February 19, 2008


Fourth Annual HealthManagement Conference March 31 - April 2, 2008 ~~ Orlando, Florida

Conference Highlights

Pre-Conference Academy: Designing Value-Based Health Benefits

Complementary, Alternative & Integrative Medicine

Plenary Session, Track & Workshop

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Fourth Annual Health Management Conference

March 31 - April 2, 2008 - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Orlando, Florida

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Pre-conference Academy:  Designing Value-Based Health Benefits

Monday, March 31 ~~ 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Designing health benefits to improve health.™

The Employer-led Initiative for Value-Based Health Benefits (IVB) was launched two years ago when Pitney Bowes Strategic Health Care Initiatives Director and Corporate Medical Director, Jack Mahoney, MD and IHPM Co-founder and President, Sean Sullivan, JD ” merged”  their organizations’ expertise and intellectual capital in what has grown into a major education and research effort  to engage all the stakeholders – including health plans, providers, consultants, and brokers – to help employers establish the full value of employee health.  By determining the total cost burden of employee health problems  in the workplace and identifying the best opportunities to design and implement health benefits and programs to  reduce that burden and improve productivity, employers have begun  maximizing the impact of their health dollars on business performance.  Moreover, they are measuring the success of those efforts while empowering  employees to take more control of their own health.

The Academy for Health and Productivity Management (AHPM) is IHPM’s teaching arm, and the leading educational institution in the heath and productivity arena.  AHPM has been presenting customized curricula to employer and other stakeholder audiences across the United States for the past five years, and first presented this particular program on Value-Based Health Benefits last October at IHPM’s Seventh Annual International Conference in Scottsdale, where it filled the room to overflowing and received the highest marks.  The Academy  again will be introduced by Joseph Leutzinger, PhD, President of AHPM, and will feature both Dr. Jack Mahoney from Pitney Bowes and  Dr. Mark Fendrick from the University of Michigan’s Center for Value-Based Health Insurance.  Other faculty will include Steve Priddy, Director of Employer Relations for IVB Dr. Rick Nevins, Chief Research Officer for IHPM and IVB, and corporate presenters from both a large IVB 2007 Award-winner – Sue Adams, Worldwide Manager of Health & Productivity for Intel Corporation – and a small employer (and earlier winner of the Corporate HPM Award) – Elynn Fish, Vice President & Director of Wellness for Bank Plus in Ridgland, MS.  The session will conclude with a panel discussion engaging the presenters and the audience, facilitated by Steve Priddy.

A future eNews will provide more details on the April 1st afternoon and evening track sessions on Value-Based Health Benefits, which also will include a small-employer focus.


8:00 - 8:15 a.m.       Joseph Leutzinger, PhD, President, Academy for Health and Productivity

                                 Management - Welcome and Introductions

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.       Jack Mahoney, MD, Corporate Medical Director, Pitney Bowes

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.       Steve Priddy, Director of Employer Relations, IVB

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.     Employer Case Studies - BankPlus, Cerner (tbc) and Intel

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.   Break

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.   Rick Nevins, MD - Chief Research Officer, IHPM

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.   Open Forum Panel / Audience Discussion

11:15 - 12:00 p.m.   Mark Fendrick, MD, Director,University of Michigan

                                 Center for Value-Based Insurance Design


Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine (CAIM) Track

Researchers, educators and clinicians associated with complementary, alternative and integrative medicine (CAIM) assert that their paradigm of whole person care is distinct from conventional medicine in assisting a patient toward functionality and health rather than reaction to disease. Can the clinical approaches of acupuncturists, massage therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians and integrative medical doctors assist employers in achieving these economic and healthcare objectives?  A growing cadre of employers interested in health and productivity management believe that integrative medicine is a natural element of HPM, which itself is built on the idea of integration – of data as well as services to affect total health-related costs.

The IHPM CAIM track introduces participants to outcomes with employers from recent pilots as well as to the leading edge thinking on how to best utilize these services.



