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People Strategists Driving a Culture of Health
By Les C. Meyer, MBA

Les C. Meyer was featured in HR Pulse Magazine’s Winter 2011 Issue for hospital, health system and accountable care organization CEOs, CFOs and HR Leaders on high-value workforce wellbeing in a peer-reviewed C-Suite Special Edition article entitled “People Strategists Driving a Culture of Health" published by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

This corporate leadership engagement culture of health perspective describes how hospital CEOs recognize that creating a “culture of health” and helping people live better is a critical business strategy and serious economic imperative. These savvy leaders are re-engineering their fundamental way of doing business, changing the way they deliver care, and adopting a nimble approach to boost growth, creating productive advantage through healthy people, and upholding predictable revenue streams. The American Hospital Association (AHA) report A Call to Action: Creating a Culture of Health, which provides a roadmap for improving America’s health care system for hospitals and their employees, is gaining high-speed traction. (Click here for details)

Case in Point Magazine's July/August 2011 Special Edition: "Systemic Advancements for Total Population Health & Wellnessfeatures Les C. Meyer, MBA, vice president of HealthNEXT, LLC and senior fellow, Jefferson School of Population Health in a focused hospital and health system employer best practices article titled: "Work-Based Health Promotion in the Era of Health Reform: Leadership Group Offers Employers, Orgs Roadmap for Complying With Reform." 

This framework for accountability article describes how hospitals and physicians need to change their fundamental way of doing business to evolve, achieve and thrive. Community hospital CEOs and community physician leaders recognize the meaningful use of health as a core competency and pathway to economic wellbeing and strategic imperative to achieve short-term growth, profit goals and sustain long-term competitive advantage. (Click here for details)  

Les C. Meyer unveiled another disruptive innovation article Corporate Wellness Magazine on July 15, 2011 for HR Leaders: ‘People Strategists’ Reveal Key C-Suite Secrets to Bend the Trend.” People strategists strive to consistently match high-value workforce wellbeing designed to step up employee involvement in adopting healthier lifestyles with what is entrepreneurially and culturally feasible in the workplace. They know it’s not about employee behavior change. It is, in fact, about the wise health behaviors people embrace.

People strategists are constantly looking for creative business models, real-world impact, farsighted risk taking opportunities and paradigm-busting execution. More importantly, they adeptly convert satisfied customer experiences, as well as valuable workforce investments and meaningful achievements, into corporate profits. 
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Les C. Meyer was a featured in an Op-Ed piece June 15, 2011 Employee Benefits News for HR Leaders: “Adopting high-value workforce wellbeing – how to effectively select a ‘workforce well-being vendor.” People strategists strive to consistently match high-value workforce wellbeing designed to step up employee involvement in adopting healthier lifestyles with what is entrepreneurially and culturally feasible in the workplace. They know it’s not about employee behavior change. It is, in fact, about the wise health behaviors people embrace.

The American Hospital Association published April 8, 2011its profound report:  A Call to Action: Creating a Culture of Health roadmap for improving America’s healthcare system for hospitals and their employees to be leaders in creating a culture of health. Hospital CEOs are anteing up to next generation culture of health asset management roadmaps that provide insightful granular capital investment strategies to drive culture of health program value realization to help their people live well and work well.
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The Making of a Corporate Athlete

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz described in this 2001 Harvard Business Review ten-year old classic issue focused on “the high-performance pyramid” and the inextricable link to health and human performance and interconnectedness to next generation health promotion and high-value workforce wellbeing programs: 

Some executives thrive under pressure. Others wilt. Is the reason all their heads? Hardly. Sustained high achievement demands physical and emotional strengths as well as sharp intellect. To bring mind, body, and spirit to peak condition, executives need to learn to what world-class athletes already know: recovering energy is as important as expending it. 
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Clinical behaviorist and wellbeing specialist describe "How to Reduce Health Costs and Save Lives: Individual Health Opportunity Assessment considered key ingredient to success" in this article on "high-touch / high impact" workforce wellbeing interventions and personalized experiences that work It’s a rare feat in today’s business world when an organization can avoid reducing health insurance benefits or shifting costs onto employees in the face of runaway healthcare expenses.

