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The Validation Institute and Certification – Stand out from the Crowd



As many of you know, I am on the advisory board of the Care Innovations Validation Institute.  This is an important organization for the Population Health and Wellness industry. The advisory board is chaired by Dr. David Nash, Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health.

Our industry is facing some questions; one need only look at the multitude of population health and wellness vendors and their reports of amazing outcomes to know that something is not right.  RAND has published some very good studies (here, here and here)  that showed limited to negative returns from various wellness and employe health improvement programs and Al Lewis has published many examples in his books (here and here)  and on his website.  While on the other side, Ron Goetzel at the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies within Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,  has a whole section devoted to programs that do work.

Last year the Population Health Alliance held a debate between Ron and Al. The event was standing room only and came to the conclusion that many of the programs do not work, while a few very well designed and implemented programs do.

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2015 PHA Forum: Where Population Health Policy, Innovation and Education Converge

You’re familiar with the term “population health” through posts, articles and discussions with peers. Now come learn how we all can effectively operate within the framework of population health and strengthen the population health management programs within our respective organizations.  I’m hoping you can join me Nov. 2-4, 2015 in Washington, DC for the Population Health Alliance (PHA) 16th annual Population Health Forum  – where population health policy, innovation and education converge.


Get the most recent population health policy updates from those directly shaping it. Participate in a lively and enlightening debate between industry veterans Al Lewis and Ron Goetzel. And, while at the nation’s epicenter of policy and politics, hear firsthand from keynote speakers Eleanor Clift and Mark Siegel how the upcoming Presidential campaign and soon-to-be-changing Administration may impact our industry.


Learn the latest technological advances, research and case studies from industry leaders who will share how participants can apply this insight in moving a population toward healthier lifestyles.


Receive continuing medical education (CME) and Continuing Education Units (CEU) units through a series of interactive workshops where the practitioners share industry best practices that participants can put to use within their own organizations.

No other conference combines fresh insight on population health policy with practical, applicable knowledge shared by the industry’s leading players. Here is a link with additional information and registration details.

I hope to see you there!

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“Welcome to Health: Population 1” the PHA Forum

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This years PHA Forum has The Great Debate during the Executive Institute between Al Lewis and Ron Goetzel on Wellness Programs and ROI, but the PHA Forum also has incredible keynotes, programming and networking.

The theme is “Welcome to Health: Population 1”. Why? Because we recognize that the person is critical, we move populations one person at a time. So whether you are into politics, a hospital or provider group doing population health, an employer, a health plan, looking to network with experts or someone who needs CME’s or CEU’s the PHA Forum has something for you.

We are all in this mission together to improve the lives and health of the people we serve, our community, patients, employees, family and friends and yes even ourselves. Come to the PHA Forum and learn real and useful insights from people who are actually doing it.

Early bird rates are still available and we have special really discounted rates for government personnel, employers and students. So join me and others in our nations capitol November 2-4 to learn, network and come together to create a true system of population health.

See you there.

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Is there an ROI in a Wellness Program? Ron Goetzel Discusses

Well the debate rages on in the wellness industry regarding Return on Investment (ROI) for wellness programs.  Many vendors have touted that their wellness programs reduce medical claims costs. Studies by Soren Mattke and analyses by others paint a very different picture.  I commented on this issue here in this blog after attending a Wellness conference last year .

Dr. Ron Goetzel at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health just released a video discussing this issue.

You can watch the video  here.

Comments anyone…

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