Type 2 diabetes
This condition costs employers and insurance plans more than all other conditions. Even worse? Our healthcare system doesn’t know how to treat it and we can’t prevent it. This is a bad combination!
high blood pressure
One of the three main chronic conditions with a negative impact on our healthcare system. Similarly, we look at this like a numbers problem – how do we get it lower, without addressing why the numbers are high.
Conventional wisdom says that high cholesterol clogs the arteries, which increases risk for a heart attack. This makes sense but the research doesn’t support it. In fact, the research would suggest that a somewhat elevated cholesterol is protective and too low increases risk.
Where we excel…
From most perspectives, the current state of chronic disease is terrible – from the incidence and prevalence to the treatment and costs. The picture is not rosy. There are many reasons why, but fundamentally, the approach to treatment targets a symptom – it’s really nothing more than disease management paraded around as healthcare. Prevention and/or wellness aren’t much better. We try to fit a square peg into a round hole and then blame the end-user for not following directions.
We have a somewhat different approach – focusing on and fixing the problem.
Chronic disease is the main driver in year-to-year costs for health plans. The pool of diagnosed always grows, never shrinks. So your expenses always increase. The approach to fixing this problem isn’t effective, so nothing really changes.
This is the most expensive condition to have and to treat. EVERY organization should be focused on this problem! We are very successful at fixing the problem of insulin resistance and helping people get off of most (if not all) of their medications.
Whatever your organization is spending on cholesterol medication, that amount is increasing. And it’s increasing for two reasons: 1) The criterion for putting someone on a statin has gone from 220 to 200, increasing the pool tremendously; and 2) People follow a poor lifestyle, which leads to elevated cholesterol. This is a double-whammy!
Most organizations we work with aren’t too concerned with high blood pressure, because it’s relatively inexpensive to control with generic prescription medication. This is a bad perspective to have. The long-term risk for kidney problems doesn’t just disappear, which means the longer someone is hypertensive (even controlled with medication) the greater their risk of costly kidney related problems.
58% male, obese (34 BMI) and nearly two chronic conditions per person.
IMPLEMENTING THE ACADEMY
A little more than 200 went through either the presentations or 1-on-1 coaching version of The Academy over a 15-month period.
OUTCOMES – 67% decrease in spend
Before implementing The Academy, monthly expenses for these drugs combined was nearly $60,000, when we finished, it was about $20,000!
Implementing The Academy was an investment of about $185,000. Their savings were $469,000, which translates into an ROI of $2.50!
Dr. Brian Sekula is our Founder, President and CEO.
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