The Business Group Blog was created to share and discuss information about challenges and solutions to the health care benefits issues that large employers face today and tomorrow — such as controlling health care costs, reforming the health care delivery system, and engaging employees in their health and benefits — and will provide insight into national health policy issues. We hope you find this information useful and will consider subscribing to the blog and sharing any thoughts or ideas with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s important that a governance structure for benefits be in sync with the overall mission and goals of a company. What is at stake, among other things, is a company's fiscal health. Employers want to secure their employees’ health and well-being consistently across their operations in different local and global markets.
According to the World Health Organization, “work-related stress is the response people may have when presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope. Stress occurs in a wide range of work circumstances, but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues, as well as little control over work processes.”
President and CEO of National Business Group on Health, Brian Marcotte, has created a list of six things to watch in 2017. It will be a year of uncertainty, opportunity and change. Will ACA be repealed and replaced? Will the move to value-based payments lose momentum? What will be the fate of proposed health plan mergers? Will pharmacy pricing remain in the spotlight? Will consumer engagement remain a top concern for employers? What about the well-workforce?
“In managing a company… with more than 150,000 employees and millions of customers…you of course need to be rational. But I’m gradually learning to be less rational and more emotional. Motivating people and generating a sense of spirit inside a company are essential…we need to appeal to our employees’ emotions to help create an environment where they can innovate.”
-Pablo Isla, CEO Inditex
The decision to open an occupational or medical on-site health clinic in a given country is a multifaceted one. There are regulatory, external and internal issues to consider, and questions and answers will differ by company and by location.
You can help the Business Group by supporting The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), an initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2015 to align stakeholders across sectors in moving payment from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) methods to ones linked to quality and alternative payment models (APMs). The LAN’s next initiative will focus on providing support and resources to drive improvement in maternity care outcomes via episode payments.
Patient (or “copay”) assistance programs and coupons present a bit of a double-edged sword. While they help facilitate payment for certain drugs, they also complicate the payment process immensely. Both help patients ultimately gain access to expensive drugs that otherwise may not be affordable. However, the intention behind each approach differs considerably, as does the overall impact.