Thursday, July 28, 2011

Using Incentives to Prevent Diabetes

United Health Group has structured its payments to the YMCA to reward accountability. The YMCA doesn’t get its first “enrollment” payment until a participant has been to four sessions. The Y gets an attendance payment if the participant comes to at least 12 of the 16 sessions. But the biggest payment comes only if the participant loses 5 percent of his or her body weight — the most significant factor in preventing conversion to diabetes. more

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