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Alere's Dr. Ron Loeppke to Speak on 'Health and Productivity as a Business Strategy' at First Annual IBI/NBCH Health and Productivity Forum
Date:2/11/2009

owship-trained in Occupational Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM - www.acoem.org.) and the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for ACOEM as well as the Board of Directors of Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI).

The presentation will include new "real-world" insights and applications for employers, based on published data from a multi-employer research study conducted by Dr. Loeppke and others. It shows the total costs of poor health and helps to highlight the link between employee health and productivity.

Dr. Pamela Hymel, Corporate Medical Director of Cisco Systems, one of the employers that participated in the research, will share a case study of how Cisco used this and other related data to shape its benefits strategies. She will also give highlights of the innovative integrated health and productivity enhancement initiatives Cisco uses, as well as its new state-of-the-art worksite medical facility, the Cisco LifeConnections Health Center (http://www.ciscolifeconnections.com).

In addition, David Sensibaugh, Director of Integrated Health for Eastman Chemical Company, will also share his company's integrated health strategy and how they used the information from this study.

One of the most significant study findings is that health-related productivity costs are between two and four times higher than medical and pharmacy costs. Researchers note that health conditions with the highest absenteeism/presenteeism costs are often overlooked because they do not generate the highest medical costs, yet they drive total health-related costs. When full costs were measured - rather than medical costs alone - it was found that health conditions such as depression,
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