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The 4th Annual Prevention & Wellness Congress

The 4th Annual Prevention & Wellness Congress
Educational Underwriters
Associate Sponsor
Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:45 am -
8:45 am

Breakfast Workshop
A FOCUS ON EMPLOYEE FINANCIAL FITNESS: The Dollars and Sense of Wellness

Individuals are being asked to stretch their paychecks more than ever before. Now, employees must decide how much to allocate to their retirement and other savings accounts, how to pay for medical and other insurance, how to pay down their debt, and still have enough to spend on day-to-day living expenses.

Unfortunately, the statistics showing how people are doing are sobering: we have accumulated debt faster than our savings accounts are growing, healthcare costs have been outpacing inflation, and millions of Americans are underwater on their mortgages. Now, almost half of workers say their stress level is at least moderately high and the number one cause of stress is the person’s financial situation.

Join us for this exciting workshop as we review, discuss, and brainstorm about the link between financial health and overall wellness and what employers are doing to assist their employees. Topics we’ll cover include:

  • What are current factors contributing to financial stress?
  • How is financial wellness connected to overall well-being?
  • What are employers doing to address the issue of financial stress?
Rob Austin Rob Austin, FSA, EA
Director of Retirement Research
Aon Hewitt
Aparna Niroola Aparna Niroola
Health Transformation Client Leader
Aon Hewitt
8:45 am -
9:30 am

KEYNOTE address
Wellness of the Future — The Vulnerability Index™

There is increasing evidence supporting what most of us know intuitively - life impacts health... and therefore true population management is not just about connecting the dots within the traditional medical system, it’s about expanding the definition of health to include life context. Alexandra will share the research she did while at Eliza Corporation, in partnership with Altarum Institute, as well as highlight a number of examples of how health organizations are changing their definition of health in an effort to meet members where they are, and drive better outcomes. She’ll also touch on one of the most Unmentionable of Unmentionables — End of Life — and how health plans, employers, and providers are finding new ways to support individuals and their families in this — one of the single greatest opportunities for quality improvement and cost reduction in the healthcare space. This session will shed light on:

  • Contextual life factors that have a substantial health and economic impact
  • Illustrate how new ways of meeting people where they are can drive new levels of impact
Alexandra Drane Alexandra Drane
Eliza Corporation
9:30 am -
10:15 am

Apply Clinical and Consumer Insight to Drive Meaningful Engagement Using Incentives and Personalized Support

More and more focus is being placed on wellness and prevention, and yet health trends are escalating. Why? To learn more about behavior and change, ActiveHealth recently completed a comprehensive, five year study on incentives, assessing 1.9 million members. This study examined the impact of carrot/stick incentives on triggered behaviors, identification, engagement and outcomes. What worked? In this presentation, Kim will share research findings that will shed some light on health management approaches, as well as integrate successful ways to leverage clinical and consumer insights and personalized engagement tools that can ultimately transform health.

Kim Wiese Kim Wiese
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategy
10:15 am -
11:00 am

Integrated Eye Health and Vision Care - The Role of Optometry in Overall Health and Wellness

This session will demonstrate why eye health and vision care are essential, primary health care services that should be an integral component of all health benefit and wellness plans.

  • Understand the role that doctors of optometry play in providing early detection and treatment of systemic and chronic diseases that may otherwise go undetected and untreated for longer periods, resulting in significant cost savings and improved health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the negative impact that poor eye health and vision has on an employer's workforce, particularly increased healthcare costs and lost productivity.
  • Provide solutions as to how eye health and vision care services should be included and integrated as a core component in all health benefit and wellness programs in order to improve overall health status and increase workforce productivity.
Kent Bradley Kent Bradley, MD, MPH, MBA, CPE
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Safeway Inc., President
Safeway Health
Stephen M. Montaquila Stephen M. Montaquila, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Chair, Third Party Center
American Optometric Association
11:00 am -
11:30 am


11:30 am -
12:15 pm

Analyze Cost Savings Between Disease Management and Lifestyle Wellness Oferings

Published on January 4, 2014 in Health Affairs, the latest RAND study examined more than 67,000 people eligible to participate in PepsiCo’s “Healthy Living” wellness program, which includes both disease management and lifestyle components for employees and their families. (PepsiCo provided funding for the study.) The researchers found that seven years of continuous participation in the program — whether in its disease management component, its lifestyle component, or both — resulted in an average monthly reduction of $30 in health care costs per member. But when researchers looked at each component separately, they found the savings was largely attributable to disease management. Researchers estimate that disease management lowered health costs by $136 per member per month, mostly thanks to a 29 percent reduction in hospital admissions. Lifestyle programs, however, had no significant effect on health care costs. In this session, the study’s senior author Soeren Mattke will shed light on this finding and what it can mean for the future of your wellness programs.

Soeren Mattke Soeren Mattke, MD, DSC
Senior Scientist and Managing Director, RAND Health Advisory Services
Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
RAND Corporation
12:15 pm -
1:00 pm

Go Beyond Health Care Costs to Quantify Wellness Program Success

Most stakeholders have made up their minds regarding whether employee wellness programs deliver a positive ROI based on reduced health care costs. Forward-looking program managers, executives, consulting groups, and vendors are increasingly looking past health care costs to other wellness program outcomes that align with overall business and public health objectives. If employees are healthy, what does it mean to your business? This session will bring to light new ways employers can measure program effectiveness.

  • Review the risks of a single-minded focus on health-care costs.
  • Understand the breadth of potential outcomes and how they align with business objectives.
  • Understand the strength of the evidence for outcomes other than health care cost containment.
  • Identify ways to get vendors and other stakeholders to embrace non-ROI metrics as valid and achievable outcomes.
Bob Merberg Bob Merberg
Wellness Program Manager
1:00 pm -
1:15 pm

co-CHAIRS’ closing REMARKS

Carol A. Harnett Carol A. Harnett
Benefits Columnist, Chair, Health and Performance Innovation Institute
1:15 pm