Press Releases

Crowne Client Awarded Top 100
Healthiest Workplaces in America

Jan. 16, 2014 – Healthiest Employers, the leader in employee health best practices and benchmark data, has announced the induction of The District School Board of Pasco County into the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America.  The District was named #35 on the Top 100 list, which honors the “best of the best” employers, those who blaze the path to a healthy workplace for their peers. Representing employers of all sizes, all regions and all industries, the District is among organizations that have comprehensively incorporated the most vital corporate wellness practices.  The District was recognized for moving beyond healthy living sound bites to the development of a practical, effective, and continuously improving framework for creating a sustainably healthy workplace.

Consulting Group collaborates with CareHere LLC in operating four onsite 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.  Watch a news report highlighting the District’s successes with onsite healthcare.

Enhanced Employee Benefits and Onsite Care Bring Lower Healthcare Costs

City of Leesburg’s Employee Wellness Center, operated by Crowne Consulting Group
and CareHere, has had high utilization of medical services and has decreased
employee healthcare costs.
Crowne-Leesburg Press Release-11-14-13

Nov. 14, 2013 (Ocoee, Fla.)Crowne Consulting Group, an employee benefits consulting firm specializing in onsite health and wellness centers in Florida, reports that the City of Leesburg has saved millions of dollars by adding a worksite health center for employees, retirees, and dependents covered under its healthcare plan.

The City of Leesburg’s Employee Wellness Center saved the city $1.3 million within the first year of opening in January 2011.  The trend continued in 2012 with $459,000 in savings, and this year pushing $600,000 saved dollars back into the general fund.

Dann Herrin, Leesburg’s Assistant Director, Human Services, says these savings will increase because the city has recently added workers’ compensation, triage, and occupational health services through the employee wellness center, which is co-operated by Crowne Consulting Group and Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC.

“I think CareHere’s onsite care model has been outstanding, and the Crowne folks have been a wonderful resource – they’re always there when we need them,” said Herrin.  “At first, I was skeptical if our employees would switch doctors and use the center, but the medical service providers were outstanding at keeping employees very comfortable.”

Approximately 86 percent of the city’s 1100 eligible members eagerly visited the center in the first year for primary care, screenings, and chronic disease management.  A reputation of quality service and no out-of-pocket costs drove utilization up to 96 percent this year.

“It’s a win-win-win,” added Herrin.  “Taxpayers save money, the city can reallocate savings for more resources, and the employees see outstanding financial savings while easily accessing care.”

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.

Four Steps to Lower Healthcare Costs:
Benefits of Onsite Care During the Holidays

For a large number of corporations, businesses, 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 drastically decreasing costs.

Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate more than 25 employee health and wellness centers throughout Florida.  Crowne’s experts explain why easier access translates to lower costs for employers and employees, especially during the turbulent flu season and busy holidays.

1)     Worksite health services reduce “time off” and increase incentives to seek medical care.  Prompt attention is especially important during the Fall and Winter months, when flus and colds run rampant.

2)     Employees pay zero copays and no deductibles, preventing delays for financial reasons.  Employees can benefit from more cash in their pockets during the holidays.  Free health risk assessments (HRAs) and lab work for evaluation of cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure can also be conducted onsite to uncover or mitigate health risks.

3)     Primary care, labs, free prescriptions and more are fulfilled in one convenient visit.  This saves time and serves as one more checkmark on the shopping list.

4)     Disease management and wellness programs ensure chronic diseases are kept in check.  No matter the season, disease management and wellness should remain a top priority for preventing illness and avoiding costly conditions.

Remember that when considering the launch of any cost-saving healthcare solution, experience is most important.  Crowne Consulting Group’s team has expertise in serving corporations and private organizations as well as public sector employers.  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.

…Learn more about onsite healthcare.

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 https://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.