IHPM eNews #110 - August 25, 2008


Eighth Annual International Conference

October 15-17 -- Scottsdale, AZ

The New Demographic Imperative: Keeping Healthy Employees

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IHPM’s 8th Annual International Conference in October will open new mental vistas for attendees on to:

    • leading global trends in health care;
    • the impact of “digital health” on individuals, employers and providers;
    • the implications of the demographic “crisis” facing employers – including the impact of a rapidly aging work force on health and productivity;
    • the importance of physical vs. mental “wellness” in the work place;
    • the emergence of healthy individual behavior change as the key to better-performing organizations as well as an affordable health care future.

Like all IHPM conferences, there also will be a healthy dose of the latest and best developments in the critical fields of health and productivity measurement, disease management, value-based health programs and benefit plans, and organizational health and culture .  And an added feature just before the election will be an insider’s look at post-election prospects for health policy change in Washington.


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


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IHPM Eighth Annual International Conference
Continues to Explore New Frontiers

October 15-17, 2008
Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ

The Institute for Health and Productivity Management’s Eighth Annual International Conference 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, IHPM will draw on its expanding activities and connections around the world to provide attendees with the freshest ideas and practices in the burgeoning field of health and productivity management.

Wednesday, October 15th
6:30 am Annual Health Fair Managed and Sponsored by Impact Health. Co-sponsored by Platinum Health Sponsor, Health Management Corporation (HMC) – a chance to check important health indicators and get an overall health status "report".

7:30 am    Healthy Breakfast for Pre-Conference Attendees

8 a.m. – noon    Pre-Conference Events

Academy for Health and Productivity Management (AHPM) - Implementing Value-Based Health Management Programs and Benefit Plans Sponsored by sanofi-aventis

Joe Leutzinger, PHD, President, AHPM
Steve Priddy, Director of Employer Relations, IHPM’s Initiative

        for Value-Based Health Benefits (IVB) and former VP for HR

        at Federal Express
Randy Abbott, Practice Leader, Watson Wyatt Worldwide,
Employer Case Study w/IVB Award Winner #1 TBA
Employer Case Study w/IVB Award Winner #2 TBA
Dan Whitney, President, Medova Healthcare Financial Group

Presentations followed by a Panel Discussion with Randy Abbott, Dan Whitney and the two IVB Employer Award Winners

Providing Health Services at the Work Site: The New Investment in Health and Productivity Management - Chaired by Raymond Fabius, MD, Strategic Advisor to Walgreen's Health & Wellness Division and featuring companies such as Goldman Sachs, Toyota, Caterpillar and Glatfelter (more details forthcoming)

General Sessions

1:00 – 1:15 pm - The New Demographic Imperative – Sean Sullivan, President and CEO, IHPMsummary of the stark demographic facts facing employers over the next decade, and the resulting imperative to improve the health of the work force and prevent disabilities in order to maintain the productivity of  the American economy.

1:15 – 2:00 pm - Five Trends that Will Change Health Care Globally – Bill Crounse, MD, Senior Director for Worldwide Health, Microsoft.   A provocative and challenging look at the five trends that Dr. Crounse believes will change healthcare around the world.  This presentation got enthusiastic reviews at IHPM’s Fourth Annual Puget Sound Forum in Seattle last spring, and we’re very pleased to bring Dr. Crounse, who travels the world, to Scottsdale to give it at our Annual International Conference. 

2:00 – 2:45 pm - Digital Health and the Future of Health Care – Louis Burns, Vice President and General Manager, Digital Health Group, Intel Intel is an acknowledged leader in making “digital health” a reality in the marketplace.  Mr. Burns, who leads this effort there, brings the latest message about ways that health care technology will improve the future for patients, providers of care, and employers who pay for that care. 

2:45 – 3:15 pm - Break in Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

3:15 – 4:00 pm - Prospects for Health Care Reform Post Election – Grace-Marie Turner, President, The Galen Institute   A leading national health policy observer and analyst who frequently appears in the media and on Capitol Hill, Grace-Marie Turner 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.

4:00 – 4:45 pm - Making and Sustaining Healthy Behavior Change – James Prochaska, PhD, Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Rhode Island: Pro-Change Behavior System, Inc.; Advisor, The Change Companies.  As co-creator of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, Dr. Prochaska has transformed the way science thinks about change – and healthy behavior change is the key to sustained health improvement, increased productivity, and reduced medical costs.  He will present his latest thinking on this critical subject.

4:45 – 5:30 pm - IHPM’s Ninth Annual Corporate Health and Productivity Management Awards (Sponsored by Novartis) and Second Annual Value-Based Health Benefits Awards (Sponsored by sanofi-aventis) The second season of international HPM Awards and new categories of IVB Awards will make this session more “rewarding” than ever!  Award winners will share the highlights of their programs either at this session, the pre-conference Academy, the value-based health benefits track session, or the dinner panel discussion.

