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Applying the Obama Test to Healthcare: SimplyWell Cited as Top 10 Best Practices by Center for Healthcare Transformation
Date:1/30/2009

OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Omaha-based SimplyWell will be presented to President Barack Obama as an example of "what works" in improving health care in the United States.

Former Speaker of the House and Founder of the Center for Healthcare Transformation, Newt Gingrich hosted a special event January 26 at the National Press Club entitled, "Healthcare that Works: Answering President Obama's Challenge of Finding What Works." Joined by a group of physicians and healthcare experts from across the nation, the group focused on the Obama challenge to find "what works" in health care today. They looked at Medicare, Medicaid, healthcare information technology and the range of healthcare programs and asked "do they work?" SimplyWell was selected as one of ten examples out of one hundred case studies that exemplify the "what works" part of President Obama's challenge.

The case study featured was the Greater Omaha Packing Company, Inc. (GOP). GOP has annual sales of nearly $1 billion and is ranked 5th in beef processing nationally. Since implementing SimplyWell in 2001, GOP has experienced significant improvement in employee engagement as well as measurable clinical improvement.

Founder and President of SimplyWell, James T. Canedy, MD, attributed the group's success to giving employees the right information at the right time as it relates to their health.

"By engaging patients in their own health and providing them the appropriate tools, they can manage their health more effectively," said Dr. Canedy. "Our studies show that a higher engagement rate in one's health drives a trend of decreasing risk and cost. That is what SimplyWell focuses on".

Nearly 90% of GOP's employees have elected to participate in SimplyWell in exchange for a comprehensive group medical insurance program. This program includes lower deductible and out-of-pocket em
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