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How Easier Access to Healthcare Lowers Costs

Crowne Consulting Group reports onsite health centers reduce risks and cut costs.

Jan. 18, 2012 (Ocoee, Fla.) – For a large number of governments and municipalities in Florida, employee health centers are just what the doctor ordered.  Adopting the onsite health model is improving quality of employee healthcare while decreasing costs.

Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate 23 employee health and wellness centers throughout Florida.  Ray Tomlinson, president of Crowne Consulting Group, explains why easier access translates to lower costs for employers
and employees:

1)     Worksite health services reduce “time off” and increase incentives to seek medical care.

2)     Employees pay zero copays and no deductibles, preventing delays for financial reasons.

3)     Primary care, labs, free prescriptions and more are fulfilled in a convenient visit.

4)     Disease management and wellness programs ensure chronic diseases are kept in check.

5)     Free health risk assessments (HRAs) and lab work for evaluation of cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure are conducted onsite to uncover or mitigate health risks.

Approximately 96 percent of the City of Ocoee’s more than 300 eligible employees utilized HRAs and wellness programs offered at its health center, helping the city prevent high-dollar claims for chronic diseases including diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Prior to hiring Crowne in April 2008, Ocoee faced annual premium increases of 15-24 percent.  Over 6,800 visits at the Ocoee health center and nearly 1000 more visits at its partner center in the City of Apopka occurred within the first two years, saving the city more than $1 million, including more than a 70 percent decrease in workers’ compensation medical costs.

About Crowne Consulting Group, Inc:

Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., founded in 1986, consults and provides administrative oversight services for onsite health and wellness centers to employers and is a related company with The Crowne Group, an employee benefits consulting firm, specializing in employer solutions and personal lines of insurance.  Crowne’s experts have a cumulative 100 years of experience in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations.  The firm’s mission is to bring innovative solutions that meet the fiscal responsibility of employers and maximizes investments.  Solutions include health reimbursement arrangements, self-funded plans, onsite health and wellness centers, as well as risk management and human resources consulting.

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Central Florida Becomes a Hub
of Innovation in Employee Healthcare

Crowne Consulting Group helps employers cut health
costs through onsite health centers.

Nov. 29, 2011 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm, reports that employee health and wellness centers are the growing trend among central Florida employers to combat rising health costs.

With over 50 percent growth this year, Crowne is now co-administrators of 24 health centers throughout Florida, helping Tennessee-based partners CareHere, LLC surpass a milestone of 100 centers nationwide.  In central Florida alone, the City of Leesburg, City of Deland, City of Mount Dora, City of Ocala, City of Ocoee, City of Oviedo, City of Titusville, Lake Schools, and Pasco Schools are innovators in offering onsite care.

At no cost to the employee, worksite clinics provide services including primary medical visits with no copay, screenings, lab work, x-rays, occupational health, wellness programs, and free generic prescriptions.

“Results have included 10 percent reductions in plan costs, 15 percent decreases in prescription costs, drastic reductions in sick time, and millions of taxpayer dollars saved,” said Ray Tomlinson, president of the Crowne Consulting Group.

By accessing risks early and providing efficient care, Crowne’s clients are defying the national averages. According to an October 17 Gallup Poll, unhealthy U.S. workers’ absenteeism costs $153 billion in lost productivity annually.  About 86 percent of full-time workers are above normal weight or have at least one chronic condition, and they’re missing an estimated 450 million days of work each year.

“While the health of the U.S. workforce declines, onsite health centers are helping employers reduce risks and boost productivity,” added Tomlinson.

About Crowne Consulting Group, Inc:

Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., founded in 1986, consults and provides administrative oversight services for onsite health and wellness centers to employers and is a related company with The Crowne Group, an employee benefits consulting firm, specializing in employer solutions and personal lines of insurance.  Crowne’s experts have a cumulative 100 years of experience in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations.  The firm’s mission is to bring innovative solutions that meet the fiscal responsibility of employers and maximizes investments.  Solutions include health reimbursement arrangements, self-funded plans, onsite health and wellness centers, as well as risk management and human resources consulting.

