Benefits as a Recruitment Strategy [Cost-Effective Solutions Such As Direct Primary Care Provide Customizable Benefits]

According to Tom Sullivan, VP of small business policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, small businesses struggle to recruit qualified staff and continue to bear the burden of worker shortages. The burger chain White Castle recently reached out to 550,000 past applicants from as far back as 2017 to try to fill open positions.

poll conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife found that 24 percent of small businesses planned to increase pay to attract new employees. Other tactics include remote work, more flexible working hours, and better benefits.

A recent study by HR platform provider Ease examined the challenges facing small-to-medium businesses as the pandemic recedes. The study found that as employers sought to retain and recruit workers, they offered more voluntary benefits.

It’s not surprising that workers are interested in better benefits given the events of the past year. The looming possibility of serious illness, hospitalization, or fatality became painfully palpable for many workers. These threats motivated many to choose voluntary benefits during the 2021 open enrollment period to help protect their families and their income should they face more difficult circumstances in the future.

Health Costs are Increasing

The Ease study of small-to-medium businesses also noted an increase in medical plan premiums and medical costs overall during 2020. The average company in their study saw a year-over-year increase in individual medical premiums of nearly 6 percent, while family medical premiums increased almost 4 percent, on average.

The following health costs also saw an increase in 2020:

  • Overall, health care prices rose nearly 2 percent.
  • The cost of physician services increased nearly 2 percent.
  • The cost of hospital services rose 3 percent.

The Cost of Turnover

Another expensive issue plaguing employers of all sizes is turnover. The costs of employee turnover vary depending upon the role and the nature of the business. Still, some studies estimate that each time a company replaces a salaried employee, it costs 6 to 9 months’ salary on average.

A CAP study found the following averages to replace an employee:

  • Jobs earning less than $30,000 a year = 16 percent of annual salary
  • Jobs earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year = 20 percent of annual salary
  • Highly educated executive positions = 213 percent of annual salary

Improving benefits is also a way to reduce employee turnover, especially for small businesses.

A Cost-Effective Solution is Here

Attracting and retaining qualified talent is tricky, but offering benefits to make employees feel valued is significant. Small businesses often feel they can’t provide health benefits for their staff because insurance premiums and deductibles are cost-prohibitive. Add on the insurance claims that impact profits, and the cost of a meaningful health plan can quickly escalate beyond control.

Now there is a powerful alternative to traditional health insurance plans. It’s called direct primary care (DPC). Instead of paying monthly premiums or deductibles, this health membership offers unlimited visits to a primary care physician for a low monthly membership fee. The membership can be paired with an insurance policy or provided on its own.

DPC has been a game-changer for small businesses. This low-cost alternative allows employees of small companies and the service sector to get the healthcare necessary to keep themselves and their families healthy. When it comes to using health benefits as a recruitment strategy, direct primary care makes it easy. Employers don’t have to wait until open enrollment to implement DPC. They can sign up any time of year to offer health benefits to their staff.

If you’d like more information on how direct primary care can help employers stand out in a competitive landscape, contact Healthcare2U.

 

The Importance of Health Screenings [Direct Primary Care Memberships Provide Access to Routine Healthcare]

According to a recent survey by Prevent Cancer Foundation, 35 percent of Americans have missed routine cancer screenings due to COVID-19 fears.

Another 43 percent of Americans have missed medical appointments because of the pandemic. Health experts sound the alarm that this trend could have fatal consequences.

Pandemic or not, many people have a reactive approach to maintaining good health as some only seek medical care when something goes wrong. This practice can allow conditions to progress to a state that is either no longer treatable or extremely expensive to treat.

Experts say it’s better to be proactive about your health. Part of that includes taking advantage of the health screenings that are available with your primary care physician.

Health Screenings

Annual Physicals Are Important

Doctors recommend that people of all ages have a physical exam done by their primary care physician every year. This appointment is a wonderful opportunity for physician and patient to discuss overall health and wellness status and goals. It’s also the perfect time to share any symptoms that your doctor may need to investigate further. Many times, physicians can detect and treat conditions before significant symptoms appear.

A physical is a vital tool that allows physicians to determine which areas of your health need extra attention to prevent disease states later. It’s essential to know your numbers from blood pressure to blood glucose levels and body mass index to keep them within a healthy range.

Allowing health issues to escalate or go unchecked for years can lead to serious health problems. Having an annual physical is a powerful step toward preventing severe conditions and taking control of your health.

