Press Releases

Television News Report:
BayNews9,  9/27/2013

BayNews9 reported on the District School Board of Pasco County’s ribbon cutting for its 4th Health & Wellness Center for employees.  Crowne Consulting Group and CareHere, which operate the health centers, helped celebrate the new center opening on Sept. 27, 2013. In this news report, the Superintendent discusses the benefits of how employees, retirees, and dependents covered by the District School Board of Pasco County’s group health plan can receive medical services including treatment for primary care, lab work, medication, x-rays, and more at no out-of-pocket cost at any onsite CareHere Health Center.  Learn more about this special event.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pasco School District to Open 4th Health Center

Land O’Lakes, FL – (September 24, 2013) – The District School Board of Pasco County will hold a ribbon cutting and tours for its newest CareHere Health & Wellness Center at Hudson Middle School on Friday, September 27, at 10 a.m.

Superintendent Kurt Browning, School Board chairman Cynthia Armstrong, and School Board member Steve Luikart will be joined by Crowne Consulting Group/CareHere representatives and district Employee Benefits staff for the short program that will precede the ribbon cutting.  The Center will be open the rest of the day for staff and family members to tour.

Employees, retirees, and dependents covered by the District School Board of Pasco County’s group health plan (Florida Blue, formerly Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida) can receive medical services including treatment for primary care, lab work, medication, x-rays, and more at no out-of-pocket cost at any onsite CareHere Health Center.  Other centers are located near Gulf High School, Land O’ Lakes High School, and Centennial Middle School.

Crowne Consulting Group, an employee benefits consulting firm, is co-administrator of more than 25 health centers throughout Florida, helping Tennessee-based partners CareHere surpass a milestone of 100 centers nationwide.

District employees and retirees can schedule appointments at any of the District’s four CareHere Health & Wellness Centers by calling 1.877.423.1330, or logging on to www.CareHere.com.  The new CareHere Health & Wellness Center is located at 14730 Cobra Way, Hudson; however, Google Maps does not have that address in the proper location.  See the map below for the exact location, and if you plan to use GPS, use the middle school address, 14540 Cobra Way.

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Pasco Schools Media Contact: Linda Cobbe, Director Communications & Government Relations, (813)794-2717 / (727)774-2717 / (352)524-2717.

Visit Crowne’s “In the News” page for more information about Health and Wellness Centers across the state of Florida.  See Event Photos below.

UPDATE:

September 12, 2013 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group is proud to announce that Pasco County School Board has been awarded the Healthiest Employers Award 2013 in the category for 1500+ employees.  Read the full article about Pasco’s successes in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Crowne Consulting Group Client Nominated for Healthiest Employer Awards

August 19, 2013 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group, an  employee benefits consulting firm specializing in onsite health and wellness centers, is proud to announce that our client, The District School Board of Pasco County, is being recognized for outstanding achievements in their employee wellness successes.

The District has been named a finalist for the 2013 Healthiest Employer Awards, which is being presented by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The award honors organizations that have made a rewarding realization — a healthier workplace means happier employees who are more productive, use less sick time, and remain loyal longer.  The  finalists’ ranking order will be revealed at a Tampa Bay Business Journal luncheon at the Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center on Sept. 12.

Crowne Consulting Group collaborates with CareHere LLC in operating three Health & Wellness Centers for Pasco schools’ employees, dependents, and retirees.  For zero deductibles and no costs, the District’s health-plan members have free access to primary medical, screenings, lab work, X-rays, EKG, occupational health, wellness programs, disease management, and generic prescriptions.

About Crowne Consulting Group: 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. 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.

For more information about launching an effective health and wellness center to improve the quality of healthcare for your Florida employees, call 407-654-5414.

Quality Makes the Difference:
Accessibility and Service Quality are Keys to Onsite Care

Health cost trends continue to skyrocket at a national rate due to chronic disease.  Failure to conduct health screenings and delaying to seek help for minor health issues can escalate to serious conditions resulting in expensive health claims.  When quality care is easily accessible, however, health costs can rapidly decrease.

Early detection, prompt treatment, and consistent follow-ups are key components of the onsite healthcare model.  By supplying onsite or nearby medical care for employees, employers are mitigating risks and cutting costs, all while increasing employee benefits.  In addition to a healthier bottom line, this translates to improved productivity and fewer sick days with less time away for physician appointments.

