Article Explains How to Bring Health and Productivity Management Theory to Street Level

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HPM Bootcamp founder prescribes actionable steps for employers to implement innovative techniques and methodologies involving HPM.

effective follow-through management methodology and technology that drives tangible results

The key for HR and benefit professionals to practically apply 30,000-foot level theory espoused on health and productivity management (HPM) in lectures or publications is to embrace “effective follow-through management methodology and technology that drives tangible results,” health care strategist Les C. Meyer writes in the October 1, 2006 issue of Employee Benefit News.

The CEO of HPM Advisors, Inc., a Denver, Colo.-based think tank offering a series of 18 intensive training seminars across the U.S. called HPM Bootcamp, believes the employer market is in need of guidance when it comes to implementing innovative techniques and methodologies involving HPM.

He recommends a business-strategy approach featuring program templates and checklists designed to spark new meaningful initiatives or enhance existing ones. The effort likely would involve establishing an internal task force that includes tapping the expertise of a medical director, occupational health nurses, case managers and vocational specialists.

HPM involves integrating the management of group and behavioral health plans with workers’ comp and disability programs in hopes of ending harmful operational silos and optimizing quality of care and savings.

In his article, Meyer prescribed several actionable steps to test-drive high-level HPM theories. They include designating someone inside the company to help build a customized year-round initiative featuring a three-step systematic approach that covers program assessment and strategy, implementation and measurement, and results.

When arguing the HPM business case to senior management, he suggests developing a clear understanding of the concerns that are considered top of mind both within the organization and its industry. Another is to identify and analyze key metrics that show the economic impact of changes in lifestyle on health care costs and productivity.

In addition, Meyer says it’s important to anticipate the following questions before approaching top executives about implementing a street-level HPM effort:

1. How much will the program cost?

2. How long will it take to reach the chief strategic objectives?

3. What's the risk of not taking any action?

4. Is it possible for employees to adapt a healthier lifestyle?

HPM Advisors is a think tank of national experts creating answers to the problem of health care in America. Its training arm, HPM Bootcamp, is the vehicle that moves 30,000-foot theory into actionable health and productivity management strategies for employers of all sizes. HPM Bootcamp is a nationwide series of accredited, intensive training sessions that focus on the approach, design and implementation of health and productivity management programs with immediately actionable information. Unlike anything currently available in the market, each HPM Bootcamp event actually spans more than one year with PreCamp™ required learning and PostCamp 365™ Implementation and follow-through programs. Learn more about the program and faculty at http://www.HPMBootcamp.com.

The Employee Benefit News article can be found at benefitnews.com.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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