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Controlling care costs while keeping employees happy and healthy has been tough for both employers and consumers, who have struggled to keep up with rising expenses. One strategy that employers can use is to focus on the value of health care – the quality of care they get for the money they spend. Put another way, value-based purchasing focuses on methods to get a better ROI for an employer's health care benefits and related health and productivity programs.

Three Things That Employers Can Do to Get High-Value Health Care:

  1. Provide employees with trusted information they can use to make better health care decisions and manage their health conditions better
    Research shows that consumers believe that more health care is better and that more expensive health care is better. As more employees choose high-deductible plans offered by employers or shift to health insurance exchanges, they must be better informed consumers.

  2. Create incentives to encourage smart use of health care resources
    Design health benefits that lower or eliminate co-pays for important services, such as prenatal care, and increase co-pays for services that often are unnecessary, such as imaging for low back pain, which actually can lead to harm.

  3. Work with other health care stakeholders – health plans and health care providers – to support care delivery models that have produced better health outcomes at lower costs with patient-centered coordinated care
    Leverage the investments made by the State of Ohio and Better Health provider members to transform health care delivery by participating in value-based purchasing initiatives.