CHICAGO, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- To better understand and improve the effectiveness of employer-based health improvement and management programs, the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), conducted a national survey of physician views on employers' health management programs. The non-profit coalition of more than 100 private and public employers, today released the results indicating that 72% of doctors surveyed agree that employers should play a role in the health of their employees with chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
"Physicians have a great influence on a patient's decision to participate in employer-sponsored health management programs," said Larry Boress, MBGH president and CEO. "Employees trust their doctor above all others when it comes to their health. We will use the findings to help our members and their health plans create programs that actively include physician participation and hope to collaborate with doctors to develop programs that will improve the health of not only our members' employees, but also their communities."
"An increasing number of physicians understand that employers can be supportive in impacting employee health," said Jan Berger, MD, president of Health Intelligence Partners and medical director for MBGH. "That being said they do believe that any support given be coordinated with physician activity and that there be active communication between the employee, employer and the physician. This request is reasonable as it assures appropriate use of health resources and diminishes confusion. Communication is the foundation of good health."
The online survey, which was sponsored through funding from sanofi-aventis, was sent to over 1,000 physicians nationwide by cooperating medical associations, health plans and medical centers. More than 200 physicians participated in the survey.
MBGH has been active for several years in helping employers understand and address chronic diseases in their workforce populations. Employers are increasingly offering worksite programs and incentives to their diabetic employees to motivate them to take steps to manage their condition and adhere to their doctor's drug and medical regimen. MBGH regularly conducts surveys and focus groups of employers and employees on their perspectives of wellness programs, incentives and the need to motivate lifestyle changes. MBGH will release findings around employer research at its annual conference scheduled for May 6-7, 2010 in Chicago.
About the Midwest Business Group on Health (www.mbgh.org)
Celebrating 30 years of advancing value in health benefits management, the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) is one of the nation's leading business groups of private and public employers. MBGH's more than 100 members represent over 2.5 million lives, spending more than $3 billion on health care benefits on an annual basis. MBGH offers employers a variety of health benefit educational seminars, networking opportunities, and quality and community initiatives. MBGH is a founding member of the National Business Coalition on Health.
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