As key part of Humana’s “Bold Goal” initiative, the health insurance company is concentrating on making better the health of not merely its members but also its employee health.
The U.S. initiative targets to make members of Humana 20 percent healthier by the year of 2020, and internally, 50,000 Humana workers are hoped to reach that goal by the end of the year, in accordance to the company’s 2017 progress report. The target of Humana is to improve the employee health by the year of 2020.
“If you look at individuals who work inside the healthcare industry, they are not generally healthier than the average population,” claims Tim State, vice president of associate health and well-being for Humana. The goal of Humana is to improve the employee health by the year of 2020.
The Louisville, Kentucky-based healthcare insurer looked at their workers on several dimensions to evaluate the best way to have them tackle lifestyle and behavioral changes, like enrolling them in established Humana programs and services.
Since implementing the 20 percent healthier benchmark in the year of 2012, Humana has seen the amount of active employee engagement with its wellness platform nearly triple from 28 percent to upward of 80 percent, says State.
The company also determined that workers were more likely to reach their health aims if they felt that their supervisors or managers cared about their well-being.
For the workers who have been with Humana since the year of 2012, when the company started to look at the health risks that lead to chronic sicknesses, 40 percent saw decreased modifiable health risks like lower blood pressure or glucose levels, claims State.
Another 30 percent of the employees maintained their levels of risk, which becomes tougher to do as people age, says State.
“Everyone’s journey looks a little different and we set aims around those things,” he claims.
Humana utilizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Healthy Days” metric, a set of 4 queries to determine an employee’s perceived health over a 30-day period, to benchmark community health and measure progress in terms of “unhealthy days.”
Humana employees reported a 14.75 percent reduction in unhealthy days, from 6.1 days in 2012 to 5.2 days in 2016, in accordance to the report.
“For the working-age population, emotional healthy days are more challenging in contrast to the physical ones,” says State. “Stress reduction and building resilience is very significant.”
State says the company’s employees are hoped to reach 4.9 unhealthy days — the “Bold Goal” target — by the end of 2017 year.
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