October 12, 2022
  • Employers are embracing digital tools and adding advanced primary care vendors to their benefit packages to streamline the process of connecting patients with providers and cushion the financial blow to their workers. Knowing that the cost of deferred care could exacerbate an already tough cost environment, more employers also are contracting directly with primary care vendors to bolster preventive care and early intervention. An International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans cost survey found purchasing and provider initiatives – such as self-guided options and virtual coaching in behavioral and maternal health – will have a greater impact than cost-shifting through higher premiums, deductibles, and copays. (Article here)