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The best way to treat a heart attack is to prevent it
Cardiovascular disease is one of the most costly diseases for employers — annual health care expenses for just one employee with heart disease average nearly $19,000.1 Employees with heart conditions also miss an average of eight workdays per year.2 The traditional health care system is designed to detect illnesses after the fact, when they’re more costly to treat. But if your employees received the right preventive care at the right time, it could reduce heart attacks by up to 63%.3 To be proactive, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists need to work together — sharing information, tracking member progress, and supporting your employees.
Compared to other health plans, employees under our care get more of the right care: screenings, the right medications, health promotion and education, and care management helping members at risk for heart disease stay healthy. It keeps costs down and your employees healthier.
Heart disease caught early
Our doctors are prompted to ask members about risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking or lack of exercise, at every routine office visit. And Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect® automatically informs our caregivers when members are due for preventive care screenings. We can schedule them — and sometimes perform them — on the spot, even if they’re not related to that day’s office visit.
Avoid costly hospitalizations
Since our caregivers work together to provide and monitor preventive care and follow-up for patients, they’re able to provide a personalized level of care that helps employees stick with preventive care programs, follow recommended treatment plans, and miss less work. Evidence shows that a coordinated team approach to cardiac care reduces hospitalizations for patients with heart disease.4
More productive employees
80% of members who participated in our online chronic care management program said their health improved — saving $2,148 in projected productivity per year per participant.5
No referrals required
Members at risk for cardiac disease are automatically enrolled in our award-winning disease management programs at no additional charge.
Top-ranked cardiac care
According to 2014 HEDIS® scores, we had the highest rates for cholesterol and blood pressure control for members with heart disease in every state we serve plus the District of Columbia.6
- 1 Gregory A. Nichols, PhD, et al., “Medical Care Costs Among Patients with Established Cardiovascular Disease,” American Journal of Managed Care, March 2010.
- 2 “The Impact of Chronic Conditions and Co-morbidity on Lost Work Time,” Integrated Benefits Institute, August 2009.
- 3 Richard Kahn, PhD, et al., “The Impact of Prevention on Reducing the Burden of Cardiovascular Disease,” Diabetes Care, Volume 31, Number 8, August 2008.
- 4 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2011.
- 5 Healthy Lifestyle Programs Outcomes, Kaiser Permanente Internet Services Group, April 2012.
- 6 Kaiser Permanente 2014 HEDIS® scores. Benchmarks provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Quality Compass® and represent all non-PPO lines of business. Kaiser Permanente combined region scores were provided by the Kaiser Permanente Department of Care and Service Quality. The source for data contained in this publication is Quality Compass 2014 and is used with the permission of NCQA. Quality Compass 2014 includes certain CAHPS® data. Any data display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion. Quality Compass® and HEDIS® are registered trademarks of NCQA. CAHPS® is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Services covered under your health plan are provided and/or arranged by Kaiser Permanente health plans: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., in Northern and Southern California and Hawaii • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc., Nine Piedmont Center, 3495 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-364-7000 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., 2101 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, 500 NE Multnomah St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington or Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options, Inc., 320 Westlake Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98109 • Self-insured plans are administered by Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company, One Kaiser Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
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