Biometric wellness testing programs have become popular with companies and organizations in recent years. As health insurance costs rise, organizations continue to feel the sting of rising health costs and are motivated to save money while continuing to provide health benefits to their employees. Companies that can demonstrate that they have healthier employees through biometric screening programs can save money on their overall health insurance costs.
As the year comes to an end, more employees need to get a biometric screening performed as part of receiving health insurance through their employer. We hope this guide helps answer some frequently asked questions.
What is biometric wellness screening?
Biometric testing – when it is done for wellness screening – typically involves a general body assessment and biometric lab testing. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) definition of a biometric screening.
What happens during the general body assessment?
The general body assessment of a biometric wellness screen involves a height, weight and blood pressure measurements.
What type of biometric lab testing is performed?
Biometric lab testing typically includes measuring the lipid panel (particularly the cholesterol level) and the glucose levels in the blood. These screening lab markers help establish a baseline of an employee’s health.
Is biometric lab testing done at the time of the general assessment?
It depends. Some biometric services will do them at the same time while others require that the employee gets the lab testing done separately.
Is any special preparation required for the lab testing?
For best results, the required tests should be performed after an 8-12 hour fast. Most people eat a normal dinner, go to bed, wake up in the morning and get their blood drawn before eating anything.
What’s the easiest way to get biometric lab testing if it’s not offered through the service?
You can contact your primary medical provider to see if they can perform the testing. Accesa Labs also offers an affordable biometric screening panel.
Biometric screenings do not require too much preparation and are a starting point for people who do not get regular healthcare.