NAWHC will focus on helping employers develop and expand on-site health care programs.
CHICAGO – May 5, 2011 – The non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), in cooperation with The La Penna Group, announced that it is forming the National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC), an employer-led organization focused on assisting public and private employers in getting the greatest return from on-site clinics, pharmacies and fitness and wellness centers.
“This new national association will increase the exchange of information and experiences between employer-sponsors of worksite health facilities,” said Larry Boress, MBGH president and CEO. “NAWHC will also provide practical and objective information for those examining this approach as to how these facilities can be part of a total health care strategy that increases productivity, reduces costs and enhances engagement in health management programs.”
According to a 2009 Mercer employer study, worksite facilities are growing in popularity. Mercer found 31 percent of large employers offer a medical clinic at or near their workplace. While most are using it for occupational health services, 11 percent of large employers provide a clinic for primary care services and ten percent of all employers surveyed are considering offering a primary care clinic this year. Recent MBGH employee focus group research also indicates that 62 percent of workers are interested in their company offering on-site medical clinics to better manage their health.
“We’ve found that while many companies are successfully implementing on-site care, there is a need for an association that can provide an environment for the sharing of best practices and program ideas,” said Mike La Penna, principal, The La Penna Group, Inc.
The association also plans to form a Medical Director Council of physician thought-leaders from employers, providers, consultants and vendors.
“For many employers, worksite health centers are increasingly becoming a key strategy for not only providing medical care, but also optimizing the use of other health benefits to improve employee health and realize cost savings,” said Bruce Sherman, MD, consulting corporate medical director for the Whirlpool Corporation. “While the concept may be straightforward, the implementation is rather complex and this association will be a helpful resource.”
Mr. La Penna also noted, “While the Board and the organization will primarily be governed by employer-sponsors of worksite centers, important roles will be defined for vendor participation and for organizations that can offer services to employers who are operating on-site health access programs. Our goal is to be inclusive and to involve anyone who can make a contribution to the patients who are being served through employer sponsored programs.”
About The La Penna Group
The La Penna Group, Inc. is a health care consulting group focused on program development and innovative solutions for both providers and consumers. For more than 20 years, its team has worked directly with employers to develop on-site health access and clinical services and its clients are considered to have some the most advanced programs in the nation. The La Penna Group frequently publishes on the subject of employer based health programming and worksite health clinics and sponsors an industry newsletter (www.onsiteclinics.org) in addition to conducting regular research on program performance. www.lapenna.com
About the Midwest Business Group on Health
Celebrating more than 30 years of advancing value in health care and health benefits management, the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) is one of the nation's leading business groups of private and public employers. MBGH's more than 100 members represent over 3 million lives, spending more than $3 billion on health care benefits annually. MBGH member benefits include educational workshops for health benefits management, networking opportunities, research, demonstration projects and community initiatives. MBGH is a founding member of the National Business Coalition on Health. www.mbgh.org
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