Marathon Health Blog

Weighing the Cost of Health Care & Value-Based Choices

As individuals increasingly share the cost of health care they receive, consumerism in healthcare is on the rise. No longer are patients willing to wait for bills to arrive in the mail to find out what their financial responsibility is for an office visit or medical procedure—they are seeking upfront pricing and greater control over their out-of-pocket costs.

Where is the information to help them get the best value when they need to see a doctor? The first step in becoming an informed healthcare consumer is planning ahead. When patients understand their benefit plan, payment responsibilities, and the healthcare options available to them at work and in their community, they are well on their way to being a savvy decision-maker and proactive manager of their health.

What are the Real Onboarding Costs for Wellness Initiatives?

Earlier this year, Reuters announced that the new trend in employee health and wellness initiatives is ‘wellness – or else.’ According to this article, wellness incentives and penalties are primarily a way for self-insured employers to pad their bottom line and, moreover, that wellness programs have no method to track their efficacy in reducing healthcare costs:

Increase Workforce Productivity by Offering Competitive Benefits

Study after study has shown how worksite wellness, including  physical activity programs, and promoting a culture of activity increases workforce productivity.

Besides benefiting companies, a healthier workplace helps employees live healthier, longer lives.

Through worksite programs employers can:

  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Lower turnover
  • Reduce healthcare costs

Treating the Causes of an Unhealthy Lifestyle, Not the Symptoms

Let’s face it, if our goal as healthcare providers is to get people to move away from unhealthy lifestyles, we need to help educate them so that they may take more responsibility for their health. Our nation’s transactional system of healthcare, in which patients see doctors only when they are sick, is obviously broken. Patients will make sustainable changes to their lifestyle only when they understand the choices that impact their health.

What is a wellness program?

Before we can assess the differences between the many types of wellness programs, we must first define what a wellness program is.

The Harvard Business Journal defines workplace wellness as: “an organized, employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and, sometimes, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization’s bottom line.”

Live from TJ Regional Health!

Welcome aboard to our newest partner, TJ Regional Health, which this week opened the doors to the TJ Regional Fit for Life Health & Wellness Center in Glasgow, Ky. And a big welcome to our fantastic clinical team of Brenda McFadden, FNP and Amberleigh Slinker, MA!

In the News

Please enjoy this article about the outstanding progress being made at the Bendix Health Center from Trucking News Online!

Bendix Truck Parts Facility Cites Success of On-site Health Clinic

June 22, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff

Living the Mission

Congratulations to Marathon Health Dietitian Angie Banuelos for winning the 2015 Outstanding Preceptor by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics!

2015 Corporate Cup!

The Vermont Corporate Cup 5K has become one of our most anticipated annual events down at HQ. Once a year in May, more than 4,000 employees of Vermont companies, including 2,500 runners and 1,500 walkers, descend up downtown Montpelier for bragging rights against other corporate teams. Marathon Health entered a record 39 individuals this year, showing our commitment to health and wellness and providing an opportunity to mix and match with friends outside of the office socially. That's always been our M.O going in, but this year we just so happened to kick some serious butt.