Welcome to the Closing the Gap website.
The purpose of this website is to provide employers a dedicated source for actionable information on obesity management. We will post articles, presentations, case studies and other materials to this site and make them available for download. We will also post links to other sites where useful information is available.
This site is published by Eisai Inc. and produced by The Benfield Group in collaboration with Eisai. The newsletter has a non-pharmacological focus. Eisai has control over the content.
Strengthening Obesity Management While Controlling Costs: Implementing Effective Benefit Design for Medical Therapies
Closing the Gap – News on Obesity Management #5: The fifth issue of the newsletter is now available. This issue provides guidance to employers on ways to use evidence-based benefit design to provide appropriate, cost-effective support to their overweight and obese employees.
A number of medical societies and healthcare quality organizations have developed Evidence-Based Guidelines for the care of overweight and obese patients. Employers may want to review these guidelines to ensure that their obesity management strategies and benefit designs are aligned with evidence-based standards of care.
The Links page of this website provides links to a set of these guidelines
Closing the Gap – News on Obesity Management #4: The fourth issue of the newsletter is now available. It concludes the two-part series on applying lessons learned from smoking cessation strategies. This issue describes how employers can apply a similar set of tactics to obesity management.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an Obesity Cost Calculator that enables employers to estimate costs of obesity to their organizations based on their own data. Employers should review this tool as an alternative approach to ACOEM’s Blueprint for HealthTM tool, which we featured previously on this site.
The action steps are intended to help those looking to develop a more comprehensive/ integrated approach to obesity management.
Closing the Gap – News on Obesity Management #3 The third issue of the newsletter has just been published. This issue begins a two part series that describes how employers can look to lessoned learned from smoking cessation strategies for guidance in formulating their approach to obesity prevention and management.
We are pleased to launch the Closing the Gap website today with the following resources for employers:
- Closing the Gap in Obesity Management Solutions—a publication with recommendations from leading employers
- Current and archived issues of the Closing the Gap eNewsletter
- Access to employer specialists at Eisai Inc.
- Links to other websites with useful information and tools for obesity management
We hope you will check out the pages and postings on this site—and find resources that are helpful to you.
Click here to register and download a 14-page publication called Closing the Gap in Obesity Management Solutions: Integrating New Prescription Medications into Employer Strategies to Help Reduce Obesity in their Employee and Dependent Populations. The publication….
- Provides an overview of obesity management challenges and opportunities, and
- Presents recommendations from an advisory board of leading employer health benefit decision-makers on approaches to update your strategy.
How much is obesity costing your organization? Unless you have an integrated database, you may have only limited insight into the full extent of the costs. Fortunately, there is an easy and robust tool that can help employers estimate the costs to their organizations of obesity and other chronic health conditions.
Blueprint for Health™ is a free, interactive online tool available through the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Thanks to ACOEM, any employer can visit blueprint.acoem.org and use this tool to obtain an estimate for your own organization based on readily available data. You simply enter some key statistics for your employee demographic and health plan design. Blueprint for Health provides estimates of your organization’s direct and indirect costs associated with the conditions you select.
Closing the Gap – News on Obesity Management #2 Welcome to the second edition of the ‘Closing the Gap’ newsletter. Benfield publishes this newsletter in collaboration with Eisai Inc., which also provides sole financial support. The intent of this newsletter is to provide information for employers that stimulates thinking and encourages action on obesity management. We encourage feedback and invite you to share this newsletter with employer colleagues that might benefit from this resource.