The Crowne Consulting Group and its partner, CareHere LLC, have created a cost-saving model for self-funded employers, extending benefits of free office visits, screenings, and increased physician face-time.  When considering onsite care, it’s important to ask the right questions to ensure your operators are able to meet and exceed your needs for lowering health costs while enhancing care.

1)     Will the employees have easy access to the health center?
In addition to building the center at the worksite or a nearby location, availability is essential.  The CareHere-Crowne model allows employees to simply call a toll-free number or go on-line to schedule an appointment.  Patients are typically in front of a doctor before the end of the workday.

2)     Will the employees be able to fill prescriptions via the health center?
Through CareHere, employers pay wholesale costs for prescription drugs, which have helped employers save millions of dollars.  Importantly, patients appreciate that they can conveniently walk away from the appointment with a free or low-priced prescription in about an hour.

3)     Will the range of services meet the employee’s medical needs?
Without having to leave the worksite, employees may seek treatment for acute conditions such as a cold or infection, in addition to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.  The full list of services typically includes primary and family care, occupational services, workers’ compensation matters, x-rays, pharmacy, disease management, and wellness services.

4)     Will there be incentives for employees to utilize the center?
Visits to the health centers are voluntary, but incentives for employees to use them include zero co-pays and no deductibles.  CareHere and Crowne Consulting Group also take a client-centric approach to boost success.  Among the list of perks are a grand opening to announce and promote awareness for the new center, reward-based programs with prizes to increase utilization, and employee incentives tied to wellness programs and health risk assessments for identifying risks early and controlling costs.

When considering the launch of any healthcare service, experience is most important.  Crowne Consulting Group’s team has expertise in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations.  Crowne’s team strategically collaborates with CareHere LLC to help employers hire medical staff and operate health centers.  CareHere operates more than 100 health centers nationwide, specializing in providing onsite healthcare through employers by making healthcare easier, better and more affordable.

Crowne Consulting Group’s clients were featured in American City & County Magazine.

Municipal hospital

Cities fund clinics to temper rising healthcare costs
May 20, 2013 Derek Prall| American City and County
Read this full article at: http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/municipal-hospital

With the cost of health benefits for city workers and their families climbing, cities nation-wide are opening municipal healthcare facilities. To get a better understanding of the trend, American City & County spoke with three cities in Florida to see if the quest for publicly-funded, affordable health care is bearing fruit.

DeLand, Fla., is one city seeing success from a city-funded medical center. City Manager Michael Pleus says the facility was necessary to address skyrocketing healthcare costs. “I’ve been working with this city for 13 years, and every year we were seeing double digit percentage increases in healthcare costs… sometimes as much as 28 percent.”

With the city’s premiums growing steadily, DeLand’s solution was to decrease reliance on its insurance provider by opening its own healthcare facility, DeLand Medical Center, in 2010. The facility is paid for through the city’s general fund, with departments handling costs proportionally based on the number of employees. The center offers general care, diagnostic work and prescription services, and is available free-of-charge to all city workers and their families.

Use of the clinic is not mandatory, and supplements existing health care coverage. However, with more workers visiting the municipally funded clinic than private doctors (whose fees increase the city’s insurance costs), Pleus reports that “eliminating the middle-man” has saved DeLand $705,000 over the course of three years.

Pleus also feels that with a free and reliable clinic nearby, city employees are more likely to keep chronic issues, such as diabetes and hypertension, in check. A more intangible benefit of these programs, he says, is that city workers will take better care of themselves – taking less time off and requiring fewer serious medical procedures.

Jeff Tripplet, mayor of Sanford, Fla., reports that his city has experienced similar successes with The City of Sanford Health and Wellness Center in terms of costs and overall employee wellness. “One of the major benefits of this clinic is that it focuses on the future health of patients,” Tripplet says.

Funding for the center is included in employee premiums paid by each worker carrying Sanford’s insurance. The clinic has treated more than 900 patients in its first six months and is projected to save the city $500,000 by 2016, according to Fred Fosson, Sanford’s director of human resources and risk management.

Like the mayor, Fosson says the driving force behind the center is early diagnosis. If health problems are caught early, he says, the costly procedures often required for treating late-stage illnesses can be avoided. “In-patient hospital stays can be quite costly, but can be avoided if treatment is in the early stages — thus, a savings to the city and the employee,” Fosson says.

