IHC FORUM Panelists Promote Physical, Fiscal Fitness with Employee Wellness Programs

The Institute for Healthcare Consumerism’s FORUM East conference help businesses boost productivity and save on insurance claims through corporate wellness initiatives

ATLANTA, Mar 5, 2012—Employee wellness programs have been around for decades. In addition to yielding fewer sick days, increased productivity and happier workers, they result in a hefty reduction in the number of insurance claims filed by employees. On April 12 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, some of the nation’s top employee wellness professionals will offer timely advice on how to integrate cost-saving wellness initiatives into corporate health and benefits budgets. The “Population Health Management Multi Stakeholder Panel” is one of five general sessions at The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism’s (IHC) two-day FORUM East conference.

Ray Bachman, health care consumerism advocate and president of leading Atlanta-based insurance provider BIS Health Benefits, agrees that wellness programs are one of the most effective ways to cut health care expenses immediately. “Seventy-five percent of insurance claims are a result of lifestyle,” remarked Mr. Bachman in a recent interview for the IHC’s HealthCare Consumerism Radio. “If you can reduce this, you’re saving money.”

Moderated by PriceWaterhouseCoopers Managing Director Donald Weber The FORUM’s multi-stakeholder panel features some of the industry’s foremost wellness thought leaders, including:

Dr. D.W. Edington, University of Michigan Department of Kinesiology; director, Center University of Michigan Health Management Research Center

Wolf Kirsten, founder and president, International Health Consulting

Jennifer Sargent, vice president, myHealthCheck

“Healthy employees mean lower health care costs. It’s a no-brainer,” says Doug Field, IHC founder and CEO. “We’re proud to have assembled some of the key voices in employee wellness for FORUM East this year. It’s the only place where C-level executives, HR professionals and other key health care decision makers can come together to get expert advice on putting these cost-saving programs in place.”

Other IHC FORUM East general sessions include:
– The Journey to HealthCare Consumerism—Opening Session
– Health Care Reform: A Potential Pothole in the Journey to Health Care Consumerism
– Employer Panel: What HealthCare Consumerism Means to You
– Health Care Provider Panel

To learn more about the conference or to register, visit www.theihccforum.com.

The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism’s FORUM East and FORUM West are the only national events 100 percent dedicated to innovative health and benefits management. Through 24 cutting-edge workshops, five general sessions and numerous networking opportunities, attendees get relevant insights from industry thought leaders and policymakers on how to cut costs, engage employees and comply with current health care laws. FORUM-goers also have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from peers who have successfully adopted health care consumerism programs. The FORUM allows HR professionals, brokers, consultants and health plan administrators to share leading practices, exchange ideas and arrive at real, implementable solutions.

Rochelle Porter