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WORKSITE HEALTH CENTER POSITIONS CITY GOVERNMENT TO CUT COSTS WHILE INCREASING EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY

Crowne Consulting Group Helps City of Ocala Mitigate Risks to Reduce Healthcare Costs

Sept. 27, 2011 (Ocoee, Fla.)Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm specializing in onsite health and wellness centers in Florida, reports that an onsite health center has helped the City of Ocala gain control of its healthcare costs.

The Crowne Consulting Group collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate 23 centers throughout Florida. Third-party operators ensure that employee medical services remain confidential and HIPAA compliant.

Prior to hiring Crowne and CareHere to operate its health center in April 2009, the City of Ocala faced annual premium increases of 15-27 percent. The city’s total healthcare spend has now leveled out to approximately 3.7 percent yearly increases, thus, defying the nation’s average 12 percent annual rise in health costs.

“We’ve been able to save tax payer dollars and flatten the cost trend by assessing risks early and having a healthier, more productive workforce,” said Jared Sorensen, director of HR and risk management for the city. “There is also ease in getting to the clinic, and
the staff provides friendly, quick, efficient care.”

Approximately 90 percent of the city’s 880 eligible employees utilized the free clinic in the last year for services including primary care, screenings, chronic disease management, X-rays, wellness programs, and occupational services. Employees pay zero copays and no deductibles.

“There are free generic prescriptions available onsite to meet employee’s needs without them having to wait in line somewhere else,” said Sorensen.

Buying prescriptions at wholesale costs helped the city, which is self-funded, cut its prescription costs 15 percent since opening the onsite center.

Employees also have access to free health risk assessments, which include lab work and an evaluation of health factors including cholesterol, blood sugar, liver function, and blood pressure.

“Assessments, wellness initiatives, exercise coaches, dieticians, and smoking cessation programs inspire healthy lifestyles and help us avoid higher cost claims,” said Sorensen. “As for risk management, the clinic is also our first line of contact for workers’ compensation claims.”

About Crowne Consulting Group, Inc:

Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., founded in 1986, consults and provides administrative oversight services for onsite health and wellness centers to employers and is a related company with The Crowne Group, an employee benefits consulting firm, specializing in employer solutions and personal lines of insurance. Crowne’s experts have a cumulative 100 years of experience in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations. The firm’s mission is to bring innovative solutions that meet the fiscal responsibility of employers and maximizes investments. Solutions for consumer-driven plans include health reimbursement arrangements, self-funded plans, onsite health and wellness centers, as well as risk management and human resources consulting.

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EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER OPENS
TO SERVICE LAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS EMPLOYEES, RETIREES AND DEPENDENTS
District joins more than 20 Florida government agencies with worksite health centers

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August 22, 2011 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm specializing in on-site employee health and wellness centers in Florida, announces that the School District of Lake County’s employee health and wellness center opened its
doors last week.

Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, school board members Debbie Stivender and Rosanne Brandeburg, Senator Alan Hays, Crowne and CareHere executives, Blue Cross & Blue Shield representatives, Educational Foundation of Lake County representatives, and other government officials took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony held Aug. 17. The ceremony was followed by a public open house at the center, located at 1910 Titcomb St., Eustis.

The district plans to open a second center in early 2012 to provide convenient access across the county.

The center will service the district’s population of more than 6,500 employees, dependents, and retirees. Services will include primary care, occupational services, pharmacy, disease management, and wellness services along with the benefits of zero copays, free screenings,
and increased physician face-time.

“We’re looking at this as a wellness alternative to provide our employees different healthcare options at no cost. Crowne and CareHere have been nothing but professional. We’re excited about our partnership with them because we’ve seen their success with other school districts,” said Carol MacLeod, chief financial officer for Lake County schools.

Lauren Deridder, risk manager for Lake County schools, added, “Crowne and CareHere have been very professional and are experts at what they do. The center will provide convenient and quick service, and the employees will have quality time with the doctors, less of
wait, and no out-of-pocket expenses.”

The center will be staffed by a physician and other supporting medical staff. In addition to providing primary care, chronic disease management and medication, the center will also focus on providing health risk assessments (HRAs), which is a short health examination to assess a patient’s risk for diseases and conditions.

