A Regional Economic Health Initiative
X Corp may be receptive to establishing an onsite group health clinic that can become the hub and facilitator of a larger, transformative regional effort, lowering health care costs, freeing resources for other important needs (e.g., education, infrastructure) and making the region an increasingly desirable business destination.
- The effort would begin with X Corp’s employees, but would potentially extend to self- funded businesses throughout the region.
- Participating employers’ employees and families would be geo-mapped, and clinics established strategically to be as convenient as possible. Employees and family members from all collaborating employers would share the clinics.
- Contingent on acceptable quality data and favorable pricing, regional health care providers would be invited to participate with near site services for physical therapy, chiropractic, and other modalities. Patients needing downstream services would be steered into the health system partner’s outpatient and inpatient facilities, again contingent on favorable pricing and subject to external utilization management.
- A narrow, high-performance network could enhance the quality of care received by employees and their families, while significantly reducing exorbitant network fees.
- Employers actively engaged in these efforts would form a coalition, the Y Economic Health Initiative (YEHI), which can leverage its participants’ collective health care negotiating strength into more favorable purchasing arrangements.Together, these approaches are likely to provide significant benefit to the region’s employers and its broader economic health. With a reduced health care cost burden, the region’s employers would become more competitive and prosperous. Healthier workers would be more satisfied and productive. Lower health costs would enhance the region’s quality of life and strengthen the ability to recruit top talent.
Health care providers that choose to work with this effort, driving more appropriate care and cost, would expand their market presence and develop stronger bonds with the region’s employers.
An innovative collaborative focused first on the interests of patients and purchasers would become a point of pride for the region, building a stronger sense of community and attracting national interest.