New Officers Elected
Carly Deer, Senior Benefits Leader, Target Corporation, has been elected by the NAWHC Board as its new Chair. David Hines, Director, Employee Benefits, Metro Nashville Public Schools, was elected as the NAWHC Secretary/Treasurer. Congratulations to Carly and David as the new elected leaders of NAWHC.
Workgroup on the Future of NAWHC
Following Larry Boress’ announcement that he is stepping down after 12 years as President and CEO (and 26 years as a staff member) of the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), effective at the end of 2017, the NAWHC Board created a Workgroup on the Future of NAWHC. The Work Group met on two occasions to determine how NAWHC’s leadership and operations should proceed. The Work Group recommended Larry retain as its Executive Director and continue its strong relationship with MBGH to support its operations. The Chicago-based MBGH is one of the nation’s largest and most respected coalitions of self-funded employers, is a co-founder of NAWHC, along with the LaPenna Group, and hosts the NAWHC office and meetings. Discussions were held with MBGH leadership, which supported continuing the current arrangements. Larry indicated his interest in continuing to serve NAWHC as its Executive Director for the foreseeable future. He plans to work part time, spending half the year in a new home in Goodyear, AZ, and the other half in the Chicago area. Moving forward, formal agreements will be made with Larry Boress and between NAWHC and MBGH to continue the growth, stability and future activities of NAWHC.
NAWHC 5th Annual Forum: Increasing Utilization and Services in Worksite Clinics September 7, 2017 Members can get a summary of all the sessions, access to most of the slide presentations, as well as a recording of the speakers, on the Program Materials page of the NAWHC website.
High Blood Pressure Support and other No-Cost Tools and Programs to Maximize Workplace Health Centers and Activities- Webinar, October 12, 2017: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
Learn about American Heart Association’s free suite of Workplace Health Solutions tools at this free webinar. AHA’s Corporate Health Engagement program provides the Workplace Health Achievement Index, My Life Check, Check. Change, Control hypertension program and additional employee engagement strategies and resources.
NAWHC 6th Annual Forum - September 6, 2018, Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Next year, NAWHC will host the 6th Annual Forum at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Save the date for this informative event.
Occupational Health and Beyond: The National Association of Occupational Health Professionals Conference- October 16-18, 2017, InterContinental Hotel, 505 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
NAWHC members are invited to attend the annual conference of its new partner, the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals. Larry Boress, NAWHC Executive Director, will keynote the conference. Topics include issues facing both employers and occupational health professionals: fatigue, recreational marijuana, DOT nuances and mechanics, direct contracting, Avoiding OSHA recordable events and workplace violence. NAWHC members can register for a oneday rate of $149.
14th West Coast Executive Forum on On-Site and Near-Site Employee Health Clinics, October 18-19, 2017, Double Tree Resort Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, AZ (Sponsored by World Congress)
Hear employers and health system executives share their experiences on clinic implementation, effective ROI calculation, and engaging a diverse population. NAWHC’s Executive Director, Larry Boress, serves as conference chair for this event. Members get a $200 discount off the registration fee. Contactlboress@mbgh.org for the discount code.
Measuring the Performance of Health & Wellness Centers
At its September 7th Annual Forum, NAWHC released its new Guidebook on Measuring the Performance of Health and Wellness Centers.” The Guidebook includes definitions, strategies, metrics and case studies on measuring performance of new, mature, small and large worksite health centers. There are sections on utilization, financial, clinical and satisfaction performance sets. The Guidebook is FREE for NAWHC members. Non-members may purchase it for $125.00 by completing the application. To obtain your copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use of Chiropractors in Onsite Clinics
Under a series of grants from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, NAWHC has conducted surveys and roundtables of employers and clinic vendors on views, uses and training of chiropractors. A press release will be developed on the findings and results of the surveys are available to NAWHC members.
In addition, as a result of this activity, a NAWHC member, Metro Nashville School Districts, developed and is now sharing its job description for a Doctor of Chiropractic to serve as part of its clinical team. The document includes the roles of the DC in the clinic, as well as required training and experience criteria. A copy of the job description is available to NAWHC members by contacting email@example.com.
Vendor Landscape Guide
To help members in their selection and comparison of clinic vendors, NAWHC is working with KLAS, a research firm which provides transparency and insights on vendors. This project will include employer surveys and interviews to develop both a simple Vendor Landscape Guide to compare vendor capabilities/offerings and a report to share early insights showing client input/feedback. KLAS anticipates differentiating vendor service offerings in onsite care by showing key pillars for what each vendor does do and what they do not do. The research report will capture client input around why vendors were selected, what value is derived, and what challenges clients are facing. NAWHC members will receive invites to participate. Please take the time for this important and valuable project. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following a review by the NAWHC Medical Director Council and Board, NAWHC has joined the CLIA Waiver Coalition. This entity was formed to encourage the FDA to grant additional waivers to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) to allow ambulatory facilities, such as worksite clinics, to conduct low-complexity lab tests without having to employ a laboratory-certified technician. With the growth in technology, more lab tests can be safely and accurately performed in onsite and near-site health centers and NAWHC is dedicated to helping expand the number of lab services available to patients using these centers. For more information, contact email@example.com.