Why Employers Should Care About Costly Healthcare Waste
The survey found 54 percent of health spending waste is caused by unnecessary medical imaging tests, such as MRIs and X-rays. In addition, specialty drugs, unnecessary lab tests, and specialist referrals are high-cost culprits. For many employers, the challenge is understanding where their healthcare dollars are going and whether employees are receiving high-value healthcare services.
Employers are becoming more proactive when it comes to managing their healthcare costs. Direct healthcare is one strategy. Eleven percent of employers say they plan to pursue a direct healthcare deal in 2019, up from 3 percent in 2018, according to the National Business Group on Health. By bringing healthcare services to where an employee works or near their home, employers can have a direct impact on outcomes and overall wellbeing of their workforce.