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Press Release

September 17, 2012.

Les C. Meyer, MBA
HPI Advisors, LLC
E-mail: Les.Meyer@HealthAndPerformance.info

Leadership Engagement Summit Delivers Game-Changing Strategies To Boost Business Profitability While Improving Employee Health And Performance

Inaugural Conference: November 7, 2012 at University of Denver and via C-Suite TV

DENVER, CO – Organization health, the strategy of connecting profitability to employee health and performance, is rapidly gaining relevance with leaders seeking to identify a productive business advantage. Simply stated, when employees feel better, they perform better, and when they perform better, there is a positive impact on the bottom line. Regardless of where impending healthcare reform takes us — or when — the business community needs to rally to instigate changes in employee programs proven to slow the cost spiral and reclaim profits.

The Leadership Engagement Summit was designed to address employee engagement opportunities through ground-breaking methods and sustainable innovations in health and behavior-based programs. The accredited Summit, held at the Cable Center at the University of Denver on November 7, 2012 and broadcast live via C-Suite TV’s global online connection, offers a premier venue for businesses of all sizes to convene and share ideas in a collaborative environment.

The goal of the Summit is to refine organization health strategies, reveal population health improvement interventions and weigh productive advantage business models to improve the economic wellbeing and quality of life for participants. All seven leadership roundtables will explore next generation standards, tools, techniques and remarkable organization health and high-value workforce wellbeing strategies.

The Summit will feature a full day of roundtable discussions and presentations by top regional and national executives who have developed and/or implemented programs that are effectively bending the cost curve. Each session will provide exact how to’s, with time allotted for in-depth participant queries. Summit faculty includes healthcare executives, human resources leaders, physician executives, economic development directors, government officials, non-profit and academicians. Continuing education credits are planned for physicians, healthcare executives and human resources associates who participate either onsite or online — with access to full content for one year.

Recent data and workforce trends will also be presented with implementation guidelines that include proven standards, techniques and “next practices” required to create health and transform communities through integrative culture of health action plans. After gaining insights from the perspective of CEO, CFO, HR leader and C-Suite teams, Summit participants will leave prepared to lead the execution of a multi-year workforce wellbeing strategic action plan and leadership engagement campaign. Adopting game-changing approaches will invariably help leaders improve clinical outcomes, increase employee satisfaction, “bend the trend” on rising medical costs, boost productivity and create a competitive and workforce productive advantage.

The Leadership Engagement Summit was developed by an elite group of national healthcare leaders who uncovered the adaptive action steps essential in optimizing: (1) better care for individuals, (2) better health for populations and (3) lower per capita costs to sustain long-term economic development in Colorado and within communities worldwide. Program Committee Chair, Les C. Meyer, MBA summarizes the group’s intentions in simple terms, “The power of good health is far reaching. Healthy people are at work for longer periods of time and can accomplish more on the job than their unhealthy counterparts. The more they can do of their job, the more it affects the employer’s bottom line—and when employee achievement and corporate performance are tied to healthy employees, everyone benefits. Jobs stay in America. The economy flourishes. And exorbitant healthcare costs are avoided. Keeping people healthy is crucial to how well business succeeds today and in the future.”

More information about the Leadership Engagement Summit and online registration for the event on November 7, 2012 are available at www.LeadershipEngagementSummit.com. Onsite attendance at University of Denver is limited to 350 participants. C-Suite TV global online connection participants are unlimited. Participation in either format includes one-year access to archived content.

About HPI Advisors, LLC
HPI Advisors, LLC, sponsor of the Informed Opinion Leadership Action Group (IOLAG) and producer of the Leadership Engagement Summit, is a think tank of national experts that helps organizations promote the notion that keeping people healthy is a good business strategy. The group pools its talent to create answers and define solutions to the upward spiral of out-of-control healthcare costs via community-based, collective impact initiatives to achieve better health outcomes and business performance results.
For more information visit www.HealthAndPerformance.info.

Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 13, 2011

Les C. Meyer, MBA
Chairman, IOLAG
E-mail: Les.Meyer@HealthAndPerformance.info

Change Agents Offer Bold Rx for Complying With Health Care Reform

Landmark employer survey published in American Journal of Medical Quality

DENVER, Colo., January 13, 2011 – Informed Opinion Leadership Action Group (IOLAG), a cross section of leaders from high-performance hospitals, clinics and accountable care organizations (ACOs), today announced the publication of its landmark employer survey suggesting how U.S. hospitals and physicians can best prepare for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The survey results are summarized in “Necessity Prompts Strategic Adaptation,” a 24-page supplement to the January/February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality (AJMQ). The findings will be shared with national health policy leaders, hospitals, medical groups, organized systems of care and integrated healthcare delivery systems, employers, and strategic business adaptation alliance groups during the Eleventh Annual Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium, March 14 to 16, 2011 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

“The opinions from the national leadership group can be summarized as a clarion call for commitment to making hard choices that require we abandon the status quo, not just modify it,” said David B. Nash, M.D., MBA, AJMQ ‘s editor-in-chief and Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health.

Jason Hwang, M.D., MBA, executive director of healthcare at Innosight Institute, praised the IOLAG document for offering “motivation and guidance to healthcare leaders who wish to challenge longstanding notions of what comprises a healthcare system and how health services can become convenient and affordable enough such that anyone can access them. ACA is only the latest wakeup call to re-examine our healthcare business models. We cannot afford to hit the snooze button again.”

Mark Bloomberg, M.D., chief medical officer of HealthNEXT and adjunct lecturer in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, believes the key to healthier communities is through the application of population health improvement tools, as well as techniques and best practices that will create ‘neighborhood cultures of health and wellbeing.’ “The IOLAG change agents suggested in their report that hospitals need to integrate their work with local communities to create these cultures of health through strategic adaptation business alliances and determine how best to meet the anticipated increased demand from consumers for their services,” he said.

The IOLAG’s hospital market sector team leader, James B. Couch, M.D., created a robust set of 17 open-ended questions with the IOLAG’s chairman that were used to obtain input from all co-contributors based on their broad and deep experiences. The approach was intended to elicit recommendations on how hospitals and physicians would need to change their fundamental way of doing business to evolve, achieve and thrive in the emerging, value-focused group procurement arrangements and ACO climate created by the ACA.

David N. Gans, vice president of innovation and research for the Medical Group Management Association, noted that the ACA “will forever change patient demographics, demand for professional and ancillary services, payer mix and how hospitals and physicians are paid. It also could be the catalyst that will bring physicians, medical group practices and hospital systems into coherent organizations that coordinate services, improve operating efficiency and provide world-class care to America.”

IOLAG Chairman Les C. Meyer, a seasoned healthcare strategist, said that even prior to the ACA, “there were already multiple, growing challenges to the unfocused, unsafe, unfriendly, inefficient and inequitable business models of healthcare delivery in America. The point is that minding the gap of the quality chasm is essential and crossing the value chasm is imperative.”

About the IOLAG

The Informed Opinion Leadership Action Group, LLC’s mission is to fill the need for breakthrough ideas from independent healthcare leaders who create meaningful distinctions in the healthcare market and suggest an insightful exchange of information for sound decision making.

Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2009

Les C. Meyer, MBA
CEO, HPI Advisors, LLC
E-mail: Les.Meyer@HealthAndPerformance.info

Physician-led Health and Performance Improvement Key Ingredient to Health Care Reform

Consensus building that employers can drive quality, safety and efficiency through continuous value enhancement process

DENVER, Colo., June 25, 2009 – With President Obama’s eager anticipation of reaching a common ground on health care reform, lawmakers are being urged to include a previously missing key ingredient in their plans to provide affordable, high-quality coverage to all Americans. And it all starts in the doctors’ office.

Thought leaders in the employer-based health benefits redesign and group medical insurance arenas strongly believe that the success of any universal health care plan hinges on physician-led health and performance improvement (HPI).

