Survey: 9 in 10 large employers will offer telehealth next year

According to a new report from the National Business Group on Health, nine in 10 large employers, in states where telemedicine is legal, will make telehealth services available to their employees next year, up from seven in 10 this year.The group’s annual survey of 133 large employers, who altogether cover more than 15 million Americans, was conducted in May and June 2016. It indicated that telehealth availability, among other employee benefits, is on the rise as employers shift their priorities.”Employers’ focus in 2017 is shifting away from plan design to optimizing how health care is accessed and delivered,” Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, said in a statement. “That translates into expanded telehealth services, more Centers of Excellence options and optional selective network choices that focus on providing higher quality health care.” Partly, this shift is motivated by an attempt to offset a rise in overall healthcare costs for employers, attributable, among other things, to the rising costs of specialty pharmaceuticals.

Source: Survey: 9 in 10 large employers will offer telehealth next year | MobiHealthNews

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