As an employer, you're looking for ways to work smarter. Keeping your employees healthy is an important way to achieve that.
There are significant business costs related to both absenteeism – the time employees take off from work due to illness – as well as presenteeism – when employees come to work even though they’re not able to function to the best of their ability.
Defining Health and Productivity Management
An increasing number of employers are addressing absenteeism and presenteeism through Health and Productivity Management (H&PM). The Institute of Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) defines H&PM as:
The integrated management of health and injury risks, chronic illness, and disability to reduce employees’ total health-related costs, including direct medical expenditures, unnecessary absence from work and lost performance at work (i.e., presenteeism).
H&PM differs from other health promotion programs because it provides an integrated approach that addresses the entire spectrum of employee health needs:
In order to understand H&PM, it’s necessary to embrace the concept of employees as “human capital.” In addition to finding ways to reduce medical costs, today’s employers need to support and improve their human capital in order to have a positive impact on their bottom line. An added benefit of investing in human capital is the health and well-being of employees, as well as providing them with a more positive member experience.
Investing in human capital actually provides greater cost-saving opportunities than trying to reduce medical costs alone. By taking steps to improve overall health and productivity, employers begin to reduce medical costs and absences while improving productivity and enhancing the quality of medical goods and services for employees.
At the heart of the H&PM process is measurement of workplace health costs, accurate evaluation of the factors that are driving those costs, and the creation of health enhancement programs and strategies for workers.5
Some of the specific traits that make H&PM different are:
How H&PM can help you
H&PM promotes better individual health. It’s a win-win, benefiting both the employee and the employer.5 According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, companies that have implemented wellness programs have reported a 26-percent drop in health care costs.7
Prevention is an important aspect of H&PM. And many research studies have demonstrated – and continue to demonstrate – the connection between certain preventive practices, improved health and functional status, and lowered total costs.6
Aetna’s approach to H&PM
At Aetna, we take a holistic view of health and wellness. We offer a variety of integrated products and programs that encompass the full spectrum of member health – from preventive care to promoting healthier lifestyles to disease and absence management. Most experts agree that integration is vital to overall health and productivity management. Aetna’s health and productivity solutions can directly address issues of health, wellness, absenteeism and presenteeism.
Aetna OneSM – A healthier, holistic health care benefits experience
Aetna One is the new name of Aetna's suite of integrated health and productivity solutions that includes Integrated Health and Disability (IHD), Aetna Integrated Health Solution® (IHS) and Aetna One Premier. Aetna One builds on our ability to integrate across product lines and provides a seamless delivery of products, programs and services. Aetna One helps improve member health and productivity and lowers benefits trend over time.
Aetna One comprises three levels of integrated benefits to meet your needs:
Aetna One Core/IHD – also known as Aetna Integrated Health and Disability (IHD), is available to plan sponsors of all sizes, all funding arrangements and with all medical products. Aetna One Core/IHD is a concrete and compelling example of Aetna's strengths: innovation, information and integration.
Aetna One Core/IHD is a business process fundamentally about making the right connections early enough and at the right time to create a better outcome for our members, plan sponsors and providers. By linking medical and disability case management, and using our rich data management tools, we are helping the overall health of our members while potentially reducing medical costs for both members and employers.
A key distinction between our approach and everyone else’s is that we combine predictive modeling, patient information, early intervention, condition management and care coordination with our rehabilitation and return-to-work expertise. With this holistic approach, we help claimants understand the process, facilitate their recovery, and help them return to work as quickly as possible – getting them back on firm financial footing while having a positive impact on productivity – to everyone's advantage.
Aetna One Enhanced/IHS – also known as Aetna Integrated Health Solution, IHS is available to plan sponsors with 125 or more employees. IHS builds on the strengths of IHD. It’s an innovative program that integrates health services and data across multiple benefits and wellness programs to help improve employee productivity and reduce health care and disability costs.
Our Aetna One Enhanced/IHS program takes a holistic approach that identifies health risks earlier, increases engagement and drives positive behavior change. It provides a complete picture of the true drivers of direct and indirect health care costs, including presenteeism, absenteeism and workforce productivity.
Aetna One Premier – The next generation in Aetna’s suite of integrated health and productivity solutions sets a new standard for customer service, clinical support and integration. Aetna One Premier expands upon the health and productivity elements of Aetna One Core/IHD and Aetna One Enhanced/IHS. Aetna One Premier is available to self-funded customers. It demonstrates Aetna’s ability to lead the industry in offering creative solutions to manage the cost of health care through better integration, greater simplicity and high-touch customer service. It uses advanced technology, smarter clinical programs and stronger clinical teams to provide simplified personal service, a complete member view, increased member engagement and better health connections.
For more information about any of Aetna’s innovative health and productivity solutions, please contact your broker or Aetna representative.