Cancer Screenings

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the most important modifiable determinants of cancer risk are weight control, dietary choices, and physical activity levels for people who do not use tobacco. In addition to making healthy nutritional choices and exercising, the ACS also recommends screenings to prevent various types of cancer.

  • Cervical Cancer – The ACS recommends various surveillance strategies, such as pap smears, and options based on a woman’s age, screening history, and other risk factors.
  • Prostate Cancer -The American Cancer Society recommends that asymptomatic men with at least a 10-year life expectancy speak with their physician about screening for prostate cancer.
  • Breast Cancer – The ACS recommends that women undergo regular mammography screening for the early detection of breast cancer.

These are just a few of the screenings recommended by the American Cancer Society. In any case, it’s essential to have an open dialogue with a physician to determine if or when you should be screened for cancer or any other condition. If your primary care physician doesn’t provide these screenings, they can refer you to someone who does.

Easy Access to Primary Care

In the past, people skipped annual physicals or visits to the doctor because they lacked health insurance or expensive copays, and deductibles made their coverage too expensive to use. Fortunately, more innovative healthcare solutions like direct primary care (DPC) have made visiting a primary care physician easy and affordable for everyone.

This healthcare membership differs from insurance because it provides unlimited access to a primary care doctor for a low monthly membership fee. This membership often includes annual physicals as well as other screenings and chronic disease management for diseases within manageable ranges.

For more information on how DPC can provide affordable access to preventive healthcare, contact Healthcare2U.

 

Helping Employees Understand Their Benefits

A recent survey by Voya Financial revealed 35 percent of employees do not fully comprehend any of the benefits they’ve selected. Things seem to be even more perplexing for younger workers, with 54 percent of millennials admitting they don’t understand their benefits.

As benefits offerings become more and more complex and even more costly, employees want more education from their employers. They want to know that they have chosen the right coverage for their families at the best possible price.

Even if the employer offers cost-effective benefits like direct primary care (DPC), if employees don’t know what it is or how to use it most effectively, everyone misses out on the savings. Here we’ll examine simple ways to educate employees about their benefits and why it’s crucial.

Understanding Mitigates Stress

Unfortunately, employees view open enrollment with a lot of trepidation because they are unsure of what they’re signing up for.

Employee Benefits & Healthcare

Even though benefits like direct primary care have been around for many years, people are just now beginning to understand the real power of membership compared to traditional health insurance. Here are some frequently asked questions about DPC that employees may need clarity on.

Employee Healthcare

Providing Resources is Easy and Effective

Its clear employees need information and support from employers to alleviate stress leading up to open enrollment. Sixty-five percent of employees surveyed by Voya said they want help from their employers to better understand their benefits year-round, not just during open enrollment.

With this short video and other resources, helping employees comprehend their direct primary care membership benefits can be seamless.

If you’d like to help your clients or employees better understand DPC, download the FAQs about Direct Primary Care.

 

The Consequences of Delaying Medical Care

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and National Public Radio recently conducted a study about the challenges Americans faced receiving healthcare over the past year. They found 20 percent of U.S. adults postponed medical care or had no access to healthcare.

Many people said their doctor’s office wouldn’t see them as the pandemic overwhelmed hospitals and medical providers. Others reported they didn’t feel safe going to a doctor’s office, but 40 percent said financial barriers prevented them from seeking care. Some simply couldn’t afford healthcare, while others struggled to find doctors who would accept their insurance.

Delays Can Have Serious Consequences

Even people with chronic conditions reported a delay in receiving care. Allowing conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol to go unchecked for a year is extremely dangerous. Countless patients were also forced to postpone elective surgeries. Of the one in seven adults who delayed or were denied an elective procedure during the pandemic, 54 percent reported negative health consequences as a result.

Experts estimate the delays in screenings could lead to 10,000 colorectal and breast cancer deaths over the next decade. From missed physicals and routine checkups to major surgeries, the impact of delaying care is now coming to light. Waiting to receive medical care is not only detrimental to a patient’s health, but it can also be extremely damaging financially. As conditions escalate, it can lead to more complicated surgeries, extended hospital stays, more medications, and higher costs.

Direct primary care (DPC) can easily eliminate all these barriers to care through a nationwide organization like Healthcare2U.

Delaying Medical Care

 

DPC Filled in the Gaps

Long before the world ever heard of Covid-19, people were catching onto the benefits of a DPC membership. But over the past year, the convenience, easy access, and low membership cost proved very valuable for many across the U.S.