The concept is joined at the hip with President Obama’s “Prescription for America” effort, which also seeks to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and transparency of health care delivery in the context of a purchasing environment that promotes continuous value enhancement (CVE). It advances an integrated, efficient, high quality health care system using a human behavior change approach – and features rigorous reporting, seamless integration of data and smart predictive modeling as part of an evidence-based, personalized health advocacy approach that focuses on prevention-centered health behaviors, lifelong personal health accountability and work-life health achievement.

HPI is built around eight components that include coalescing a group of covered lives, evaluating their baseline health status by all available means, devising health and performance improvement objectives, establishing incentives for both patients and their physicians to meet or exceed these goals, using various methodologies to measure their progress, and ensuring that the value-based purchasing system is continually adjusted to reward health status improvement and performance through the CVE process.

“Universal health insurance coverage will not be possible without the widespread quality, safety and efficiency improvements achievable through continuous value enhancement,” observes James B. Couch, M.D., managing partner and chief medical officer of Patient Safety Solutions, LLC and a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Couch was recently appointed to the Advanced Quality of Care Workgroup of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). Dr. Couch (a physician and an attorney) was also requested to testify on the medicolegal implications of comparative effectiveness research at the inaugural meeting of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research on April 14.

Adds Paul Grundy, M.D., director of health care, technology and strategic initiatives for IBM Global Wellbeing Services and Health Benefits: “The doctor-patient relationship is a long-term comprehensive connection that optimizes meaningful productive interactions, sustains positive behaviors, empowers with the right tools and links to the care team resulting in better overall family health.”

Dr. Grundy also is chairman of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), a coalition 500 major employers, consumer groups, clinicians and others that he created to advocate enhanced access to evidence-based interdisciplinary care. The group is developing employer purchasing guidelines for the medical-home model of care, which it considered a linchpin in reforming health care delivery.

Moreover, Darryl Landis, M.D., a HPI consultant, says HPI can be considered any wise investment in health benefits redesign and the health status of employees delivering bigger profits. He says HPI is clearly about “measuring and improving patient outcomes, delivering high quality care, engaging patients through multiple relationship channels that extend beyond the office visit and motivate patient adherence, simplifying or re-designing work-flows to minimize disruptions, and implementing the grand HPI strategy in phased, bite-sized pieces.”

Les C. Meyer, a seasoned health care strategist and CEO of HPI Advisors, LLC, a Denver, Colo.-based think tank, described the HPI concept in an op-ed piece published in the May 2009 issue of Employee Benefit News as a powerful new movement that will result in an “optimal work-life health balance and life fulfillment.”

“I agree with President Obama when he stated: ‘If we don’t get it done this year, we’re not going to get it done,’” Meyer says. “We all have been embracing continuous quality improvement since the Institute of Medicine released its report in 1996 ‘Crossing the Quality Chasm.’ Our communities deserve meaningful treatment and prevention strategies that work. It’s now time for purchasers, providers, payers, and policymakers to raise the bar and focus on ‘Crossing The Value Chasm’ in America and actually transform insightful and profound ideas into action.”

Meyer, who recently presented to the PCPCC’s Center for Health Benefits Redesign and Implementation, said HPI marks a break from the thinking of disease management purchasing coalitions and pay-for-performance schemes that “fail to understand the value of the trusted clinician relationship and power of American business ingenuity.”

About HPI Advisors, LLC
HPI Advisors, LLC is a think tank of national experts creating answers to the upward spiral of out of control health care costs and the downward spiral of the overall health of our nation’s people. The company’s mission is to facilitate community-based, collaborative projects with employers and all stakeholders that are built around health benefits redesign that pinpoint healthy living and working strategies, and designate healthy performance best practices to achieve better health outcomes and business performance results. For more information go to: www.healthandperformance.info

HPI Advisors, LLC, a Colorado-based, national resource and think tank of 50+ work life health and performance improvement continuous value enhancement (HPE/CVE) experts.