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Updated: October 6, 2009
Aetna Announces Results From Set of Analyses

Aetna released the results from a set of analyses to gain a better understanding of their members.

Aetna’s results derived from a set of analyses of members with access to integrated benefits compared to control groups without integrated benefits. 

It’s most significant finding from the studies showed members with integrated benefits were more likely to take a health risk assessment and enroll in wellness and disease management programs. Programs like these contributed to healthier behavior and improved health risk.

"When we have a more complete picture of our members and all the benefits available to them, we can have a much greater impact on their health outcomes and on their overall willingness to engage in their healthcare," said Laurie Brubaker, head of Health and Productivity Solutions for Aetna.

"By integrating a suite of benefits we are able to offer a more holistic solution to a member and their specific healthcare needs. These analyses indicate our members are seeing those connections and taking steps to be more active in protecting and improving their health," she said.

The Aetna One Enhanced/IHS integrated bundle includes:

  • Aetna Medical and Disability products.
  • Aetna’s Simple Steps to a Healthier Life health risk assessment.
  • Aetna’s Wellness Management Program.
  • Aetna Disease Management Programs.
  • Aetna’s Med Psych Behavioral Health Management Program.

Through the IHS program, members are encouraged to take the Simple Steps health risk assessment. The assessment includes questions on work limitations and productivity based on health and emotional conditions.

The analysis showed IHS members are more engaged in healthcare planning and are more productive than members of the control group. Specifically:

IHS members are three times more likely to complete a Health Risk Assessment (HRA);

For those members who completed a health risk assessment, 35.3 percent also participated in wellness programs; and,

A greater proportion of IHS members reported reduced absenteeism (less absence for illness/family illness) than members of the control group.

Address: Aetna Inc., 151 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06156; (860) 273-0123,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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