How Successful Companies Manage Health-Care Benefits
Companies with lower-than-average health-cost increases don't make incremental changes that do things to employees. Instead, they make changes with employees.
- More directly manage their health-care supply chain.
- Emphasize employee productivity and overall health as key goals of their health-care program.
- Have longer health-care strategy planning cycles.
- Include employee self-service features in their health-care program.
- Empower employees to take responsibility for health benefits.
- Provide employees with self-care information and decision support.
- Use data in health-care decision-making.
- Make use of the Internet to administer benefits and distribute health-care information.
- Are less likely to consider reducing or eliminating coverage.
Perhaps most important, the Watson Wyatt research also discovered thatcompanies with lower-than-average health-cost increases don’t make incrementalchanges that do things to employees. Instead, they make changes with employeeinput.
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