But truth be told, there’s no reason for Corporate America to believe it cannot defy those odds, nor is it necessary to fear the long arm of government. Success is achievable, regardless of the nation’s economic or political climate, and it hinges on the establishment of a “culture of health” wherein beneficial lifestyle, health and wellness distinctive choices are made from a convergence of interests and support systems, as well as structures and processes. Only then can forward-thinking employers improve the health and productivity of their workforce, and in that manner, bend the curve of their healthcare costs.
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CEOs describe "How to Drive Value Creation in the C-Suite" in this feature article in Corporate Wellness Magazine. Visionary CEOs engage the meaningful use of health improvement as a strategic imperative and serious economic strategy. They also focus on an employee-centric, population health promotion framework to create health, enhanced on-the-job professional experiences, proactive meaningful productive interactions and reduced per capita cost of a company’s defined population, which includes employee satisfaction and total rewards initiatives that enable employees to define their own needs and expectations as distinct choices.
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Les C. Meyer and David Kirshenbaum unveil in their article: "Assessment Tools Power Culture of Wellness and Population Health" a new consumer-centric, neighborhood health promotion approach that seeks more aggressive alignment of employer, employee and trusted clinician interests. It’s easy for employers to pick low-hanging fruit from the proverbial money-saving tree by implementing cost shifting strategies and doing whatever they can to reduce vendor costs.

But this fixation is terribly myopic and no longer suitable for a more demanding post-health care reform marketplace. The notion of population health promotion, which no doubt will deliver a greater return on investment in human capital, is to harness the power of a model that more aggressively aligns the interests of employers, employees and providers through a workplace culture of health and total wellbeing that once and for all seeks to end a system of operational silos among these three groups.
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Employer Leadership Summit: Hospitals, Clinics and ACOs Explore How to Bend Health Care Cost Curve: "Ingenuity Drives Neighborhood Cultures of Health, Enables Purchasers to Bend Health Care Cost Curve." R. Dixon Thayer, co-founder of HealthNEXT, LLC and Les C. Meyer, MBA is the firm's its firm's vice president and health care strategist to discuss how to create, execute and sustain neighborhood cultures of health through community strategic adaptation business alliances.
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"The American workforce, long admired worldwide for setting the gold standard on productivity, is coming apart at the seams. The chief culprit: Mounting health care costs related to employee lifestyle choices, which have undermined models of efficiency. But employers that create neighborhood cultures of health namely strategic adaptation business alliances based on benchmark practices will not only "bend" the health care cost curve, but also achieve a sustainable competitive advantage."

It's time for purchasers to help consumers focus on meaningful productive interactions with their family physicians to achieve their personal health best in order for everyone to "bend" the cost curve. It's nice to achieve one's personal health best, but there's an even bigger need to help neighbors do the same. Employment of population health improvement and work life balance achievement tools, human behavior enabling technologies and best practices advocating use of preventative services and integrated quality clinical care is imperative.

Employment of population health improvement and work life balance achievement tools, human behavior enabling technologies and best practices advocating use of preventative services and integrated quality clinical care is imperative. It's time for purchasers to help consumers focus on meaningful productive interactions.

workspan: The Magazine of WorldatWork© features Les C.Meyer, MBA, HealthNEXT, LLC, vice president and chairman, Informed Opinion Leadership Action Group (IOLAG) in an IOLAG employer market sector best practices article titled "The Link Between Employee Engagement and a Corporate Culture of Health" in the July 1, 2010 issue. Although organizations need high employee engagement levels to boost performance and build customer relationships to offset the weak economy, many employees are disengaged, in part because they question their health-care benefits’ value and their company’s commitment to maintaining coverage levels. The solution? Proactively build employee engagement while achieving health-care cost savings. Download PDF

Risk & Insurance features SCA Americas and John O'Rourke, vice president of human resources, and Kathy Hammond, director of benefits, in this feature culture of health and wellbeing article that was produced and directed by Les C. Meyer, MBA, vice president, HealthNEXT, LLC in this June 1, 2010 special edition.

SCA Americas, maker of personal-care products, tissue, packaging, publication papers and solid-wood products sold in more than 100 countries, spent $25 million on employee healthcare in 2006 for its U.S. employees--an amount that increased to $35 million in 2009 and that had been projected to reach $45 million by 2012 if no action is taken. Annual increases have been in the double digits and as high as the 20 percent range for certain union plans that pay 100 percent of healthcare costs for covered lives.

