Greetings from Portland, Ore., We are delighted to announce that Wellsource has earned Wellness and Health Promotion certifications from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for meeting NCQA’s requirements for Health Appraisals and Self-Management Tools. Re-Certification Required Every Two Years Certification from NCQA is the “gold standard” for wellness and health promotion products. NCQA purposely sets […]

We are excited to announce a new addition! Integrative Lifestyle Medicine specialist Dr. Joe Raphael has joined the Wellsource team as our new Director of Health and Research. He will oversee HRAs currently available for health plans, wellness companies, ACOs, health providers, and brokers, and guide the development of our future products. “A nationwide search […]

It’s no secret that people have a hard time sticking to a diet or exercise plan long-term. However, focusing on short-term goals can help people change, develop healthy habits, and improve health outcomes. And it’s been the model for our monthly Health Challenges. Wellsource recently received a gold-level Aster Award for its monthly Health Challenges […]

What will it take to control healthcare costs and provide better patient care? When Dr. Don Hall launched Wellsource nearly 40 years ago, he already knew there was more to managing healthcare costs than just looking at biometrics and claims data. As the wellness industry has evolved, more organizations recognize this approach to manage healthcare […]

Not long after Wellsource founder Dr. Don Hall pioneered the first computer-based health risk assessment 40 years ago, another industry leader was on the rise. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Dee Eddington created a health risk appraisal and founded the school’s Health Management Research Center (HMRC). Fast-forward 30-plus years, and there have been major […]

The truth about motivating people with money There’s a reason the 900-plus employees at SAIF Corp. in Salem, Ore., were recently named the healthiest in the state. The company’s wellness program has evolved to encourage healthy behaviors with a variety of different incentives. Just about everyone wears a fitness tracking device at the state-chartered workers’ […]

Digesting the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans What’s for dinner? Unless you’re living on the Biggest Loser ranch where every meal is made for you, it’s a choice people have to make every day. Eat this, not that. Hit the drive-thru or cook at home? You know the drill, right? Every food choice you make […]

Total well-being approach to wellness gaining traction What’s the bottom line? It’s the kind of straight-to-the-point question you would expect from a CEO, especially about spending money on wellness programs and incentives. The recurring question echoed in boardrooms and budget meetings across corporate America even prompted a team of Harvard researchers to dig up a […]

District court rules in favor of mandatory participation Chalk up another “win” for employers in the latest legal battle involving wellness programs. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a number of high-profile employers up the ante on their wellness program requirements. From requiring completion of a health risk assessment (HRA), running all staff through […]

Medicare is a reminder to the Baby Boomer generation they are getting older. Did you know that on average 10,000 people enroll in Medicare a day? Getting older inherently means more health risks, and it can cost more than $12,000 a year to treat each Medicare patient.1 But there’s hope for improving quality of care and […]