-Wellness Services Delivered in Person Shown to Have Better Enrollment and Engagement Rates-
HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced today that it is now offering worksite health and wellness services to employers. The Aetna Health Connections Direct2YouSM product suite offers a range of services within the workplace including biometric screenings that measure cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and height, wellness services such as counseling about preventive care, healthy eating and regular exercise, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), prescription drug consultations with a licensed pharmacist, disease management, and acute care services. The information gathered at the worksite is connected to other health programs purchased by the employer – giving them a complete health and wellness picture of their employee population, while assuring confidentiality of personal health information.
“At a time when employers are searching for ways to improve their employees’ overall health and control health care costs, worksite wellness services are receiving increased attention,” said Dan Fishbein, M.D., head of New Product Businesses at Aetna. “Not only can employers enhance their existing employee benefits package by offering onsite health and wellness services, but Aetna’s offering is an attractive option in these difficult economic times because the services can be delivered whether or not an employer has an onsite health center. The offering saves employers time and money, while delivering a solution that is proven to better engage employees in improving their health.”
The Aetna Health Connections Direct2You offering can be implemented whether or not the employer has an existing onsite medical clinic. Employers who purchase the program choose from a menu of programs and services best suited for their employees. The offerings include:
Watson Wyatt and the National Business Group on Health released the results of a national survey of 573 U.S. companies that employ at least 1,000 workers. The study showed that 29 percent of companies planned to offer an onsite health center in 2008 and those numbers are expected to grow in 2009 and beyond. Furthermore, research shows that onsite programs using face-to-face coaching and motivational interviewing techniques result in higher engagement levels than telephonic only delivery of programs. In fact, the journal Disease Management reported that enrollment rates in programs delivered face-to-face are significantly higher than programs delivered via telephone – 79 percent to just 25 percent.
Aetna recently opened an onsite health clinic for the 3,000 employees in its Hartford, Conn. headquarters building. The “Wellness Works” center offers employees the convenience of a full service pharmacy, physician and nursing staff to provide confidential care of common illnesses, lab services, wellness screenings and coaching, disease management coaching, financial counseling and other services.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.5 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com
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