Does it feel as though your business leadership and employees are at cross-purposes when it comes to healthcare? Staff members are always on the lookout for better benefits during open enrollment, while the goal of the business is to provide great benefits at a reasonable cost. Fortunately, these don’t have to be competing priorities when you approach reducing healthcare costs as a shared responsibility. While there are some activities that are best suited to your human resources department and leadership, getting everyone on board with the value of reduced healthcare costs is a great step in the right direction.
Educate Staff Members on the Benefits of Active Health Management
The growing use of electronic health records (EHR) makes it more convenient than ever for patients to actively participate in managing their care. Portability of records and the ability of healthcare providers to easily route requests for prescriptions, refills and other orders allows providers to spend more time focused on patient care than on the administrative overhead that comes with the job. In turn, patients have quicker and more convenient access to the critical details of their care, with the ability to follow a care plan that’s provided more accurately.
Negotiate with Providers Every Year
Healthcare insurance is an ever-changing landscape, making it vitally important to re-negotiate contracts with your insurance providers on an annual basis. Shifts in the makeup and demographics of your workforce can significantly change your rates. Having this needs-based conversation allows you to ensure that you’re taking full advantage of any discounts or new opportunities for saving.