|February 21, 2011|
BlueCross Wellness Program Improves Health, Lowers Premiums
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After piloting BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s worksite wellness program in 2010, Servpro Industries, Inc. received a 4 percent reduction in premium cost for 2011. Participating employees walked more than 15 million steps, lowered their average body mass index and achieved healthier blood pressure levels, among many other health benefits. The success of the program resulted in the statewide launch of BlueCross’ Well+Wise at Work certification program. |
“This is exactly the outcome we were hoping to achieve with this pilot,” said Renee Queen, manager of health promotion and education for BlueCross. “Servpro’s success demonstrates that health initiatives work for our members. When employees are living healthier lifestyles, they tend to be more productive at work, take fewer sick days and use health care more appropriately, which over the long term, lowers medical costs. We are excited to now offer this program to other employers in Tennessee.”
With the goal of improving its members’ health and containing costs, BlueCross now offers the worksite wellness certification program to fully insured groups with more than 150 employees. After successful completion, companies are guaranteed a reduction in premium costs of up to 4 percent at contract renewal.
“Our success came from the employees embracing and supporting this program, starting with senior leadership,” said Andy Grossberg, human resources manager at Servpro Industries, Inc. “BlueCross set benchmarks and gave us the tools to make healthy changes. As a company, we want to support initiatives that improve employees’ job satisfaction and those that lower costs. This program has done both, and we plan to continue expanding our health and wellness programs.”
Obesity and its related conditions cost companies more than $13 billion annually in medical fees and lost productivity. This includes an estimated 39 million lost workdays and nearly 62 million visits to physician offices.* Research indicates that for every $1 spent on worksite health and wellness, companies can save from $3 to $15 within 18 months of starting a program.**
During the pilot, about 50 percent of Servpro Industries, Inc. employees participated. After the success of the program the company offered an incentive to its workforce, raising the rate of participation to 100 percent for 2011.
For more information on the BlueCross Well+Wise at Work program visit www.bcbst.com/learn/well-wise/.
*U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Prevention Makes Common ‘Cents’,” Sep. 2003.
** policy statement published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association
About Servpro Industries, Inc.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,500 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in 48 states, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. All SERVPRO® Franchises are independently owned and operated.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.
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