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IHPM and HealthMedia Announce Industry's First Behavioral Health Workplace Center for Employers
Date:4/1/2008

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) announces the industry's first Behavioral Health Workplace Center for employers with founding sponsor HealthMedia, the global leader in scalable behavior change interventions with demonstrable outcomes. Employers are now paying attention to this critical issue, as research shows that:

-- Behavioral health conditions account for nearly 8% of all healthcare

dollars spent, and result in $105 billion in lost work performance

annually

-- Depression is associated with 27.2 annual lost workdays per worker

-- Workers with depression reported significantly more total health-

related lost productive time than those without depression (5.6

hrs/week vs. 1.5 hrs/week)

-- Those with severe insomnia miss work twice as often as good sleepers

-- The annual cost for absenteeism per worker with insomnia is $4800

IHPM's Workplace Center for Behavioral Health will serve as the leading source of credible, usable information for employers on a full range of behavioral health issues, including identifying conditions and their co- morbidities, engaging employees in diagnosis and treatment, and measuring both healthcare and workplace productivity costs and outcomes.

The Workplace Center will have an Advisory Board consisting of leading employers as well as academic and consultant experts and behavioral health solutions providers committed to participating in workplace research and initiatives. In addition to founding sponsor HealthMedia, these companies include the Behavioral Health division of the Aetna Life Insurance Company and Corphealth.

"The impact of behavioral health issues on employee productivity and total health-related costs is staggering," said IHPM President Sean Sullivan. "The Workplace Center is committed to identifying and sharing innovative,
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