World Congress Teams up with HPM Bootcamp

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Professional affiliation provides great rewards for employers seeking health care cost containment.

one of the industry’s premier health management and human capital events.

HPM Bootcamp, a nationwide series of three-day, intensive training sessions geared toward corporate leaders in search of a hands-on approach to implementing health and productivity management (HPM) strategies, has joined forces with the World Congress 2nd Annual Health & Human Capital Management (HHCM) Congress as part of a professional affiliation to benefit employers across the nation.

The synergistic pairing “will allow employers of all sizes access to a full range of HPM educational and learning experiences,” explains Les C. Meyer, a seasoned healthcare strategist and CEO of HPM Advisors, Inc., a Denver, Colo.-based think tank and creator of HPM Bootcamp. He calls the World Congress’s upcoming HHCM Congress “one of the industry’s premier health management and human capital events.”

The HHCM Congress will be held on January 17-19, 2007 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., featuring keynote presentations from a veritable who’s-who of healthcare thought leaders, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation, as well as the CEOs of Pitney Bowes, Navistar and the SAS Institute.

Ron Cornell, managing director, employer division of the World Congress, believes HPM Bootcamp provides “an innovative forum for employers to drill down on some of the topics routinely addressed at conferences but not on this in-depth scale.” He also lauds the event’s programming for providing “a consistent mix of nationally-known, best-in-class faculty on a regional basis for those involved in the design and implementation of an integrated health management strategy.”

A more holistic view of health benefits and their bottom-line impact is becoming increasingly important to HR and benefits professionals who are expected to strengthen ties with the finance department as part of a larger effort to measure their strategic contribution to the organization, according to Cornell. “We think the economics behind benefits management implementation has been neglected and the market needs to hear about solutions that not only provide practical strategies but also address short- and long-term payment issues.”

HPM Bootcamp kicks off its 2007 schedule on Feb. 20-22, 2007 at the Bethesda Marriott in Bethesda, Md. Featuring 18 university-style learning events with insights from national experts who promote an evidence-based and outcomes-driven focus, HPM Bootcamp will be sponsored by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Healthways, Inc. and The Fort Hill Company. HPM Bootcamp is educationally accredited to offer valuable and significant CE, CME and HR credits upon completion of each course.

“HPM Bootcamp is focused on investing wisely in the human resources of the company so that those human beings whose 5-to-9 lives directly impact their 9-to-5 jobs and vice versa have the power to support systems in place to help them be the healthiest, most productive they can be,” says Mark McConnell, SVP of employer solutions for Healthways. “HR and benefits professionals need support, too, to be able to bring those kinds of strategic solutions to the table, and that’s what HPM Bootcamp is designed to help them do.”

Adds John Miller, executive director of the MidAtlantic Business Group on Health in Greenbelt, Md., and an HPM Bootcamp faculty member, “It’s a simple fact that keeping people healthy is crucial to business. The million-dollar question: How do you create a business strategy that results in healthier employees? Working with HPM Bootcamp and HHCMC will encourage the rapid transformation of advanced ideas that will make a difference in health care. HPM Bootcamp provides the tools and know-how to help employers accelerate HPM learning. Most importantly, it accelerates application, to maximize employee health and business results from integrated HPM and human capital management programs.”

Key dates for upcoming HPM Bootcamps include:

·    February 20-22, 2007 in Bethesda, Md.

·    March 20-22, 2007 in Kansas City, Kan.

·    April 17-19, 2007 in Atlanta, Ga.

·    May 22-24, 2007 in Westlake Village, Calif.

·    June 19-21, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minn.

·    July 24-26, 2007 in Seattle, Wash.

Please see the entire 2007 schedule at http://www.HPMbootcamp.com.

About HPM Bootcamp

HPM Advisors is a think tank of national experts creating answers to the problem of healthcare 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.

About World Congress

World Congress, a global leader in healthcare event production, delivers timely information, value and opportunity to our executive delegation of senior executives from all segments of the healthcare industry. Our events promote practical, actionable and strategic solutions that address challenges to escalating healthcare costs, improvements in quality, new models of finance and innovations in the delivery infrastructure. Please visit http://www.worldcongress.com for more detailed information.

About Healthways, Inc.

Healthways, Inc. is the leading and largest provider of specialized, comprehensive Health and Care SupportSM programs and services, including preventive health, outcomes-driven wellness, disease management and high-risk care management to health plans, employers and government. As of August 31, 2006, the company provided health and care support services for more than 2.4 million people nationwide. Healthways helps people lead healthier lives while reducing overall healthcare costs, providing people the support they need when they need it to enable them to make better choices and achieve better health outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.healthways.com.

About MidAtlantic Business Group on Health

The MidAtlantic Business Group on Health (MABGH), founded in 1977 as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, is an association of major purchasers that include county governments and school systems, financial services firms, manufacturers, utilities, hospitality industry providers and others. Learn more about MABGH at http://www.mabgh.org.

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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