Workplace Wellness Programs: How Regulatory Flexibility Might Undermine Success

American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) | September 11, 2014
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By Jennifer L. Pomeranz

Abstract: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act revised the law related to workplace wellness programs, which have become part of the nation’s broader health strategy. Health-contingent programs are required to be reasonably designed. However, the regulatory requirements are lax and might undermine program efficacy in terms of both health gains and financial return. I propose a method for the government to support a best-practices approach by considering an accreditation or certification process. Additionally I discuss the need for program evaluation and the potential for employers to be subject to litigation if programs are not carefully implemented. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print September 11, 2014: e1–e5. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302149)

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