CDC Helps Businesses Improve Health
Read about how CDC is partnering with the health care community and businesses to help improve employee health and control health care costs. In this issue of Business Pulse, a newsletter from the CDC Foundation, you can find information about strategies to reduce health care costs and improve productivity along with other CDC resources that can help employers spend smarter.
New Cardiovascular Disease Resource for Businesses
Many people with diabetes do not realize that having diabetes increases their chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
Learn the Business Logic of Combating Cardiovascular Disease from the National Business Coalition on Health’s Action Brief
According to this brief the cost of an employee suffering a cardiovascular event can be catastrophic to employer health plan costs. Between 2010 and 2030, total direct medical costs of cardiovascular diseases are projected to triple, from $273 billion to $818 billion. Indirect costs (due to lost productivity) are estimated to increase from $172 billion to $276 billion—an increase of 61%. This brief includes action steps for employers to help prevent cardiovascular events.
Learn more about the connection between diabetes and heart disease.
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How can I raise awareness in my workplace about diabetes and eye disease?
In addition to being National Diabetes Month, November also is Diabetic Eye Disease Month. The disease often has no early symptoms, so early detection and regular follow-up with your health care team are key to preventing vision loss and blindness. Pass on resources about diabetes and eye disease from theNational Eye Health Education Program and the National Diabetes Education Program.
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