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This article is about the health care company, for the scuba gear company, see Healthways .Healthways is a well-being improvement company founded in 1981 and headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.In 2003, the company topped a list of "America's fastest-growing small companies," based on earnings/share growth, revenue growth, and total return. The company's name was changed from "American Healthways" to "Healthways" in 2006 in order to better compete for business outside the United States. In 2008, the company's stock price decreased because it lost Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota as a customer and because a Medicare experiment on disease management had produced "disappointing results". In 2009 Healthways acquired HealthHonors, a behavior economics company that specializes in behavior change science and optimized use of incentives. Wikipedia.


News Article | October 30, 2015
Site: www.inc.com

When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence he argued that all people have the God-given right to pursue happiness. But what's the best way to go about doing it? Science has some thoughts on the topic. Check out findings from researchers who have reviewed the literature, examined their subjects and crunched the numbers to find out what kinds of actions lead to the highest feelings of subjective well-being. Kory Floyd, professor of communication at the University of Arizona studied a group of 52 married or cohabitating couples, asking half of them to kiss more often and for longer duration. The other half of the group--the control group--wasn't given any instruction about kissing. At the conclusion of the six-week study the kissing group reported feeling less stressed and more satisfied with their relationships than the people in the control group. In fact, they said during the study they had exercised more, argued less and understood their mates better. Not only that, the kissers' bad cholesterol levels even dropped. It's a proven fact that lonely people often die earlier than those with good social support. Along that line, researchers recently found a link between identification with a social group and enhanced health and well-being. Plus, people who identify with a group tend to feel more capable and in control of their lives. Are you a slave to debt, or suffering under the thumb of a micromanaging boss? It turns out autonomy--the ability to make your own decisions and choose the paths you take in life--can affect your level of happiness. In fact, researchers at George Fox University in Oregon found a relationship between people's perceived levels of autonomy and the way they think about success and failure. In other words, the happiest people are those who feel they have control over their lives and not powerless to the things that have happened to them over time, whether good or bad. Deepak Chopra and a slew of researchers (PDF) studying the effect of gratitude on heart failure patients determined that gratitude correlated with better mood and sleep, higher confidence, and lower fatigue and inflammation. Don't have anything to be thankful for? Start with electricity, running water and roof over your head. If working on Saturday or Sunday is a regular practice, you may want to change your ways. After analyzing the large sample size of the Gallup/Healthways U.S. daily poll, researchers (PDF) found that people report much more happiness, enjoyment, and laughter on weekends, compared with weekdays. On those precious days off they also experience far less worry, sadness, and anger than they do on workdays.


News Article | October 29, 2015
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--lifeIMAGE, the medical image exchange platform that enables imaging data interoperability across healthcare networks, providers, patients and technology systems, today announced that Matthew A. Michela will join as President and CEO effective November 2, 2015. Michela’s extensive experience includes senior positions at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care—consistently rated among the top health plans in the country—where he worked in a number of leadership roles in operations, business development, product development, technology, and provider network strategy. Most recently, Michela served as COO at Healthways, a publicly traded provider of well-being solutions for health systems, employers and health plans. Prior to that, he was co-founder, President and COO at Care Management International, which offers solutions in the delivery of clinical services for healthcare clients in utilization management, radiology management, and case and condition management. Michela also founded and co-founded start-up companies in provider practice management and biotechnology oncology research, respectively. lifeIMAGE co-founder and board member Hamid Tabatabaie, who led the search for a new CEO, will remain a member of the executive team as Executive Vice President, enhancing his focus on strategy, expansion of new services, and collaboration with customers and partners. “Matt has a demonstrated ability to build high-powered teams, transform operations, and successfully scale organizations,” said Tabatabaie. “I’m looking forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with him and the rest of the team to further the company’s dedication to building a smart, national network for interoperable medical image exchange and to fully realize the lifeIMAGE vision.” “Some of the impressive qualities drawing me to lifeIMAGE include the quality of its team, its blue-chip client roster and its position as the country’s largest, most utilized network for sharing medical imaging information,” said Matthew A. Michela, President and CEO, lifeIMAGE. “The company delivers exactly what the ailing healthcare system desperately needs: secure, interoperable image exchange that improves the quality of patient care while wringing unnecessary costs out of the system.” “Matt’s hands-on business and operations experience together with his proven track record in the provider, payer, employer, and care management sectors is a great fit for lifeIMAGE,” said Will Cowen, Chairman of the lifeIMAGE Board of Directors. “We’re certain the dynamic partnership between Matt and Hamid will accelerate lifeIMAGE’s ability to provide even more effective, scalable, quality-driven and innovative solutions to the market of the future.” lifeIMAGE is an interoperable medical image sharing network that helps healthcare providers access their patients’ imaging records, regardless of where exams are performed or stored. It has been adopted by more than 120 multi-site health systems across the country to improve care coordination for patient consultations, referrals and transfers. This enables providers to improve the quality and timeliness of care, expand referral business, and eliminate wasteful spending.


