A Capitol Hill Briefing on Wellness

There is broad agreement that one of the keys to achieving a sustainable, cost-effective healthcare system is to emphasize wellness and disease prevention.  After all, with 75 cents of every healthcare dollar going toward the treatment of chronic disease, it’s essential that we curb the escalation of preventable illnesses in order to contain healthcare spending.   The question is, though, whether there is a cohesive game plan for doing so.

The Healthcare Leadership Council and the Congressional Wellness Caucus are hosting a briefing this Friday, March 23 on the innovative actions hospitals and health systems are taking to strengthen patient and community wellness.  Our speakers will include Baylor Health Care System CEO Joel Allison, Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic, and Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic.  Under Allison’s leadership, Baylor has been recognized as one of the top facilities in the country when it comes to medical research and innovative approaches to care.  Roizen is the author of books on wellness that have hit the top of the New York Times bestseller charts.  Hensrud is an author and recognized expert on nutrition, diabetes, and wellness.

The briefing is being held from 12:00pm-1:30pm in the Capitol Visitors Center, room SVC 203-02.  For more information, contact Teresa de Vries at 202-449-3436 or tdevries@hlc.org.

And for more information on the latest and most effective approaches to disease prevention in the private sector, take a look at the examples contained in the HLC Wellness Compendium.