U.S. Preventive Medicine (USPM)
**Winner of the 2019 Health Value Award for Program Provider – Specialty Wellness**
Question / Intervention Goal / Objectives
By assessing health risk and providing specific supports and interventions to individuals, U.S. Preventive Medicine’s Preventive Plan strives to interrupt the natural flow of people from lower to higher risk levels. The natural changes in a population’s mix of health risks is described by Dee Eddington in The Impact of the Prevention Plan on Employee Health Risk Reduction, Population Health Management, Vol 13, No 5, 2010.
The intervention includes high-tech/high-touch support and encouragement that participants need to adopt healthy behaviors. Support services include 24/7 nurse hotlines, one-on-one health coaching, contests, group events, and employer incentives.
The assessment of each individual’s risk level is determined by the program’s Health Risk Assessment; criteria for scoring and determining risk levels are described in The Impact of the Prevention Plan on Employee Health Risk Reduction, Population Health Management, Vol 13, No 5, 2010.
The 2,606 participants’ baseline scores were compared to their score one year after program implementation. Each risk score was assigned to low, moderate, and high based upon the scoring rubric. The mix of the population’s risk scores was then assessed at baseline and at one-year post implementation.
Findings / Metric/ Outcome/ Savings
There was a net increase of 9.40% of people in the low-risk category, a decrease of 3.61% in the moderate-risk category, and a 5.79% decrease in the high-risk category.
As the participants came from several different employers, we cannot determine what other factors may have influenced the results.