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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Reduce Your Health Care Costs

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

February is American Heart Month, and employers have a crucial role to play in reducing the human and financial toll of cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular diseases claim more than 800,000 lives annually in the United States and cost American businesses more than $393 billion a year. Studies have shown that employers pay more than double the average health claim payment for employees with heart-related conditions.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comprehensive worksite programs focused on changing lifestyle behaviors yield a $3 to $6 return on investment for each dollar invested.

Businesses should establish partnerships with their local heart disease and stroke prevention programs and learn from other employers what they are doing to improve employee cardiovascular health and reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke. You can also work with your health plan to ensure that essential preventive benefits are covered for your employees.

And last but not least, be prepared to save a life. Consider fitting your office with Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, and providing AED and CPR training for your staff. Prompt use of an AED and CPR is proven to dramatically increase the chance of survival for people suffering sudden cardiac arrest.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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