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Employers Slowly Adopt Value-Based Health Benefit Designs
By Bruce Japsen
From Forbes on Friday, August 19, 2016
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The National Business Group on Health’s annual examination of employer health benefit packages shows value-based designs haven’t “grown much since 2016, but nearly half of employers have incorporated some type in their benefit plan.” The designs include offers to lower worker premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs if they “take steps to manage chronic conditions, obtain higher quality care or more efficient care,” the group’s analysis showed.

“It’s not happening at a fast enough pace,” Brian Marcotte, National Business Group on Health’s CEO said in an interview of the move to value-based care. “It’s hard to get out of fee-for-service (medicine).”

But employers don’t yet see that ACOs are ready for prime time. Just 24 percent of employers will be “actively promoting ACOs within their workforce,” National Business Group on Health survey showed.

The survey, which was conducted between May and June of this year, draws responses from 133 large employers that offer coverage to more than 15 million workers and their dependents. The National Business Group on Health includes as its members some of the nation’s largest employers, including American Express, Boeing, JPMorgan Chase and Pfizer among its membership.