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Identifying employee health standards to make your life easier
Posted on Mar 30, 2012 | Written by Edward Framer, Ph.D. | Comments (0)
If you could easily compare the performance of employee health providers, wouldn’t that make your life easier?
The Care Continuum Alliance (CCA) and the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) are collaborating to establish employee health measurement standards that will do just that—and more. I feel fortunate to be a co-chair of the strategy group, overseeing this collaborative initiative with a group of highly esteemed colleagues. The project launched last year.
The purpose of the project is to develop reliable, broadly usable, standardized performance measures for worksite wellness, health promotion and disease management/prevention programs. The group is also taking this opportunity to move the industry forward by establishing measures and best practices for other areas as well, such as organizational support.
A team of 40-plus CCA and HERO members are reviewing literature and partnering with industry experts to identify how to best measure and collect the following:
This is no simple undertaking. The value on investment workgroup, for example, knows that each employer’s circumstances (e.g., size, health benefit structure, program scope) dictate a different approach to program evaluation. How do you balance disparate measures, varying degrees of certainty regarding outcomes and specific employer needs to arrive at a sensible assessment of program value? The workgroup will strive to create a framework for answering this question.
We hope to have recommended measures available by December 2012, but we have to stay humble. The project runs on 95 percent volunteer energy provided by employers, health promotion/disease prevention and condition management vendors, medical providers, consulting groups, accreditation organizations (including NCQA and URAC) and industry experts who regularly share their time and expertise. I look forward to sharing our progress in future posts.
So what do you think? What’s your biggest challenge with evaluating worksite wellness, health promotion and prevention programs? And what standard measurements would make your life easier? Leave a comment and let us know.
Ed is the director of health and behavioral sciences. He brings expertise in health assessments, behavior analysis, health psychology, incentives and health promotion/disease prevention interventions. A behavioral psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology, he has been involved in the development of health assessments for more than 25 years.