Employer Resource Centre

The Resource Centre for Health & Well-being helps employers improve workplace productivity, health care costs and employee quality of life through research-driven insights, innovative perspectives and ideas focused on driving a culture of health ownership among employees.

White Papers

Jump-start Health Management Program Engagement with Predictive Analytics

Find out how to increase enrollment in health management programs using our new
engagement model and propensity to enroll index.

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Modeling Behavior Change for Better Health

Uncover the Optum approach to shaping health behavior to drive engagement in health improvement programs — awareness, skill-building and maintenance.

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Fourth Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study

Take an in-depth look at wellness program penetration, administration, incentives, current trends and success metrics, based on an annual tracking study of 500 human resources professionals from across the country.

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Influencing Health Choices at Work: Change the Environment. Change Behavior.

Gain insights from behavioral economics and consumer marketing that can be used by employers to influence health decisions at work. Content is based on partnership insights from Optum and Yale University.

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The Next Generation of Employee Health Screenings

Discover how employee health screenings can safeguard an employer’s population and boost productivity by raising awareness of key health indicators such as high blood pressure, which often goes undetected and can result in preventable health conditions.

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Conservative Back Treatment Maximizes Quality and Affordability

Understand the benefit of having back pain patients engage with a physical therapist or chiropractor for their first back pain visit.

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Healthy Employees, Healthy Profits — A Stronger Business Case for Employee Health Management Programs

Find out how to increase acceptance of health management programs among line managers and key constituencies by demonstrating the direct impact these programs have on operational business metrics.

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Health Care Advisor — Reshaping the Consumer Experience

Gain insights on consumer interest in health advisor services, including the features consumers feel will best help them in their search for quality health care, based on results of an Optum consumer survey.

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Improving Transplant Care, Outcomes

Learn what can be done to improve outcomes and reduce costs related to transplant care.

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Measuring Health and Wellness Program Value

Get a better understanding of the challenges employers face with health management program reporting and metrics, and what their expectations are for program measurement.

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How an Integrated Care Management Solution Can Help Reduce Health Care Spend

Learn how a comprehensive care management solution can help mitigate the chronic disease cost burden by identifying at-risk consumers and encouraging them to take an active role in their health and well-being.

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Six Steps to a Healthier Population

Learn about an innovative, six-step formula for delivering quantifiable improvements in employee health by connecting consumers to programs and services through a high-touch concierge relationship.

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Driving Value — Estimating the Economic Impact of Health and Disease Management Services

Learn how our real-time performance management solution uncovers opportunities and services to reduce costs for companies purchasing health and disease management programs.

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Strategies for Better Managing the Unpredictable and Accelerating Cost of Cancer Care

Learn about prevailing cancer trends and best-practice approaches for controlling costs while meeting the care needs of cancer patients.

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How Gender and Work Site Impact Employee Engagement — An NBGH and Optum Joint Study

Discover how to effectively communicate and promote your health and wellness programs to employees based on findings from a proprietary study examining the role that demographics play in consumer health engagement.

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The Importance of Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in the Workplace — An Optum Research Study

Gain insight on current and emerging trends in workplace wellness programs, including employee attitudes toward these programs and the difference between the attitudes of those who work for companies that place an importance on employee health and those that do not.

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Presenting Health Care Data in Visual Displays — Employer Consulting Services

Learn how to use charts, graphs and pictures to communicate ideas and trends.

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The Health Savings and Spending Customer Journey

The Importance of Providing Comprehensive Guidance Every Step of the Way: 5 Stages of Health Savings and Spending

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Reinventing the Traditional Health Assessment: Optum’s Total Health Profile

This paper presents the Total Health Profile – a consumer-centric health assessment designed to help employers drive employee health ownership in a post-health care reform era.

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Health management ROI: It’s time for a fresh approach

This paper explores how dramatic changes in health care are beginning to challenge the traditional value proposition for health management programs. It also suggests how we can expand on ways of measuring the value of these programs.

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Optum research study: Reducing health risks with corporate wellness programs

Despite improvements in medical science over the past several years, the nation’s health is not good. Indeed, it is getting worse in many respects.

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Published Papers

Conservative Spine Care — Opportunities to Improve the Quality and Value of Care

Learn more about this newly published paper from Optum and the Jefferson School of Population Health on how to achieve favorable outcomes with evidence-informed decision criteria and guidance into conservative low back care pathways.

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A More Generalizable Method to Evaluate the Association Between Commonly

Reported Health Risks and Health Care Expenditures Among Employers of All Sizes Understand the relationships between health risks and medical expenditures for employers of all sizes.

