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.