Plenary Session ~~ Monday, March 31, 2008

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. ~ The Value of Integrative Health Care to Employers

  • Kenneth Pelletier, PhD, Director, Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), University of Arizona School of Medicine

Track Program ~~ Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

10:30-11:00 a.m. ~ CAIM and the Employer: to Potential Collaboratorsin Health & Productivity Management

  • John Weeks, Publisher & Editor - Integrator Blog News & Reports, Track Chair and Co-Moderator
  • Cathy Baase, MD, Dow Chemical, Co-Moderator

11:00-11:45 a.m. ~ Case Study Pilot Project Outcomes #1

Outcomes of Group-Oriented Mind-Body Services in a Chrysler Population

  • Robert Levine, PhD, Director of Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research, Henry Ford Health System
  • Teresa, MD, Senior Manager, Integrated Health Care and Disability Medical Programs, Chrysler

11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. ~ Case Study Pilot Project Outcomes #2 

Clinical and Economic Outcomes of Integrated Therapies by Naturopathic Physicians

for Low Back Pain in Onsite Clinics of Canada Post

  • Oreste Szczurko, ND, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Patricia Hermann, ND, MS, University of Arizona; Member, Research Task Force, Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care
  • Canada Post manager (invited)

12:15-12:30 p.m. ~ Moderated discussion (Weeks/Baase)

1:30-2:00 p.m. ~ Case Study Pilot Project Outcomes #3

Integrated Therapies of Naturopathic Physicians for Anxiety and Shoulder Pain

in an Onsite Canada Post Clinic

  • Oreste Szczurko, ND, Research Project Director, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Canada Post representative (invited)

2:00-2:45 p.m. ~ Case Study Pilot Project Outcomes #4

 Acupuncture, Massage in a Whole Person, Integrative Approach to Managing Chronic Pain Patients

in a Florida Medicaid Pilot

  • Adrian Langford, Vice President, Alternative Medicine Integration Group
  • If available, Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration representative

2:45-3:00 p.m. ~ Moderated discussion (Weeks/Baase)


3:00-3:30 p.m. ~ Potential for Integrating Employee Health Programs

through a Complementary Healthcare Network

  • John Reed, MD, Director of Integrative Medicine, Healthways WholeHealth (invited)

3:30-4:00 p.m. ~  Break with EXHIBITORS

4:00-4:45 p.m. ~ A Program on the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of CAIM in Community Settings through the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

  • Speaker TBD  

 4:45-5:00 p.m. ~ Brief Report on the Role of Economic and Whole Systems Outcomes

in the Shared Research Agenda of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professions

  • Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, Chair, Research Working Group, Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care; Past Program Officer, Health Services Research, NIH NCCAM; Executive Director, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research

5:00-5:30 p.m. ~ Open Forum: Strategies for Energizing the Employer-CAIM Relationship

Themes:  Stimulating awareness of employer interests among CAIM researchers & educators

Educating employers about CAIM strategies

Priorities in research modeling

Moderators: John Weeks and Cathy Baase, MD




~~ Workshop on CAIM for the Employer ~~ Wednesday, April 2 ~~ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ~~


Understanding Potential Values for the Employer

from the Distinct Disciplines of Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine


Naturopathic Medicine

  • Carlo Calabrese, ND, MPH, Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medicine Colleges Representative, Research Working Group, Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (RWG-ACCAHC); Past Member, NIH National Advisory Council on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM); Senior Researcher, Helfgott Research Institute, National College of Natural Medicine

Integrative Medicine

  • Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, Vice-Chair, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine; Endowed Professor in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ); Executive Director, UMDNJ Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine


  • Christine Goertz Choate, DC, PhD, Association of Chiropractic Colleges Representative, and Chair, RWG-ACCAHC; Past Health Services Program Officer, NIH NCCAM; Executive Director, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research

Massage Therapy

  • Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT, American Massage Therapy Association - Council of Schools’ Representative, RWG-ACCAHC; Chair, Massage Therapy Research Consortium; Past Member, NIH NACCAM (20)

