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New Research: When Integrated Data Meets HR Solutions

New Research: When Integrated Data Meets HR Solutions


Leveraging data has surpassed the scope it once covered, with emerging technology in our work, businesses, homes, and beyond. At HCMS Group, we believe in mastering the art of integrated analytics to show how data can be used to improve health and cost outcomes for both employers and employees for a healthier, more productive workforce. But is there any evidence to back this up? Since we’re a data company at heart, of course the answer is yes.

In a recent study shared with the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC), our team broke down the modern workplace and how organizational systems and processes can improve a business.

Here is some of what we found:

  • The majority of a business’s claim spending comes from the top 5 percent of cases when absenteeism, disability, and workers’ compensation are involved.
  • Our clinical prevention model helps identify individuals who will become high risk and high cost to a business.By using HCMS and its systems, users were demonstrably more likely to feel empowered, take charge of their health, and improve the quality of their lives.

Read the full article in @Work Magazine’s Technology and Integration edition.

HCMS and WorkPartners brings together the power of integrated health and productivity solutions, advanced health analytics, and individualized clinical prevention services to further complement and strengthen WorkPartners’ current service offerings.

Introducing Behavioral Economics to Healthcare

Introducing Behavioral Economics to Healthcare


Dr. Hank Gardner discusses the origins of HCMS Group’s revolutionary approach to healthcare.

What sets HCMS Group’s approach to healthcare apart is the combination of behavioral economics concepts with the holistic bio-psycho-social model for medical practice, Dr. Hank Gardner said in the introductory installment of the periodic HCMS Innovation Vlog.

He described three economic tenets on which the healthcare information company’s work with employers and health organizations is built. They are that there’s no free lunch, so there are trade-offs in costs and priorities; that consumers/patients need to determine priorities in healthcare; and that it’s necessary to keep score by capturing data and analyzing outcomes.

“As benefit costs go up – particularly in the component of healthcare cost that is represented by healthcare waste – resources to pay wages go down,” Dr. Gardner said. “It’s one of the very critical issues American businesses face these days. As benefit costs increase, resources for wages diminish.”

Click here to view the Innovation Vlog.


Security Update: HCMS Group Not Vulnerable to Heartbleed Bug


With the threat of the Heartbleed bug becoming widely known this week, we wanted to assure our clients and users that all HCMS Group websites, services, and systems are not, and have not, been vulnerable to this bug.

The Heartbleed bug has caused major sensitive data vulnerabilities, such as the theft of credit card information and passwords, with the popular OpenSSL encryption software. This bug has been around for more than two years and is thought to have affected roughly two thirds of the world’s active websites.

HCMS Group prides itself on its high security standards. We employ a multi-layered approach to online security that includes numerous proprietary and third-party technologies, 128-bit encryption, frequent technology updates, and continuous surveillance. Additional security measures are also in place that can be activated in response to specific events and activities.

To test a website’s vulnerability to the Heartbleed bug, please visit

If you have any concerns or questions and would like to contact us, you can reach us at 307-638-0015 or


Pacific Gas and Electric(PG&E) and HCMS Collaborate on DMEC Presentation


Cheyenne, WY – August 3, 2011 – HCMS Group profiled its work with Pacific Gas and Electric(PG&E) during a tandem presentation from Maria Henderson, CPDM, Senior Director, Workforce Health and Productivity of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Harold H. Gardner, M.D., Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of HCMS Group, at the 16th Annual International Conference DMEC 2011, Absence & Disability Management Strategies for Today’s Workforce, Aug 3 at the Fairmont in Dallas, Texas.

August 3, 2011 General Session, 8:00 am to 9:00 am, Unleashing the Power of Integrated Data

PG&E and HCMS have built an integrated data warehouse that may be unparalleled in the industry. By combining 33 data sources ranging from medical, disability, absence, safety, engagement surveys, compensation, performance, fitness for duty, return to work and more, PG&E can truly see the big picture. Hear the lessons learned from presenting integrated disability and absence data to operational leadership; how an integrated health related lost time metric is being used to quantify the business impacts of absence, how data provided decision support to launch two innovative health and productivity programs; and how data has been instrumental in joint union collaborations around new health care benefits design.


