Newell Rubbermaid on PPACA Reporting Compliance Webinar

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EmpLikeMe – Newell Rubbermaid on PPACA Reporting Compliance

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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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


Summer 2014 Interns and Upcoming Project


        EmployersLikeMe is excited to announce it’s first intern, Sarah-Catherine Dannelly. Sarah-Catherine is a rising third year at Georgia Tech studying Biomedical Engineering. This summer, EmployersLikeMe will also work with an intern, Kinsey McMurtry, from the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Division at the Georgia Department of Public Health. Kinsey is a second year student at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health studying health policy. This summer these interns will assist EmployersLikeMe with a new project focusing on chronic disease risk factors and prevention.

South Georgia Employer Healthcare Workshop – Quick Notes

South Georgia Employer Healthcare WorkshopThanks to the Douglas Employer’s Committee at the regional Georgia Department of Labor office in Douglas, Ga.  The employers who lead the committee and the DOL staff that supports them are simply outstanding.  They led a team, including the local Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce, that made the Workshop a pleasure to deliver.  And I must add a special thanks to South Georgia State College who provided the beautiful venue at Engram Hall and an expert conference team that made the day perfect, including a delicious and health conscious lunch.

There’s that old saying… “You should’ve been there!”  I can’t possibly recreate the rich discussions, the very personal stories that were shared or just the passion that was palpable but here are a few thoughts: [Read more…]

Join us for the South Georgia Workshop

April 17, 2014

Online Registration is now closed, but on-site registration will be available the day of the workshop.  Contact Don Betts at 912.381.9003 or ude.hcetagnull@stteb if you have questions.

Employer Healthcare Workshop

April 17th at Engram Hall on the South Georgia State College Campus [Read more…]

April 17th Workshop

South Georgia – Save the date!

Employer Healthcare Workshop

April 17th at Engram Hall on the South Georgia State College Campus

In partnership with the Douglas Regional Employer Committee this is another EmployersLikeMe opportunity to network and learn from other employers. [Read more…]

EmployersLikeMe Names Board Officers

The board of EmployersLikeMe has further organized and elected a slate of Executive Board Officers to help steer the organization.  They are:

  • Chairman:  Jamie Benton, RaceTrac
  • Vice Chair:  Mark Wilson, Langdale Industries, Inc.
  • Education Chair:  Lisa Evans, Southwire
  • Projects Chair:  Elizabeth Dixon, Chick-fil-A
  • Operations Chair:  Barbara Barrett, Langdale Industries, Inc.

The entire board appreciates their willingness to serve and provide leadership to help employers across the state better network and learn around healthcare innovations.

Affordable Care Act Panel

EmployersLikeMe Friends:

Next week we’re heading to Savannah for the EmployersLikeMe Summit.  So far 75 of your colleagues are coming and they represent 245,256 covered lives in their health plans.  That’s a perfect sized group; small enough that everyone can participate but large enough to have lots of good experience in the room.

No doubt, one of your biggest challenges is the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. [Read more…]

Are Employers Using Telehealth

Last day for early bird registration:

EmployersLikeMe Friends:

Are employers using telehealth concepts and procedures to save money and improve care access?  Or maybe the correct question is are health providers in Georgia capable of providing quality care using telehealth? [Read more…]

On-Site Clinics

EmployersLikeMe Friends:

On-Site Clinics are a hot topic.  They are used by a variety of employers and in a variety of ways to improve care access and employee health and productivity.

EmployersLikeMe has identified 66 On-Site Clinics in Georgia so far.  About 15 of these are associated with local governments and the rest with private employers. [Read more…]