Telemedicine became the bridge between the past and the future of healthcare. When many doctors were forced to shut their doors because of safety concerns, the many direct primary care providers who already offered telehealth and virtual services stepped to the forefront. Many DPC providers seamlessly transitioned to providing primary care in a primarily virtual setting.

Telehealth, virtual DPC, nationwide availability, and prescription discounts are just a few of the perks Healthcare2U’s direct primary care members enjoy. In addition to these benefits, early-stage chronic disease management has been a vital component of DPC memberships, especially over the past year.

With the necessary monitoring, communication, and medications, a primary care provider can prevent chronic disease states and other conditions from worsening. And with such affordable membership rates, locations in every state, and no out-of-pocket costs for telemedicine or virtual visits, the barriers to receiving timely medical care have been eliminated.

Direct primary care was created to help people avoid deteriorating health and escalating costs for medical care. For more information on unlimited access to nationwide DPC, contact Healthcare2U.

 

Major Shifts in Healthcare [Implementing Long-Term Strategies for Telemedicine and Virtual Care]

In 2020, the healthcare industry was forced to reimagine care delivery and dive headfirst into telehealth and virtual health solutions. Research and consulting giant PwC recently released a new annual report titled “Top health industry issues of 2021: Will a shocked system emerge stronger?” After surveying 2,511 American consumers, 128 health plan executives, 153 healthcare provider organization executives, and 124 pharmaceutical and life sciences executives in August and September 2020, PwC concluded the healthcare industry should be prepared for major shifts ahead. These shifts include offering a growing variety of health services virtually and investing in patient navigation.

A Variety of Virtual Healthcare Services

In 2016, only 56 percent of employers covered telehealth benefits. In 2020, that number exploded to 95 percent. Even those employers who may have been hesitant to buy into telehealth or virtual services had to reconsider in the face of a global pandemic that forced everyone to alter the way they lived, worked, and consumed health services.

As medical providers suddenly found themselves stretched beyond limits, there was no time to evaluate what made the most sense for care delivery and patient experience. However, the sudden thrust to telemedicine served as a valuable experiment. PwC sought to provide some insight to help healthcare organizations navigate the telemedicine explosion post-pandemic.

PwC researchers say, “In the year ahead, the industry will work to determine which virtual visits make the most sense, and where and how they should take place.” According to the report, providers say specific areas are expected to find even stronger footing in the virtual world, starting this year.

Provider Organizations Must Help with Patient Navigation 

Another major shift in the healthcare system surrounds using virtual care to orchestrate care delivery for patients. PwC researchers say, “Tying virtual to in-person visits seamlessly is important for reducing leakage and maintaining ancillary services, follow-up appointments, and prescription levels.”

They concluded that providers could improve patient care and mitigate dropped handoffs by better integrating virtual patient visits in a care pathway. Fifty-one percent of consumers surveyed by PwC said they wanted a care coordinator or navigator to help orchestrate virtual and in-person care and provide support services.

Thus, 68 percent of provider executives surveyed plan to implement more care navigators and coordinators this year. The first point of contact for consumers is most likely to influence shepherding those patients through the healthcare system.

Now that provider organizations have had time to catch their breath, it’s time to begin implementing long-term strategies. As the healthcare landscape grows more and more competitive, there are a few ways healthcare providers can distinguish themselves.

  • Offer telehealth or virtual benefits that transcend geographies.
  • Provide free or low-cost telehealth consultations to attract new patients.
  • Prevent disparities by implementing apps that are readily available to all.

To learn more about how direct primary care offers bilingual Virtual DPC, telehealth, and stellar patient navigation — contact Healthcare2U.

Why Millennials Ignore Health Issues

While there are currently four generations that comprise today’s workforce, millennials make up the most significant portion. With the productivity of companies nationwide resting upon the shoulders of this massive group, keeping them healthy should be a priority. But a recent survey revealed some millennials are at risk because they postpone seeing a doctor or ignore health issues altogether.

Harmony Healthcare IT, a health data management firm, recently surveyed millennials about healthcare, primary care physicians, and annual physical examinations during the pandemic. Aside from the risks of being exposed to the covid-19 virus, there were three main reasons millennials put off going to the doctor this past year.

