Commission urges firms to report employee health status
By Jim Landers, Staff Writer
Companies should include employee health measures in their annual financial reports as part of a nationwide emphasis on preventive health care, an expert commission announced Wednesday.
By informing shareholders of the health status of the workforce, companies can show how they emphasize improvements in productivity and innovation, the Vitality Institute Commission found. Healthier employees also mean lower health insurance costs. The commission estimated that acting on its recommendations would save the nation $207 billion to $300 billion a year in health care costs.
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