Saturday, August 27, 2016

According to a recent survey of 600 U.S. employers ...

... total health care costs are expected to increase 5.0% in both 2016 and 2017.  Here are some of the measures employers are using to control costs:

  • 61% of employers have added programs to ensure appropriate use of high-cost drug; 88% indicated that their top priority over the next three years is managing pharmacy spending, especially for high-cost specialty drugs:
  • 28% of employers have already implemented surcharges for spousal coverage when it is available through a spouse’s own employer
  • 19% of employers have differentiated benefit coverage to encourage employees to use centers for excellence for specialty services

Source: "U.S. employers expect health care costs to increase 5.0% in both 2016 and 2017," Willis Towers Watson Press Release, August 8, 2016,

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