What is the PHA Forum 2014? The Juried Award Tracks

By Fred Goldstein, PHA Executive Director 

Bringing you insights, ideas and successes from the large-scale community based population health initiatives to best practices in population health including the new age of analytics, apps and engagement, the PHA Forum 2014 has it all.  It’s the go to place to understand population health and what works. It’s not about the fluff or the hoopla, but the substance behind population health. This year we received roughly 70 submissions reviewed by the PHA program committee for our 16 jury awarded presentations. The four tracks will focus on:

Analytics to Action:  For Providers and ACOs

You can’t do population health management without data.  But what can and should you do with the data, how do you make it actionable?  Digital surveys and dashboards, big data machine learning to better target the individual and data for outcomes based payment models are all covered in this track.  Get actionable intelligence for your provider group, ACO, or population health management program.

Excelling in Engagement

Remember the “Not documented. Not done” hospital mantra, how about “Not Engaged, Not Improved!” Engagement is the buzzword of population health; but how can you improve engagement?  From provider/patient engagement to engagement by risk level and the power of incentives, explore how to engage your population.

Powerful Population Health Management Strategies

Culture of Health, reporting and collaboration; sure that makes sense, but what are some of the best strategies to actually do these things? This session will present what works and why, giving you the ideas and tools to improve these critical areas. We can all point to examples of what didn’t work, oh yeah the boss stepped out for a smoke after handing out the wellness awards; learn from those who have documented what does.

Tech Touch: Strategies for Apps in Health

Activity Trackers, mHealth, the web and gamification; a few of the new tools and approaches to supposedy create better population health management programs. Talk about buzz and hype, there are new entries every day! Ever ask if anyone has any outcomes data? Look behind the cloud, no pun intended, and remember it’s only going to improve your population health program if if it works These presentations do and that’s the difference!

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What is the PHA Forum 2014? The Keynotes

By Fred Goldstein, PHA Executive Director

Bringing you insights, ideas and successes from the large-scale community based population health initiatives to best practices in population health including the new age of analytics, apps and engagement, the PHA Forum 2014 has it all.  It’s the go to place to understand population health and what works. It’s not about the fluff or the hoopla, but the substance behind population health. What are some of the big issues we face, whose doing some really interesting stuff, what does the business community think and can we look beyond our own borders?

These are just a few of the issues the Visionaries Series Keynote Speakers discuss.  Hear from:

Esther Dyson

Wow, astronaut trainee, early stage Angel Investor, writer, and more; and now she wants to create communities of health?  I’ve got to hear that.  Esther will focus on her new initiative The Way to Wellville.  Hear about the idea, the process, what she hopes to learn and share and early results from this privately launched initiative.

 

 

David Nash, MD, MPH

Who better to discuss where we are and where we are going than the Founding Dean of the first school of population health at a medical school in the entire country. From his perch at Jefferson, his board position with Humana, as the Editor of the Journal Population Health Management, (the official journal of the Population Health Alliance and his programs shaping future generations of population health leaders, David has his pulse on the industry, the science behind it and its future.

 

Kaveh Safavi, MD, JD

It’s a big world out there, and they do population health too.  Kaveh Safavi, the Managing Director Global Health for Accenture, sees and works on many of these initiatives. He’ll bring his expertise and experience to Forum 2014 and help us learn from initiatives outside our borders.

 

 

Brian Klepper, PhD

Brian’s known for saying it like it is.  I’ve seen many individuals from the health care industry sit in stunned silence as he presents his ideas on why it costs so much and how to fix it; you know sometimes we can’t point to the other guy. Population Health is one of the key components to a solution, but only if we also consider costs and utilization and some of the drivers of inappropriate behavior from the provider side.  I can tell you this one will be interesting!

Only at the PHA Forum 2014 will you hear from this diverse group of great Keynote speakers.

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Placing Workplace Wellness in Proper Context: Value Beyond Money

By Nicolaas P. Pronk, PhD, MA

Most companies in the United States now offer some kind of wellness programming to their employees. In 2012, about half of US employers with at least 50 employees and more than 90% with more than 50,000 employees offered a workplace wellness program (1).

