A unit of MetLife Inc. has set up the Disability Health and Wellness Connection program.
MetLife, New York (NYSE:MET), is offering the program at no additional cost to new and current group customers with 3,000 or more employees.
The program promotes use of an employer’s existing employee assistance programs, health and wellness programs, and disease management programs in an effort to help employees improve their health and overcome potentially disabling health problems, and to help employers understand the factors affect absenteeism and health plan costs, the company says.
In other absence management news,
- HealthNow New York Inc., New York, and Health Integrated Inc., Tampa Fla., say they have evidence that coaching by licensed mental health counselors and registered nurses with experience with behavior modification can have a dramatic effect on health plan enrollees who suffer from chronic physical health problems along with behavioral health problems.
For patients with a combination of physical and behavioral health problems, every dollar invested in counseling can lead to $3.84 in savings, the companies say.