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How Companies Are Keeping Employee Health Care Costs Down
This is your HR News Flash for the week of February 4, 2019. Your weekly briefing on talent management and the world of work from HR Certification Institute.
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56 percent of Americans have employer-sponsored health care plans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
And the costs for these plans continue to rise. The total average cost of health care benefits now exceeds $12,000 per employee annually.
But many employers are tackling this problem head-on. They are creating initiatives designed to reduce barriers to health care and provide more holistic care for their employees.
On-site or near-site clinics are one solution some employers are trying.
These clinics provide necessary health services at or near work sites. This makes accessing health care more convenient for employees, says Alice Shade, CEO of Sentry Health.
Technology also offers employers solutions that can help control costs.
“Virtual health care solutions are growing rapidly, particularly in behavioral health,” says Dan McMahon, a principal in the Center for Health Innovation at Mercer.
Employers also have a growing number of options for app-based care in areas like physical therapy, he says.
Christopher Lee is a health care consultant and clinical solutions marketing manager at Family Health Centers of San Diego.
He points out that many employers are also embracing advocacy-based plans that encourage holistic care.
“Most of us don’t know 100 percent of what’s in our insurance benefit plans until a need comes up, so that’s why it is critical to have an advocate, case manager or care coordinator to inform patients and engage them in taking better care of their health,” Lee says.
Advocacy-based plans can help employees better utilize their health benefits, improving their health and saving employers money in the long run.
Well, that’s your HR News Flash for the week of February 4, 2019 from HRCI. Thanks for listening, and check back next Monday morning for the workplace news you need. HRCI prepares HR leaders for the digital age. Learn more at HRCI.org
In today’s world of constant regulation changes, the primary concern for healthcare foodservice operators continues to be centered on achieving higher patient satisfaction scores and outstanding level of service. Following closely behind are efforts to reduce operating costs, improve productivity and implement sustainable practices. All while maintaining a high level of food quality, of course.
Facilities need to be judicious when making decisions to reduce costs to ensure that the patient experience continues to be as positive and as pleasant as possible under the circumstances. One way facilities are achieving this is by incorporating reusable items into their daily operation. Reusable items are an appealing solution because they provide savings, sustainability and efficiency benefits.
An increasingly popular solution is the implementation of reusable lids for meal delivery mugs and bowls. These reusable lids eliminate the need of continuously having to purchase disposable, uneconomical lids that will eventually make their way into our landfills. It is estimated that the total amount of general (non-hazardous) waste generated by health-care activities is about 80% compared to domestic waste; which means sustainability efforts will continue to be top of mind.
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What if there was a way your family doctor could provide you with better care for less money and do it without using health insurance at all? Dr. Ryan Neuhofel joins us to discuss what direct primary care is and how it might benefit you.
Doctors offices spend an inordinate amount of time and expense filing paperwork with health insurance companies. By not taking health insurance, direct primary care physicians, like our guest Dr. Ryan Neuhofel, can simultaneously increase the amount of time patients get with their doctors, create price transparency for medical services, improve the work-life balance for physicians themselves, and save money doing it. It’s a radical idea when the conversation about fixing healthcare involves getting more people on health insurance and spending more money in so doing, but it could transform how 80% of Americans access healthcare for 80% of their lives.
What is direct primary care? Is it a more efficient way to deliver care? What is “telemedicine”? Has primary care become a gate-keeper rather than an actual provider? In the future, could we have a system that is like “uber for doctors”?
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