WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) — Experts at a U.S. health group say a corporate health education program can reduce medical claims — reducing healthcare costs.
American Heart Association experts say a comprehensive health promotion program reduced cardiovascular disease-related medical and hospital costs. The percentage of employees with cardiovascular disease-related medical claims declined from 56.6 percent to 48.3 percent and the number of cardiovascular disease-related medical claims declined from 14.1 percent to 13.1 percent.
Also, the percentage of employees with a cardiovascular disease-related hospital claims declined from 6 percent to 4.3 percent and cardiovascular disease-related hospital claims declined from 2.5 percent to 1.7 percent.
The program was developed at CSX Transportation, a national company with 30,000 employees, in 2004 to address employees’ high rates of cardiovascular disease compared to national benchmarks.
Over time, the program included a variety of interventions, such as biometric screenings, nutrition and exercise health coaching and work-site fitness centers.
The researchers analyzed the impact of the program on cardiovascular disease-related medical and hospital claims, using 2006 to 2008 data on 5,768 non-contract employees.
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