“Not getting worse” is the key to containing costs.
The goal of prevention-based medicine is to keep healthy people healthy and help those with risk factors or chronic conditions to achieve their optimal health. Because each person has a completely unique set of preferences, genes, and habits, we focus preventative measures and health maintenance on an individual level.
The key to population health management is working with patients of all risk levels, not just medium and high-risk patients. Research done by Dr. Dee Edington and the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center indicates that as employees move out of the medium- and high-risk categories, others are already moving in. Our preventative services reduce the upward flow from low-risk to medium- and high-risk.
We start by taking each employee through a confidential health risk assessment to understand lifestyle factors that might be affecting their health. Then we do a health screening that measures blood pressure, weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels to see if there’s any indication of potential health risks, and to set a baseline for improvement. Through a combination of risk reduction coaching, chronic condition coaching, and individual or group education programs, we help people make long-lasting lifestyle changes that will preserve or improve their health status into the future.