US employers continue to face double-digit healthcare cost increases that exceed their budgets. With no clear solutions on the horizon, they are extremely concerned. According to Hewitt & Associates', benefits consultants, health care costs are expected to increase at a 13% to 15% annual rate, nearly doubling over the next five years. Depending on the plan, this could mean employer costs could range from approximately $4,000 - $5,500 per employee. Some companies will absorb the majority of next years rate hikes, but many will pass along at least 25 percent of the increase to employees, according to Hewitts study. However, it is the indirect costs - the hidden losses - which tend to affect the bottom line of most companies. Quantifying these losses can be extremely difficult. What if you found a way for your company to not only quantify these costs, but a way to reduce them as well?
First, we must understand that personal lifestyle decisions greatly affect healthcare costs "Over 70% of our healthcare dollars are spent on preventable diseases!" (Fortis Health 9/00).
LifeStart Wellness Network can provide your employees with cost-effective WellCare practices while improving their awareness to reduce absenteeism and costly sickcare. Let LifeStart teach your employees to take more responsibility for their health and to help combat rising health care costs.
Our Easy to follow color-coded Health Risk Report provides a high quality easy-to-understand individual report that gives participants information on how they are doing for the base period. We encourage everyone to repeat the assessment annually to measure progress.
Cholesterol The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) issued new guidelines on the prevention and management of high cholesterol. The guidelines advise all adults over 20 years of age to have a lipoprotein analysis (including Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL and Triglycerides) once every 5 years.
Glucose -Testing your blood sugar is the only way to know whether your blood sugar is too high, too low or just right. LifeStart utilized two common tests to measure your blood sugar--the hemoglobin A1c test and finger-stick tests.
Blood Chemistry One way to monitor your health is to evaluate your blood chemistry. Our LifeStyle Blood Profile is one that physicians frequently request as a standard health check-up for their patients. Our 12 Panel test will assess your risk for kidney diseases, liver or muscle damage, hepatitis, gall bladder disease or heart attack.
Blood Nicotine A blood test can be performed to ensure accuracy in self-reported data.
Complete Blood Counts This is a more comprehensive test that analyzes the three major types of cells in blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This test is used primarily to diagnose Anemia and cancers.
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