HighRoads, Thomson Reuters and ASHHRA Present Online Event on Improving the Health of Healthcare Workers

Experts Present Research on the Health Care Employee Health Crisis and Share Successful Strategies, Actions and Results

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- There are a lot of sick people in hospitals… and some of them are patients. This, according to results of a hospital employer benefit survey from HighRoads, is a major employee health crisis for hospitals across the nation. HighRoads, an industry leader in employer health care compliance and benefits management, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, and ASHHRA (the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration), will present an online webinar on the topic of improving the health of healthcare workers. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 16 and again on Thursday, August 25 between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. EST.

According to the HighRoads study, the cost of health plans for hospitals is higher than other key industries, rating as high as $13,313 per employee, per year. Yet, medical costs are only 18% of the total cost of poor health for hospitals. Research shows that the productivity loss of the poor health of hospital employees is much greater, at 76%.

Hospitals need to effectively navigate the unique balance of being both a provider and utilizer of health care services,” said Eric Parmenter, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CEBS, SPHR, MBA, vice president of consulting, HighRoads. “Against the background of health care reform, hospital management is also being increasingly asked to consolidate operations, enhance wellness programs, audit vendors, modify cost sharing and ensure compliance. Combining these priorities with the increasing desire to better the health of their employees, hospitals are finding themselves in an employee health crisis. Our webinar will share client examples of successful strategies hospitals can embrace along with the actions that produce results.”

“Hospitals and health systems are so focused on patient care, often they find it difficult to make employee wellness a top priority,” said Kreg Sherbine, Consulting Manager, Thomson Reuters. “However, recent research clearly shows health system employees are more in need of intervention than the average worker in the United States.”

“We are pleased to be sharing the content of this important topic being presented by HighRoads and Thomson Reuters to the ASHHRA membership of human resource leaders,” said Stephanie Drake, Executive Director, ASHHRA. “The health and productivity of today’s hospital employee is a key ingredient to hospital success and patient care and safety.”

The webinar, presented by Parmenter and Sherbine and titled “Improve the Health of Health Care Workers,” is open to hospital human resource executives, administrators, and press. It will be held in cooperation with ASHHRA. All registrants will receive an advanced copy of the September HR Pulse article, “An Unhealthy Workforce…Solving America’s Health Care Crisis Starts with Health Care Workers,” and the HighRoads Hospital Employer Benefit Survey Results.

To register to attend either the August 16 or August 25 event, please visit: http://factsforhealthcare.com/workforce.

About HighRoads

The world’s leading employers choose HighRoads to gain complete control over their health care costs and compliance. With HighRoads’ service, employers have online access to benefits plan information and pricing, competitive benefits benchmarks, and complete benefits management. The privately-held company is headquartered in Woburn, MA. For more information, visit www.HighRoads.com.

About Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs 55,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. For more information, go to www.thomsonreuters.com.

About ASHHRA

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) is the nation’s only membership organization exclusively dedicated to meeting the professional needs of human resources leaders in health care. Founded in 1964, ASHHRA represents more than 3,500 human resources professionals across the nation.



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