Millennials don't go to the doctors

Whatever the reasons, it is abundantly clear that young workers do not engage with the healthcare system the same way other generations have. There seems to be a disconnect between traditional benefits provided by employers and what younger employees want in a benefits program. Even with employer-sponsored options like high deductible health plans (HDHPs), young people still feel they can’t afford to see a doctor. But alternatives like direct primary care (DPC) are filling in that gap.

Millennials Are in Debt

Of the respondents in the survey, 24 percent of millennials said they’ve taken on medical debt since the pandemic, with 28 percent having $1,000 or more in medical debt. When people don’t use primary care as the foundation of healthcare, it can create unnecessary expenses.

If a patient postpones or ignores a red flag condition, they often end up using urgent care clinics or the emergency room as their primary point of contact for treatment. This practice is a very costly way to engage the system. In essence, seeing a primary care physician before a condition escalates can save the patient and their employer money in the long run.

DPC memberships can be a lifesaver for millennials who can’t afford to pay high deductibles to seek primary care. For a low monthly fee, members get unlimited access to a primary care provider, and there are no monthly premiums or deductibles to pay out of pocket. Employers love this option because their employees can see a primary care physician without generating claims to impact the company’s health plan.

Millennials Want Convenience

Twenty-five percent of the millennials surveyed said seeing a doctor is too inconvenient. This inconvenience doesn’t have to be the case with choices like telehealth and virtual DPC. Most direct primary care memberships include these modern conveniences for no additional fees, so there are no geographical barriers to care.

Traditional benefits packages fall flat with younger employees because of generational shifts in perspectives and priorities. Millennials expect different types of resources than previous generations, and when presented with new technology and conveniences that meet their needs, they are far more likely to utilize them.

By offering cost-effective health memberships like direct primary care with telehealth and virtual DPC, employers can meet the needs of a constantly evolving and diverse workforce. Customizing benefits for the largest segment of the workforce promotes loyalty and healthier and more content employees.

 

Anti-Aging Secrets: An Unexpected Benefit of Primary Care?

Finding the fountain of youth is a burgeoning mission of the scientific community worldwide. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel pooled their resources with others to provide $385 million in funding for one biotech startup in pursuit of anti-aging technology. This concept appeals to investors because it’s not just about slowing the hands of time but also focuses on reversing the effects of time and rejuvenating people.

At the center of anti-aging research are senescent cells. Researcher Judith Campisi at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California elucidated the nature of these “zombie” cells in 2008. She discovered the cells secrete a mixture of malignant factors that poison surrounding tissues. Like a bad strawberry in the bunch, these cells rot everything around them and cause aging and chronic disease.

What Causes Aging in the Body?

Cellular senescence contributes to frailty and physical dysfunction, even in the absence of diagnosable disease. Many of the cells in the body are destined to become senescent at some point. Radiation exposure, chemotherapy, metabolic stress, and high fat intake promote senescent cell accumulation.

Senescent cells express different genes than healthy cells, and they are prohibited from reproducing or dividing naturally. To solicit help from other healthy cells, they spew out inflammatory “SOS” signals. The inflammation created by senescent cells can lead to tissue deterioration and even turn healthy cells senescent. This spreading of cellular senescence may even occur across various tissue types in the body, like when senescent cells in fat tissue diffuse senescence-causing inflammatory signals to muscle tissue.

How to Slow the Aging Process

A healthy immune system normally clears damaged and senescent cells from the body before they can cause severe damage. But suppose the burden of senescent cells becomes too great. In that case, these cells and their inflammatory secretions can compromise the immune system, leaving it prone to an over-accumulation of senescent cells.

While scientists study the effects of anti-aging drugs, or senolytics, on expelling senescent cells and their putrid cocktail of decay from the body, research has shown some natural senolytics. Keys to slow aging include: exercise, reducing stress, a healthy diet, intermittent fasting, quality healthcare.

Can DPC help with Anti-Aging

Quality Healthcare Leads to Better Health Outcomes

A primary care physician serves a very vital function in the life of a patient. This relationship is designed to be the foundation of good health by providing preventive screenings, early diagnosis, and treatment plans to cure or prevent the escalation of disease states. We take for granted that everyone knows the importance of screenings, proper diet, and exercise, or what that even looks like. But depending on upbringing, socioeconomic status, and access to healthy foods, the blueprint for a healthy lifestyle is not always a given.

That’s why everyone needs to have access to quality primary care at an affordable price. Something as basic as checking blood pressure or monitoring cholesterol can save a life or push back the hands of time a little longer. As an employer, you can not only promote a healthier workforce by implementing the right health plan; but you can also save money on your health plan by providing a no-claims healthcare membership that promotes an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider.

