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March 14, 2010 Posted by | Benefits, Cost, Electronic health records, health information technology, healthcare, hospitals, insurance, Pension, Plan design, Prevention and Wellness, retirement, Technology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Employer’s View of Health Care

A new survey conducted by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), finds that 83% of companies have already revamped or expect to revamp their health care strategy within the next two years, up from 59% in 2009. Among survey findings:

  • Costs are expected to increase 6.5% this year, down slightly from 7% in 2009.
  • A full two-thirds (67%) of employers identify employees’ poor health habits as a top challenge to maintaining affordable benefit coverage.
  • More than half (58%) of employers indicate the biggest obstacle to changing employees’ health-related behavior is the lack of employee engagement, followed by lack of sufficient financial incentives to encourage participation (31%) and lack of an adequate health management program budget (30%).
  • In 2010, more employers (66%) plan to offer incentives for employees to complete a health risk appraisal, up from 61% in 2009.
  • 56% of employers now offer health coaches
  • 26% of employers now offer onsite health centers.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Benefits, healthcare, insurance, Prevention and Wellness | , , | Leave a comment