How employers can increase the value of cancer benefits - Employee Benefit News

November 15, 2016

When an employee or family member is diagnosed with cancer, they face anxieties and fears about the financial, emotional and practical implications of this life-changing finding. A new report from the Northeast Business Group on Health offers employers guidance on how to help patients get higher value clinical care for the dollars spent on treatment.

HR can ease stress on employees with cancer - Bloomberg BNA

November 8, 2016

Cancer is a notoriously complex illness to deal with, but employers can ease some of the burden on workers with the disease by clearly communicating what benefits and resources are available and helping them understand all their options, according to a recent report from the Northeast Business Group on Health.

Guidance from human resources departments is particularly helpful when employees with cancer are navigating how health benefits apply to sites of medical care, such as how specific medical practices handle palliative care or second opinions, Jeremy Nobel, physician and executive director of the NEBGH’s Solutions Center, told Bloomberg BNA Nov. 7. Additionally, employers must make sure workers have access to high quality care as easily as possible so that they can make choices in the best interests of themselves and their families, he said.

Report describes employer strategies on cancer care - Crain's Health Pulse

November 3, 2016

Employers have an opportunity to guide employees to high-quality cancer care through benefit plan design and communication about certain services, according to a new report from the Northeast Business Group on Health. The report recommends steering employees toward centers of excellence for cancer care, encouraging patients to seek second opinions and advising patients to request palliative care earlier in the treatment process. Employers can steer employees toward certain cancer centers that report quality outcomes and support patient-centered practices, such as easy appointment scheduling and care coordination services. The report encourages employers to cover second opinions in their health plans and to consider working with a third-party second opinion vendor to ensure that patients have the right treatment plan. Employers should communicate through their benefits websites the differences between palliative care and hospice care and identify providers that integrate palliative care with other services. The stressful and complex nature of cancer care also makes it worthwhile for employers to find providers that integrate behavioral health with clinical services and to cover financial navigation services to help employees sort out their bills. “The opportunity here is for the employer to make available some set of guidance to employees as they try to address those issues,” said Dr. Jeremy Nobel, medical director at the Northeast Business Group on Health.

How employers can ensure high-quality cancer care for their workers - HR Dive

November 3, 2016

Employers can be proactive about providing higher quality cancer care for employees and their families, reports the Northeast Business Group on Health. The agency’s report, High Value Cancer Care: Guidance for Employerstells employers to send workers to websites promoting quality cancer care, advise them to get second opinions and educate them about the benefits of getting early treatment for serious illnesses.

Employer health care costs rose faster in New York under Obamacare - Crain's New York Business

November 2, 2016

Laurel Pickering, president and chief executive of the Northeast Business Group on Health, which represents employers, attributed the more rapid growth in employers’ costs to higher costs of care in New York and rising drug costs.

To combat escalating health care costs, local employers are shifting expenses to employees through high-deductible plans, and investing more in health management programs that aim to keep workers’ chronic illnesses in check, Pickering said.

New York employers see health care costs rise at faster clip since ACA - Crain's Health Pulse

October 26, 2016

Laurel Pickering, president and chief executive of the Northeast Business Group on Health, which represents employers, attributed the more rapid growth in employers’ costs to higher costs of care in New York and rising drug costs.

To combat escalating health care costs, local employers are shifting more costs to employees through high-deductible health plans, and they’re investing more in health management programs that aim to keep workers’ chronic illnesses in check, she said.