…to the site for employers to share and learn about providing better health care for employees at better costs.

EmployersLikeMe Summit

Winning Together:  Engagement Strategies for Employee Health and Wellness

When:  Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Where:   Mohawk Conference Center at Mohawk Industries in Calhoun, GA
Registration Link:  EmpLikeMe Summit Registration

Come and participate in discussions with your employer colleagues about engagement to make a difference with your health and the health and wellness of your employees.

The Summit agenda is meant to provide you with lots of practical information from colleagues who’ve tackled these different topics.  We want you to come away with a great to-do list that can transform you and your employee’s health.

Topics will include discussions about engagement with:

  • Yourself
  • Your employees
  • Your C-Suite leadership team
  • Your local community
  • Your Federal government

For detailed agenda click here.  And contact Don Betts at ude.hcetagnull@stteb or (912) 381-9003 for further information.

Come join the discussion and collaboration!

Employee Advocacy for Navigating the Healthcare World

Many of you remember at our last EmployersLikeMe network meeting in Douglas we had the pleasure of meeting Cindi Gatton. Cindi shared with us the world of advocacy and taught us a new phrase “patient activation.” We have several Georgia employers who use patient advocates for their employee’s more challenging health issues. The Atlanta Journal Constitution just did a nice piece on how this works and featured Cindi: Patients getting outside advice

Employer Healthcare Summit

On Wednesday, February 18th Mohawk Industries will host the next EmployersLikeMe Summit at their headquarters office in Calhoun, GA.

Registration will be limited so please save the date and registration info will be sent to our Employer network soon.

We have several ideas about topics for the Summit but we’d like to give you a chance for input.  Take a moment and take our one question survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/elmsummitfeb2015

Will Employers Favor Private Exchanges Over Coverage Sponsorship?

Interesting observations from our friends at the National Business Coalition on Health:

NBCH Newsletter

Will Employers Favor Private Exchanges Over Coverage Sponsorship?

Posted: 18 Oct 2014 03:38 AM PDT

Originally posted 10/17/14 on The Health Affairs Blog

By Brian Klepper

Over the past couple years, health care exchanges probably have consumed more of corporate benefits managers’ time and psychic energy than any other topic. An outstanding question is whether the rank and file of American businesses will drop the hassle that employer-sponsored coverage represents, or default to private exchanges. [Read more…]

Pharmacy Webinar Audio Available

Good news! If you missed the Pharmacy webinar with Barbara Barrett (Langdale Industries) sharing her experiences on Pharmacy benefits, you can hear the audio of the session at your leisure.

Just go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/918900616

The recording is audio only. If you’d like a PDF copy of the slides just email Don at ude.hcetagnull@stteb

Thanks again to Barbara Barrett for an excellent presentation!

Employers and the Prescription Drug Industry

We’ve had several request to have a pharmacy drug benefits discussion led by employers strictly for employers. Lisa Evans with Southwire has put together our next webinar on:

Sept. 24th at 2:00 p.m.

This webinar will feature Barbara Barrett with Langdale Industries.  Many of you know Barbara who is without a doubt one of our most knowledgeable employer benefits professionals in Georgia. [Read more…]

Curious about what other Georgia employers are doing with their wellness programs? 

Our Ga Dept. of Public Health needs our help to survey Georgia employers about wellness and will make this info available to the participants.  Participating in the survey will NOT subject you to marketing contacts and all information will be aggregated.  We need lots of GA employers to participate.  Please do your part by taking a few minutes to complete the survey and then send this link to others in your professional network and ask them to do the same.

Thank you!

Successful Webinar with Newell Rubbermaid

On behalf of EmployersLikeMe, a huge thanks goes out to all those who attended or helped make the Newell Rubbermaid Webinar successful. We had a great turn out from all over the state of Georgia and hope you all found value in the presentation.

Those unable to attend still have the opportunity to watch it here, as well as review the slides here. This material can also be found under the resources section.

Thank you!

Newell Rubbermaid on PPACA Reporting Compliance Webinar

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Join us!

EmpLikeMe – Newell Rubbermaid on PPACA Reporting Compliance

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat here:

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How much does chronic disease cost your company?

Chronic disease is a serious problem in the United States, especially in Georgia.  Chronic diseases include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and stroke.  The risk factors for these diseases include poor diet, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and tobacco use. When three or more of these risk factors are presented together in a patient, that person may have Metabolic Syndrome.  Only 2 out of 5 Georgia adults are regularly physically active and 1 out of 4 Georgians use tobacco.  To get more information about Cardiometabolic Syndrome and chronic disease please visit  the CDC Chronic Disease page.  To look up chronic disease prevalence in your county visit the OASIS page.


People with multiple chronic diseases are the most frequent users of health care, which leads to increased costs.  For a company with 1,000 employees the cost of obesity can add up to $277,000 per year due to medical expenditures and absenteeism. Diabetes is also very costly at $5.1 billion every year in Georgia. On average tobacco users use 50% more health care than non-tobacco users.  This adds up to $1.8 billion in medical costs every year due to tobacco-related illnesses. Poor health can indirectly cost a company through absenteeism, disability, and reduced work output.  For more information on the cost of chronic disease to Georgia employers and how to implement strategies to reduce cost please visit  click here.

Authur: Kinsey McMurtry
Master of Public Health Candidate | Class of 2015
Health Policy and Management
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health