Maria Henderson
CPDM, Senior Director, Workforce Health and
Productivity, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Harold Gardner
Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer,
Human Capital Management Services Group



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HCMS Group Investigates Moral Hazard and Benefits Consumption Capital in Program Overlap: The Case of Workers Compensation


Moral hazard is the economic principal describing the tendency of consumers to use more services when someone else is paying the bill. The recent Foundations and Trends® in Microeconomics edition featured a moral hazard article published by Richard J. Butler and HCMS Group CEO Harold H. Gardner, MD.  The article discusses how moral hazard affects benefit consumption from two directions: 1) how insurance changes in one program (workers compensation) affects employee participation in other programs (disability benefits) at a point in time (inter-program moral hazard), and 2) how the consumption of program benefits now tends to affect employees behavior over time (benefits consumption capital).

A formal model is presented of inter-program moral hazard based on workers compensation with programs overlapping it (including sick leave/disability, health insurance, and unemployment insurance) and review of research evidence of the overlap response is shown. We also provide new evidence on benefits consumption capital concerning workers compensation based on data gathered from large private employers in the US.

Copies of the article can be obtained at


HCMS Group Research Presented at ISPOR 16th Annual International Meeting


HCMS Group research was featured in two poster presentations at the ISPOR 16th Annual International meeting.  The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) posters were presented by The JeSTARx Group and were entitled “The Likelihood of Having Functional Dyspepsia Based on Other Comorbid Conditions” and “Comparison of Direct Medical Costs and Services by Point of Service and Prescription Cost for Persons with Hepatitis-C with and without Treatment.”

Citations for the posters:

Brook RA, Talley NJ, Choung RS, Smeeding J, Kleinman NL.  The Likelihood of Having Functional Dyspepsia Based on Other Comorbid Conditions.  Poster Presentation at the ISPOR 16th Annual International Meeting, May 25, 2011, Baltimore, MD.  Poster PGI3.

Brook R, Kleinman N, Smeeding J.  Comparison of Direct Medical Costs and Services by Point of Service and Prescription Cost for Persons with Hepatitis-C with and without Treatment.  Poster Presentation at the ISPOR 16th Annual International Meeting, May 25, 2011, Baltimore, MD.  Poster PGI9.


HCMS Research Featured at EULAR


A poster featuring HCMS research entitled “IMPACT OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS ON HEALTH CARE COSTS AND WORK PRODUCTIVITY: A COMPARATIVE ASSESSMENT WITH DIABETES AND DEPRESSION” was presented during a poster tour at the 2011 European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Congress May 26, 2011 in London.


HCMS Study Supports Early Detection of Chronic Disease Through Eye Care

Rancho Cordova, CAApril 19, 2011 – A new study released today shows that eye exams are often the first to detect chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. The study, conducted by HCMS (Human Capital Management Services) Group, a national human capital consulting firm, found that eye doctors detected signs of certain chronic conditions before any other healthcare provider recorded the condition—65 percent of the time for high cholesterol, 20 percent of the time for diabetes, and 30 percent of the time for hypertension.


Read the full news release here.





HCMS Group Publishes Cardiac Ablation Therapy Research


The Health and Human Capital Foundation, the research affiliate of the HCMS Group, and Biosense Webster have recently published an article in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine entitled “Economic Impact to Employers of Treatment Options for Cardiac Arrhythmias in the US Health System.”  Using the broad array of data found in the HCMS Research Reference Database, this study measured employer-sponsored costs after ablation therapy for cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation. Employees and spouses who had cardiac arrhythmias with and without ablation were compared. Regression-adjusted monthly medical, pharmacy, sick leave, and short-term disability costs were calculated 11 months before to 36 months after the first ablation date (or average date for non-ablation patients). From these cost estimates, we were able to calculate the time until the ablation procedure costs were recovered.

The study found that few arrhythmia patients received ablation therapy (280 of 11,291 patients, or 2.5%). However, the patients with ablation cost less afterwards than those without. Estimated total ablation-period costs were recovered 38 to 50 months after the ablation treatment, a time frame well within the average tenure of the employees in the study.  Also, employee absence payments during the time of the treatment were recovered within only 18 months. The study provides evidence showing that current ablation use in employer-sponsored health plans may improve health care and absence costs over time.

Read more about this research at