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Research & Services

Research & Services

CEHS has identified five areas of focus for the center’s work. All programs, projects and activities of CEHS are in support of one or more of these areas, which include:

EMPLOYEE DECISION MAKING AND DEMAND MANAGEMENT

Our work and research with health plans focuses on both improving the health of employees and their capabilities to become better managers of their own and their families’ health. Can the health plan develop better consumers and evidence-based decision makers as patients when the time comes? How should physicians interact with highly engaged patients?

WORKERS' COMPENSATION: QUALITY & PERFORMANCE

Illinois is the most expensive state for Workers Compensation. The 2011 statutory reforms created opportunities to better manage costs and medical care. Provider quality under Workers’ Comp has  not been assessed as in some health plans. Our partnerships enable in-depth analyses of cost, quality and program administrative effectiveness in returning employees to work and/or case resolution.

EMPLOYEE & ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH & PRODUCTIVITY

The relationship of employees’ health to productivity is well established, but the values of different interventions and the respective returns on investment are not. The dimensions of absenteeism and presenteeism are fundamental to the study of these values. Health, wellness, occupational safety and productivity are influenced by organizational culture. We bring Organizational Development and other behavioral disciplines to this domain.

EMPLOYMENT-BASED POLICY RESEARCH

Whether studying how small business will engage in the health exchange, conducting research on legislative proposals or administrative policies, or reengineering of the health benefits design the means by which employees learn, we provide well-developed policy options for engaged, progressive employers and their and advisors.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

Traditional bargaining requires asking for more than you expect. It generates posturing, exaggeration and a blurring of actions, costs and effects. We support principled data-driven bargaining, which has an unwavering commitment to transparency and accuracy in the analytics. It is done best within a shared economic framework, and with the expectation and understanding that everything on the table is properly valued, communicated and understood in terms of rationale and effects. Please click this link for additional Information.

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