SOURCE: DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance and the National Association of Manufacturers

September 19, 2007 14:10 ET

DMAA, NAM Release Toolkit On Wellness, Disease Management For Employers

New Toolkit Aimed Primarily at Small- and Medium-Sized Employers

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - September 19, 2007) - DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have this week released a toolkit for employers to help them navigate the many choices for wellness and chronic disease management programs in the workplace.

"Wellness, Disease and Care Management: Background for Developing a Business Strategy," offers comprehensive information, in CD-ROM format, on approaches to helping employees maintain and improve health, avoid disease and successfully manage existing chronic conditions.

DMAA and the NAM released the toolkit to coincide with their joint Integrated Care Summit, Sept. 17 to 19, in Las Vegas. NAM President and CEO John Engler opened the Summit with a keynote speech focused on the contributions of manufacturers to innovative wellness and care management strategies. "Creating a more efficient system of health care through innovation, 'lean' processing and health IT provides both improved quality and affordability," Engler said. "And when it comes to innovation, technology and efficiency, that's what American manufacturers do best."

"The growing prevalence of chronic disease nationally is especially hard on our nation's employers, who need timely and relevant information about strategies to improve workforce health and lower health care costs," DMAA President and CEO Tracey Moorhead said. "This toolkit provides critical information, case studies of successful wellness and care management strategies and other resources to guide employers."

NAM Vice President of Human Resources Policy Jeri Gillespie said the toolkit will be of particular benefit to the nation's small- and mid-sized employers, for whom rapidly escalating health care costs present a particular burden.

"Personnel costs and health benefits spending constitute a major portion of budgets for these companies, who urgently need innovative solutions," Gillespie said. "The NAM strongly supports innovation and cost containment in health care, and this toolkit provides a sound foundation for achieving both."

Rapidly escalating health care costs nationally over the past decade have proved particularly burdensome on employers and their workers and dependents. By some estimates, employee benefit costs represent the typical company's third largest expense, and health insurance is the fastest-growing component. A recent report suggests that soon, unless trends change, the average Fortune 500 company might spend as much on health benefits as it earns in profits.

In the face of rising costs, a growing proportion of employers are turning to integrated wellness, prevention and disease management programs that promote healthful lifestyle choices and identify workers with disease and those at risk of developing chronic conditions. The DMAA-NAM toolkit, which reflects the collective expertise of leaders in employee health and benefits, outlines in detail common approaches to preventing and managing disease in the workplace.

Toolkit components include issue briefs on:

--  common strategies for employee wellness and disease management
    programs;
--  an overview of common tools and methods, such as predictive modeling
    and health risk assessments;
--  a discussion of typical delivery model;
--  employee education and engagement strategies;
--  measuring return on investment; and
--  legal and compliance issues in employee health promotion programs.
    

The toolkit also offers guidance on the RFP process for finding and contracting with disease management and other health promotion services, whether through a health plan or from a third-party vendor. This section arms employers with valuable questions to consider in the RFP and contract development process.

The toolkit is available for download at: http://www.dmaa.org/pdf/DMAA-NAM_Employer_Toolkit.pdf

About the National Association of Manufacturers

The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAM has 11 additional offices across the country. Visit the NAM's award-winning web site at www.nam.org for more information about manufacturing and the economy.

About DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance

DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance convenes all stakeholders providing services along the care continuum toward the goal of population health improvement. These care continuum services include strategies such as health and wellness promotion, disease management and care coordination. DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance promotes the role of population health improvement in raising the quality of care, improving health outcomes and reducing preventable health care costs for people with chronic conditions and those at risk for developing chronic conditions. DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 corporate and individual stakeholders, including health plans, disease management organizations, health information technology innovators, employers, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals and researchers and academicians.

Contact Information

  • CONTACTS:
    Hank Cox
    (NAM)
    (202) 637-3090

    Kat Snodgrass
    (NAM)
    (202) 637-3094

    Carl Graziano
    (DMAA)
    (202) 737-5781