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Five Questions EMPAQ Can Help You Answer


By John Azzolini/Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The National Business Group on Health®, in partnership with Truven Health AnalyticsTM, an IBM Company, will be collecting EMPAQ® data until May 20, 2016. EMPAQ® (Employer Measures of Productivity, Absence and Quality™) is an online survey-based measurement tool ― developed by employers for employers ― that helps quantify the costs of poor health, low productivity, and absence. It provides employers with a framework by which to measure and monitor the return on investment they’re receiving from their human capital investments. 

Here are five questions you’ll be able to answer with the customized, benchmarking data you’ll receive when you participate:

If you would like to participate in the EMPAQ® program, you’ll need to submit your data to http://submission.empaq.org/ by May 20, 2016. Once the survey is initiated, you can authorize a consultant or vendor to complete the form on your behalf. We’ve set up a dedicated phone line and email to assist you with your submission. Call 855-878-8367 (855-TRUVENQ) or email empaq@truvenhealth.com.


 


EMPAQ® Is Open for Data Submission Through May 20


By John Azzolini/Friday, May 6, 2016

The National Business Group on Health®, in partnership with Truven Health AnalyticsTM, will be collecting EMPAQ® data between March 1 and May 20, 2016.  EMPAQ (Employer Measures of Productivity, Absence and Quality™) is an online survey-based measurement tool ― developed by employers for employers ― that helps quantify the costs of poor health, low productivity, and absence.

Why Should I Submit Data?

Your participation in EMPAQ will give you:

     A framework to monitor and measure your ROI from human capital investments

     Valuable insights to help you manage your health and productivity programs

     An individualized report that details how your program performs compared with similar employers and all respondents

     Specific recommendations based on your results

Read More About EMPAQ Data

Read the results from the 2014 data submissions to learn how the EMPAQ program can help you.

If you would like to participate in the EMPAQ® program, you’ll need to submit your data to http://submission.empaq.org/ by May 20, 2016. Once the survey is initiated, you can authorize a consultant or vendor to complete the form on your behalf.

We’ve set up a dedicated phone line and email to assist you with your submission. Call 855-878-8367 (855-TRUVENQ) or email empaq@truvenhealth.com.

John Azzolini
Senior Consulting Scientist


Congratulations to the 2016 Advantage Award Winners


By Mike Boswood/Wednesday, May 4, 2016

At our annual customer conference last week, I had the honor of presenting the 2016 Advantage Awards to clients who documented significant results from projects that required innovative thinking and analytics, and produced greater value in healthcare.

Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) was the overall winner this year. GaHIN created a “network of networks” wherein patient information remains with the treating provider and flows only when there is authorization. Caregivers can now instantly access information from a multitude of sources through their EMR, enabling more informed decisions about treatments and avoiding unnecessary, expensive tests.

In addition to the overall winner, the following organizations were honored with Advantage Awards for their impressive results:

  • DeKalb Regional Health System: achieved reduced lengths of stay and cost savings from a systemic commitment to greater quality.
  • IASIS Healthcare: reduced readmissions through near-real time analytics and by improving the transition of care from hospital to home.
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance: exceeded enrollment goal by enabling members to understand their likely costs if they switched to the CDHP or stayed in a PPO.
  • Lockheed Martin: used analytics to understand costs of various treatments for lower back pain and to identify targeted intervention opportunities.
  • Prime Healthcare Services – Centinela Hospital Medical Center: turned a negative margin positive and improved patient satisfaction, with pervasive quality-oriented management.
  • State of Michigan: reduced invoice-to-claim discrepancies by over $30 million by automating the comparison process.
  • Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals: realized over $14M in cost reductions by guiding all departments to operate off standardized definitions, metrics, benchmarks and goals.

We support our clients’ commitment to building greater value in healthcare with our expanding range of solutions and services; we anticipate that as part of IBM Watson Health we will be able to provide ever more compelling solutions to the evolving challenges facing healthcare across the U.S. and globally.

Our congratulations to the success of all this year’s Advantage Award winners.

Mike Boswood
President and CEO
Truven Health Analytics


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