A return-on-investment analysis of the health promotion program at the University of Minnesota

John A. Nyman, Nathan A. Barleen, Bryan E. Dowd

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the return-on-investment, if any, for the health promotion program adopted by the University of Minnesota in 2006. METHODS: Regression analysis was used to determine the cost-savings in annual health care expenditures associated with three components of the program: a risk assessment, a risk management program, and a disease management (DM) program. Differences-in-differences equations with random effects were used to deal with selection bias. RESULTS: The analysis suggests that the DM reduced spending by about $1375 per year for each participant. The risk assessment and risk management components had no effect on spending in this initial year. CONCLUSIONS: DM reduced health care spending at the University of Minnesota, but not enough to generate a positive return-on-investment. A number of factors may qualify this conclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-65
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009

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