Illustration of holistic health In order to improve this "hidden population's" health outcomes, employers need to implement wellness and care programs that can reach those specific people and then utilize a personalized, one-to-one approach.

Employers understand that one of the best ways to reduce their health care spend is to help employees get and stay healthy. However, the actual process is easier said than done, and businesses have experimented with a range of health care strategies and wellness programming with the intent to bring down rates of illness, chronic conditions and other causes of higher health care spending, all will little overall impact.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.