Helping employees manage chronic illnesses remains one of the most viable strategies for reducing employers’ healthcare and disability costs. IBI’s Health and Productivity Impact of Chronic Conditions series uses high-quality data to model healthcare, illness absence (i.e., sick days) and disability costs for populations of employees across different industries. The results provide a scalable cost benchmark that employers and their supplier partners can use to assess the potential savings from reductions in the prevalence of a condition, costs of treatments, and illness-related absences and disability leaves.

Back pain is caused by conditions such as intervertebral disc disorders or ankylosing spondylitis not only degrades the quality of employees' lives -- it has business costs for employers and the economy at-large. Findings from IBIs series on the health and productivity impact of chronic conditions provide a scalable benchmark of what back pain costs employers. and shows what they stand to gain from helping employees prevent, treat, and manage this condition.

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