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From the National Business Coalition on Health: Improving health while reducing costs was a key focus for the employers who participated in the American Health Strategy Project (AHSP) according to a report released by the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), Partnership for Prevention, and Pfizer Inc.
AHSP is a national pilot launched in 2010 by NBCH in cooperation with Pfizer, with five business health coalitions selected to work with employers to improve the health of their employees and families, promote wellness and prevention, unlock the full value of health benefits, and manage health care costs.
The business health coalitions that participated in AHSP: Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health, Midwest Business Group on Health in Chicago, Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health and the Virginia Business Coalition on Health.
The new report produced by Partnership for Prevention, “Creating a Corporate Health Strategy: The American Health Strategy Project Early Adopter Experience,” tells the story of four of these coalitions and their participating employers.
“Health programs developed with a solid understanding of an employer population’s data and clinical evidence will be more likely to improve the health of their workforce,” said Marcia Wright, PharmD, Senior Director, Pfizer. “We’ve found this often to be the case in this national project.”
The strategies implemented by many of the businesses included: promoting healthy lifestyles to employees; offering incentives for activities like health risk assessments; providing coverage for evidence-based preventive screenings; designing benefits based on data; and making environmental changes to promote health.
"Through the AHSP pilots, employers recognized the value of tailoring benefits to the health risks of their employee population and became savvier decision makers as they were more strategically-invested," said Sara Hanlon, Vice President, NBCH. "Businesses nationwide can benefit from these pilots by adopting similar models to make better, more informed benefit decisions for their workforce."
The American Health Strategies Project is grounded in quality improvement processes, incorporating evidence based disease support from Pfizer's Medical Outcomes Specialists and a suite of tools to support employers in improving the health of their population.
“Employers with strong health management teams and access to real data can help foster healthier, more productive employees and may achieve higher value for their health care spend,” said Elissa Myers, President and CEO, Partnership for Prevention. “We’re sharing these success stories in the hopes that other purchasers can learn from these tested strategies.”