Employer-Sponsored Medical Clinics: Much More Than Convenience Care
Chronic diseases and their complications are typically the main health care cost drivers of large businesses. In the past, employer-sponsored medical clinics (on-site or near-site) have been viewed as offering employers productivity gains and some medical cost containment while offering employees convenience in caring for acute and minor health problems and the early identification of more serious and costly medical conditions. As employer-sponsored clinics evolve, some are taking on a larger role of not only screening for chronic diseases but also actively managing those conditions in order to help employers better control their health care costs. In this article, a physician and an actuary explore what goes into making an employer-sponsored medical clinic an integral part of a large organization’s health care cost-control strategy and how the clinic can fit into the organization’s overall employee benefit plans.
Successful Clinics’ Characteristics
Clinics that meet cost-containment and employee productivity goals tend to have common characteristics:
• The clinic is part of an integrated, data-driven health and wellness strategic plan that has specific goals and objectives. The most effective strategies are premised on the idea that to have the biggest impact on cost and productivity, the plan identifies programs (both internal and external) and benefits that can work together to address the diseases and conditions that are the primary cost drivers through analysis of the organization’s available health care data.
• The clinic’s management understands the organization’s health and wellness strategic plan, knows what the organization’s primary health care cost drivers are and appreciates the clinic’s role in meeting the plan’s goals and objectives.
• The clinic’s staff has the trust of the employees and can motivate them to follow recommendations and make needed lifestyle changes—possibly the most critical success component.
• The clinic’s management and staff have intimate knowledge of the organization’s other health and wellness benefits and programs and work to promote them to the clinic’s patients.
• The clinic is held accountable for its role in meeting goals and
by Victor M. Brugh II, M.D. | Capital Medical Management, LLC and Mac McCarthy | McCarthy Actuarial Consulting
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