Circle of Value-Based Health Leaders at IHPM

Apr 17, 2013, 06:01 ET from Institute for Health and Productivity Management

A diverse trio of health industry companies, an impressive new program from the energy industry, and the very first international winner join the Circle of Value-Based Health Leaders at IHPM

ORLANDO, Fla., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Health and Productivity Management [IHPM] recognized five Integrated Health VBH [Value-Based Health] Corporate Winners and one individual who continues to make outstanding contributions to advancing the field at its 6th annual Awards Ceremony in Orlando, FL – IHPM's home for its 13th Annual International Health & Productivity Conference.


IHPM was especially pleased to recognize Tre McCalister, Health & Productivity Strategist, Global Benefits at DELL, with its Value-Based Health Leadership Award. Tre not only is a leading practitioner of value-based health and wellness at Dell – winner of a VBH Corporate Award last year – but also a published researcher and educator, in venues such as IHPM's seminar-style Academy last year and as an instructor at the University of Texas in Health Education.

This year's Integrated Health VBH Award recipients included a diverse trio of health industry companies, an impressive new program from the energy industry, and the very first international winner.

Devon Energy is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Oklahoma City, with facilities in Canada as well as the United States.  Particularly striking were Devon's impressive results in a short time – i.e., improvements in 8 of 10 risk factors company-wide in just a year.  This success was due in large part to recent executive-level commitment to health and wellness with a variety of programs to keep employees engaged, and consistent branding across multiple sites and efforts

Heartland Health is a regional health care delivery system located in St. Joseph, Missouri, with an impressive integrated health and productivity model under the name Live Life Well. Heartland remarkably has ten-year longitudinal data for tracking long-term employees' changes in health and well-being.  Additional highlights included a comprehensive set of program offerings across the domains of wellness and prevention, EAP and chronic condition management  - with noteworthy individual components such as a caregiver benefit, new hire orientation and screening, and major on-site dietary changes

Highmark, Inc. - one of the biggest regional health plans in the U.S. and 4th largest Blues Plan, headquartered in Pittsburgh but serving parts of 3 states, brings value-based health programs to its employer customers as well as its own more than 20,000 employees.  Providing Incentives in the form of premium reductions for onsite screenings, preventive exams and being tobacco-free led to a 50% gain in exams and two-thirds drop in smokers.  Clinical data are analysed to develop Wellness Profiles.  And the program benefits from a visible commitment by senior and operations management

Lockton Mexico - a leading provider of health care data analytics and consulting services for major employer clients, also is pursuing a comprehensive value-based program – Living Well – for its own employees.  Lockton has received recognition by the Mexican Association of Human Resources [Amedirh] for best health practices which include measurement of personalized health risk factors – in particular, those of the Metabolic Syndrome – and development of corporate reports based on risk groups – with a one-third reduction in morbidity associated with the Metabolic Syndrome after 3 years.  In addition, improvements in productivity are measured by reductions in both workplace absence and presenteeism.

Walgreens - a huge 250,000 employee national provider of retail pharmacy and on-site employer health care clinics offers wellness and prevention programs to its own people which include on-site Healthy Living Centers including fitness facilities, pharmacies and clinics as well as personal health coaches; Value-based zero co-pay benefit designs and Work/life resources through an EAP to help reduce stress and prevent behavioral health issues.

Delivering better health starts with embracing a new approach to wellness and chronic disease and is a trademark of Integrated Health/A Pfizer Solution, sponsors of this year's Awards. Dr. Volker Herrmann, General Manager of Integrated Health, presented the Awards to each winner along with Steve Priddy, IHPM's Executive Director of Employer Relations and Chair of the Awards Committee.

About INTEGRATED HEALTH / A Pfizer Solution

Integrated Health is focused on improving patient health and reducing wasted costs for payers, employers and providers. It does this by working together to deliver services and solutions that address current unmet needs through customized prevention & chronic disease solutions, patient, provider and system engagement & behavior modification programs and real world analytics & outcomes measurement offerings. Learn more:

About IHPM – "Advancing Health and Performance Globally"

IHPM is a non-profit enterprise devoted to establishing the value of employee health as a global business asset.  The core principle at the center of all of the Institute's work is that health, wellbeing, and productivity are global issues impacting the success of companies and nations.  IHPM provides data analyses, measurement tools, and HPM services and consultation to its members and clients in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The Institute helps employers to identify the cost impact of employee health on business performance, choose the best opportunities to reduce this impact by improving health and productivity, and measure the success of their efforts. The institute is a unique driving force for changing health from a medical cost to a business asset for employers and nations. This unique status was recently acknowledged by the World Economic Forum when it chose IHPM as a partner for its global Workplace Wellness Alliance. 

IHPM's Integrated Health Value-Based Awards continue to grow in stature as each year's new winners are added to the roster of previous recipients to constitute a geographically and industrially diverse leadership group for value based practice in the employer marketplace.  Make plans today to join the Awards Circle and download the application from IHPM's website –

Deborah Love

SOURCE Institute for Health and Productivity Management