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- Employee Benefits News: Views A silent, life-threatening epidemic that needs to be on employers' radar
By Barbara Rutkowski
Published December 08 2017, 12:10pm EST
Employers across the country have been putting greater emphasis on the health of their employees over the last few years — it’s both the right thing to do and can help to save on insurance premiums. Particularly for self-insured employers, having a healthy population can be an important success factor for any business.
With that in mind, there are some diseases that employers should be aware of due to their very serious nature and the potentially devastating impact on insurance costs. One of them is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Is it on your radar?
Barbara Rutkowski, EdD, MSN, CCM is vice president, clinical operations at Advanced Plan for Health.
- Fatty Liver Disease – Is This Silent, Life Threatening Epidemic on Your Radar?
What if you could impact liver health and keep some plan members / employees from progressing to more serious, life altering, expensive liver disease; like liver cirrhosis and ultimately liver cancer, failure or a liver transplant?
Most people are not aware of fatty liver disease until they are told that they have this potentially deadly, life-sapping condition. Even once diagnosed, people often don’t know how to address the situation and reduce their risk. This is why APH is taking a proactive stance in broadcasting the prevalence and risks of fatty liver disease, which impacts at least a quarter of our population1, and can be prevented or slowed by addressing sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits, and encouraging those impacted to work with their healthcare provider and nurse health coach / nurse navigator to manage health risks and chronic disease conditions.
- Combating Opioid Addiction with Analytics and Case Management
The current opioid epidemic has shed light on the shortcomings of many wellness programs and the lack of preparedness by case management teams to handle chronic conditions and or patient behavior, such as addictive tendencies or duplicate therapy. But are case management teams solely to blame for lack of effective response to this costly health crisis? The simple answer is, no.
Many case managers do not have access to the data or tools required to employ a compelling and value-driven prevention model. Hence, what we see today is very little accountability or effective case management. What’s needed most is quality data to guide active engagement with patients.
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