Employers are expected to and can act to prioritize health and well-being of their employees. Approximately 1 in 3 investors and employees selected strengthening employee health and well-being as a top priority for CEOs in a recent survey. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common health condition confronting U.S. employees, more common than other important health conditions such as diabetes or obesity. Hypertension is a hidden business risk to employers – undiagnosed and uncontrolled hypertension leads to lost productivity, poor health and well-being, and in turn, higher health care costs. Hypertension is treatable, and employers are an important catalyst for change to promote equitable well-being for their employees and communities. New tools, including a budget impact model, provide employers clear data on how hypertension affects their workforces and the financial consequences of unaddressed health risks.
After completing this session, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the hidden business risks (i.e., direct and indirect costs) of hypertension.
2. Describe how the budget impact model is a decision-making tool for controlling and managing hypertension.
3. Take action on controlling and managing hypertension.