IHPM eNews #105 - May 30, 2008

Texas Academies

June 18 - San Antonio & June 19 - Houston

invite your colleagues to join you!!


Eighth Annual International Conference

October 15-17 -- Scottsdale, AZ

Early Bird Registration Available through June 15, 2008

The New Demographic Imperative: Keeping Healthy Employees


17470 N Pacesetter Way

Scottsdale, AZ  85255

phone:  480.305.2100

fax:  480.305.2189



Value-Based Health Management and Benefit Design Academy


Supported By:


Innovations in Employee Benefits:

Value-Based Health Management


Making Employee Health An Investment in Business Success 


The Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) through its Initiative for Value-Based Health Benefits (IVB) and Texas Business Group on Health (TBGH)  invite you to  a half-day Academy event on  turning the rising cost of employee health benefits into a good investment in  better health and increased productivity – thereby improving  your business performance and profitability.  The Academy will show Texas employers how a value-based rather than a cost-based approach to employee health can actually help companies improve the health and productivity of their workforce  and take control of health care costs. 

National experts will explain the fundamentals of high-value benefit design and health management strategies.  Then a case study by an award-winning employer will demonstrate an integrated approach to value-based health management, and a national pharmacy expert will discuss better medication management and adherence for chronic conditions.  The program will conclude with a panel of national and Texas experts discussing how to make value-based health management and benefit design work for Texas employers.

Sponsors of these  two Academies are sanofi-aventis and Aflac


Eighth Annual International Conference

The New Demographic Imperative:

Keeping Healthy Employees

October 15-17, 2008

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

7500 E Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 444-1234


Program Details Below




IHPM Eighth Annual International Conference
Continues to Explore New Frontiers

The Institute for Health and Productivity Management will continue to offer
the newest global perspectives on employee health as human capital, as the international leader in advancing the health and productivity movement.

At its upcoming Eighth Annual International Conference, IHPM will feature:

Grace-Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute and a leading national health policy observer and analyst who frequently appears in the media and on Capitol Hill, will provide a fresh look at the prospects for healthcare "reform" on the eve of the election.  The Galen Institute's weekly newsletter "Health Policy Matters" is widely read and quoted in places like the Wall Street Journal.  Grace-Marie will be giving the readers of Health & Productivity Management a sharp look at Romney Care in MA in our summer issue.

Bill Crounse, MD, Sr. Director for Worldwide Health, Microsoft Corporation will present a challenging and provocative view of the 5 Global Trends that will change healthcare around the world.  Dr. Crounse recently received rave reviews at IHPM's Fourth Annual Puget Sound Forum with sanofi-aventis in Seattle for this presentation.

Bill Bunn, MD, Global Health and Productivity Leader for Navistar International Corporation and Editor-in-Chief of IHPM's peer-reviewed Journal of Health & Productivity, will present just published new research with Harris Allen, PhD, Lecturer at Yale Medical School on the impact of an aging work force on employee health and productivity.

Alberto Colombi, MD, Corporate Medical Director of PPG Industries will present significant new evidence on the relative productivity and financial impact of cardiovascular disease, alcohol use, and stress levels in the work force at PPG Industries.

Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Keith Forde and Denise Balch, President of Connex Health and IHPM's Canadian "partner",will share remarkable results from an ongoing health improvement and culture change initiative at the Toronto Police Service - the 5th largest police service in North America - which will serve as a model for similar initiatives in the U.S.

The most tangible and promising community-wide effort to implement the idea of the 24/7 "Medical Home" for families with their PCP is taking shape in Utah, featuring individual care plans that include prevention and self-management of chronic disease to optimize total health and well-being.  You will learn about it firsthand from the leaders.

Latest findings will be reported from the Employee Benefits Research Institute, the leading source of research on Benefit Trends in the U.S. and Abroad for U.S.-based multinationals, on the commitment of Corporate America to employee-based health benefits.

Award presentations will be made for IHPM's 9th Annual Corporate Health and Productivity Management Awards as well as the 2nd Annual Value-Based Benefits Awards with new categories of winners.

David Goldblum, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, will travel to Scottsdale for a reprise of a remarkable "slideless" talk on depression -- a subject central to the overall health and performance of the modern knowledge-based workplace.  Several attendees at the recent Connex/IHPM Sixth Annual Canadian Forum called it “the best talk they had ever heard by a physician”.

The Track Sessions at IHPM’s recent 4th Annual Health Management Conference in Orlando were the highest-rated ever, and they will be just as good – and numerous – in Scottsdale.

 As the leader in promoting and advancing the field of health and productivity measurement, we will – of course – have a Measurement Track featuring Harris Allen, PhD, Bill Bunn, MD, Alberto Colombi, MD, Robin Aldieri from Aetna, and Ron Loeppke, MD, from Alere (Matria) Healthcare.

IHPM’s Workplace Center for Metabolic Health, with Founding Sponsor Abbott, has begun sharing the dramatic outcomes in health risk reduction and productivity improvement from its field research at City of Phoenix and at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City.  In Scottsdale, attendees also will learn about the proceedings at a special National Consensus Conference on Metabolic Health.

A Health Improvement and Culture of HealthTrack will be chaired, as usual, by Joseph Leutzinger, PhD, President of IHPM’s Academy and Founder and Principal of Health Improvement Solutions.

The International Track, always a special feature of the Annual Conference, continues to grow in stature with the global spread of Health and Productivity Management.  Chaired by Wolf Kirsten, President of International Health Consulting in Berlin and IHPM’s European “partner”, the track will feature HPM case studies and trends around the globe – from China, Mexico, Australia and Canada, as well as Europe.

A new track will mark the debut of IHPM’s Workplace Center on Behavioral Health, with Founding Sponsor HealthMedia and Supporting Sponsors Aetna Behavioral Health and CorpHealth.  Track sessions will focus on a spectrum of behavioral health issues – from insomnia to bipolar disorder to alcohol and substance abuse.

The Value-Based Health Management and Benefits Track has become a highly anticipated regular feature of IHPM conferences.  Chaired by Steve Priddy and Jack Bastable, it will feature a panel discussion of health plan leaders led by Randy Abbott, Senior Consultant and Practice Leader from Watson Wyatt and a dinner panel discussion among employer winners of the 2nd Annual Value-Based Benefits Awards.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine sessions, chaired by John Weeks (The Integrator Blog) will be included this time in the other tracks.  Featured sessions will include reports from an exciting new pain management program at Intel using industrial massage, and a presentation on integrated treatment of cancer.


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