would value more personalized benefits geared towards the different generational groups. We have been hearing a lot about how to assimilate these generations into a productive collective and the struggles our clients are facing. We believe the answers lie in first understanding the motivations and characteristics of each group.  Once you understand what each generations main concerns are you can properly create wellness programs targeted to assist with these worries. *All statistics are referenced from our partners at the National Business Group on Health and their latest report published on generations in the workforce. ... Read More

Telemedicine: Why many employers are adopting it and how to get your clients on board

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It is projected by 2018 that nearly 90% of employers will be offering telemedicine to their employees, according to the 2015 Towers Watson Best Practices in Health Care Survey with the National Business Group on Health.  Why Telehealth?  A shortage of primary care doctors has increased patient wait times to 20.3 days on average; the U.S. healthcare industry wastes an estimated 38 billion from ER overuse; and 30 million uninsured Americans are being added to the system. Healthcare consumers are more digitally focused than ever – 4 in 5 smartphone users are interested in using their technology to interact with a healthcare provider. More employers are choosing telehealth as a low-cost way to drive employee satisfaction, increase productivity and help reduce overall healthcare costs.  Immediately reduce costs by redirecting unnecessary and non-emergency visits to Urgent Care, ER and Primary Care.... Read More

10 Tons Ago – HBG’s Campaign to Reverse Metabolic Syndrome in the Workplace

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10 Tons Ago is a collective campaign for like-minded employers that will offer members access to an online, behavior-based weight loss program that helps you change how you eat instead of what you eat. It’s not a diet. By learning new techniques about how and when you should eat, you can continue eating your favorite foods while improving your health, reducing your chance of developing serious, chronic disease, and losing weight. To date, HBG’s program participants have averaged 9.5 lbs of weight loss for a cumulative of just under 2,000 pounds. Results from larger corporations using similar tactics are even more impressive and underscore the effectiveness of the program. Southwest Airlines has lost a total of 17,500 pounds, Genesis Health System has lost 35,000 pounds and The Hartford a total of 40,000 pounds! Together we can help our clients reverse Metabolic Syndrome, limit their chances of developing chronic disease and improve their healthcare bottom line. Contact us to learn how you can help your clients on the path to reducing Metabolic Syndrome among their workforce.... Read More

The Problem: Metabolic Syndrome (MetS)

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Metabolic Syndrome is the leading cause of rising healthcare costs, decreases in employee wellbeing and loss of productivity in the workforce.  Simply defined Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that increase a person’s risk for a majority of the major chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and more.  We at HBG have put a stake in the ground to reverse Metabolic Syndrome.  We are on a mission for our clients to be part of a larger collective to radically impact change.  Click here to learn more about the program... Read More