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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182620214
ACOEM Joint Consensus Statement

Guidance for a Reasonably Designed, Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Using Outcomes-Based Incentives

Consensus Statement of the Health Enhancement Research Organization; American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; American Diabetes Association; American Heart Association

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Abstract

Objective: To provide guidance regarding appropriate use of outcomes-based incentives as part of a reasonably designed wellness program designed to improve health and lower cost while protecting employees from discrimination and unaffordable coverage.

Methods: The process included reviewing the literature, regulations, case studies, and other resources while developing consensus through numerous group discussions.

Results: We offer guidance on the elements of a reasonably designed wellness program that should be in place if outcomes-based incentives are deployed and identify strategies to help ensure that effective and fair programs are put in place and evaluated.

Conclusions: We strongly encourage employers using outcomes-based incentives as part of wellness initiatives to incorporate these elements of a reasonably designed wellness program and consider this guidance for the design, implementation, and evaluation of such programs.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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