5:30 – 6:00 pm - Integrative Health Care – Vision and Current Practice – Richard Nahin, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine,  Dr. Nahin will share his assessment of the current state of integrating complementary and alternative practices with traditional medical practice, and his vision for the future of integration.

6:00 – 7:30 pm - Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors



6:30 am               Health Fair in Exhibit Hall - sponsored by HMC and Impact Health
7:00– 8:00 am    Healthy Breakfast in Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors
8:00 am – Noon Track Sessions
1, 2, & 3 as noted below

Track Session (1) – Health and Productivity MeasurementIHPM was founded on the idea that the connection between health and productivity could be measured, and a business case built for investing in the health of employees as an asset – not just a cost.  Peter Drucker’s classic statement “you can’t manage what you can’t measure” has driven the Institute’s work ever since, and the newest and best in measurement is a leading feature of every IHPM conference.

8:00 – 8:45 am Using Research to Develop a Health and Productivity Improvement Strategy for Employees with Depression – Debra Lerner, PhD, Associate Professor, Tufts School of Medicine – Debra Lerner shares the latest findings – of big gains in productivity – from a research project that identified the drivers of depression, a leading cause of productivity loss in the workplace, and then developed better strategies to treat the condition, which also produced larger gains in productivity measured by the WLQ.

8:45 – 9:30 amMeasuring Productivity Loss to Reduce It – Harris Allen, PhD, Yale School of Public HealthA recently published analysis of an international sample of nearly 18,000 employees who completed an HRA containing the WLQ affirmed the key role played by health in determining productivity loss, but also identified non-health influences like work/life balance and job characteristics that interacted with health issues to impact productivity.  Harris Allen, IHPM’s field research “partner,” will discuss targeting interventions for the best returns.

9:30 – 10:00 am    Break in the Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

10:00 – 10:30 am   Comparative Data on Health and Productivity from the U.S. and Europe – Alberto Colombi, MD, Global Medical Director, PPG Industries – Dr. Colombi presents comparative findings from PPG work sites in Europe and the U.S., using the Work Limitations Questionnaire.

10:30 – 11:15 am  Measuring the Effects of Illness on Productivity Using Different Tools – Denny Holland, PhD, Union Pacific Railroad, and David Sensibaugh, Director of Integrated Health, Eastman Chemical.

11:15 am – Noon   Panel Discussion on the Use of Different Measurement Instruments Discussion will involve users from Mayo Health Solutions, Alere (formerly Matria) and HealthMedia.

Track Session (2) – Disease Management (details forthcoming)

(A) Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health (City of Albuquerque) - Rick Nevins, MD and Sean Sullivan, JD share highlights from the recent IHPM Symposium Defining and Managing Metabolic Health in the Workplace , and Dr. Nevins, shares findings from his latest metabolic health field research with the City of Albuquerque and ongoing work with the Sate of Washington.
(B) Musculoskeletal Pain (Intel) - John Schaab, Chief Ergonomist at Intel, and Dr. Rick Nevins share powerful results from a new field research pilot p[roject at Intel on using massage to reduce pain and improve functional health and productivity in the workplace.
(C) Bipolar Disorder - Impact of Treatment Adherence for Bipolar Disorder on Medical Utilization and Productivity in the Workplace -William Bunn, MD, Vice-President of Health, Safety, and Productivity, Navistar International. Dr. Bunn will discuss the significance for employers of bipolar disorder in the workplace, present results from a research project examining the impact of adherence to treatment for bipolar disorder on medical care utilization and worker productivity, and consider effective interventions to improve outcomes
(D) Cancer (integrative treatment)

NEW!   Track Session (3) – Making and Sustaining Healthy Behavior Change

Chaired by James Prochaska, PhD with Don Kuhl, CEO of The Change Companies


12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch in the Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

1:00 – 5:00 pm – Track Sessions 1, 2 & 3 as noted below

Track Session (1) – Organizational Health and Culture - Chaired by Joe Leutzinger, PhD

1:00 – 1 :45 pm   Getting Senior Management Support for a Culture of Health – Judd Allen, PhD, President, Human Resources Institute -- senior management interest is being sparked  by the strong evidence linking employee health improvement and organizational success.