“Lake County schools is moving in the direction of decreasing healthcare costs and improving quality of care for their employees,” said Ray Tomlinson, president of Crowne Consulting Group.

Crowne Consulting Group collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate centers throughout Florida. Lake schools’ health and wellness center is among several new health centers within CareHere’s network of clinics spanning 21 states.

As co-administrators of more than 20 CareHere health centers throughout Florida, Crowne Consulting Group has helped CareHere surpass a milestone of 100 centers nationwide with the recent opening of centers in the City of Deland, St. Lucie County, City of Mount Dora, City of Sarasota, City of Palm Beach Gardens, City of Leesburg, and the School District of Pasco County.

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CITY OF SARASOTA OPENS AN ON-SITE CLINIC FOR EMPLOYEES

Worksite health center slated to open for city employees on March 14

March 9, 2011 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm specializing in on-site medical clinics in Florida, announces that the City of Sarasota’s employee health center will open its doors on March 14. The center will service the city’s employees, dependents, and retiree population.
The center will be located at 237 Payne Parkway, Sarasota, adjacent to Payne Park. Services will include primary care, occupational services, pharmacy, disease management, and wellness services. The clinic will also be the first stop for workers’ compensation triage issues.

“Zero copays, free screenings, flu shots, and increased physician face-time are among the benefits,” said Ray Tomlinson, president of Crowne Consulting Group.
The Crowne Consulting Group collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate centers throughout Florida. The City of Sarasota’s health and wellness center is among several new health centers within CareHere’s network of clinics spanning 21 states.

As co-administrators of more than 20 CareHere health centers throughout Florida, Crowne has helped CareHere surpass a milestone of 100 centers nationwide with the recent opening of centers in the City of Deland, City of St. Lucie, City of Mount Dora, City of Leesburg, and the School District of Pasco County.

About Crowne Consulting Group, Inc:

The Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. is a division of The Crowne Group, an employee benefits consulting firm founded in 1986, specializing in employer solutions and personal lines of insurance. Crowne’s experts have a cumulative 100 years of experience in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations. The firm’s mission is to bring innovative solutions that meet the fiscal responsibility of employers and maximizes investments. Solutions for consumer-driven plans include health reimbursement arrangements, self-funded plans, on-site medical clinics, risk management, and human resources consulting.

For Immediate Release For additional information, contact:
Ray Tomlinson, President Phone: (407) 654-5414
rtomlinson@crowneinc.com

CITY OF MOUNT DORA’S EMPLOYEE HEALTH CENTER GRAND OPENING

Ceremony slated for Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.

Feb. 16, 2011 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm specializing in on-site medical clinics in Florida, announces the grand opening of the City of Mount Dora’s employee health and wellness center. The grand opening ceremony is set for 2 p.m., Feb. 24, in front of the new health center at 2110 North Donnelly Street, Suite 200, Mount Dora, Fla.

The Crowne Consulting Group collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate centers throughout Florida. Mount Dora’s health and wellness center is among several new health centers within CareHere’s network of clinics spanning 21 states. The health center will service Mount Dora’s employees, dependents, and retiree population. Additionally, the City of Leesburg, which also opened a CareHere health center in January, has formed an agreement with Mount Dora to allow employees of both cities to utilize one another’s clinics.
As co-administrators of 20 CareHere health centers throughout Florida, Crowne has helped CareHere surpass a milestone of 100 centers nationwide with the recent opening of centers in the City of Mount Dora, the City of Leesburg, and the School District of Pasco County. The clinics offer primary care, occupational services, pharmacy, disease management, and wellness services along with the benefits of zero copays, free screenings, and increased physician face-time.

About Crowne Consulting Group, Inc:

The Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. is a division of The Crowne Group, an employee benefits consulting firm founded in 1986, specializing in employer solutions and personal lines of insurance. Crowne’s experts have a cumulative 100 years of experience in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations. The firm’s mission is to bring innovative solutions that meet the fiscal responsibility of employers and maximizes investments. Solutions for consumer-driven plans include health reimbursement arrangements, self-funded plans, on-site medical clinics, and human resources consulting.

