Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Opening Remarks
The Correlation Between Insomnia and Chronic Illness, Steven M. Scharf, MD, PhD, University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
“I would be a new person if only I could get some sleep.” Unfortunately, for people who live with chronic illness, chronic insomnia may become a roadblock to their achieving optimal clinical outcomes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as chronic diseases assume an increasingly important role in the overall burden of illness and premature death, interest has grown in the role of sleep health in both the development and management of chronic diseases. Insufficient sleep can now be linked to a number of chronic conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. In this session, you will learn why it is important for clinicians to assess for and address disordered sleep habits and insomnia.
Special Considerations of “Older Consumers” in Workforce Wellness Programs, Walter Bortz II, MD, Stanford University Medical School (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
U.S. Department of Labor (August 2011) states that, by 2018, nearly 24 percent of the U.S. workforce will be 55 years or older. As a result, in order to maintain employee productivity and performance, tailoring health promotion and wellness programs for the “older consumer” will become an increasingly important employer goal. This session will stress how lifestyle impacts health as people age, and will outline the steps that can be taken by individuals to stay as healthy and productive as possible well into their senior years.
“The Unmentionables,” Alexandra Drane, Eliza Corporation
A comprehensive national survey entitled “The Unmentionables” was completed by the Eliza Corporation. This survey revealed many factors that prevent individuals from taking a more active role in taking charge of their health needs. This presentation, “The Unmentionables,” will shed light on some unexpected correlations between health, productivity and the real-life issues people deal with; it will also describe interesting and unique strategies for assessing and addressing issues and barriers related to consumers’ perceptions of their health care.
Stress Reduction for Those Who Live With a Chronic Illness in Mind and Body, Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Minnesota
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NOISH) estimates that approximately one-third of American workers admit to having high levels of work related stress (NOISH, 2009). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a technique that helps people consciously deal with stress, pain, chronic illness and everyday life challenges. In this session, learn how Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has been demonstrated to positively affect people with various chronic illnesses.
LUNCHEON PRESENTATION—An Overview of OptumHealth™ (optional)
OptumHealth features best-in-class programs and services in case management, disease management, treatment of complex medical conditions, decision support, physical medicine and wellness. Learn about the products and services available through OptumHealth that can help payers and employers aggressively manage costs while enhancing members’/employees’ health and well-being.
Primary Prevention Strategies for Type 2 Diabetes, Ruchi Mathur, MD, FRCP, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
According to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2011, of the 312 million people that live in United States, 25.8 million people (8.3 percent) of the population is affected by diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90–95 percent of diagnosed cases. Healthy lifestyle choices like proper nutrition, getting appropriate amounts of exercise and losing weight can help better control type 2 diabetes or prevent it altogether. This sounds so easy, but why then is it so difficult? Do individuals fully understand this disease process and how to control it? This session will address prevention strategies for health care managers to consider when working with individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Smoking Cessation, A Critical Component in the Management of Chronic Disease, Frank T. Leone, MD, MS, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
Smoking cessation is a crucial step when health care providers are working to prevent premature morbidity and disability, especially for patients already living with chronic disease. For example, recent research indicates that the effectiveness of quitting the use of tobacco surpasses any other intervention to minimize the risk for chronic cardiac and respiratory conditions. Does our current research adequately address those with chronic illness, or has the focus been primarily on smoking cessation in healthy populations? This session will discuss the limitations and gaps in smoking-cessation research and treatment involving chronically ill patients.
Innovative Technology for Congestive Heart Failure: At the Crossroads of Routine Medical Miracles, Rationing, and Final Choices, Mark L. Barr, MD, University of Southern California (Social workers: 1 CE hour)
Chronic heart failure affects approximately 5.8 million people in the United States. Unfortunately, this is a common condition that results in about 300,000 deaths each year. Heart failure has no cure, but new medicines, lifestyle changes, and innovative therapies can offer a higher quality of life through longer and more active years for those whose disease is well managed. This session will offer insight into some of the current strategies for managing chronic heart failure, and discuss the roles of the physician, the case manager, and most importantly, the patient.
Back Pain: How Can We Manage Both the Pain and the Cost? Julie Fritz, PhD, PT, ATC, The University of Utah
The most common condition seen in primary care is pain. It is also the most costly condition to manage. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, back pain in workers 40–65 years of age costs employers an estimated $7.4 billion/year. Management of patients who live with disabling and persistent low-back pain remains a clinical challenge. A number of diagnostic tests, therapies, and surgical procedures are available, and their use is increasing; but in some cases, their utility remains uncertain or controversial. Multidisciplinary rehabilitation has a role as a potentially effective noninvasive intervention for persistent and disabling low-back pain. This presentation offers up-to-date insights on what works to overcome the barriers to successful pain management.
COMPLIMENTARY GET-ACQUAINTED RECEPTION
Join your colleagues for hors d’oeuvres and beverages. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to gather information and ideas from exhibitors regarding wellness and disease management.