HR’s Role in Aiding Ailing Employees - HRE Daily

May 5, 2016

We all know this standard bit of wisdom: When you’re told you have a major disease — like cancer — one of the first things you should do is get a second opinion from another doctor. However, employees at some organizations may have an easier time getting that second opinion than their counterparts at other companies, according to a recent survey from the Northeast Business Group on Health.

Cancer 'complex and intimidating' for benefit professionals - Employee Benefit News

May 5, 2016

The fact that cancer costs are higher than ever is reason enough for employers to be concerned, but new research is giving them another reason to worry: They may not be doing enough for employees suffering from the disease.

Employers are concerned about the high cost of cancer care, but they’re equally concerned about making sure employees and family members diagnosed with cancer are receiving top-quality care, says a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health.

Employers Say Quality Cancer Care Is High Priority Workers often lack access to second opinions, nonclinical support services - SHRM

May 3, 2016

While employers are concerned about the high cost of cancer care, they want workers diagnosed with cancer to receive top-quality care. Nevertheless, employees or their dependents with cancer often go without second opinions on their diagnosis and treatment, aren’t directed to a high-quality network of oncology providers, and lack access to nonclinical support services, a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), an employer-led coalition, shows.

The report, Employers and Cancer Care Quality: A Closer Look, also found that employers want to make sure the dollars they invest in cancer care are well-spent, and that they have a strong desire to support the best possible outcomes and quality of life possible for those living with cancer.

Employers struggle with cancer care - Crain's Health Pulse

April 29, 2016

Many employers are at a loss when it comes to determining the best and most cost-effective treatment plans for their workers who are diagnosed with cancer. A recent report from the Northeast Business Group on Health said employers cited cancer as the most complex employee health condition they encounter, because of the dual challenge of supporting workers during a difficult time as well as paying for their treatment. Insurers were not much help. “My plans always respond with information about activities instead of outcomes,” one employer told NEBGH. Nationally, cancer treatment accounts for 12% of total medical costs for employers but only 1% of medical claims, according to the report. Employers spent $125 billion on cancer treatment in 2010 and incurred $139 billion in indirect costs related to employee productivity. Costs rise as new specialty drugs and treatments for cancer become available, the report noted. NEBGH recommends that employers offer workers who are diagnosed with cancer comprehensive educational resources that help them select the best treatment options at each stage of their disease.

Employers can take steps to improve employee cancer treatment - Business Insurance

April 28, 2016

NEBGH found that employers leading the way in quality cancer care have hired cancer nurse managers dedicated to their employees; implemented paid time off for approved family medical leave; developed a cancer-specific portal and guide for benefits, programs and policies; and trained managers and workers in appropriate behavior and human resource policies related to cases where an employee discloses a cancer diagnosis.

The survey of 19 self-insured employers representing about 1.2 million workers showed that 58% of those surveyed provide employees with access to oncology centers of excellence, 48% offer critical illness insurance, and 42% provide a network of high-performing oncology doctors.

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Providing Access to High-Quality Cancer Care is a High Priority for Employers, Northeast Business Group on Health Report Finds

April 27, 2016

Employers are concerned about the high cost of cancer care but they’re equally concerned about making sure employees and family members diagnosed with cancer are receiving top-quality care, says a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH). The report, “Employers and Cancer Care Quality: A Closer Look,” also says employers want to make sure the dollars they invest in cancer care are well spent and also have a strong desire to support the best possible outcomes and quality of life for those who have embarked on a cancer journey.