November 26, 2013
Chamber member offers free health care resources
Employers are paying a high price for poor-quality care - are you? Estimates show that for every employee, between $1,900 and $2,200 per year is wasted on redundant, excessive or ineffective care. Employers are in a unique position to influence improvements in the health care they buy and to promote healthy lifestyles to their employees. Chamber member, the Health Collaborative has launched a number of initiatives to help your employees best use and understand their health benefits, regardless of provider.
You can help activate your employees by providing them with these free resources:
1. YourHealth Matters.org: This website provides your employees with local physician and hospital quality ratings to help them make informed decisions about their care. It’s the tri-state’s only source for objective, outcomes-based ratings, and is available to you for free.
- The physician ratings can be uploaded on your website, Intranet site, employee benefits page or wellness page. It is easy, free and customizable. Your IT specialist can install the code in a few minutes. (See contact information below for support from the Health Collaborative)
- The website is more than a rating tool, it is also packed with information to empower employees and caregivers who want to participate more fully in their care. There are easy to use checklists for before, during and after a hospital stay. The primary care section contains tips and lists for getting the most out of a doctor visit. There are even special sections for employees managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
2. MakeTheRightCall: Overuse of emergency departments is a significant component to rising health care costs. According to Truven Health Analytics, the average emergency department visit costs $1,316 and the average doctor office visit costs $145. Studies show that 70% of these visits are not true emergencies. To address this issue, the Health Collaborative launched a local consumer outreach campaign on YourHealthMatters called “MakeTheRightCall.” The campaign encourages consumers to prepare for medical emergencies by developing a relationship with their primary care physician, and to get a PCP if they don’t already have one. It is a social media driven campaign to help people understand when to go to the emergency department, and how to work with their primary care doctor to avoid going to the emergency department when it’s not a true emergency.
There is a series of videos to help support the campaign. To get involved, watch the video below, "Like" the campaign on Facebook, and follow the conversation on Twitter.
For support and more information to make YourHealthMatters and Make The Right Call available to your employees, contact Maggie Greiner by email or at 513.979.0047.
YourHealthMatters is a community wide effort for Greater Cincinnati led by the Health Collaborative. It is supported by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Aligning Forces for Quality and Bethesda Inc.