Oviedo, Fla., also launched a clinic in 2010. Its facility, The City of Oviedo Employee Health Center, is funded by the city’s general fund, stormwater and utility operations. It offers general care, lab tests, prescription services and some imaging work.

“It provides quality health care in a convenient location, and reduces costs to city employees, and, by extension, taxpayers,”
 Mayor Dominic Persampiere says.

Since opening the clinic, the city has experienced a 3.7 percent decrease in healthcare costs, according to a recent Oviedo Health Center Review. An analysis of the return on investment since March 2010 shows nearly $2 million in claims avoidance, with operating costs totaling $827,182. In short, the return on investment came back as 2.13 : 1.

At first, employees were hesitant to use the clinic. “Acceptance has grown over time, though,” Persampiere says, noting that workers now see the clinic as complementing – not replacing – their doctors. But when city workers opt for the clinic, it saves Oviedo money, according to Persampiere.

“[The clinic] has, without a shadow of a doubt, exceeded our expectations,” he says.

Derek Prall is the assistant editor of American City & County magazine.

Onsite and In Demand:
Helping Large and Small Employers to Lower Health Costs

With the various provisions in the Affordable Care Act and opt-out-only requirements for employee health coverage, it’s clear that Healthcare Reform will push many smaller employers to opt for self-funding.

As a positive, self-insured plans are exempt from medical loss ratio requirements and aren’t subject to risk-adjustment.

Onsite healthcare for employees attracts self-funded groups because visits are paid directly by the employer.  No claim is filed.  Group health insurance typically is conducted in a fee-for-services model.  The more physician services, the higher the bill.  With an onsite health center, however, the employer controls spending by paying a flat fee and pass-through costs without any markup.

Employers can stick with their current healthcare plan and benefits provider.  The only difference is that the employees now have the option to handle medical appointments and wellness visits at the worksite rather than at more costly outside providers.  As a result, the costs for operating an onsite health center are 30-70 percent less than paying for a fee-for-service model.

Dozens of onsite health centers popping up across Florida have succeeded with the help of Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. , which partners with Tennessee-based CareHere to handle administration and operations of the onsite health center.

While many private companies have opened their onsite health centers, public entities including cities, counties, and school districts, have led the charge in recent years.

Importantly, the Crowne-CareHere model is completely scalable, which means it can work for employers from small to large.  Crowne Consulting Group has helped self-funded employers in Florida ranging from 175 employees to 8,500 employees.  Employers have managed to save millions of dollars in healthcare costs and decrease their prescription drug expenditures.

See video about Onsite Care Sweeping Florida http://crowneinc.com/2012/10/.

What’s more is that it’s not just the employer seeing the savings – the employees are also reaping the benefits.  Employee utilization remains high because employee health centers offer on-demand medical service for employees, their dependents, and the retiree population for no out-of-pocket costs.

Announcement

CROWNE CONSULTING GROUP PRESENTS AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR FLORIDA
CITY & COUNTY MANAGERS ASSOCIATION

Government leaders gather for
education and information pertaining to onsite healthcare.
May 29, 2013 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm specializing in onsite employee health and wellness centers in Florida, announces that its team presented a case study for the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) annual conference last week at the Orlando Hilton.
. FCCMA is a professional organization of practicing public administrators from throughout Florida local governments.  The association focusses on providing education, support, information, and regulation to its members.
. The 2013 conference theme was “Loving Your Community – Building Attachment to Florida’s Cities, Towns and Counties.”  Crowne Consulting Group, which was a Diamond Sponsor for the event, offered a one-hour presentation with financial analysis and human resources planning for employers interested in the dynamics of onsite healthcare.
. Crowne’s session, titled “Onsite Health Centers: Real Results from a Five-Year Case Study,” outlined the successes of the onsite health center at the City of Ocoee.  Since implementing onsite care for its more than 740 employees, retirees and dependents in 2008, the City of Ocoee reversed its trend of rising healthcare expenditures and avoided over $4 million in costs.  Last year, an impressive 92 percent of eligible employees visited the center at least once.  Also, medical costs of its workers’ compensation program has decreased over 50 percent annually during a four-year span.
. “In addition to creating a healthier workforce, the onsite healthcare model is helping self-funded employers of all sizes to save millions of dollars,” said Ray Tomlinson, President of Crowne Consulting Group, who presented alongside Jim Carnicella, Crowne’s Client Account Manager and the former HR Director for the City of Ocoee.
. Crowne Consulting Group collaborates with Tennessee-based  CareHere LLC to operate more than 25 centers in Florida.  Nationally, CareHere operates over 120 centers.  Onsite health and wellness centers service employees, dependents and retirees.  Services typically 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 for employees.

