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Nearly al employers (96%) allow telehealth services for medical services and related treatments in states where it's allowed, according to NBGH.
The NBGH analysts predict, based on survey responses, that 35 percent of large employers will offer a health account health plan as the only option in 2017, up from 33 percent this year.
As the cost of providing health care continues to increase, employers recognize one of the key ways to manage their company's costs is to incent their workforce to lead a healthier lifestyle," said Adam Stavisky, senior vice president of Fidelity's Benefits Consulting business, which commissioned the study with NBGH.
The Supreme Court ruling means that employers are facing slightly less uncertainty about the future, but costs were still an overriding concern, said Helen Darling, CEO of the NBGH.
In May, Quest Diagnostics (43,500 employees nationwide with roughly 725 in Denver), was awarded the NBGH Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Gold Award for its "HealthyQuest" corporate wellness program, which relies heavily on diagnostic tests and health-risk assessments to make customized wellness plans for employees.
The value of corporate wellness incentives has increased to $742 per employee per year, up from $521 in 2013, according to the NBGH study.
NBGH members like the idea of EBSA protecting plan insureds' rights to adequate notice and full and fair claim reviews, but the "deemed exhaustion" provision is vague and could lead to many early lawsuits, even when no claim review error has occurred, Marcotte says.
According to the NBGH survey, 48% of companies plan to offer telemedicine next year.
Through NBGH, a committee of 14 employers and four health plans have been meeting to develop payment and contracting policies that are connected to hospital safety records.
NBGH members provide health benefits to more than 55 million American workers, dependents, and retirees.
Helen Darling, president of the NBGH, wants EMPAQ to help employers improve outcomes.
In March, NBGH honored Cigna with its "Award for Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities.
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