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Health Assessments/Biometric Screenings

Why Employers Care

Health assessments (HAs) provide employees and employers multiple benefits. Often designed as the gateway to health and wellness programs, HAs can provide employees and their dependents with individualized feedback on their health status and recommendations for reducing health risks. They also provide employers with a mechanism to identify wellness program needs and evaluate change in the population's behavior. According to the 2015 National Business Group on Health/Fidelity Investments' Annual Employer-Sponsored Health & Well-being Survey, 83% of employers offer a health assessment in 2015, 76% of which offer incentives or disincentives to drive participation.

Over the last several years, more employers have started to offer biometric screenings as an adjunct to the health assessments. Biometric screening allows employers to collect more accurate and objective measures of employee health and offers the potential for identifying individuals with undiagnosed conditions. In 2015, 78% of large employers offered biometric screenings to employees. Of those offering biometric screenings, 77% offer incentives or disincentives for completion.

What Can Employers Do?

Employers should offer HAs and biometric screenings to employees to identify specific risk factors and implement appropriate interventions (e.g., information, support, coaching, self-management, referral, etc.) to improve and maintain health. Employers should choose an assessment that targets modifiable risks in their populations to identify the most prominent and costly conditions.

Page last updated: August 14, 2015

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