pihms Absence Management Programs Gaining Recognition for Lowering Healthcare Costs
pihms, Inc., a leading provider of integrated software solutions for tracking, measuring and managing human capital through pihms Leave Management, pihms Safety Solutions, and pihms Care Solutions, is gaining recognition for bridging the link between the reduction of employee absences and the reduction of healthcare costs.
In the recent article, “Taking the reins on ABSENCE MANAGEMENT,” featured in the June 2010 edition of Employee Benefit News, Patrick J. Kalnas, President and CEO of pihms, was sought out to share the pihms successes in integrating leave management, case management and return-to-work programs for its clients and generating not only significant reductions in absenteeism rates, but even more significant reductions in the clients’ indirect costs and healthcare costs. According to Kalnas, “Measuring indirect absenteeism costs has traditionally been a black hole that no one could do. However, every aspect can be measured and tracked. For example, what percentage of employees is off in a given week on disability, FML, sick leave, etc? By using our daily notification product, our clients get immediately involved, get individuals the care they need immediately and begin the clinical intervention process.”
Early engagement of individuals into wellness and disease management programs is a great challenge for most DM program providers. “Companies linking wellness, disease management and absence control together, are reporting first year 2 to 1 ROIs for every dollar spent on implementing absence management programs,” said Gregg O. Lehman, CEO of HealthFitness. “Tying absence management to an employer’s health plan gives their medical management team the tools on a very active data dashboard so they can manage this complex information, and ultimately, help employees get healthy.”