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Chrysler Goes Holistic to Revolutionize Back Pain Care in the Workplace
Date:2/14/2008

r untreated control groups and their health status was measured at the start, middle and end of the five-month project period.

HAP and HFMG officials believe this innovative group model has great potential for growth throughout Southeast Michigan workforces and beyond. HAP has developed tools to allow for easy implementation, tailoring, and adapting in any worksite setting.

As a result of the successful pilot, Chrysler will continue to offer the program to its employees and will also pilot a separate program using similar complementary and alternative medical techniques to reduce stress. Other southeast Michigan companies have also jumped at the opportunity to bring the program to their employees. The 17,000-employee Henry Ford Health System launched an expanded version of the program in January 2008.

According to the authors of the JAMA study, the U.S. spent nearly $86 billion on treatment of back and neck problems in 2005, an increase of 65 percent from 1997, after adjusting for inflation. Individuals with spine problems spent over $2,500 more on medical care in 2005 than those without spine problems.

About HAP

Headquartered in Detroit, Health Alliance Plan is a nonprofit health plan serving more than 540,000 members and 2,000 employer groups. HAP is a subsidiary of the Henry Ford Health System and serves companies of all sizes through the flagship HMO, PPOs, Medicare Advantage plans, experience-rated, fully insured and self-funded products, and consumer-driven health plans with compatible health savings accounts. The National Committee for Quality Assurance awarded HAP's commercial HMO and HAP Senior Plus, its Medicare Advantage HMO, Excellent Accreditation.

About Chrysler

Chrysler LLC, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Mopar(R) brand vehicles and products. Its product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and
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