Wellness Program

The County is pleased to build on its commitment to employee wellness in 2016 by continuing to offer the $1,000/$500 wellness incentive payments to employees who are enrolled in the health insurance plans.  Employee wellness is the primary area of focus for our health insurance benefits package.  In 2016 the County will build upon and improve our wellness programming in an effort to help you and your families live healthier and happier lives.  We cannot do it without your efforts and we are truly appreciative of all you have done to take an active role in you and your family’s health.  We have made significant strides over the past five-years in our wellness efforts, the costs of treating “lifestyle based” health conditions like, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity have decreased and in turn allowed the county to reinvest in additional programming like the PopSpring Health Risk Assessments and the Oz Health clinic that were launched in 2015.  We have three specific goals in our wellness programming: 

  1. Providing our members with knowledge and a toolbox to be healthy.
  2. Identifying high and medium risk members and partnering with them to improve their health.
  3. Continually improving our wellness programming to enhance future incentives.
You may be surprised to know the following facts about our wellness programming that we learned from the 2015 Health Risk Assessment:

  1. 70% of our members are currently engaged in our online wellness programming – it is a great start, but we have room for improvement!
  2. 21% of our members are responsible for 72% of the medical costs, nearly $6,000,000 of claims in 2015.
  3. Heart Health is the number one clinically identified health risk among our members in 2015.  In most cases this “lifestyle based” aliment is preventable with treatment and lifestyle changes.
Our goal will always be to improve your health by actively engaging you in wellness.  To that end, the $1,000/$500 wellness incentive payments will require participation in the Wellness Points Program.  Participation is simple, especially if you have previously enrolled in the PopSpring portal at https://popspring.p2phc.com.  The Wellness Points Program builds upon the previous requirements for the incentive.  To qualify for the wellness incentive employees and their spouses enrolled in the health insurance must meet the following requirements.

  1. The employee and spouse must both individually complete the online Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and tobacco affidavit through the online PopSpring Wellness Portal before March 31, 2016.
  2. The employee and spouse must both individually complete a wellness screening at Oz Health or with your Physician (biometrics and labs – height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose) between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016.  The Oz Health clinic has implemented a simple finger prick test for the required blood work in 2016, no needles required! 
  3. The employee and spouse must both individually complete your annual wellness physical at Oz Health or with your Physician between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
  4. The employee and spouse must both individually earn 150 points per quarter through PopSpring’s Wellness Points Program.  
Two changes for 2016 include the requirement to have blood work done in the first quarter of 2016 and the Wellness Points Program. The Wellness Points Programming will be fully explained at the following training sessions with representatives of PopSpring and the County at the dates and times below.  Earning points in the Wellness Points Program is simple.  For example, participants who complete the HRA, tobacco affidavit and wellness screening in the first quarter, will have earned 150 points for the first quarter.  Participants who have their annual physical will earn 25 points.  Again, our only goal is to improve your health by actively engaging you in your personal wellness.  The implementation of the Wellness Points Program will mean that the wellness incentive payments will not be paid until the program is complete in the last quarter of 2016.  I realize that this is a significant change, but it is required to implement the program.

Please make an effort to attend one of the informational sessions.  We will continue to hold meetings through the first quarter of 2016 to ensure that every employee and spouse has the opportunity to understand the new requirements.  Please feel free to attend any of the informational sessions and extend the invite to your spouses to join us.  I look forward to the discussion of the Wellness Points Program, but more importantly I look forward to your participation.