Getting The Academy at your place of business
Below we describe the typical process of how a company gets The Academy implemented with their employees.
This is important for a few reasons but one of these is most important.
It is likely that our approach to this is very different than what you are used to seeing. Some explanation can be helpful.
Step 1: Discuss The Academy
This is a simple but necessary step. Everyone involved, from those enrolled to those making the decisions should understand how this works. We cover all of this during Step 1.
For example, The Academy is geared to helping specific groups of people: Those at risk or diagnosed with any combination of the following:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
The “at risk” includes those with a family history of these conditions or those diagnosed as “pre-“, pre-diabetic or pre-hypertensive.
We also discuss the 12 Modules and how they are delivered – in-person (best outcomes), online or some combination.
Our preferred method of doing Step 1 is a 30-minute meeting/presentation, with key people in attendance, including: Someone from the executive leadership team, preferably a person involved with the financial aspects of the company (CFO, Controller); someone in a leadership position within HR and the person in charge of benefits. Additionally, anyone else involved in the decision-making or implementation process is also helpful.
Step 2: Is there a good fit?
Once we’ve completed the above, the next step is to determine if there is a good fit.
This is a simple process and involves us looking at some of your current healthcare spending. The most important things for us to evaluate include:
- Rates of the above mentioned conditions within your employee population.
- The number of prescriptions for these conditions.
- Dollars spent on these conditions.
We evaluate aggregate information, so the total percentage of those with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol is perfect. As for the last two bullet points, the typical Top 25 table of prescription drugs will usually suffice.
So how do we determine fit?
This part is simple.
We take your information, apply our typical results and tell you what to expect in outcomes.
It is simple because we give you two numbers: 1) how much our services would cost and 2) how much we expect to save your company. You compare and then make a decision.
Step 3: Implementation
If we have all determined there is a good fit, the next step involves working out the details for implementation.
The very first decision that needs to be made is this: “How many people do you want to enroll in The Academy?”
Some companies are little hesitant to implement a company-wide strategy like The Academy right off the bat. We understand. So we offer a Pilot Program, where The Academy gets implemented with a defined number of employees. We refer to this as the “Target Enrollment” and once identified, we then start with phase 2 of implementation.
This involves the following: deposit, dates and recruitment.
The deposit is typically 15% of the total invoice. This allows us to get started on the backend. It also allows you to reserve certain dates/times for the sessions, if you’d like.
There are several dates that need to be identified: information sessions, measurement sessions, start date, etc…
Recruitment is done mainly through emails (which we provide) and the information sessions. We also need to define who is allowed to enroll. The best approach we have seen is allowing anyone to enroll.
There are more details, for sure. But this covers the gist.
Step 4: Off and running
Once all of the above is complete – everyone enrolled, measured and entered into our system, we start with Module 1.
At the time of Module 1, we also submit the final invoice, which is adjusted for the deposit and any discrepancy from the Target Number.
Somewhere around Module 2, we give you a summary report of those enrolled. This report is descriptive and includes aggregate information on height, weight, body composition, health status, targeted medications and more.
That’s our process
It gives you some idea of how it typically works.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to know if The Academy might be a good fit for your company, reach out to us. We are be more than happy to talk with you.