Navigation Links
Lafarge North America Recognized by IBI and NBCH for Health & Productivity Leadership
Date:2/11/2010

By focusing on preventive care company realized $30 million in avoidable expenses through reduced health care costs and improved health

Washington and San Francisco, CA (Vocus) February 11, 2010 -- The Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) honored Lafarge North America Inc. with the IBI/NBCH Healthy Workforce Productivity Award at their annual Health & Productivity Forum held this week in San Antonio. The award, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc., recognizes leadership in the area of health and productivity and honors an employer that has worked with its employees to develop, implement and measure an innovative health and productivity initiative.

“In 2007 we implemented a new program in the United States that focused on preventive care and case management to significantly improve the health of our employees and their covered dependents,” said Philia Swam, Director of Health Benefits and Employee Insurance for Lafarge North America, the largest supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. “We made substantial investments to offer free preventive programs and provide incentives for employees to participate in prevention and wellness programs. The results have been significant and have enabled us to not only reduce our costs to well below market trends, but truly improve the quality of life of our employees and family members, increase productivity while decreasing disability incidence, as well as the length of disability claims.”

Lafarge used real claims data to create a strategy that focused on total health management, prevention and safety. The company was able to reduce the average claim amount to its lowest level in five years, improve participation in management of chronic diseases and prescription compliance, and boost the completion rate of heath risk assessments to 86 percent in 2009 compared to 29 percent in 2006.

“We are pleased to highlight the efforts of Lafarge as a prime example of an employer committed to investing and promoting both health and productivity,” said Andrew Webber, president and CEO of NBCH.

Lafarge’s health and productivity program, “Building A Better You,” was started in 2007 with the overriding goal to significantly improve the health of employees and their covered dependents. Several elements were key to the success of this effort, including: the use of evidence-based design to increase prescription drug compliance for certain chronic diseases; incentives to reward healthy actions; on-site screenings to help identify and increase awareness of health conditions; integration of all clinical resources and benefits; rigorous use of data to measure outcomes and monitor success; and communication to educate and impact behavior.

“This is a great illustration of how well a program can work when all key stakeholders – management, human resources, employees and families – are educated and engaged in a preventive wellness initiative,” said Thomas Parry, PhD, president of IBI.

About The Lafarge Group
The Lafarge Group is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With more than 84,000 employees in 79 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 19 billion in 2008. Lafarge North America Inc., a Lafarge Group company, is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. For more information visit: www.lafarge-na.com.

About the Integrated Benefits Institute
The Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) provides employers and their supplier partners with resources for demonstrating the business value of health. As a pioneer, leader and nonprofit supplier of health and productivity research, measurement and benchmarking, IBI is a trusted source for benefits performance analysis, practical solutions, and forums for information and education. IBI’s programs, resources and expert networks advance understanding about the link between – and the impact of – health-related productivity on corporate America’s bottom line. For additional information visit: ibiweb.org.

About the National Business Coalition on Health
NBCH is a national, non-profit, membership organization of nearly 60 employer-based health care coalitions, representing over 7,000 employers and approximately 25 million employees and their dependents across the United States. NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers. For additional information visit: www.nbch.org.

# # #

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/02/prweb3595384.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2010 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Sleep HealthCenters to Sponsor North East Sleep Society 2010
2. Medical Imaging Northwest Completes Phase I of Its Healthcare IT Integration to Maintain Patient Care Improvements
3. Alexza and Biovail Form Collaboration to Develop and Commercialize AZ-004 (Staccato(R) Loxapine) in North America
4. Toys"R"Us, Inc. Expands its Support of Autism Speaks Throughout North America
5. Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc. Appoints Market Media Connect as Communications Agency of Record
6. Herbruck Alder Survey Reveals More Northern Ohio Companies Offering Employee Wellness Programs
7. SCAN Health Plans Northern California Launch Embraced by Local Seniors
8. Valicom Announces North American Launch of telecom Expense Management Software Clearview
9. Parkinsons More Common in Northeast, Midwest
10. US Parkinsons rates highest in whites, Hispanics, and Midwest, Northeast
11. The North American Thrombosis Forum (NATF)* Honors Hospitals that Excel in the Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Lafarge North America Recognized by IBI and NBCH for Health & Productivity Leadership
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought together some ... at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event was livestreamed ... over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here . ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, has released ... understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints a picture ... Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says that is ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... DevOps and Agile Software Development, has been awarded a contract by the Center ... Purchase Agreement (BPA) aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United ... the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, ... spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as ... disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... -- Caris Life Sciences ® , a leading innovator in ... medicine, today announced that St. Jude Medical Center,s Crosson ... as its 17 th member. Through participation with ... Institute will help develop standards of care and best ... cancer treatment more precise and effective. ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... COUNTY, Calif. , Oct. 10, 2017  NDS received FDA ... Mobile  — a medical-grade battery-powered display stand specifically designed for endoscopy ... to transform technology into a clinical solution to support the improvement ... Innovative Design ... ZeroWire Mobile Wireless Solution ...
(Date:10/5/2017)... 2017  In response to the nationwide opioid ... Surgeons (AAOMS) released prescribing recommendations that urge ibuprofen ... as a first-line therapy to manage a patient,s ... Recognizing the value and importance of ... Prescribing: Acute and Postoperative Pain Management" stresses that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: