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Updated: May 18, 2010
Highmark Helping Its Employees Scale Heights Of Health Improvement

Highmark Inc. is taking its employee health into its own hands, opening two health centers at its two worksites. The company wants to reduce its healthcare costs and get employees more engaged in their own healthcare decisions. The centers are in Camp Hill and Pittsburgh.

It will offer its employees a variety of services, including primary care, vaccinations, physical therapy and a pharmacy. Employees also have access to an on-site fitness center and wellness classes, as well as the opportunity to participate in Lifestyle Returns, a wellness program stressing healthier lifestyles.

Highmark is working with Take Care Health Systems to aid operating the health centers. Take Care Health Systems is part of Walgreens Health and Wellness Division and currently operates more than 375 worksite health centers around the country.

In 2007 Highmark published a wellness study that indicated for every dollar spent on wellness efforts it saved an additional $1.65.

"Based on our research, we expect to save several hundred thousand dollars on our overall healthcare costs" in 2009, said Dr. Kenneth R. Melani, Highmark president and CEO. "Employees will be able to see a doctor at work rather than spending several hours going to an off-site appointment."

According to Cambridge, Mass.- based Fuld & Company, worksite health centers can offer employers immediate savings of 10 to 30 percent on healthcare costs by reducing services, increasing productivity among the workforce and improving the overall health and well being of the employee population. Fuld is a research and consulting firm in the field of business and competitive intelligence.

Based in Pittsburg, Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, servings 4.8 million people through the company’s healthcare benefits business.

Address: Highmark, Fifth Avenue Place, 120 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3099; (412) 544-7000, www.highmark.com.


  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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