Humana’s Go365® Wellness and Rewards Program Announces Five-Year Impact Study ResultsData demonstrates improvements in employee health, cost savings, and productivity
August 06, 2019 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time –LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading wellness rewards program, Go365® from Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), shared results of a study that examined the impact of the program on more than 10,000 participants over five years in the areas of employee health, healthcare cost savings and productivity. The results show that over the five-year period employees were more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices and reduce risk for chronic conditions, and those that actively engaged had lower healthcare costs and usage, over time. Additionally, higher engagement in Go365 is linked to fewer Unhealthy Days1.
“Managing healthcare costs is a priority for employers who strive to offer competitive benefits while fostering a healthier, more productive workforce,” said Jeff Reid, senior vice president, Wellness Solutions for Humana. “Based on the strength of the findings of the Go365 study in showing that long-term employee participation in our wellness program results in a healthier, more productive work force and reduced healthcare costs, Go365 is a proven partner in realizing these positive outcomes.”
Go365 serves approximately five million members nationwide who can earn rewards for completing healthy activities such as Health Assessments, preventive screenings and fitness activities. Rewards include e-gift cards, fitness devices and apparel, product discounts and charitable donations.
The impact study assessed data from more than 10,000 Humana employees enrolled in the program over five years. The first two years were used as a baseline period for the study, and the last three years made up the analysis period.
Highlights of Humana’s Go365 five-year study include:
Lifestyle Risk Factors
Overall, there was an increase in members who ate healthier foods, exercised more and reduced stress and tobacco use.
- Members who exercised for at least 150 minutes each week rose by 25%
- Members who ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily rose by nearly 12%
- Members experiencing low stress increased by 5%
- Members were 2.3% more likely to be non-smokers
Clinical Risk Factors
Biometric data found notable improvements in lowering risk for heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and other conditions over five years, which is very promising for the aging workforce.
- 7% more men and nearly 3% more women had healthy ranges of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good” cholesterol
- Members were likelier to have somewhat healthier ranges of blood glucose, blood pressure and triglycerides
Healthcare Claims Costs and Usage
High-engaged members had lower healthcare cost increases than members with low or medium engagement, which is promising considering the aging population and general inflation in the cost of healthcare. Higher engagement in Go365 is also linked with fewer emergency room visits and hospital admissions.
- In year 5, high-engaged members paid a per member per month average of $116 (or 22%) less in healthcare than low-engaged members
- High-engaged members had 35% fewer emergency room visits and 30% fewer hospital admissions than low-engaged members
- Medium-to-high engaged members had 11% more preventive doctor’s office visits than low-engaged members
- Better productivity, as measured by Unhealthy Days, was found among high-engaged members
- High-engaged members reported 55% fewer Unhealthy Days than low-engaged members
In summary, the study shows a link between long-term engagement in Go365 with employee health, productivity and cost savings with more highly engaged employees exhibiting the best results.
The complete report and study results are available here. For more information about the study, the Go365 program, or generally how to improve employee health, cost savings, and productivity at your organization, go to go365.com/for-business.