State Employee Health Plan/HealthQuest

Honored by Institute for Health &

Productivity Management

Receives Value-Based Health Award for Programs that

Promote Prevention & Wellness

The Division of Health Care Finance was named a winner of the 2008 Value-Based Health (VBH) Award by the Institute for Health and Productivity Management. The award recognizes State Employee Health Plan/HealthQuest for innovative strategies in the state employee health plan that are designed to control costs by promoting healthy lifestyles and personal responsibility.

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Incentives for tobacco users to quit using tobacco and for non-tobacco users to remain tobacco-free;
  • A wellness plan, HealthQuest, with free annual health screenings, a financial incentive for taking a personal health assessment, and health coaching;
  • Reducing co-pays for diabetes and asthma medications;
  • Outreach by health care providers to plan members who suffer from chronic health conditions.

The VBM award was presented Oct. 15, 2008 to the State Employee Health Plan at the IHPM’s Eighth Annual International Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Sean Sullivan, president of IHPM, said: “State Employee Health Plan/HealthQuest joins the ranks of last year’s distinguished winners – Intel, Procter & Gamble, and Mariott Corp. – as a leader at the expanding value-based movement that is transforming health benefits and programs from costs to investments in their human capital.”

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