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.