Employer surveys (eg, the 2011 Automatic Data Processing Survey) suggest that the most often-cited reasons for offering these programs include improved employee health, health care cost control, increased productivity, and absenteeism reduction. Each of these reasons is quantifiable, and their value can be monetized, allowing for a calculation of savings and an estimation of a return on investment (ROI).

Yet it isn’t necessarily always about saving money. Dr Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, notes in a recent online post that companies committed to nurturing a culture of well-being consider broader motivations, including low turnover rates, attraction of top candidates, job satisfaction, and recruitment and retention of workers (2). Each factor was reported as being a more important driver of workplace wellness programs than ROI.

There is understandable interest in learning if, and how, workplace wellness programs produce results and generate savings. Publications on the effect of workplace wellness on financial outcomes continue to accumulate (1–5), but instead of producing consistency and clarity, they have introduced doubt and controversy. Systematic reviews and meta-analytic findings indicate that workplace wellness can generate savings (3). However, recent ROI studies indicate that such savings come only from disease management (DM) programs not lifestyle management (LM) programs (1). To gain clarity, 2 issues must be addressed. First, there is a need to standardize the definition of workplace wellness programs so that casual use of what constitutes such programs can be avoided. Second, research approaches should more explicitly recognize that workplace wellness programs generate a range of outcomes, many of them non–health related, that provide substantial value to employers even though they are often not represented in ROI analyses.

This essay addresses these 2 issues in the context of a set of best practice program-design principles that allow for properly designed workplace wellness programs to be differentiated from other activities that, although well-intended, may not rise to the level of a bona fide program.

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Suppport Population Health Research: Sponsor a PHA Forum 2014 Scientific Track

 

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The Solutions Zone is designed in four neighborhubs that complete attendees’ integrated learning experience with the hands-on demonstrations of the theories and initiatives presented in the scientific tracks.  

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Walking Learning Labs

These are designed to provide an in-depth look at some of the key components of population health management, with an overview of PHA’s research followed by a guided tour of solution providers, in the Solutions Zone.  For more information go to Walking Learning Labs.

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1 panel. 3 stars: The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, the Way to Wellville, the Blue Zones at PHA Forum 2014

Have you ever seen the leaders of The Way to Wellville, the Blue Zones and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative comparing notes on the same panel?

You have your chance at the Executive Leadership Institute of the PHA Forum 2014, the Population Health Alliance’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, December 10-12, 2014.

Panel: How Population Health can foster communities of health

Speakers

Rain Henderson

CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative

Clinton Foundation

 

 

 

Esther Dyson

Founder, HICCup

The Way to Wellville

 

 

 

Janet Calhoun

Senior Vice President Strategy, Innovations and Solutions, Healthways, Inc.

Blue Zones

 

 

 

Ashley Smith JuarezAshley Smith Juarez

Regional Director for Northeast Florida

Clinton Health Matters Initiative

 

 

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For the industry leaders, the Executive Leadership Institute at PHA Forum 2014 is a space for discussion, networking and agenda setting, comprised as its own conference track focused on broader strategic issues geared towards health care executives.

“Last year, the Executive Leadership Institute attracted a great group of professionals in senior leadership positions among providers, payers, employers large and small and several other in the healthcare arena,” said Fred Goldstein, PHA Executive Director. “In 2014, the lineup of speakers is top notch, and we expect a very spirited conversation.”

The Institute, sponsored by Alere, will encourage attendees to take a good look at what’s happening and what needs to be done to shape the future so that the population health industry achieves the desired outcomes in the transformation and ultimate improvement of America’s health and healthcare.

“The speakers will address some of the larger issues with which the industry is grappling as population health principles become a mainstay of payers, provider groups, government and communities. What’s the outlook for the next 10, 20 years? Can we improve the health of populations at a community level? What does global outsourcing look like these days? What are the pressing research concerns?” said Goldstein.

The registration for the annual conference is now open and members of the media can request press credentials. The Executive Leadership Institute is by invitation-only and the full agenda can be viewed on the website.

