The provision of consumer-directed healthcare plans through the workplace is up. These are plans offered by employers that combine a higher deductible with a reasonable premium and, often, the ability to use untaxed earnings to pay for medical expenses through some kind of health savings account. In 2011, 58% of employers offered the plans, called CDHPs, according to an Aon Hewitt research study.
Not only are more employers offering CDHPs; more employees are using the plans to change their healthcare spending habits, a June 2012 study from Health Care Service Corp. shows. Changes included increased use of preventive care, which has direct implications for the incidence of disability claims.
Preventive Care for Medical Professionals
Busy doctors and their staffs often find the time to take care of patients better than themselves. As a result, wear-and-tear injuries go unaddressed, and personal preventive care, such as screenings and early response to symptoms, can get overlooked. That can be compounded if physicians assistants, nurses, technicians and other allied healthcare workers don’t understand the benefits of their insurance.
If your practice or medical services company provides a consumer-driven health plan to employees, make sure they know about the beneficial preventive care services the plan offers—often without a copay or deductible payment. With the advent of requirements under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will cover more preventative care procedures, and data sharing between medical providers should enhance diagnostics and the understanding of early warning signs of problems that could evolve into a disability. (See http://blog.softwareadvice.com/articles/medical/the-future-of-obamacare-if-romneys-elected-1100412 for some predictions on the future of healthcare reform measures.)
Your medical practice can save itself on costs related to employee health benefits, workers compensation and group disability benefits by emphasizing to employees the advantages of preventive care. To save on disability income protection for physicians and others in the medical services field, visit https://www.doctordisability.com/insurance/ or call us for more information at 866-899-7318.