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NBGH is just one of many organizations pushing for greater transparency in health care.
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.
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. "Employers are very concerned about the severe cost pressures from providing comprehensive health services and health benefits," she said.
About 63% of businesses plan to make employees pay a higher percentage of their premium costs in 2011, said the Washington-based National Business Group on Health (NBGH), which surveyed 72 companies that employ more than 3.7 million people.
Employers should think about matters such as medical malpractice, patient privacy, the need to avoid discrimination against workers with disabilities, and tax implications when considering moves to support medical tourism, NBGH analysts write in the brief.
According to a survey this year by the nonprofit National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and consulting firm Watson Wyatt, 83 percent of large companies now issue annual health surveys to their employees, up 65 percent from 2006.
"Patients are often faced with daunting choices when confronted with a health-treatment decision," said Helen Darling, president of the NBGH. "In many cases, employers can help their workers become more engaged consumers by providing access to trustworthy, authoritative sources of medical information."
Nationwide, obesity will cost employers $13 billion per year, reported the NBGH. Annually, obesity is associated with 39 million lost work days, 239 million restricted-activity days, and 63 million physician visits.
NBGH's 2019 Health Care Survey confirmed the shift.
Employer groups and employers' lawyers: Brian Marcotte, president of the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), says employers have a stake in making group disability plans work as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
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