Direct primary care differs from insurance because there are no claims for day-to-day care, preventive screenings, or early-stage chronic disease management. By offering this membership to staff for a low monthly fee, employers can position themselves and their team for a healthier future.

If you’d like more information on no-claims healthcare, contact Healthcare2U.

 

Creative Healthcare Solutions for States with the Least Coverage

A recent study by AdvisorSmith highlighted the fact that the U.S. is a rarity as one of the only high-income countries where a high proportion of residents lack health insurance coverage. The study examined the percentage of state residents lacking health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the numbers may surprise you.

The Top 5 Uninsured StatesStates with Least Coverage

That’s well over 10 million uninsured people in the top five states alone. If you enumerate the totals from the other 45 states and D.C., the picture narrows into focus. Too many Americans don’t have basic access to affordable healthcare, and not enough is being done to address it.

Insurance in the U.S. is regulated at the state level, so variances between state healthcare financing systems are vast. Discrepancies in policy support for health insurance, along with varying income levels between states, create wide disparities in the number of residents with health insurance coverage and health outcomes.

A Family Problem

For the Americans who are fortunate enough to have health coverage through their employer, there is still a significant setback to seeking affordable coverage for dependents. More than five million American workers are ineligible for subsidized coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for dependents because of their employer-sponsored insurance. The ACA prohibits people with an offer of affordable employer coverage from purchasing subsidized coverage through the ACA marketplace. Currently, the ACA bases the affordability of employer coverage on what it would cost to cover only workers and not their families.

According to census data, the number of children with health insurance in the U.S. declined for the third consecutive year in 2019, and certain parts of the country are worse off than others. According to a report by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, Texas and Florida lead the states with a higher loss of health insurance for children.

An Affordable Option for Uninsured Families

With premiums escalating for each family member added to a health plan, many are forced to choose between daily survival or providing healthcare for their children. For this reason, many employers and employees have turned to direct primary care (DPC).

DPC is an excellent choice for people with or without health insurance. This monthly healthcare membership differs from insurance because it doesn’t generate claims or require deductibles to be met before use. A member can utilize their direct primary care membership to see a primary care physician as much as they need to with minimal out-of-pocket costs. And in the event of a catastrophic emergency, they can still utilize their health insurance. Consuming healthcare this way can make it more affordable for a patient and generate fewer claims that will impact their employer later.

In addition, direct primary care is also being implemented as a dependent-only option, so workers can keep their employer-paid plan and get primary care and chronic disease management for their spouse and children at an affordable monthly rate.

If you’d like more information on implementing DPC for the uninsured or underinsured, contact Healthcare2U for more details.

Three Overlooked Groups Looking for Innovative Healthcare Solutions [How Direct Primary Care Can Address Their Needs]

One of the best ways to distinguish yourself from competitors is to demonstrate to clients that you are incredibly knowledgeable about your industry. If you never revisit old strategies or offer new solutions to improve health plans, it can leave the door open for more innovative competitors to pursue your clients.

Here we’ll examine three overlooked client groups looking for more accessible and cost-effective healthcare solutions and how direct primary care (DPC) can address their needs.

Car Dealers
American automakers are experiencing the worst sales decline in decades. Last year’s sales were down 15 percent, which marked the worst drop since at least 1980. Even before the pandemic, competition intensified, and profit margins grew thinner as eCommerce entered the space.

You may think of only offering traditional health insurance options to major national chains, but even these large auto dealers are looking for ways to cut health plan costs in the current landscape. The small to mid-sized companies who escaped 2020 intact are also open to options that don’t have the cash-flow volatility associated with self-funded plans.

By incorporating direct primary care into their existing plan, clients of every size can divert insurance claims away from their health plan. Because DPC is not health insurance but a medical membership, employees can get unlimited primary care without any claims impacting their employer’s profits. Primary care is the foundation for good health. It defends against serious acute conditions and chronic illnesses with preventive screenings and timely care when appropriately utilized. With a direct primary care foundation, employees are more likely to save on out-of-pocket costs, insurance premiums, and deductibles while saving their employers money long term.

Direct primary care can address health plan concerns for fully insured, self-funded, and level-funded clients. Brokers don’t have to give up the commissions associated with keeping clients with traditional insurance providers. They can add DPC to any health plan alongside a BUCA or other insurance providers to help divert claims.

