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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Lowering Health Benefit Costs by Improving Employee Health Management

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

According to the National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans conducted by Mercer in 2012, most employers remain committed to offering health coverage to their employees. The percentage of employers offering health coverage actually increased by 4 percent in 2012 from 55 percent to 59 percent.

To help control the cost of health spending, employers are increasing the use of Consumer Directed Health Plans that include some combination of higher deductibles and health savings accounts.

The top long-term strategy for improving health and controlling spending focuses on managing the overall health of their employees. The survey said that 78 percent of large employers support the use of health management programs to encourage healthier behaviors.

Texas Health and our strategic partner Healthways are on the forefront in helping employers and payers develop innovative health management programs. We are collaborating with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Aetna to develop accountable care models based on the science of physician-directed population health management. Together we will change the way people think and act about their health. That is the only effective way to bend the cost curve in a positive direction.

For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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