News Article | October 29, 2015
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--lifeIMAGE, the medical image exchange platform that enables imaging data interoperability across healthcare networks, providers, patients and technology systems, today announced that Matthew A. Michela will join as President and CEO effective November 2, 2015. Michela’s extensive experience includes senior positions at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care—consistently rated among the top health plans in the country—where he worked in a number of leadership roles in operations, business development, product development, technology, and provider network strategy. Most recently, Michela served as COO at Healthways, a publicly traded provider of well-being solutions for health systems, employers and health plans. Prior to that, he was co-founder, President and COO at Care Management International, which offers solutions in the delivery of clinical services for healthcare clients in utilization management, radiology management, and case and condition management. Michela also founded and co-founded start-up companies in provider practice management and biotechnology oncology research, respectively. lifeIMAGE co-founder and board member Hamid Tabatabaie, who led the search for a new CEO, will remain a member of the executive team as Executive Vice President, enhancing his focus on strategy, expansion of new services, and collaboration with customers and partners. “Matt has a demonstrated ability to build high-powered teams, transform operations, and successfully scale organizations,” said Tabatabaie. “I’m looking forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with him and the rest of the team to further the company’s dedication to building a smart, national network for interoperable medical image exchange and to fully realize the lifeIMAGE vision.” “Some of the impressive qualities drawing me to lifeIMAGE include the quality of its team, its blue-chip client roster and its position as the country’s largest, most utilized network for sharing medical imaging information,” said Matthew A. Michela, President and CEO, lifeIMAGE. “The company delivers exactly what the ailing healthcare system desperately needs: secure, interoperable image exchange that improves the quality of patient care while wringing unnecessary costs out of the system.” “Matt’s hands-on business and operations experience together with his proven track record in the provider, payer, employer, and care management sectors is a great fit for lifeIMAGE,” said Will Cowen, Chairman of the lifeIMAGE Board of Directors. “We’re certain the dynamic partnership between Matt and Hamid will accelerate lifeIMAGE’s ability to provide even more effective, scalable, quality-driven and innovative solutions to the market of the future.” lifeIMAGE is an interoperable medical image sharing network that helps healthcare providers access their patients’ imaging records, regardless of where exams are performed or stored. It has been adopted by more than 120 multi-site health systems across the country to improve care coordination for patient consultations, referrals and transfers. This enables providers to improve the quality and timeliness of care, expand referral business, and eliminate wasteful spending.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. & SYDNEY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A four-year peer-reviewed study by HCF, Australia’s largest not-for-profit private health insurer, and Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY), the global leader in well-being improvement solutions, shows that the My Health Guardian program significantly reduces hospitalization and lowers healthcare costs for participants with chronic conditions. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal, BMC Health Services Research, and evaluated My Health Guardian members with diabetes or heart disease. My Health Guardian was launched in 2009 to actively manage and improve the health and well-being of HCF members by offering them a comprehensive suite of health and well-being resources. Members with chronic conditions are eligible for telephonic counseling to drive adherence to proven standards of care, medications and physician care plans. The study showed a significant reduction in hospital utilization for the four-year participants compared to a matched group of non-participants. Specifically, the program effect included an 11.4 percent reduction in hospital admissions, 36.7 percent reduction in readmissions, and 17.2 percent reduction in length of hospital stay over the four years. Participants were 27 percent and 45 percent less likely to have any admission or readmission, respectively, over the four-year study period than matched non-participants. This resulted in an average per-member savings of $3,549 during the four-year period, with a year-to-year compounding effect on savings. “Within the next five years, chronic illness is expected to account for 80 percent of Australia’s national disease burden1, with related costs increasing at an unsustainable rate,” said HCF Managing Director Shaun Larkin. “Healthways offers a set of evidence-based solutions that allows us to identify those most at risk and help them better manage their illness and prevent further complications and co-morbidities. We have been diligent in measuring our progress along the way, and this study supports previous results that show that we are making an impact on improving the health of members while reducing costs.” A 2013 peer-reviewed study published in Population Health Management also found that, in the first 18 months of the program, My Health Guardian significantly reduced the rate of hospital admissions for participants with heart disease and diabetes. Both studies found the magnitude of program effect increased over time. The BMC Health Services Research study confirms and longitudinally extends these previously published program outcomes and adds an evaluation of cost savings. Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic illness in Australia. More than one million Australians are living with the disease, and 100,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, responsible for one-third of all deaths. The study supports the adoption of programs like My Health Guardian to control escalating healthcare costs related to the increase in chronic disease in Australia. “HCF has taken a leadership position in Australia by investing in and focusing on preventing the progression of chronic disease to address the overall health of its population and manage costs,” said Peter Choueiri, president of Healthways International. “This study confirms the value of what we are striving to accomplish together, enhancing the health and well-being of members while lowering health-related costs. For more than 30 years, chronic condition management has been a core Healthways service, and we continue to drive innovation and proven outcomes with solutions that can be leveraged by individuals, employers, government entities, health insurers and organizations around the globe.” HCF is Australia’s largest non-profit health insurer, currently covering more than 1.5 million Australians. To learn more about HCF go to http://www.hcf.com.au/about-us. Healthways is the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. We provide highly specific and personalized support for each individual and their team of experts to optimize each participant’s health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now serves approximately 68 million people on four continents. Learn more at www.healthways.com.


