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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.

Blog Post

How Health and Productivity Go Hand in Hand

The health and safety of Americans is closely tied to our nation’s productivity and prosperity because, as studies have shown, healthier workers are...
Blog Post

Why Labor Day Matters for Health

The Labor Day holiday weekend has come to symbolize the end of summer. But the reason it was established was to celebrate American workers and the...
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E.V.I.dently May 2015

MessageStepping Back to Look at ValueNPC President Dan Leonard explains that, like beauty, the value of health care is in the eye of the beholder....
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E.V.I.dently April 2015

MessageThe Health Care Paradigm Shift: Moving From Volume to ValueAs our health care payment and delivery systems shift from volume-based to...
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

New Survey Shows Employers Eyeing CER, PCORI for Health Information

Washington, DC, June 22, 2011--Employers are aware of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and its potential to answer critical questions about...
Press Release

Study Sheds New Light on the Impact of Medication Adherence, Multiple Chronic Diseases and Health Risks in the Workplace

(Chicago -- June 16, 2011) A new study suggests that while medication adherence is a critical element in reducing the impact of illness, employers...
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

Linking Chronic Conditions to Medication Adherence and Productivity

It's no secret that chronic disease is the major driver of health care costs in the United States, accounting for two-thirds of the rise in health...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Comparative Effectiveness Research: What Will Employers Do With the Information?

For years now, employers have expressed concern about the cost of providing health care to their employees and its impact on the competitiveness of...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Moving from “Comparative” to “Effectiveness” in Health Care Treatments

The early discussions about comparative effectiveness research (CER) focused on defining “comparative” and determining the implications for...
YouTube Videos

NPC/Benfield CER Employer Survey Results

Chuck Reynolds, president of the employer practice at the Benfield Group, discusses the findings from his NPC-sponsored research, "Comparative...
YouTube Videos

IBI's Tom Parry on Employers and Health Investments

Integrated Benefits Institute President Tom Parry, PhD, sat down with NPC to discuss how employers today are defining the value of their health...
YouTube Videos

Health & Productivity as a Business Strategy

National Pharmaceutical Council President Dan Leonard interviews Dr. Ron Loeppke, executive vice president of Alere Inc. and Co-Chairman of the...
Blog Post

How Health and Productivity Go Hand in Hand

The health and safety of Americans is closely tied to our nation’s productivity and prosperity because, as studies have shown, healthier workers are...
Blog Post

Why Labor Day Matters for Health

The Labor Day holiday weekend has come to symbolize the end of summer. But the reason it was established was to celebrate American workers and the...
Blog Post

#TBT: Bob Costas, Presenteeism and Its Impact on Productivity

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a research topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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NPC Request for Research Proposals on Individual Treatment Effects

NPC’s recent research, conferences and activities have explored the “myth” of the average patient, highlighting the policy, coverage and health...

Imputing Productivity Gains From Clinical Trials

Researchers developed a new method to capture the impact that medicines may have on reducing the...

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Do Employers Care? What Will They Do? What About Productivity?

A survey by NPC and the Benfield Group found that one of the benefits employers are looking for...

Blue Pill or Red Pill: The Limits of Comparative Effectiveness Research

By choosing "winners and losers," CER drug trials may leave patients who best respond to the "...
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