Meadville Medical Center (MMC) faces the same challenge as many hospitals in America today: lowering costs while also improving employee health. While you might think the two goals are at odds with one another, encouraging employees to prioritize their health has helped to reduce this hospital insurance costs by millions.
Meadville Medical Center Improves Health and Cut Costs
As an independent community hospital, in Meadville, Pa, MMC does not have the resources of a large health system. “Our board’s mission is to continue to be independent, and there are financial challenges that go along with that, on top of the reductions in reimbursements and volumes that all providers are seeing,” says Greg Maras, vice president, human resources. “From an HR perspective, I look at what I can do internally to help offset these external forces.”
The hospital’s employee wellness program is doing its part in keeping costs down, estimating that for every $1 spent on the program, the organization saves $3.60 in avoidable costs. The 210-bed hospital partners with Interactive Health for wellness services for its 1,883 eligible population. Strong support of the wellness program from senior leaders has helped the medical center attain impressive participation rates of over 70 percent and positive health outcomes.
MMC recently participated in an analysis to better understand the impact of Interactive Health’s wellness program on health care claims. Results showed
Given the success of its internal wellness initiative, MMC is offering an employee health program to other employers in the community. It incorporates Interactive Health services but carries the hospital brand.
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