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Reducing Acute and Chronic Care Costs Through an Effective Health Risk Stratification Model, a 60-minute webinar on May 6, 2009, Archive Version
Reducing Acute and Chronic Care Costs Through an Effective Health Risk Stratification Model, a 60-minute webinar on May 6, 2009, Archive Version
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Identifying, assessing and assigning the health risk levels of your patients and members to match an appropriate level of healthcare intervention with the potential health risks of individuals has big payoffs in reducing acute and chronic care costs.

Listen to pre-conference comments from John Harris and Dr. William Vennart.

During Reducing Acute and Chronic Care Costs Through an Effective Health Risk Stratification Model, a 60-minute webinar on May 6, 2009, now available as a CD-ROM, via On Demand Web access or as a training DVD, youíll receive in-depth details from two leading industry experts on how their organizations have approached health risk stratification, from how individuals are identified for stratification purposes to the effectiveness of risk stratification programs.

These industry experts, John Harris, chief wellness officer and senior vice president, Healthways and Dr. William Vennart, vice president of medical management and national medical director with CareAdvantage Inc., provided the inside details on:

  • Identifying, assessing and assigning stratification levels;
  • Using predictive modeling, rules engines and deep analytics such as neural net and statistical models in health risk stratification;
  • Employing stratification to drive program placement, as well as media and type of approach used to impact the participant;
  • Analyzing best practice health risk stratification including targeting and tailoring;
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of stratification levels; and
  • Understanding how risk stratification programs are evolving.

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You can listen to this program right in your office and enjoy significant savings Ė no travel time or hassle; no hotel expenses. Itís so convenient! Invite your staff members to gather around a conference table to listen to the CD, DVD or the On Demand version.


CEOs, medical directors, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses and business development and strategic planning directors.


John Harris
Financial patterns in health claims — escalating as well as decelerating costs — reveal a great deal about an individual's health status.

John Harris, M.Ed., F.A.W.H.P., is chief wellness officer and senior vice president, Healthways, a company specializing in health management in the corporate and health insurance sectors, where he leads Innovation. He was formerly an executive vice president of Axia Health Management, which was acquired by Healthways in late 2006.

Harris was the co-founder of Harris HealthTrends, Inc., an entrepreneurial corporation specializing in the prevention of disease and the reduction of healthcare costs, and served as its chief executive officer for over 18 years. Harris Health Trends, Inc. is credited with helping to shape the prevention industry into what it is today.

Harris is a Fellow in the Association for WorkSite Health Promotion (FAWHP), and served on its Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Mercy Health Partners, an 11-hospital health system, and on the Board on Trustees of Lourdes College, the fastest growing college in the United States. Other boards on which Harris serves include the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), Health Promotion Advocates, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, and Volunteers of America, Northwest Ohio.

Harris has served as a section editor for the journal WorkSite Health, and is a columnist in the Health Promotion Practitioner. He also chaired the Ohio Governorís Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and is a scholar in residence with several major universities. He has also served on the Health Promotion Advisory Committee for NCQA. Employee health programs developed through his efforts have been nationally recognized by the past Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and several have won the prestigious C. Everett Koop and Wellness Councils of America awards.

Harris speaks internationally, and has been the author of numerous publications on employee health, including Making a Difference - The Business Community Takes On Diabetes, commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the books Why and How People Change Health Behaviors, co-authored with Dr. Joseph Leutzinger and Integrating Wellness Into Your Disease Management Programs, co-authored with Dr. Dexter Shurney. Harris has served as a consultant to such organizations as Union Pacific Railroad, General Motors Corporation, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., PepsiCo, Kellogg USA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Aetna.

Harris received a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University in 1977, and a Masters in Education degree from The University of Toledo, in 1982. He has over 30 years of experience in the health management field, employed in both the corporate and private sectors, and was nominated for Toledo, Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year in 1990.

Dr. William
Risk stratification is also important on a national level to lower acute and chronic care costs.

Dr. William Vennart is the vice president of medical management and national medical director at CareAdvantage. He has more than 12 years in the healthcare industry.

Prior to his appointment in 2004 at CareAdvantage, Dr. Vennart served as senior consultant in the chief medical officer capacity for a regional managed care organization in the Midwest for over four years.

Dr. Vennart has extensive experience serving in senior level medical management positions: acting as the lead physician in developing and implementing programs to enhance medical management operations, secured approval for Medicare risk programs, developed proactive case and disease management programs, led health plans through the NCQA accreditation process, developed and implemented provider network strategy and processes. These experiences have led to significant reduction in medical costs for several health plans.

Dr. Vennart is a board certified family physician and has extensive experience caring for the elderly. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, completed his family practice residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla. and has a Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University.

Publication Date: May 6, 2009
Number of Pages: Webinar
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