Managed Care
Disease
Management

Wellness

Plan Watch
Frank Diamond
Contributing Voices
Paul Terry

Paul Terry, PhD The Affordable Care Act codified the worksite wellness exemption to the federal medical underwriting provisions in the group health plan market. This means companies are allowed to use an “outcomes-based” incentive model that provides financial rewards for those who satisfy a prescribed health standard such as a BMI of less than 30 or who meet a “reasonable alternative standard” or obtain a waiver from their physician. What some see as “rewards” others view as penalties or surcharges and, given the absence of evidence to confirm the role of such incentives in actually improving population health, the new provisions have unleashed a debate about the ethics and putative effectiveness of the new provisions.

Wellness
Michael Levin-Epstein
Wellness
John Carroll
Wellness
Lola Butcher
Cover Story
Martin Sipkoff
MargaretAnn Cross

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