1:45 – 2:30 pm    Mutual of Omaha – productivity study of outcomes from treadmill work stations -- and Maine Healthintegrating behavioral health services into a health improvement program

2:30  – 3:00 pm  Break in Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

3:00 – 4:15 pm   Novartis; City of Ames, Iowa; the State of Washington; Procter & Gamble, the Phillipines

4:15 – 5:15 pm    Panel Discussionparticipants and audience

5:00 – 6:30 pm    Reception in Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

Track Session (2) Behavioral Health (details forthcoming)

1:00– 1:45 pm    Insomnia: Hidden Diminisher of Productivity

1:45 – 2:30 pm    Promoting Depression Self-Management at All Levels of Care

2:30 – 3:00 pm    Break in the Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

3:00 - 3:45 pm    Binge Eating: Hidden Driver of Obesity

3:45 – 5:00 pm    Workplace Center for Behavioral Health: Market Needs and Business ResultsPanel discussion of the prevalence and co-morbidities of depression, insomnia, stress, substance abuse, and binge eating – their impact on health care costs and productivity, effective interventions to treat or manage them, and measurement of health care cost and workplace productivity outcomes.

5:00 - 6:30 pm   Reception in Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

Track Session (3) Value-Based Health and Benefits Initiative for Value-Based Health and Benefits (IVH+B) is in its third year of helping to build an employer-led movement to change the basis of employee health benefit design from consideration of cost alone to assessment of total value.  The track will be chaired by IVHB’s Steve Priddy and Jack Bastable.

1:00 – 2:30 pm  Panel Discussion with National Health Plans - Aetna, CIGNA, Humana, United Health Care discuss their strategies and products for bringing greater value to employers – Moderated by Randy Abbott of Watson Wyatt

2:30 - 3-00 pm  Healthy Break in Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

3:00 - 3:45 pm  Two leading public employer programs - Scott Pritchard, State of Washington, and Doug Farmer, State of Kansas

3:45 - 4:30 pm  Multistakeholder Diabetes Benefit Design Program in California – Railey’s Stores, Blue Shield of California, and the University of California at San Francisco – teaming up on a diabetes management program that includes value-based benefit design changes.

4:30 – 5:15 pm - Panel Discussion with Health Management Providers – HealthMedia, Health Management Corporation, and Alere discuss their strategies and programs for bringing greater value to employers – moderated by Jack Bastable of CBIZ.

5:00– 6:30 pm    Reception in Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

6:30 – 9:00 pm   Dinner Panel
Moderated by Steve Priddy and jack Bastable, and featuring brief presentations by IVB Award Winners and a panel discussion among them, including audience participation.

General Session:  Friday, October 17th

6:30 am                Health Fair in Exhibit Hall (sponsored by HMC and Impact Health)

7:00 – 8:00 am    Healthy Breakfast in Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

8:00 – 8:45 am    Special Educational and Inspirational Presentation (details forthcoming)

8:45 – 9:30 am    Impact of an Aging Work Force on Health and Productivity – Bill Bunn, MD, Vice President of Health, Safety and Productivity, Navistar International, and Harris Allen, PhD, Yale School of Public Health --  Recently published new research on the impact of an aging work force on employee health and productivity – a critical issue for the performance of the entire U.S. business economy because of the  New Demographic Imperative, as employers will have to pay more attention to the functional health of their shrinking skilled work force to maintain their productivity. (Dr. Bunn also is the Editor-in-Chief of IHPM’s peer-reviewed Journal of Health & Productivity)

9:30 – 10:00 am Physical vs. Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace: Empathy vs. Stigma- Alberto Colombi, MD, Corporate Medical Director,  PPG Industries will discuss the relative productivity and financial impact of cardiovascular disease vis-a-vis stress and depression, making the case for an equally serious approach to mental and physical health and well being - especially in the modern knowledge-based workplace.

10:00 – 10:30 am Creating a Culture of Health in a Major Metropolitan Police Force  -- Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Keith Forde and Denise Balch, President of Connex Health, will share remarkable results from an ongoing health improvement and culture change initiative at the Toronto Police Service - the 5th largest in North America.  The Toronto initiative is intended to serve as a model for similar initiatives in selected U.S. cities, dealing with the uniquely challenging culture of a para-military organization.

10:30 – 11:00 am   Refreshment Break

11:00 – 11:45 am  Depression: Scourge of the New Knowledge-Based Economy –David Goldblum, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, will reprise his remarkable talk on depression -- a subject central to the overall health and performance of the modern knowledge-based workplace – and the leading cause of presenteeism in the work place according to an earlier IHPM/Ingenix survey.  Several attendees at the recent Connex/IHPM Sixth Annual Canadian Forum called it “the best talk they had ever heard by a physician”.

11:45 am – 12:30 pmPanel Discussion Featuring IHPM’s new Workplace Center for Behavioral Health, focusing on the related issues of depression, insomnia, stress, and binge eating and their huge combined impact on health and productivity.  Participants from HealthMedia, founding sponsor of the new Center, Aetna Behavioral Health, and Corp Health.

12:30 – 1:00 pmSpecial Closing Session TBA

1:30 - 3:30 pm     WORKSHOP - Healthy Behavior Change with James Prochaska, PhD and Don Kuhl, CEO, The Change Companies


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