More than they may think. Leading experts at the Better Health Partnership can help businesses take action to accelerate transformation of health care delivery and payment systems and improve the value of health care for their insured populations. Employers can:
- Influence the design of health benefits. Remove barriers to appropriate care and medications that can keep people healthy and on-track with a care plan -- and out of the emergency department and hospital. Increase barriers to low-value health care that is not based on evidence to discourage inappropriate use.
- Ask health insurers to contract with high-performing providers. Challenge insurers to ensure access to providers who deliver coordinated, patient-centered care and better outcomes at lower cost. Use benefits design to provide financial incentives to steer enrollees to high-performing providers.
- Partner with health care providers. Work directly with providers to create value-based programs that provide advanced primary care for employees and their dependents with complex medical needs. Better Health can help with program design and evaluation.
- Provide employees with trusted information they can use to make better health care decisions and better manage their conditions. As more employees choose high-deductible plans offered by employers or shift to health insurance exchanges, they must be better informed consumers. The Choosing Wisely® campaign has an extensive library of free, consumer-friendly resources developed by Consumer Reports on a wide range of tests, treatments and procedures that often are unnecessary. A free, customizable toolkit is available for employers to use in employee communications.