Trusted advisor HealthNEXT suggested early on free routine checkups, free generic mail-order drugs, programs designed to improve wellness and chronic care outcomes, as well as lower costs among employees, helping SCA Americas to better compete in a global economy. This disruptive innovation works well for the SCA Americas cross-functional work streams. Download PDF

The Denver Business Journal features Les C. Meyer, MBA, health care strategist and vice president, HealthNEXT in this classic health and performance improvement continuous value enhancement best practices issue: "Better health means stronger work force" that will shape and mold employer-focused, neighborhood disruptive innovation initiatives and high-value workforce wellbeing programs in 2011.

Imagine 1.7 million working Coloradans comprising the nation's healthiest work force. Perhaps only wishful thinking will get us there, given the stark realities faced across this state. To paraphrase an infamous line uttered to NASA's Space Center: "Denver, we have a problem."

Better health outcomes are well within reach based on a few favorable developments, but the results won't be truly meaningful unless there's a greater realization of the indisputable connection between a healthy work force and a healthy bottom line.

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Employee Benefit Adviser Magazine Editorial Staff features HPI Advisors, LLC Health Care Strategist Les C.Meyer, MBA and HealthNEXT, LLC Vice President in a health and performance improvement continuous value enhancement (HPI/CVE) Op-Ed article titled "Editor's inbox: Reader offers three-pronged strategy to improving health" in its February 1, 2010 issue. Click Here

The way health benefits are administered causes employees to view coverage as an entitlement, and thus disengage from the process of deciding their best course of work-life balance achievement.

There are inextricable links between health, well-being and employee engagement. Employee health and total well-being begin with a personal dedication to a balanced life that includes successful work and life fulfillment components. Optimal employee engagement evolves when an employer creates a meaningful and emotionally enriching work experience that fosters personal accountability, engagement, health improvement and balance. The result is a worksite where employees are able to balance their individual needs and are motivated to contribute time and energy to their job

The most critical challenge is to control employee health care costs while also fostering a sense of personal responsibility. Employers are urged to redesign their health benefit programs and employee engagement strategies to better serve corporate priorities. Only then can Corporate America really begin to recover its annual employee benefits investment and reap meaningful healthy dividends to power business growth.

Journal of Group Practice, American Medical Group Association, Les C. Meyer, MBA, in a advanced primary care system / accountable care collaborative article titled "Disruptive Innovation and the Evolution of the Medical Home - Health and Performance Improvement/Continuous Value Enhancement" in its November/December 2009 issue. Download PDF

The Case Management Society of America's Case In Point Magazine features Les C. Meyer, MBA, in an article titled "Consumerism: The Right Path to Health Care Reform at Work" in its November 2009 issue.
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Change Agent Work Group, "Employer Health Asset Management: A Roadmap for Improving the Health of Your Employees and Your Organization" in its 2009 special edition.
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WorkLife, A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Initiative: "Essential Elements of Effective Workplace Programs and Policies for Improving Worker Health and Wellbeing" in its October 2008 WorkLife issue.
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Sparling PB. "Worksite Health promotion: Principles, Resources, and Challenges." Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(1). http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2010/jan/09_0048.htm. Accessed [January 25, 2010].
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Partnership for Prevention / U.S. Chamber of Commerce: "Leading By ExampLe: Leading Practices for EmpLoyee Health Management" in its (c) 2007 Partnership for Prevention special edition.
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CASEINPOINTWeekly features HPI Advisors, LLC CEO Les C. Meyer, MBA in an exclusive interview with Steve Hurd, PhD, the executive director of the Marillac Clinic in Grand Junction/Mesa County/Colo., at the Patient-Center Primary Care Collaborative's Stakeholders Working Group Meeting held in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2009 titled "Achieving Accountable 'Health Assurance'" in its July 28, 2009 special edition.
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Employee Benefit News Magazine features HPI Advisors, LLC CEO Les C.
Meyer, MBA in a community-based, health and performance improvement, continuous value enhancement article titled "Doctors prove key in changing behavior, reducing costs" in its May 1, 2009 issue.

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), Center for Health
Benefits Redesign and Implementation (CHBRI) features Les C. Meyer, MBA in
a health and performance improvement, continuous value enhancement presentation
to the PCPCC’s CHBRI titled "Creating a Framework for Physician-Led
Health and Performance Improvement" at its June 10, 2009 monthly meeting.

The Case Management Society of America's Magazine Case in Point features
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “Guided Care: A New Nurse-
Physician Partnership in Chronic Care” in an article titled "Health and Performance
Improvement" in its June/July 2009 issue.

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