Employees can benefit from worksite programs to help consumers make informed health care decisions
DALLAS, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ --While data indicates that area doctors are doing a good job and employers are making huge investments in the health of their employees, none of this matters if consumers don't take an active role in managing their health. According to research released today by the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health (DFWBGH), significant opportunities exist to improve consumer awareness of diabetes risk factors, prevention and appropriate care. The consumer research was conducted by the business group for its Partnership for Peak Healthcare Performance project. The full report is publicly available and can be accessed at the following URL: http://www.dfwbgh.org/documents/SurveyReport2008.pdf.
Launched in 2007 by the non-profit DFWBGH, the Partnership for Peak Healthcare Performance (PPHP) was created to improve the quality of care for prevalent chronic illnesses and instill transparency into the local health care system. The PPHP is a collaborative initiative that brings together DFW area employers, physicians, health plans, and consumers in a cooperative effort. The goals of the initiative including measuring, improving, and publicly reporting physician performance in the treatment of prevalent chronic illnesses, improving patient compliance with recommended treatments, and empowering consumers to make informed decisions about health care. The initial focus of the PPHP is on diabetes care.
"Engaging consumers is one of the most important and challenging aspects of the Partnership project," said Marianne Fazen, executive director of the DFWBGH. "Consumers and patients must be motivated to take ownership of their health, understand their options and make informed decisions about when and where to go for health care services."
The online survey of employees from DFWBGH member companies was conducted by Crescendo Consulting Group to learn more about: consumer awareness of diabetes risk factors; consumer awareness of appropriate diabetes care; consumer awareness and attitudes concerning quality measures; and the likelihood of using physician performance information and other quality measures in making decisions about care. More than 1,500 DFW area employees participated in the survey. The research was funded by sanofi-aventis.
Key Survey findings
"Based on the findings of this research, the PPHP will focus on developing and implementing worksite programs to further empower employee-consumers to make informed decisions about their health care," said George Mones, director of human resources, City of Mesquite, whose employees participated in the survey.
The worksite demonstration programs will be rolled out at several DFWBGH member companies early next year to capitalize on the consumer engagement opportunities revealed by the survey.
About the Partnership for Peak Healthcare Performance
The Partnership for Peak Healthcare Performance involves over 3,000 primary care physicians in the DFW market and their patients through the provider networks of the five participating health plans - Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, CIGNA, Humana and UnitedHealthcare, and nearly 250,000 local employees of DFWBGH member companies and their family members.
About the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health
The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health is a 145-member coalition of Dallas and Fort Worth area employers and healthcare organizations committed to market-based health care reform. Members include American Airlines, Bell Helicopter-Textron, Brinker International, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, JC Penney, Neiman Marcus, Sabre Holdings, Southwest Airlines, and Texas Instruments. DFWBGH members spend nearly $2.5 billion annually on employee health insurance in the DFW area alone. A member of the National Business Coalition on Health, DFWBGH's goals are to empower employers and their employees to make informed health care purchasing decisions and to encourage health care providers to continuously improve their performance. www.dfwbgh.org.
|SOURCE Dallas-Forth Worth Business Group on Health and Partnership for Peak Healthcare Performance|
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