For a copy of this case study or to learn more about the benefits of onsite healthcare, contact Ray Tomlinson at rtomlinson@crowneinc.com
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View this release in PDF format: Crowne Announcement-FCCMA-5-29-2013.

Onsite Employee Health and Wellness Center Helps School District Control Healthcare Costs

Crowne Consulting Group and CareHere health center enhances care for district employees while reducting health costs..
PDF: Crowne-Citrus Schools Press Release-5-2-2013

May 2, 2013 (Ocoee, Fla.) —  A Florida school district has taken control of healthcare costs – all while enhancing employee care.Citrus County School District reversed the trend of  skyrocketing insurance prices with the help of Crowne Consulting  Group, Inc., an  employee benefits consulting firm specializing in onsite health and wellness  centers.

Crowne Consulting Group collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate  more than 25 employee health and wellness centers in Florida. The  centers offer employees worksite access to wellness programs and medical  services.

With a triage room, three examination rooms, an X-ray lab,  and a pharmacy, Citrus schools’ Wellness Center is open at no cost to full-time  district employees, their dependents, and retirees enrolled in the district’s  health insurance plan.

The district experienced a 10 percent drop in  total health costs within the first year of opening the center in May 2010, with  the majority of the savings being in prescription costs.

“We continue to see those types of savings every year,  even with an increase in participation,” said Audrey Haines, Employee Benefits  Specialist for the district. “We have increased the center’s  operational hours every year in order to accommodate the expanded use of the  Wellness Center.”

In addition to handling workers’ compensation matters for  the district, the center provides free access to primary care,  occupational services, pharmacy, disease management, and annual immunizations  along with the benefits of increased physician face-time.

“I believe that we are being as proactive as  possible in improving the health of our employees, and they definitely  appreciate the efforts,” added Haines.


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 experience in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations. 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.

Onsite Care Lowers Health Costs for Employers and Employees

Study shows onsite health and wellness centers operated by Crowne Consulting Group and CareHere have helped the City of Oviedo save millions.

April 18, 2013 (Ocoee, Fla.) – On the heels of its three-year anniversary, the City of Oviedo’s employee health and wellness center has reason to celebrate.  Newly released numbers from an independent study by the Gehring Group show dramatically reduced health costs associated with high utilization of the center.

Crowne Consulting Group, an employee benefits consulting firm, collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate more than 25 health and wellness centers throughout Florida and over 100 nationwide.  Worksite centers offer health and wellness services including primary care, screenings, lab work, X-rays, occupational services, and free prescriptions.

Through onsite disease management and healthy workforce Wellness Program, healthcare costs dropped significantly.  The independent study estimates that Oviedo has avoided nearly $1.3 million in healthcare costs, which doesn’t include soft-dollar savings associated with early prevention and reduced absenteeism.

“By reducing healthcare costs, city funds may be used in other areas such as employee wage increases, purchasing new equipment, and technology to improve efficiency,” said the Human Resources Director at the City of Oviedo, Connie Collins, who feels onsite care is a “win-win solution” for lowering employer and employee health costs.

In addition to reducing costs of the medical plan, the city has saved over $209,000 in prescription drug costs.  Appointments and prescription fills continue to rise, as employees opt for worksite convenience and no co-pays.

“Employees are very positive about the employee health and wellness center,” said Collins.  “The quality medical care is offered at no cost to the employee; it is one of the best benefits to receive.”

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 experience in serving public sector employers such as school boards, city and county government, as well as private organizations.  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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Announcement

CareHere Client Recognized at the
2013 Worksite Wellness Awards

April 17, 2013 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group and CareHere are proud to announce that one of our school district clients has been recognized for outstanding achievements in their employee wellness programs.  The District School Board of Pasco County was recognized at the 2013 Worksite Wellness Awards, hosted by the Florida Heart Research Institute and Worksite Wellness Committee of the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade.  This fifth annual event honored businesses throughout Florida that are investing in the health and wellness of their employees with demonstrated outcomes.  Learn more at about our work with Pasco schools by visiting our news pages, which include multiple television stories and articles on the successes of the district’s wellness program.