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Health and Productivity as a Business Strategy: A Multiemployer Study

This study, sponsored by the National Pharmaceutical Council and published in the April issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), explored methodological refinements in measuring health-related lost productivity and assessed the business implications of a full-cost approach to managing health. After measuring productivity loss among 10 employers with 51,648 employee respondents and analyzing 1.13 million medical and pharmacy claims, researchers found that health-related productivity costs significantly exceed medical and pharmacy costs - on average 2.3 to 1. In addition, depression, obesity, arthritis, back and neck pain and anxiety drive the majority of costs when looking at both productivity and medical and pharmacy costs. The study also found presenteeism -- when employees with health conditions are present at their jobs but are unable to perform at full capacity -- to be a bigger drain on productivity than absenteeism.

Due to copyright issues, this study is only available through the JOEM website.

View the press release with further details, and watch the video with Dr. Ron Loeppke, executive vice president of Alere Inc., and Dr. Pamela Hymel, corporate medical director of integrated health at Cisco Systems, about the study's findings.

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E.V.I.dently August 2014

NPC MessageHealth and Productivity Go Hand in HandClosely tied to the productivity and prosperity of our nation is the health and safety of its...
Blog Post

PCORI Grants, HEOR & FDA Guidance Top CER Tweets of the Week (July 21-25)

What were some of the popular comparative effectiveness research (CER)-related topics on Twitter this week? We saw keen interest in the Patient-...
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#TBT: Consumer-Directed Health Plans & Employers’ Decision-Making

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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E.V.I.dently June 2014

Message from NPCValue-Based Insurance Design and Specialty Medications: Shifting the Focus from “How Much” We Spend to “How Well” We SpendAccess to...
Press Release

Specialty Medications: Shifting the Focus From “How Much” We Spend to “How Well” We Spend

Washington, DC, June 9, 2014—As health care decision-makers grapple with how to ensure access to specialty medications, the University of Michigan...
Press Release

NPC Welcomes Dr. Bryan Luce as PCORI Chief Science Officer

WASHINGTON, DC (April 24, 2013) The National Pharmaceutical Council today welcomed the news that the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (...
Press Release

Study Quantifies Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Enhanced Productivity

(WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2012)–The costs to employers of chronic health conditions on employee productivity are well documented, but few studies...
Press Release

Pharmaceuticals Play Key Role in Achieving ACO Quality, Cost Goals

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012–As health care providers set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care programs,...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Living Up to Its Name? The Role of Patient-Centered Research

Anyone who has ever received bad news from his or her health care provider or held a loved one’s hand when a diagnosis was delivered can understand...
Commentary and Testimony Page

The Risks of Standardized Health Care

Think about the last time you visited a medical office. Even at a specialist’s office, chances are that each person waiting for his or her name to be...
Commentary and Testimony Page

High Stakes for Setting Research Standards

What is the cost of poorly designed research? In the comparative effectiveness arena, faulty studies could mean that consumers may make important...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Asymmetry in the Ability to Communicate CER Findings: Ethics and Issues for Informed Decision Making

The number of voices in the comparative effectiveness research (CER) conversation is continuing to grow, but not all stakeholders have the same...
YouTube Videos

Engaging Consumers in Today's Changing Health Care Payment and Delivery Environment

The current health care delivery system is evolving from a fee-for-service system to one that is performance-based. How does this shift impact...
YouTube Videos

Supporting Consumer Access to Specialty Medications Through Value-Based Insurance Design

Access to specialty medications is a particularly pressing issue for many people who rely on these treatments for conditions that are often very...
YouTube Videos

Shifting the Focus From "How Much" to "How Well" We Spend Our Health Care Dollars

A. Mark Fendrick, MD, director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance design at the University of Michigan, highlights the key findings from a...
YouTube Videos

Rapid-Learning Health Care Systems, Explained

Dr. Lucy Savitz, director of research and education, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare, explains rapid learning...
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PCORI Grants, HEOR & FDA Guidance Top CER Tweets of the Week (July 21-25)

What were some of the popular comparative effectiveness research (CER)-related topics on Twitter this week? We saw keen interest in the Patient-...
Blog Post

#TBT: Consumer-Directed Health Plans & Employers’ Decision-Making

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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#TBT: V-BID: Getting More Health Out Of Every Health Care Dollar

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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The New Pharmaceutical Paradigm: Capturing Value, Improving Access, and Maximizing Outcomes

Dr. Chuck Shih, NPC’s fellow in comparative effectiveness research, discusses how the use and management of pharmaceuticals are being integrated into...

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