Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Profiles Employee Wellness Study by Quality Health Solutions

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AHRQ Innovation Profile highlights 6-year study of proven wellness program: Comprehensive Wellness Program improves employees' health-related behaviors and risk factors, stems rise in employer health care costs.

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“We are honored to be recognized by AHRQ, but more importantly, that our evidence based wellness programs are providing demonstrated results with real-world applications,” said Brian J. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Health Solutions, Inc.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange profiled an effective and demonstrated employee wellness program by Quality Health Solutions (QHS) and its collaborative partner, Pro-Change Behavior Systems.

The expedient study – largely evidenced by an employer group with 14,000 participating individuals across 26 states over the course of 6 years – not only included impressive employee/participant health improvements, but also reduced and stabilized the employer group’s health care costs.

AHRQ is the lead Federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The agency’s prestigious publication identifies health services research improving the quality of health care and promoting evidence-based decision-making.

“We are honored to be recognized by AHRQ, but more importantly, that our evidence based wellness programs are providing demonstrated results with real-world applications,” said Brian J. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Health Solutions, Inc. “The findings we have unearthed over the past six years are practical, proven and replicable for both large and small populations.”

The AHRQ-published study attracted broad participation and achieved meaningful improvements in health-related behaviors and risk factors, which in turn led to a leveling off of overall health care costs.

The Innovation Profile details best practices for implementing a successful employee wellness program:

  •     Selling leaders on potential cost reductions, productivity gains
  •     Leveraging health benefits broker expertise
  •     Making program voluntary, with incentives to participate
  •     Having company leaders sell program, using business approach

The complete Innovation Profile, Comprehensive Wellness Program Improves Employees' Health-Related Behaviors and Risk Factors, Stems Rise in Employer Health Care Costs, describes the program’s development, results, and lessons learned.

About Quality Health Solutions Inc.
Quality Health Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2001 with a mission to encourage personal responsibility for health and well being by reducing lifestyle risk factors, preventing future disease, and improving health-related quality of life. QHS helps people discover their motivation and confidence, overcome challenges, and identify resources to achieve positive, healthy changes. QHS is the first and only wellness company offering assessments and interventions that were developed and proven effective by the scientific rigors of population level clinical trials. In addition to being named the 2010 Best Wellness Vendor by HIRC, the company’s LifeStyle Management Programs also received the 2010 Gold Award for Health Management from the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC), a leading health care accreditation organization. To learn more, please visit http://www.qualityhealthsolutions.com.

About The Innovations Exchange
The Innovations Exchange is a comprehensive program designed to increase the development and adoption of innovations in health care delivery. The Innovations Exchange contains more than 675 searchable Innovation Profiles, 1575 searchable Quality Tools, and numerous resources to support the Agency’s mission – to improve the safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency, and equity of care – with a particular emphasis on reducing disparities in health care and health among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. To learn more about QHS’ Innovations Profile, please visit http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/content.aspx?id=3297

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