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If your organization is weighed down by the burden of obesity-related healthcare costs in your population, you are not alone. Obese individuals in the United States are at greater risk for chronic disease — type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, even some forms of cancer — at an annual cost of $117 billion. Not included in this estimate are indirect costs of obesity — income lost from decreased productivity, restricted activity, absenteeism and bed days.
Obesity and weight management programs from healthcare payors, purchasers, providers and educators can help to reduce the physical and financial strain of overweight and obesity on health status, worker productivity and healthcare costs in the midst of the nation's full-fledged obesity epidemic.
Obesity & Weight Management Benchmarks and Case Studies provides actionable information on current obesity and weight management programs for adults, children and adolescents. Whether your organization will focus on obesity and weight management in the near future or retool an existing program, it will benefit from a review of metrics and measurements to evaluate and plan your program and compare performance and utilization data.
This exclusive report analyzes the responses of more than 300 healthcare organizations to HIN's 2008 Industry Survey on Obesity and Weight Management, presenting the data in more than 30 easy-to-follow graphs and tables. This industry snapshot is enhanced by in-depth profiles of four diverse approaches to obesity and weight management from varied industry sectors as well as a look at the latest obesity-related studies.
This report provides expanded data on:
and much more, including profiles of four diverse obesity and weight management programs:
Sector-by-sector breakdown of healthcare organizations offering obesity and weight management programs today;
- The number of organizations that will launch programs in the next year;
- Average age of programs and targeted populations;
- Accepted methods of participant identification;
- Management and prevention program features and delivery methods;
- Trends in health plan reimbursement for obesity management and prevention services for adults and children;
- Highlights of programs directed at children and adolescents;
- Suggestions for engaging patients and members in obesity and weight management programs;
- Frank commentary on what's working in obesity and weight management, as well as the challenges and benefits of program development, launch and evaluation;
- The impact of obesity and weight management and prevention programs on healthcare utilization, member/patient satisfaction and cost;
- Florida Zephyrhills Hospital at Adventist Health System L.I.F.E. Program: Lifestyle Incentives For Employees initiative aimed at obesity management and prevention. Review the components that make up the L.I.F.E. Program, eligibility requirements, incentives use, progress measurement and more.
- DMAA's Obesity Resource Center, resources to help organizations define obesity in their populations, with a special focus on the DMAA's Obesity with Co-Morbidities project and its Obesity Toolkit.
- Humana Health Coaching for Adult and Pediatric Obesity: programs offering a full menu of health coaching capabilities for obese/overweight individuals in the format most suited to their needs.
- Health4U NutritionMatters Coaching from Michigan State University employs the eating competence model to deliver a client-centered approach to nutrition education and guidance.
The most recent CDC review found that 34 percent of adults aged 20 and over are obese. Rates of overweight and obesity remain high in children and adolescents aged 2 through 19 years of age, with 31.9 percent at or above the 85th percentile of the 2000 BMI-for-age growth charts, according to the Journal of American Medicine.
The 32-page Obesity & Weight Management Benchmarks and Case Studies is the one-of-a-kind resource you can use to weigh the offerings of your obesity and weight management program against those of your peers and reshape program content where necessary.
Benefit from your peers' experience and advice to launch and retool programs that combat direct medical costs related to obesity — preventive, diagnostic and treatment services.