Healthcare may be coming to an employer near you
Many larger companies are looking for ways to control healthcare costs. As a result, both the employer and the employee can benefit.
Many employers are choosing to create clinics in the workplace to bring health and wellness services to their employees.
Workplace clinics can provide:
Nurse practitioners, occupational or physical therapists, and / or registered nurses, can help employees address or prevent chronic health issues.
When employers add onsite clinics to their facilities, they provide convenient and affordable health services for employees.
For more information about implementing a workplace clinic at your company, call 715.843.9080.
Workplace clinics are a sign of the times for health and wellness
During the past five years, there has been a resurgence of interest in onsite health clinics.
Building on the foundation of occupational and first-aid clinics that existed in large companies prior to the 1980s, today’s interest in onsite clinics has intensified due to rising insurance and healthcare costs.
However, the workplace clinics of today are a little different. Not only are they designed to offer occupational, minor and acute care health services, but they also provide a full range of wellness and primary care services.
Why are employers interested in workplace clinics?
Employers hope that workplace clinics will help contain medical costs, boost productivity and enhance their companies’ reputation as employers of choice.
Healthcare spending is increasing for employees and it is also increasing for employers. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) also includes provisions that may encourage more employers to offer wellness programs.
As a result, the focus of today’s onsite health clinic has shifted to health promotion, prevention and primary care services. A greater demand for workplace wellness programs, has also fueled this interest.
How do workplace clinics benefit the employee?
Employees also receive healthcare benefits with access to services, care and programs that can help them improve their overall health while saving the time of traveling to the doctor’s office.
Workplace clinics give employees quick, easy access to care. The availability of onsite health clinics can also help employees manage chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes, as well as offering them health management classes for weight loss, smoking cessation and other lifestyle enhancing education.
Many employers charge a lower co-pay for workplace clinic appointments; some employers also open services to dependents.
Workplace clinics may be staffed by physicians, physicians assistants or nurse practitioners. Since the clinic is accessed only by employees, there is not a need to rush patients through. This may allow the patients to schedule an appointment within 24 hours and may allow the healthcare provider to spend more time with the patient, which may result in a more detailed diagnosis and in-depth discussion of the best treatment options.
Face-to-face contact is important for opening a deeper level of communication. As the provider and the patient develop a personal connection, healthcare coaching for lifestyle changes or behavior modification can take place. Onsite health coaching is more effective than health coaching over the telephone. Since providers are located onsite, they become engrained within the company culture and are able to build a high level of trust with their patients.
Workplace clinics can also help employees dealing with chronic conditions. The employee has access to a healthcare professional that can help the employee manage his or her disease and stay as healthy as possible. This is important to the employer since typically 25 percent of an employer’s healthcare expenditure is for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
An effective workplace clinic will have autonomy as far as personal health information and care decisions are concerned. This situation helps quell employee concerns about the misuse of confidential health information. The health records created in the workplace clinic are held with the same stringent privacy and confidentiality standards as what exists in any other main site clinic location.