Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company's Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care, 14th Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118710916
  • ISBN-13: 9781118710913
  • DDC: 658.3
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Cracking Health Costs reveals the best ways for companies and small businesses to fight back, right now, against rising health care costs.  This book proposes multiple, practical steps that you can take to control costs and increase the effectiveness of the health benefit. The book is all about rolling back health care costs to save companies and employees money. Working hand-in-hand with their employees, businesses need to ensure that, whenever feasible, employees with the most expensive diagnoses get optimal treatment at hospitals not practicing volume-driven medicine for higher profits.  Less than 10% of employees incur 80% of costs.  About 20% of patients have been completely misdiagnosed, while many others are simply the victims of surgeons who are either practicing bad medicine or overtreating for profit. For example, some companies, such as Walmart and Lowes, are turning to the Centers of Excellence approach author Tom Emerick helped to pioneer while running benefits for Walmart.  By determining which hospitals are adopting the highest standards of care, benefits managers can reduce the number of unnecessary high-cost surgeries and improve employees overall health. The solution-based approach offered by the book is unique, because it can be implemented by businesses today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Mostly Bad News.
2: Myths and Facts about Your Health Benefit.
3: Does Your Broker or Consultant Have Your Back?.
4: It’s Time for the Wellness Industry to Admit to Doping.
5: This Is Your Health Benefit on Drugs.
6: Your Employees’ Health Is Too Important to Be Left to the Doctors.
7: Are New Delivery Models Déjà Vu All Over Again, Again?.
8: Mostly Good News.
9: The Company-Sponsored Centers of Excellence Model.
10: Hospital Safety: How to Get Your Employees Back to Work in One Piece.
11: Real Care Coordination: The Only Other Way to Save Money.
12: Goofus Retains a Wellness Vendor, Gallant Implements Well-Being.
13: What Should You Do Next?.
14: Health Insurance Exchanges: Should You Stay or Should You Go?.
About the Authors.