News Article | March 19, 2015
Site: www.prweb.com

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills welcomed community leaders and residents to a demolition party and gave them a preview of a newly, constructed state-of-the-art CREATION® Health Wellness Center. The new facility, which will be three times the size of the current wellness center will be housed near the hospital campus on the Northeast corner of Daughtery Road and Dairy Road. “Our new Creation Health Wellness Center will foster an environment where people learn to live life to the fullest by maintaining health,” said Randy Surber, President and CEO of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. “We want people to be able to do the things they love well into their later years.” The CREATION® Health Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills will provide something for everyone, including an expanded fitness floor and equipment, personal and group training space, expanded spa with manicures, pedicures, body wraps and massage, Kid’s Zone, cooking demonstrations and much more. Members will continue to enjoy the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program, pool access for water aerobics, nutritional program and diabetes education. Membership presale for the new Wellness Center begins May 2015. “By creating this wellness center we will become a beacon of light that can help empower our community to discover the victory in personal wellness,” said Casio Jones, Director of the Wellness Center. “Without our community we wouldn’t be here and our community deserves a wellness center like this one. Wellness will be a big part in extending the healing ministry of Christ!” The address for the new CREATION® Health Wellness Center is 38233 Daughtery Road, Zephyrhills, FL 33540. It will be open 24/7 with expanded staff hours. For more information, visit FHZeph.org. About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, The Leapfrog Group, and HealthGrades for excellence in providing top quality patient care with special emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning heart care program has received recognition in the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings, including orthopedic services such as hip and knee replacement and advanced MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee and total hip replacement. The newly renovated Women’s Health Center offers comprehensive services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers 24/7 emergency services including a “fast track” option, imaging services, the Center for Wound Healing, and the Sleep Center. Visit FHZeph.org for more information.

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