Thought Paper From Aegis Health Group Answers the Question: What Do Employers Want From Hospitals?

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Employers looking for ways to lower their health-related costs need a solid partner. At the same time hospitals are strengthening their efforts to improve the health of the residents they serve. The shared goal of both employers and hospitals is the focus of latest thought paper, “What Do Employers Want From Hospitals? The Rules of the Road.”

In the paper Aegis offers a roadmap for hospitals looking to establish strategic, results-oriented partnerships with local employers. Building and executing an effective requires hospitals to:

In return hospitals not only foster lasting relationships with local healthcare consumers, but also fulfill their obligation to proactively manage population health. “Finding ways to address community health risks has never been more timely as providers are going to be held accountable for disease prevention and overall health improvement as a result of the Affordable Care Act,” said Aegis President and CEO Pearson Talbert. “With open enrollment just a few months away, hospital-employer partnerships focused on workforce wellness should be happening now.”

This comes at a time when employers are eager to get in front of the issues of rising healthcare costs and diminished productivity due to poor health. Hospital-employer partnerships are ideally positioned to address the top four modifiable risk factors, which account for 75 percent of all chronic disease: stress, tobacco use, nutrition (poor food choices and oversized portions) and physical inactivity.

“Hospitals are well positioned to provide the medical talent, best practices and expertise to implement a comprehensive workforce health initiative that addresses these costly risk factors and more,” added Talbert. “The fact is: If hospitals don’t engage employers in wellness programs, someone else will.”

The paper explores the levels of employer engagement, provides case study examples of employer results, and identifies the key elements of an effective hospital-led worksite wellness program. “In addition to the need for a hands-on hospital liaison to work with each employer, today’s programs require the support of technology that allows consumers to track their health status and interact directly with the hospital as well as enables employers to take charge of the health of their business,” noted Talbert.

Aegis’ thought paper series, which offers insight into hospital leadership and business development challenges, includes among others: “Accountable Care: The Focus of Reform,” “Prescription for Identifying and Growing Physician Leaders,” “The Four Keys to a Successful Physician Relationship Management Program,” and “Hospitals at a Crossroads: Achieving Success in an Era of ACOs.” All are available at no charge with a brief registration for an Aegis Passport at .

Aegis Health Group has assisted hundreds of hospitals with proven-effective business development strategies for more than 20 years. Its strategic Population Health Management solutions enable hospitals to grow market share and revenue by identifying and intelligently managing the health risks of local consumers within the community they serve. Complementing this,Aegis’ data-driven Physician Relationship Management strategy creates strategic alignment between hospitals and their medical staff to drive service-line growth, enhance patient care and quality, and provide timely issue resolution. Further information about Aegis is available at or on their blog at .