reports more than half of its members now have one.
"As was the case before the Affordable Care Act was enacted, employers have flexibility to make choices about how to design or revise their healthcare plans," said Santillo, who had not yet seen the NBGH
"There have always been lone advocates tugging at the sleeve of management people in a remote location to try to get a program together," says NBGH
Vice President LuAnn Heinen.
Generally, less than 10 percent of employees had a telehealth visit last year, the NBGH
members like the idea of EBSA protecting plan insureds' rights to adequate notice and full and fair claim reviews, but the "deemed exhaustion" provision is vague and could lead to many early lawsuits, even when no claim review error has occurred, Marcotte says.
Previously, Dr Lehman has worked as the president and chief executive officer of INSPIRIS, president and chief executive officer of Gordian Health Solutions, president and chief executive officer of the National Business Coalition on Health (NBGH
) in Washington, DC, as well as president of Taylor University in Indiana.
"The move to high-deductible plans, when you couple them with transparency tools, it's an effort to control costs, engage consumers, give them tools," said Brian Marcotte, NBGH
's CEO, pictured at left.
, a committee of 14 employers and four health plans have been meeting to develop payment and contracting policies that are connected to hospital safety records.
There were 6.7 short-term disability claims per 100 insured employees in 2009, down from 8.1 in 2008, and just 3.4 long-term claims, down from 4.6 in 2008, according to the NBGH
members provide health benefits to more than 55 million American workers, dependents, and retirees.
Helen Darling, president of the NBGH
, wants EMPAQ to help employers improve outcomes.