A group of employers that participated in the Kansas City Collaborative avoided almost $11 million in direct health care costs by giving employees and their dependents access to better health information and making it easier to get preventive care.
Nine of 15 employers in the three-year-old program have reported better health and productivity among their 56,000 employees, while lowering overall health care costs. The details:
- A focus on reducing costly chronic diseases resulted in an average savings of $194 per employee.
- 60% of the employers began offering preventive-care treatment requiring no co-pays from employees, and 60% waived co-pays for medication for those enrolled in chronic disease- programs offered by their plans.
- 50% charged lower insurance premiums for employees who completed a health risk assessment or who got an annual physical, stopped smoking or lost 5% of body weight.
- 30% instituted stop-smoking programs.
- All employers added healthy cafeteria and vending machine options.
Contact: MacKay Jimeson, of Pfizer, at (212) 733-2324.