For Immediate Release For additional information, contact:
Ray Tomlinson, President Phone: (407) 654-5414
rtomlinson@crowneinc.com

GRAND OPENING FOR PASCO SCHOOLS’ WORKSITE HEALTH CENTER

Crowne Consulting Group scheduled to present during ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 26

Jan. 24, 2011 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm specializing in on-site medical clinics in Florida, announces the grand opening of Pasco County School District’s health and wellness center. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m., Wednesday, at 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638.
The Crowne Consulting Group collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate centers throughout Florida. Pasco schools, with two additional centers set to open by March, will be the largest worksite health center within CareHere’s network of clinics spanning 21 states. The three health centers will service Pasco’s employee and retiree population of more than 8500 plan members.

“Easier medical access supports improved employee health,” said Ray Tomlinson, president of Crowne Consulting Group, who will present at the ceremony along with school district representatives and CareHere executives. “These on-site clinics will extend benefits of zero copays, free screenings, and increased physician face-time.”
As co-administrators of 20 CareHere health centers throughout Florida, Crowne has helped CareHere surpass a milestone of 100 centers nationwide with the recent opening of centers in the City of Leesburg and the City of Mt. Dora. Six additional Florida centers are slated to open by March. The clinics offer primary care, occupational services, pharmacy, disease management, and wellness.

About Crowne Consulting Group, Inc:

The Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. is a division of The Crowne Group, an employee benefits consulting firm founded in 1986, specializing in employer solutions and personal lines of insurance. Crowne’s experts have a cumulative 100 years of experience in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations. The firm’s mission is to bring innovative solutions that meet the fiscal responsibility of employers and maximizes investments. Solutions for consumer-driven plans include health reimbursement arrangements, self-funded plans, on-site medical clinics, and human resources consulting.

For Immediate Release For additional information, contact:
Ray Tomlinson, President Phone: (407) 654-5414
rtomlinson@crowneinc.com

INCREASED DEMAND FOR WORKSITE CLINICS TO CUT COSTS AND IMPROVE EMPLOYEE HEALTHCARE

Crowne Consulting Group Identifies Trend in Medical Facilities for Government Workers

Nov. 18, 2010 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm specializing in on-site medical clinics in Florida, reports a rapidly increasing number of government contracts. Cities, counties, and school districts are recognizing that easier medical access emphasizes improved employee health, which translates into decreased healthcare costs.

“Prior to the economic downturn, monies were good and benefits were rich, but now self-insured employers must look deeper into cost shifting and reducing premiums,” said Brian Branham, chief financial officer for Crowne Consulting Group. “There is an awakening throughout Florida because boards are seeing that worksite clinics in neighboring governments have produced huge success rates in cost savings.”

The successes of early implementers, such as Charlotte County, have moved other agencies to re-examine budgeting for clinics. Crowne has exceeded a 50 percent growth each year since 2007. Its 13th clinic opened in August and four more are slated to open by December, bringing total plan members to nearly 30,000. Among others, Pasco County schools will open three facilities in January, adding 8,500 plan members.

Crowne collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate clinics throughout Florida. CareHere specializes in primary care, occupational services, pharmacy, disease management, and wellness. Crowne and CareHere were the first in Florida to bring a cost-saving model for self-funded employers, extending benefits of zero copays, no deductibles, free office visits, screenings, and increased physician face-time.

“With chronic disease accounting for the majority of all health spending, these medical centers can identify risks early, which helps employees and employers avoid serious costs,” said Ray Tomlinson, president of Crowne Consulting Group.

About Crowne Consulting Group, Inc:

The Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. is a division of The Crowne Group, an employee benefits consulting firm founded in 1986, specializing in employer solutions and personal lines of insurance. Crowne’s experts have a cumulative 100 years of experience in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations. The firm’s mission is to bring innovative solutions that meet the fiscal responsibility of employers and maximizes investments. Solutions for consumer-driven plans include health reimbursement arrangements, self-funded plans, on-site medical clinics, and human resources consulting.