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (tba)



Employers and Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine (CAIM)

An Interview with IHPM’s Conference Track Chair, John Weeks

IHPM co-founder Sean Sullivan met John Weeks, IHPM’s CAIM track chair, in 1999, shortly after many of healthcare’s top stakeholders began to explore the consumer interest in CAIM therapies and practices and has retained Weeks, publisher-editor of the Integrator Blog News & Reports, ( to help employers explore the potential of CAIM providers and practices in health and productivity management. Weeks’ first significant project for IHPM is developing and co-chairing the CAIM track, with Dow Chemical’s Cathy Baase, MD, at the March 31-April 2, conference in Orlando.    


SullivanYour resume in complementary and integrative medicine is all over the map, working with managed care organizations, hospitals, and academic health centers. The NIH contracted you to write a paper on coverage issues in CAIM. You organized a multi-disciplinary meeting involving CAIM academics from 12 disciplines. Why now employers?   Weeks: There’s actually some logic to this hopping around. A decade ago, we began to see challenges in the business models of hospital-based CAIM integration. The interests of tertiary care-based health system leaders often were misaligned with promoting health-oriented practices. It just wasn’t their bread and butter. Researchers tend toward reductive models and are challenged by approaches that treat the whole person. The kind of research we wanted wasn’t getting done. Actually, I began to wake up to the employer connection in a call with you nearly a decade ago.  Sullivan: Yes, I recall you liked my speaking of IHPM’s interest in looking at integration from the demand side. We talked about how consumer and employer interest in CAIM as interventions to support health might be aligned.   Weeks: I began going to school on the way progressive employers were thinking about health. I found a fascinating alignment between employer interests and the way complementary and alternative practitioners talk about why their patients keep coming back -- their patients say things like"...they feel better, have more energy, can do things they couldn’t do before, live with less pain, have less depression." These claims have a remarkable alignment with presenteeism and other characteristics of an approach which looks at global costs associated with health.   SullivanThe whole field of “alternative, complementary and integrative medicine” is huge. How does an employer get started in thinking about possibilities?   Weeks: One part of the Orlando conference is specifically structured to answer such questions. While the different CAIM therapies are legion, there is only a small set of practitioner types whose regulatory status includes licensing and a US Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency for their education. These are Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Oriental and Naturopathic Medicine. Additionally, there are the emerging “crossover” fields of holistic nursing and MD-led integrative medicine. Our work at the conference will include a workshop with 5 top presenters and researchers in those fields. Their charge is to give some background and share areas that provide the most value in health and productivity management from their services.   Sullivan: You’ve lined up presentations on some promising pilot projects involving Chrysler, Florida Medicaid and an onsite project with Canada Post, the Canadian postal service.   Weeks: The core of the track is an examination of the structure and outcomes from a handful of pilot projects. A Chrysler medical doctor will present positive results on a pain intervention project on which they engaged with Henry Ford Health System. They’ll also share plans for expansion presently underway. Canada Post now is implementing its 4th project – a union-employer partnership with a naturopathic medical school on whole person treatment protocols involving services of massage therapists and acupuncturists. They’re reporting significant patient satisfaction and PMPM reductions.  And last fall, the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine began a program to look at effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in community settings. It might be useful to employers so we’ve invited the program lead to present.   SullivanWe’re excited about the value the track and workshop sessions will bring to our Value-Based Health Benefits conference. Additionally, Kenneth Pelletier, PhD, founder of the Corporate Health Improvement Project (CHIP) will present The Value of Integrative Health Care to Employers as a plenary session, and Cathy Baase, MD, Global Medical Director, The Dow Chemical Company is co-chairing the track and workshop sessions with you after giving her own plenary presentation on Making Employee Health a Global Corporate Asset.  Weeks: It’s great to have the opportunity to work with IHPM to stimulate this dialogue. I invite any of your readers to contact me with stories, pilots, questions or directions.

To contact John Weeks:

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