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Doctors Support Efforts of Employers and Health Plans to Improve Health of Patients
Date:3/15/2010

  • Most physicians support the efforts of employers to help patients, with 59% agreeing that employers should let doctors know about efforts to help a patient manage chronic disease
  • For medications, 46% agree employers have a role in helping patients improve their compliance
  • Only 32% of surveyed physicians felt that employers and health plans should play no role in the health of their patients, citing concerns such as "the employer doesn't know the patient" and "I don't want to lose control of my patient's care"
  • Regarding employer and health plan incentives, 82% of physicians support the use of incentives to motivate employees to manage their chronic disease and stay healthy
  • Just over 70% support the use of reduced or waived co-pays to increase medication compliance, with 62% supporting reduced or waived co-pays for medical care to increase medical visits
  • On the key question of what an employer or health plan would need to do to get a physician to encourage his/her patients to participate in employer health improvement activities: 61% of physicians wanted information on what the employer is offering to the patient so the doctor can counsel them on the value of participation; 49% asked to be sent patient clinical results collected at the worksite to reduce redundancies; 48% want actionable reports related to patients to assist them in treatment; and 47% believe that employer programs should be designed as an extension of the physician's treatment regimen which leave them in control of their patients
  • Physician recommendations for employers and health plans to increase engagement of employees included: communicating to physicians what their patients are doing in the company program; sharing lab data; offering programs, such as weight c
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SOURCE Midwest Business Group on Health
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