study by software provider SAS and Duke University, just published in The
American Journal of Managed Care, found primary care users of the SAS Health
Care Center (HCC) saved the company up to $600 per user in health plan claims
costs over three years.
Phase I study, “Worksite Medical Home: Health Services Use and Claim Costs,” examined 2006 through 2008 claims and demographic data of more than 17,000
employees and dependents covered by the SAS health plan. It examined the usage
and claims costs for three categories of SAS employees and their dependents:
major users (designated HCC as their primary care), casual users (designated
primary care providers outside HCC, but used other HCC services at least once),
study found dependents using the HCC that were major users incurred $598 less
in claims costs than casual users and $330 less than nonusers who were also
dependents. This included costs for preventive care.
using the HCC that were casual users had $482 more in claims costs than HCC
major users. Most of the difference ($263) was for pharmaceutical expenses.
takeaways from the study include:
of on-site medical centers is associated with decreased total use of outpatient
care including preventive care services; and
on-site clinics save money is dependent on the cost of on-site care delivery in
the context of avoided claims costs.
positive impact on employee health and cost savings makes this a worthwhile
investment,” says Gale Adcock, chief health officer at SAS. “Add to that the
employee time and productivity benefit of having these services right on
campus, and there’s no question that worksite health care is a powerful health
and business model.”
confident their onsite or near-site health centers improve the health and
productivity of their employees, Towers Watson recently found
Nearly four in 10 (38%) large U.S. employers with onsite health facilities plan
to add new centers over the next two years, according the Towers Watson 2015
Employer-Sponsored Health Care Centers Survey.