Sloan Kettering Veteran Joins Healthy Business Group as Chief Medical Officer

(NEW YORK, New York. February 6, 2017) Healthy Business Group (HBG) announced the addition of Dr. Kristen Beyer as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Beyer joined HBG after five years as a clinical bone marrow transplant specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She will lead the company’s Health Innovation Team and serve as a patient-centric “human hub” to connect employers and employees to resources that would best serve their health and wellness needs.

HBG, a workforce health-improvement solution provider, formed its Health Innovation Team to keep up with rapidly emerging technologies and solutions in healthcare. The team will source and implement best practices that improve health outcomes for patients and control costs for employers.

Chronic and high-impact diseases such as cancer and metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes, affect a growing slice of the population. Middle-market companies not large enough to access market-leading health and wellness support often bear the consequences for suboptimal health outcomes among their workforce.

“My vision in having Dr. Beyer on board as our Chief Medical Officer is to build on our successful wellness programs that allow people to have richer lives,” said Tom Morrissey, HBG’s CEO. “She will draw on her clinical expertise to lead our high-value cancer care program, which will be unique in our space.”

Dr. Beyer will lead a team that has deep roots in the employer benefits and wellness industry. Her broad base of healthcare experience will help HBG deliver large-company benefits to middle-market employers.

Dr. Beyer is an experienced researcher and clinician who has worked in cancer and outpatient care. She has published on the role of pharmacists in cancer and palliative care services. She is a contributing author to the Book of Cancer Pharmacology and has published recommendations on improving the delivery of care for bone marrow patients.

Find out more about maximizing health and wellness in the age of cost control. Email Kylie Morrissey or call 631.808.3200 to engage with HBG.

Could you benefit by targeting generations with different healthcare strategies?

At HBG we are lucky to work with a diverse clientele. One of the trends being noted in the industry is the wide range of generations that are working side-by-side in today’s corporate environments.  In fact, the National Business Group on Health just released a compelling report quoting that the U.S. labor force is currently made up of Millennials (34%), Generation X (34%) and Baby Boomers (29%)*. To best support the needs of a multi-generational workforce, today’s benefit strategies should vary accordingly to address the diversity of each generation.  

Employees beginning their careers tend to have different physical, financial, emotional and personal needs than employees transitioning into retirement.   In addition to this, NBGH states that 73% of employees say they would value more personalized benefits geared towards the different generational groups.

We have been hearing a lot about how to assimilate these generations into a productive collective and the struggles our clients are facing. We believe the answers lie in first understanding the motivations and characteristics of each group.  Once you understand what each generations main concerns are you can properly create wellness programs targeted to assist with these worries.

*All statistics are referenced from our partners at the National Business Group on Health and their latest report published on generations in the workforce. 

Telemedicine: Why many employers are adopting it and how to get your clients on board

It is projected by 2018 that nearly 90% of employers will be offering telemedicine to their employees, according to the 2015 Towers Watson Best Practices in Health Care Survey with the National Business Group on Health. 

Why Telehealth? 

A shortage of primary care doctors has increased patient wait times to 20.3 days on average; the U.S. healthcare industry wastes an estimated 38 billion from ER overuse; and 30 million uninsured Americans are being added to the system.

Healthcare consumers are more digitally focused than ever – 4 in 5 smartphone users are interested in using their technology to interact with a healthcare provider.

More employers are choosing telehealth as a low-cost way to drive employee satisfaction, increase productivity and help reduce overall healthcare costs. 

Immediately reduce costs by redirecting unnecessary and non-emergency visits to Urgent Care, ER and Primary Care.

The Problem: Metabolic Syndrome (MetS)

Metabolic Syndrome is the leading cause of rising healthcare costs, decreases in employee wellbeing and loss of productivity in the workforce.  Simply defined Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that increase a person’s risk for a majority of the major chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and more.  We at HBG have put a stake in the ground to reverse Metabolic Syndrome.  We are on a mission for our clients to be part of a larger collective to radically impact change. 

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