Register Now for PHA Forum 2014 and take advantage of the early bird rates.

Heads up HR managers! Check out PHA Forum 2014 Workplace Healthcare & Benefits Institute

PHA Forum Logo Final-01The Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute is a cornerstone of the educational program at the Population Health Alliance’s (PHA) annual conference, the PHA Forum 2014, to be held December 10-12, in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the theme, Collaborate + Communicate = Engage. Registration is open online.

The Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute, on Wednesday, December 10, from 10 am to 5 pm, will provide HR and benefits managers and employers across the spectrum a solid basis to assess their wellness programs, as well as, for newcomers a review of core metrics, engagement strategies, and comparison of emerging and existing trends in wellness, incentives and more.

“HR managers, employee benefits specialists, as well as organizations and vendors new to the population health management space will benefit from the in-depth analysis and interactive exercises on engagement strategies, incentives, measuring program impact, and value metrics,” said Karen Moseley, PHA Director of Research.

The registration for the annual conference is now open and members of the media can request press credentials. Employers enjoy a great rate of $195 for the entire conference.

Check the Agenda for the Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute.

Register for the PHA Forum 2014 and save with great early bird rates!

NEW at CCA Forum 2013: Walking Learning Labs

Care Continuum Alliance Forum 2013This year the CCA Forum has made it easier than ever to make meaningful, face-to-face connections between attendees and exhibitors through our new Walking Learning Labs.

These unique, hands-on demonstrations are intended to help you determine the value of specific solutions for your organization. The Walking Learning Labs are guided and facilitated by CCA researchers and provide attendees with an opportunity to explore particular areas of interest throughout the exhibit hall. Register today!

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Partners’ Center for Connected Health: CCA Members Employee Wellness Showcase

Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health's 2012 Progress Report Forward CurrentsEmployee wellness competition shown to statistically reduce weight, improve BMI and significantly greater satisfaction with weight by MGH employees

Partners’ Center for Connected Health (CCH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) at Revere partnered in a joint effort to improve employee wellness. Utilizing an activity monitor, 37 employees participated in a 6 month challenge to increase physical activity and decrease weight. Every month, employees experienced new and fresh program challenges such as the “buddy system,” “frenemies” and “top your highest score.” This wellness program measured step count, self-reported weight data, and dietary habits through surveys and activity data reports.

Employee weight and BMI decreased significantly during the six month program. On average, weight decreased by 4.56 lbs (M= 167.29, SD = 50.58) to M = 162.73, SD = 46.40); t(29) = -2.75, p = 0.010) and BMI decreased from a mean of 29.33 (SD = 8.66) to 28.52 (SD = 7.99) (t(25) = -2.52, p = 0.0186). In addition, employees reported being more satisfied with their weight at the end of the program (t(34) = 3.055, p = 0.004). There was no change in self-rated health.NEWM_2013_Supporter_Logo_f

Employees agreed that since joining the program they were more likely to make choices that increased their physical activity (81%), felt better about themselves (70%), were better able to reach their physical activity goals (57%), and had improved weight control (56%). Seventy-seven percent agreed that competing with other employees helped them to be more active. Ninety-one percent said they were satisfied with the program.

Among the 37 employees that participated, 32 uploaded step count data, measured using wireless activity monitors. Average daily steps deceased from 5,597 in August to 3,226 in December (t(62) = -2.941, p = 0.0046). Self-reported days of exercise per week, however, increased from 2.2 (SD = 1.85) to 3.3 (SD = 1.78) days  (t(36) = 3.037, p = 0.004). There was no change in minutes of physical activity per week or in the proportion of employees who meet CDC recommended levels of activity. There was no change in fruit, vegetables, or soda consumed.

Overall, there was a statistically significant drop in weight, BMI and a significantly greater satisfaction with weight by MGH employees who participated in this employee wellness competition.

