Exploring Employer Opinion on Government Intervention in Health Cost, Coverage

May 9th 2021, 2:00pm


As the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare issues of rising high health care costs and disproportionate coverage nationwide, executive decision makers at large employers indicated their support for greater government intervention to address concerns.

Survey Finds 1 in 6 US Workers Stay in Unwanted Jobs for Health Benefits

May 6th 2021, 8:00am


A survey by West Health and Gallup found that Black workers and those making less than $48,000 in the United States were more likely to stay in unwanted jobs out of fear of losing their health benefits.

Employer Best Practices to Optimize Behavioral Health, Telehealth Coverage

May 2nd 2021, 2:30pm


Ensuring that employees have the assistance and tools necessary to meet telehealth and behavioral health demands is vital to promote safety and health amid the pandemic, along with lowering or eliminating out-of-pocket costs that can steer people away from cancer screenings, therapies, or aspects of high-value care.

COVID-19–Related Lost Work Time Could Cost Employers Upwards of $50 Billion

April 28th 2021, 6:30pm


An analysis by the Integrated Benefits Institute estimates that the total cost of lost time from work due to the COVID-19 pandemic could reach $50.5 billion, marking a 117% increase from prior projections.

Spotlighting Physician, Purchaser Collaboration to Improve Care Delivery and Quality

April 25th 2021, 2:30pm


Through direct roundtable discussions between health care purchasers and physician practices, efforts have been made to align care provided in the community with the wants and needs of employees and patients.

The Impact of Reinsurance of Gene Therapies on Employer Financial Risk

April 22nd 2021, 12:21pm


Shaping COVID-19 Vaccine Education in the Workplace Through Communication, Prevention

April 18th 2021, 2:00pm


In guiding employers on their education efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccines, a communication strategy characterized by fact checking, employee empowerment, and prevention is warranted.

Addressing Physical, Emotional Pain in the Workplace Linked With Substantial Cost Savings

April 14th 2021, 3:51pm


A report by the Harvard Business Review found a significant gap between employee needs and employer benefit offerings for treatment of physical and emotional pain, with a holistic approach associated with savings of 50% on medical claims for back and joint care.

Optimizing Interoperability of Administrative, Clinical Data to Accelerate Value-Based Payment Transition

April 12th 2021, 8:03pm


Several barriers continue to impede the transition to value-based payment, particularly administrative and clinical data connectivity, transparency of quality metrics and quality measures, and prioritization of social determinants of health.

Survey Finds Provider Burnout, Disengagement as Most Potentially Disruptive Trends in Health Care

April 9th 2021, 6:55pm


A 2021 survey on health care trends to monitor finds provider burnout, disengagement, and shortage of health care professionals as the most potentially disruptive issues facing hospitals and health systems in the next 3 years.