DALLAS, Sept. 10 U.S. Preventive Medicine, the leader indisease prevention, today announced the official nationwide launch of ThePrevention Plan(TM), its groundbreaking wellness and health management programdesigned to help employers control rising health care costs and promotehealthier lifestyles among workers. The Prevention Plan(TM) is now availableto both large and small employers directly as well as to employee benefitconsultants and brokers to offer to their employer clients.
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The Prevention Plan(TM) is the first-of-its kind benefit concept solelyfocused on preventive care. The program enables individuals to determine theirtop health risks and receive a customized plan and ongoing personal attentionto lower those risks and become healthier.
With this tool, individuals prioritize their health risks through asubstantial health evaluation that includes a health risk questionnaire,comprehensive blood tests, biometrics and physician review andrecommendations. The heart of the intervention strategies is a RN Advocate,who works closely with each member by telephone and online to boosteffectiveness of the program's hands-on action plans, as well as educate,motivate and help navigate the complex maze of health care. Other tools in theprogram include alerts for preventive screenings -- including those paid forby the employer -- reward programs and discounts with national partners.
"The launch of our program is coming at an ideal time for employers aswell as brokers and consultants who are looking for solutions to help theirclients control health costs," said Christopher Fey, Chairman and CEO of U.S.Preventive Medicine. "Numerous studies are reporting that employers areserious about implementing effective wellness and disease management programsthat will actually curtail runaway health care costs. They really don't haveany other choice. The federal government is projecting that the average costof spending per person on health care will be $13,101 by the year 2017 ...nearly double the cost in 2006."
The company decided to take The Prevention Plan(TM) nationwide afterreceiving high praise from employers and benefit brokers that tested theprogram. In fact, Fey said both large and small employers were signingcontracts for quick implementation of The Prevention Plan(TM) after reviewingin-depth demonstrations and customized options appropriate for their budgetsand employee base.
"We started with a clean slate of paper, did our homework, and built asuite of solutions based on what employers told us they needed. Frankly, wecouldn't be more gratified by the response, especially from those who havethoroughly researched the available options and feel our product is going toimpact their health care costs," Fey said.
U.S. Preventive Medicine designed the program to become a private, secure,online medical home for individuals to store medical information and tracktheir progress over time. Since The Prevention Plan is independent ofinsurance, all information is completely confidential and portable even if theemployer changes insurance carriers or the employee changes jobs.
"Great care was taken to design the program to be hands-on, educationaland take each person step-by-step through the program," Fey said. "This givesindividuals a completely secure place to store their medical records so theycan access them anytime and gives them the help they need to know what to donext to stay healthy. We even tell each member what preventive screenings arepaid for in their other benefit programs, such as health or dental insurance."
As part of the program, employers are provided with detailed managementreports with aggregate data so they are fully informed about their employees'overall risks and can more effectively target actions to mitigate them. Oncespecifi