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Capital BlueCross: CCA Members Employee Wellness Showcase

Here’s what Capital BlueCross President and CEO Gary D. St. Hilaire had to say about the strategic importance of the comprehensive wellness program available to company employees:

“Employees are our most important asset, and without question nothing is more important than their good health.  A key corporate priority is to enhance organizational and employee performance, which includes our comprehensive employee wellness program.  When employees are healthier, they are happier and more engaged in seeing the company succeed.  Living healthier is important for each of us personally and for the business.  On behalf of the entire management team, I wish all employees much success with their healthy endeavors.”

According to the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), a national non-profit organization that serves as a leader in the creation of employee health management research, education, policy, strategy, and infrastructure, Capital BlueCross offers its employees one of the most comprehensive employer-based wellness programs in the nation.  The Capital BlueCross Employee Wellness Program achieved a HERO Scorecard rating of 183 out of a possible 200 points. The average rating nationwide is 93.  Capital BlueCross also recently achieved the prestigious American Heart Association Fit Friendly Award.

Likewise, the wellness incentives Capital BlueCross offers employees are among the best in the nation.  According to standards set by the Wellness Council of America, taking into consideration the many programs that qualify for incentives, the different types of incentives available (gift cards, HSA contributions, special promotions), and the dollar value of incentives available.  By participating in a variety of voluntary screenings, wellness activities and healthy community events, employees have the opportunity to earn up to $650 in incentives for their healthy endeavors.

Capital BlueCross provides employees all of the following onsite:

  • Health clinics and fairs
  • Biometric, blood pressure and skin cancer screenings
  • State-of-the-art fitness facilities
  • One-on-one fitness, nutrition, stress management, weight management, tobacco management and other classes and coaching
  • Zumba, yoga and tai chi classes
  • Lactation area
  • Care management counseling
  • etc.

The Capital BlueCross Employee Wellness Program also offers employees an array of digital coaching and activity trackers to help employees successfully achieve their healthy endeavors.

A near $50,000 (127.7%) return on investment was achieved in 2012 for company-paid flu shots, when considering the impact to medical costs and productivity.  All told, Capital BlueCross realized a $1.7 million savings based on programs offered, participation and health/disability-related cost avoidance.

Active Health: CCA Members Employee Wellness Showcase

Empowering better health and wellness: A member success story

Meet Joe.* At 200 pounds, Joe realized he was overweight. He wanted to start eating right and exercising, but he couldn’t seem to find a way to make these activities a priority. Fortunately, Joe connected with ActiveHealth and gained support that helped him lose 40 pounds. Today he is healthier, happier and has reduced his risk for a variety of chronic conditions.

As a leading provider of integrated population health improvement services, ActiveHealth Management partners with employers to develop customized solutions that empower better health and wellness. We have recently enhanced our offerings by developing a multi-modal and personalized approach to health improvement. Joe is one of those members we were able to connect with and help along each step of his unique journey.NEWM_2013_Supporter_Logo_f

ActiveHealth’s Care Engine® technology continuously reviews population health data and matches it with evidence-based clinical best practices to proactively identify gaps in care and opportunities to improve employee health. This system identified Joe, who had significant risk factors because of his sedentary lifestyle and the fact that he was 40 pounds overweight. ActiveHealth also captured Joe’s preference for one-on-one support through self-reported data. As a result, he was immediately referred to an ActiveHealth coaching program.   

A health coach connected with Joe to help him develop a personalized roadmap to reach his wellness goals. Our coaches are expertly trained at building strong relationships with individuals and determining the right course of action to meet their unique challenges. In Joe’s case, he needed help implementing an exercise plan, staying motivated and dealing with stress. His health coach helped him set realistic goals and provided the tools, information and support he needed.

Joe also had access to other ActiveHealth programs and services, including a completely refreshed online portal, on-site biometric screenings, mobile health applications, employee communications, incentive programs and much more.  Wherever Joe is, he has access to the guidance and resources he needs to stay on the path to better health. In addition, the tools give employers visibility into the impact the programs are having on population health so they can also see the success.

Over a nine month period, Joe reached a weight of 178 pounds. His early success, along with ongoing support from his ActiveHealth lifestyle coach, continues to motivate him to make positive lifestyle changes.

Visit activehealth.com to learn more. 

* Joe is a real member — we’ve simply changed his name to protect his privacy. 

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