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Employers Express Doubts About Employer Mandate and Government-Sponsored Public Plan, Says Aon Consulting Survey
Date:7/20/2009

it would make health coverage even more costly," Lerche added.

Focus on wellness, consumerism and evidence-based guidelines

Solutions to help fix the U.S. health care system rest in current employer-sponsored coverage, according to survey respondents. In fact, 93 percent of organizations said the most favorable way to increase the number of Americans with health insurance is by continuing the employer-based health care system with a greater focus on wellness, chronic condition management, evidence-based medicine and other innovative approaches.

Employers also believe the most effective ways to lower medical trend is through comprehensive prevention/wellness programs (73 percent of respondents); making consumers more price sensitive and more aware of quality of care data (55 percent); and limits on malpractice suits for physicians who follow evidence-based medicine guidelines (47 percent).

Evidence-based medicine guidelines and tools to encourage consumerism also were cited as the top two initiatives to improve the quality of care based on their highest potential impact.

"Clearly organizations want to improve the current employer-sponsored health care system by building a healthier workforce and a more informed employee to make better health care decisions, and by doing so, reduce claims costs," Lerche said. "While these are all reasonable goals, the challenge resides in implementing the right programs and measuring outcomes, as changing individual behavior is a daunting task."

Zern added: "Regardless of the outcome of national health reform, employers should place a high priority on development of a comprehensive business plan for wellness and prevention. The benefits of a successful wellness program go beyond disease prevention to include reduced absenteeism and 'presenteeism,' lower rates and duration of disabilities, and a m
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