With the recent changes in the interpretation of the GINA law as relates to assessments, the wellness portions of such programs may be subject to change. Read through this press release and it states that biometric screening is part of a full package. Having read prior articles on the internet the devices can consist of an iPhone or other devices that report data. Here come the monitoring devices. It was also stated that incentives are given to those who choose to participate and once again the GINA interpretation is here again.
You can read about a medical device company that used their services here where 67% of the employees elected to use the biometric screening. I have written many times about this here and it is a big concern with implementing devices properly. I have experienced distraction myself with an employee so wrapped up in their device they were oblivious to my existence.
Look what we do with cell phones with talking capabilities. You can watch the video below and hear the big emphasis on “financial” rewards, in other words your behavior as an employee, you either play or pay, or quit if that is an option.
Red Brick is a client of Ingenix (a wholly owned subsidiary of United Healthcare) that specializes in data, data, data and more data along with analysis and recommendations. Ingenix just settled a 9 year lawsuit with the AMA and there’s more suits in the works over the out of network compensation and probably more to come.
You can read the statements below from the CEOs and other officials and I am guessing like everywhere else they will be the non participants in all of this. It still is the old “it’ for those guys over there” attitude. Here’s a link to the Target page where it spells out the disclosure for use of biometric screening. Tie yourself to the device and beam up activity levels during your work day it appears, I don’t know if this entails behavior after hours or not.
“Target also provides cash incentives for eligible pilot program participants who complete biometric screenings, health assessment questionnaires, preventive care visits and, if necessary, recommended coaching programs that are intended to help team members reach their personal health goals. Target is one of the first employers to pilot such an innovative program with RedBrick Health.”
You can read about such tracking devices such as the Fitbit and Muve Gruve that are targeted at employers and insurers through their website marketing. You can do a search and find information here on the blog.
How does this work, as mentioned above cell phones just themselves can be disruptive, so do we add more to the phone, add another device and how does this work with a human being and still allow them to do their job or relax for that matter? Here’s a couple items to read up on with studies ongoing at Penn State and UCLA.
The White house worries a bit about this as well, but is that enough before companies needing to put dollars on their bottom line to exist push hurried implementations into place with disastrous results? Hey what about that implanted defibrillator that needs data too?
Here’s a recent update on how GINA affects all of this as relates to wellness and assessments. Read up.
The provisions of the GINA law begins next week, right in the middle of open enrollment. This interpretation was perhaps not meant to come through with the interpretation we have, but it is what it is now. Medical history is now considered part of what could be analyzed and interpreted as GINA discrimination. Last month I covered the “left hook” that appeared and how HHS was determined to give out a proper interpretation.
Wellness Programs Get Thrown a Left Hook From GINA – No Family Medical History Allowed on a Health Risk Assessment
If you listen to the video they are talking a 7% reduction of cost, but again is this properly implemented and free of disruption for those who participate or is is a need to generate revenue to keep Venture Capital money flowing in? Some questions to think about and study what the economy is bringing to our doors in strange offerings. I like technology and all it can do, but also realize that it can be misused and improperly planned and implemented and I have big suspicions about all of this, especially since doctors and patients will be having other devices to communicate and worth with as well and conflict between those 2 areas and technology is sure to clash and sadly it will be a fight over the money and not the employee’s healthcare.
Once we can reach a level of dedicating ourselves to education and quit judging everyone and their health as it is today and work together, things might move along a little better. Everyone today hates being judged and picked apart over their healthcare needs, whether they created their conditions or not it happens and speaks lowly of what we are trying to find as a solution as it lacks sincerity and speaks only of greed and money. BD
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