Business Health Solutions

A photo of our staff doing planks midday. We’ve been doing challenges each week to promote wellness in our workplace.

Here at Lifestyle Medicine Solutions…if you haven’t already noticed, we really like to talk about solutions. When it comes to medicine, focusing on just the problem can result in perpetually treating a symptom rather than finding the underlying cause of sickness.

We are at an interesting crossroads in our country where we have found that the foundation to the majority of disease is lifestyle related. Many of us very well may know what we need to do to change our health. We read health tips everywhere. We know that we should exercise and eat right, sleep better and we should take care of ourselves. We should make eating something that fuels our body rather than constantly succumbing to our cravings. But why don’t we?

As a business owner myself, I am extremely invested in my team. I’m working on creating a culture wherever I am that promotes self care and encouraging others to be the best version of themselves. I do this by having healthy lunches delivered to our staff several times a week and by trying to swap out our local coffee break with a smoothie break. In one of the wellness groups that I run, we have created a habit of having a healthy potluck where we swap recipes and congregate around foods that are healing. I do this partly for myself because I need the accountability of my community in making healthy lifestyle choices. I have studied longevity and understand that community and culture are profoundly impactful in regards to health.

This is from the CDC Website.

Many employers are unaware of the linkages between health and productivity. While employers understand that investing in human capital improves the company bottom line, they are only beginning to understand the impact health has on worker productivity.

In fact, indirect costs of poor health including absenteeism, disability, or reduced work output may be several times higher than direct medical costs
Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems cost U.S. employers $1,685 per employee per year, or $225.8 billion annually.
These indirect costs affect all employers, even those who avoid direct medical costs by not funding health insurance.

Example – Employee Health Concern: Obesity
Obesity and related chronic diseases cost employers up to $93 billion per year in health insurance claims
The cost of obesity, including medical expenditures and absenteeism, for a company with 1,000 employees is estimated to be $277,000 per year

We’ve established a few things here, we’ve established that the cost of chronic disease is heartbreaking on a human level as well as overwhelming financially. Now, listen I understand. Direct Primary Care- a membership based model of care might not be something that you’ve heard of before. And as an investor, and entrepreneur myself I am always weighing out my return on investment. With health, how do you invest in health and get a return on your investment? This is where things get less clinical and much more relational. Here’s a study that set out to determine whether “Personalized Preventive Care” (which means a membership based model) led to a reduction in hospital visits.

The high and growing cost of healthcare is a significant issue in the United States, with hospital care representing the largest component (31.1%) of national healthcare expenditures. In 2008, there were an estimated 39.9 million hospital discharges (131 per 1000 persons) in the United States, with an estimated total aggregate cost of $364.7 billion. Medicare was the expected primary payer for the largest number of discharges (14.9 million, 46.2%), followed by private insurance (14.1 million, 32.2%).

Overall, MDVIP members were approximately 42%, 47%, 54%, 58%, and 62% less likely to be hospitalized relative to nonmembers for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, respectively. By 2010, MDVIP hospital discharges for the Medicare population were 79% lower than the nonmember Medicare population, and this difference was shown to be trending up since 2006 (70% to 79%). A similar trend was seen in the non- Medicare population (49% to 72%). In addition, elective, non-elective, emergent, urgent, avoidable, and unavoidable admissions were all lower in the MDVIP members compared with nonmembers for each year.
– See more at: http://www.ajmc.com/journals/issue/2012/2012-12-vol18-n12/personalized-preventive-care-leads-to-significant-reductions-in-hospital-utilization/P-1#sthash.OkSzBbRl.dpuf

Basically, for each year of membership to a clinic and with a Doctor who is working toward an individualized treatment plan for this population- there was a decrease in hospitalization.

We recently talked about the importance of individualized care here on our blog. Direct Primary Care ultimately allows us to spend more time with patients so that we can offer individualized treatment and solutions. Relationships matter– we can’t offer individualized treatment when the standard amount of time a Doctor spends with a patient is 8 minutes.

Here’s a simple breakdown: Yearly cost for membership at our clinic: $1080. Yearly cost of chronic disease to US employers: $1685. I know it’s a lot of numbers- and what these numbers don’t reflect is the cost of having unhealthy employees who are unhappy and uncomfortable because they aren’t receiving a level of care that can focus on the underlying problem. Here at Lifestyle Medicine Solutions, you have access to Doctors who are experts at finding and treating the root cause. Call us if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything that you’ve read here.

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