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While continuing to give attention to such things as medication errors and infection rates, WBGH's quality work group also focused on patient falls.
"This is great news for employees, since most O-T-C drugs aren't typically covered by health insurance plans," points out Helen Darling, WBGH president.
That was the impetus behind an effort to develop and deliver standardized measures for health, productivity and absence management programs by the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH).
(19) The Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH) (20) study was conducted on the 164 WBGH member companies.
More than half (51 percent) of employers surveyed in a joint study by Watson Wyatt Worldwide and the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH) have adopted some sort of an IDM program--more than twice as many as when the study was first conducted in 1996.
According to a Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH)/Watson Wyatt Worldwide survey, three-quarters of the firms that measure the impact of their integrated disability management programs report an average of 25 percent savings.
For more information contact Ann Makowski, WBGH, 777 N.
Levine is senior vice president of marketing for Medicine Shoppe International Inc.; Porcaro is president and chief executive officer of Credential Assurance Group of America (CAGA), a company that has been involved in projects to develop a centralized credentialing administration, and Martens is a member of the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH).
In that year, Daniel Wolfson, President of the HMO Group, working with Howard Veit, a health care consultant from Towers Perrin, called together representatives from staff-and group-model HMOs comprising the membership of The HMO Group and representatives of several large employers who are members both of the Managed Health Care Association, an organization comprising 125 Fortune 500 companies interested in promoting managed care, and the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH).
"Rising health care costs are challenging employers to be more creative in finding ways to continue offering quality health benefits," says Barbara Brickmeier, director of benefits at IBM and co-chair of the Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions, launched by the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH) in December.
Earlier this year, a survey of 360 employers covering 4.7 million full-time employers conducted by Watson Wyatt Worldwide, the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association, indicated that overall health care costs increased 10.3 percent in 2001.
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