Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
The Care Continuum Alliance, the voice of population health, announced today that Fred Goldstein, its interim Executive Director, will lead a panel on workplace wellness for a group of Central Iowa’s business and community leaders, on May 8, as part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s 34th annual trip to Washington, D.C.
The workshop, entitled “Empowering Workplace Wellness to Build Healthy Communities,” is sponsored by Live Healthy America, and will focus on the role that employers should play encouraging workplace wellness programs. It will also discuss the challenges and the policy issues and concerns surrounding the topic.
“I relish the opportunity to discuss the many issues related to workplace wellness with business and community leaders,” said Fred Goldstein, CCA Interim Executive Director. “This is a cornerstone of CCA’s mission: to promote the principles of wellness and population health, and to make them accessible to employers, business owners and other who put the wellness programs in place.”
More than 180 of Central Iowa’s business and community leaders will be in Washington D.C. to present a federal agenda and promote regional priorities and economic development, as part of this advocacy trip, May 8-10.
Goldstein expressed particular appreciation for the timeliness of the discussion. “I applaud Greater Des Moines Partnership for including this critical topic on the trip’s rather busy agenda. It gives it the emphasis and importance it deserves and it couldn’t be at a more appropriate time, when the issue of incentives for wellness programs and their effectiveness have risen in the national conversation,” said Goldstein.
Over the years, CCA has done considerable research, in partnership with members, regarding the use of incentives on workplace wellness. Last October, it released a comprehensive report, Participant Engagement and the Use of Incentives, and in late January sent formal comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on the proposed rule discussing Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs in Group Health Plans.
“We are expecting final rules from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Labor are any time now, and employers will be wise to be well informed on the impact of these rules,” said Goldstein.
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About the Care Continuum Alliance
The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 organizations and individuals and aligns all stakeholders on the care continuum toward improving population health. Through advocacy, research and education, the Care Continuum Alliance advances strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for the well and those with and at risk of chronic conditions. Learn more at http://www.carecontinuumalliance.org.
About Greater Des Moines Partnership
The Greater Des Moines Partnership, serving the counties of Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, and Warren and over 4,700 business members from 20 regional Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, is united to drive economic growth with one voice, one mission, and as one region. Learn more at http://www.desmoinesmetro.com/.