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Improving Employee Productivity Through Improved Health

Explore the relationship between Optum wellness and disease anagement program participation and productivity improvements.

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A Targeted Approach to Reducing Overutilization: Use of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Stable Coronary Artery Disease

Learn how overutilization can be addressed in chronic stable angina and how evidence-based decision-making can make an impact to outcomes in this published study from the Jefferson School of Population Health and Optum.

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Case Studies

Schneider National’s Tobacco Strategy Moves Smokers to Quit

Learn how strong engagement and a tobacco surcharge strategy added up to quit attempts that were seven times more successful than anticipated.

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Raising the Bar for Employee Health

Find out how a leading national employer with more than 40,000 employees successfully drove engagement by linking financial incentives to biometric results, and how their wellness program is reducing risk factors and setting new best-practice standards as a result.

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Sprint® Get Fit Challenge

Find out how Sprint and Optum delivered the company’s first-ever nationwide fitness competition — a fun, effective and highly successful wellness program. Discover how social media, employee commitment and executive engagement yielded powerful results.

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Zurich Financial Services Group

Discover how an integrated wellness solution delivered a 3.8:1 return on investment for a leader in financial services.

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Fall for Fitness

Demonstrates how an innovative social wellness platform achieved unprecedented engagement for an employee population.

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5-Minute Briefs

Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study

Find out how small and large companies regard their wellness offerings based on outcomes of the fourth annual tracking study. High-level summary of: how wellness budgets have fared during the economic slowdown, use of rewards and incentives to drive participation, and the steps employers are taking to build a healthier work environment.

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Treating Complex Conditions with Specialized Expertise

Discover the advantages of specialized networks that guide patients to quality providers and treatment centers to reduce costs and improve outcomes for those diagnosed with complex medical conditions.

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Driving Value: Estimating the Economic Impact of Health Management Programs

Learn how employers are quantifying the value of their wellness programs by measuring real-time performance, using value drivers to gauge which actions drive clinical and financial value, and how effectively programs are addressing potential gaps in care.

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Healthy Employees, Healthy Profits: A Stronger Business Case for Employee Health Management Programs

Understand how to demonstrate the value of health improvement programs by focusing on business performance measures, such as workplace productivity, which resonate with the business leaders who are in a position to make health and wellness a business priority.

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Demonstrating Program Value

Learn about the challenges employers face when assessing the value of wellness programs and which vendor services they consider to be most important, including timely reporting, return on investment and real-time performance management.

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Reduce health risks with corporate wellness programs

Health risks can have a substantial impact on employee productivity, employer health care costs and employee quality of life. Left unaddressed, the burden of these health risks continues to grow and can even weaken our workplace cultures.

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Customer Journey: The 5 Stages of Health Savings and Spending

Optum research shows there are five stages of health savings and spending. Within each of these stages, people face a variety of goals, mindsets and activities.

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Demonstrating Program Value

Learn about the challenges employers face when assessing the value of wellness programs and which vendor services they consider to be most important, including timely reporting, return on investment and real-time performance management.

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5 Minutes on Hepatitis C Treatments

Big changes are afoot for Hepatitis C treatments. About 3.2 million people in the U.S. are infected by this chronic—and costly—disease. Historically Hepatitis C was difficult to treat and nearly impossible to cure. Yet fast moving R&D has developed effective new drugs.

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5 Minutes on Compounding Medications

Compounded medicines are growing dramatically. The use of compounded medicines grew by 35 percent in a recent 12 month period—making pharmacy compounding the top driver cost in 2013. Moreover with compounded drugs unregulated by the FDA, their rapid increase raises concerns on quality, cost and patient safety.

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5 Minutes on Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of the fastest-growing cost drivers for employers. No cure exits and medications are incredibly expensive. Plus, its enigmatic periods of remission and relapse cause some patients to stop the therapy even as the disease progresses, contributing even more to the cost.

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Better Together

The power of health plan and clinical program integration

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Webinar Recordings

Improving Transplant care and Outcomes

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Employee Health Management Programs: Productivity Implications

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Fourth Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study

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Understanding the Impact of health Risk in the Workplace

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Jumpstart Health Management Program Engagement

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Next Generation Approaches to Behavior Change and Engagement

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Redefining Wellness Return-on-Investment

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eBooks

Driving Value in Employee Health — eBook: The Case for Health Management

Get the information you need to build a business case for employee health management using the latest health care research, trends and industry news from Optum. This eBook summarizes the current state of health management programs and the challenges employers face in demonstrating value.

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Fourth annual wellness in the workplace study

For the past four years, the Optum Resource Center for Health & Wellbeing has taken the pulse of workplace health and wellness programs through its annual tracking study.

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