VBCH strives to bring awareness of initiatives in the healthcare marketplace that will positively effect your healthcare purchasing decision.  Healthcare costs have continued to rise, and many companies spent more per beneficiary.  Whether you are containing costs and incentivizing employees to do the same, it’s likely that managing these real costs may include reviewing ‘heavy users’ of health care:  those with chronic conditions, whether they be employees or dependents.  Outcomes based strategies are essential going forward.

The move to the consumer-directed health plan model encourages employees to take more responsibility for their healthcare costs, such as through the high-deductable health plan and Health Saving Accounts.  Price/Cost transparency for consumers is key to the success of this endeavor.