How Population Health Management is Totally Redefining the Health and Wellness Industry

Wellness promotion in the workplace has become serious business. As health care costs continue to rise, more corporations are promoting year-round wellness and health risk prevention with professionally coordinated programs designed to keep employees healthier and more productive.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 6, 2005 -- Wellness promotion in the workplace has become serious business. As health care costs continue to rise, more corporations are promoting year-round wellness and health risk prevention with professionally coordinated programs designed to keep employees healthier and more productive.

Acknowledging Gordian Health Solutions, Inc. as a leader in population health management, the Emergent Group has invited Gordian CEO Gregg O. Lehman, PhD, to participate in a panel discussing changes in the health and wellness industry at the National Health, Wellness, and Prevention Congress, set for May 4-6 in Chicago. Featured speakers for the Congress include Mark McClellan, MD, PHD, administrator, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare; John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); and Regina E. Herzlinger, the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.

“Gordian is a nationally-recognized leader in population health management, with its full line of tools to analyze health status, its health management programs and services, and its unparalleled results reporting and technical capabilities,” says Skip Brickley, CEO of the Emergent Group and producer of the National Health, Wellness, and Prevention Congress. “Gregg Lehman’s knowledge and expertise will be a tremendous asset to the conference.”

Medicare has recently enacted changes embracing wellness and prevention, such as coverage for smoking cessation for certain enrollees and the addition of a physical examination for new enrollees. The action has prompted private health plans and many employers to consider how adding more preventive services can improve health outcomes and lower long-term health care costs.

Lehman will be one of seven nationally-known panelists participating in “Redefining the Wellness Industry,” a discussion by experts in business and health promotion. The presentation will take place at 9:50 a.m. May 5 during the conference.

“What were once known as ‘wellness’ programs have undergone a true transformation over the past few years,” Lehman said. “Employers and health plans are increasingly aware of the benefits of identifying employee health risks early- before they become claims filers- and helping people find ways to improve their own health status.”

Gordian offers consolidated population health management services and a state-of-the-art tracking and measuring system for health improvement of at-risk employees and adult family members. Gordian provides services for numerous industries, including self-funded employers, MCOs, hospitals, laboratory companies, and employee benefit consulting firms.

Other experts participating in the panel discussion are Kurt Atherton, vice president of corporate operations for Club One Professional Services; John Connolly, EdD, president and CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Conrad Earnest, PhD, director of the Center for Human Performance and Nutrition Research at the Cooper Institute; Jeri Evans, executive director of St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Health and Wellness facility; Martin Hatlie, JD, president of the Partnership for Patient Safety; and Phil Polakoff, MD, MPH, head of clinical consulting and lifetime health strategy for Mellon Bank.

About Gordian Health Solutions, Inc.
Gordian is a national population health management company based in Nashville, Tennessee. The company offers a comprehensive suite of products and services. Gordian works with employers, health plans and hospitals to identify, control and manage health risk factors and their associated costs. Through targeted and tailored programs, and sophisticated tracking, monitoring and reporting capabilities, Gordian works with clients to measure program progress and cost savings. For more information about Gordian Heath Solutions, visit http://www.gordian-health.com

To schedule an interview with Gregg Lehman, PhD, CEO of Gordian Health Solutions, contact Katherine Capps (703)319-0957


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