Agricultural Workers
Sources estimate that there are between 4 and 4.5 million agricultural workers in the United States. According to Farmworker Justice, 75 percent of those workers are immigrants. Most farms don’t provide expected benefits like sick leave, paid vacation, or health insurance. And many workers are not eligible for benefits because their jobs are seasonal and intermittent.

Direct primary care is a terrific option for this population for the following reasons:

  1. Low monthly membership fee
  2. Nationwide availability
  3. The convenience of telemedicine or virtual visits
  4. Membership does not require an SSN
  5. Bilingual patient navigation representatives educate members on their membership benefits
  6. Bilingual patient navigation representatives also triage the patient’s concern and make the appointments on their behalf – eliminating the confusion surrounding the US healthcare system

A monthly membership with a DPC provider is very affordable, even for low-wage earners. For minimal to no out-of-pocket expense, farmworkers can see a primary care provider as much as they need for a low monthly fee. Because their livelihood depends on them staying healthy, the ability to quickly schedule appointments in the office or virtually is imperative.

Professional Associations
WDirect Primary Care Health Solutionshether you’re a starving artist or a marketing executive, there are guilds, unions, bureaus, and chambers of commerce all over the country that offer members health benefits. Since the income range for freelancers and other professionals varies widely, associations should offer a range of easily accessible and cost-effective benefits for everyone along the spectrum.

Nationwide DPC providers like Healthcare2U offer direct primary care memberships specifically designed with professional associations in mind. If you’d like more information on bringing innovative healthcare solutions to associations or any other overlooked groups, contact Healthcare2U for more details.

 

 

Data-Driven Insights for Building Better Health Plans

Milliman is one of the most prominent actuarial companies in the world. They pride themselves on their data-driven insights, and their research frequently highlights innovative and intelligent solutions in the healthcare space. In their 2021 white paper, “Direct Primary Care: A unique healthcare solution for employers,” the authors discussed the role of DPC in a health plan and highlighted the goals of a direct primary care offering¹:

  1. Higher-quality care
  2. Improved patient experience
  3. Improved provider experience
  4. Lower cost of care

Here we’ll examine why employers are so interested in lowering the cost of care and how direct primary care (DPC) plays a critical role in health plan strategy.

Employers Assume the Risks

Milliman reported 60 percent of the 157 million Americans enrolled in employer-sponsored healthcare coverage are in self-funded plans. That means the employer assumes the risk for all claims expenses. The unpredictability of these expenses from year to year is a pain point that leaves many employers seeking strategies to reduce healthcare coverage costs for their employees.

With all the cost-containment remedies being waved about, it’s no wonder benefits administrators get confused. Perhaps an effective strategy for keeping healthcare costs low has been hiding in plain sight. A strong argument can be made for going back to basics. In this case, the fundamental building block of good health is primary care.

Primary Care is the Foundation

Research has consistently shown that systems oriented towards primary care lead to better health outcomes, greater health equity, and decreased costs—to the point that other industrialized nations spend twice as much or more on primary care than the United States.

When quality primary care is an employee’s entry point to the healthcare system, it can lead to significant savings downstream. A primary care physician can diagnose or treat illnesses, prescribe helpful medications, or refer a patient to a specialist before conditions escalate; therefore, this process provides out-of-pocket savings for the patient and savings on claims for their employer.

Figure 1 shows visits to the emergency room, and admissions to the hospital decreased significantly for employers enrolled in a DPC plan.

Health Plans

Employee Engagement is Critical

Even the best-designed benefits plan is useless if the employee engagement is low. The only way to successfully implement a DPC strategy for cost mitigation is to educate administrators and employees on the benefits of direct primary care, but it can’t stop there. Employees must be taught how to utilize their direct primary care benefits.

An education campaign surrounding open enrollment is an easy way to communicate with staff and drive employee engagement. It can be a simple video or a more detailed eBook. Either way, knowledge is power. The more you educate people on the importance of primary care and how easy it is to access it with direct primary care, the more effective your health plan becomes.

The authors surmised that DPC is a rapidly expanding and viable option for employers in today’s landscape. With a bit of education and strategy during implementation, it can be a more successful solution for lowering the costs of a health plan.

For more information on implementing a DPC strategy or educating benefits administrators about direct primary care, contact Healthcare2U.

¹ Busch, Fritz, Dustin Grzeskowiak, and Gary Simmons. “Direct Primary Care: A unique healthcare solution for employers.” Milliman. 2021. Accessed 22 Apr 2021.