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How Employer Clinics Attract and Retain Top Talent

We’re living in a competitive time, and it’s more important than ever for employers to set themselves apart from the crowd when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent. The modern employee is all about unique benefits and perks, which employers can deliver both inside and outside of the workplace.

While it might come as surprise, a recent study found that health benefits are the most-requested perk of millennial employees, and many companies are starting to offer these benefits in the form of onsite and near-site primary care clinics. These clinics make it easy and convenient for employees to visit regularly with primary care physicians (often without leaving the office), as well as engage with high-value services like diagnostic testing, health and wellness coaching, and free or low-cost medications dispensed in the clinic.

Here are three ways onsite and near-site clinics can help employers attract and retain top talent:

1. They create a company culture of wellness

Near-site, onsite and other employer-sponsored clinics are a great opportunity for organizations to build a large-scale, long-term infrastructure of health and wellness. Not only do they help promote regular primary care visits, but they can help facilitate other kinds of appointments as well. Everything from nutritionists to wellness planners and even fitness coaches can be arranged through workplace clinics. Instead of being another face in a long line of patients, employees receive personalized, one-on-one care from a real physician or health coach who knows their face, name and medical history.     

Workplace clinics go a long way toward making health and wellness part of the company culture because they become ingrained within the company community. Instead of having to take multiple hours off to drive to an appointment, sit in a waiting room, see a doctor, follow up with nurses and then drive back to the office again, employees can simply go directly down the hall or drive a few miles away to a dedicated clinic. Near-site and onsite clinics help both employers and employees facilitate a culture of wellness while also preserving efficiency or productivity (or employees’ coveted PTO).

2. They reduce the risk of critical health issues

Surprisingly, according to a recent study, only 8 percent of US adults ages thirty-five and older had received all of the high-priority, appropriate clinical preventive services recommended for them. Without regular checkups and screenings, employees have a greater risk of critical health issues or chronic diseases, such as high cholesterol or diabetes. These critical conditions can lead to expensive care experiences or even result in hospitalization. For employees, working for employers who take an active interest in long-term wellness outcomes is a definite plus and can help both attract and retain them.

3. They encourage healthier lifestyles

Employer-sponsored clinics refocus the average employee’s view of ‘healthcare’ into something bigger than just an insurance plan. When an employer takes such an active role in its employee’s health and lifestyle, it makes it clear to both prospective and current employees where an organization’s values lie. Today’s employees enjoy eating healthy, exercising, and generally living healthier lifestyles than past generations, and employees are actively searching for employers who share these same values.

Near-site and onsite clinics give employers the competitive edge they need to both attract new employees and retain the ones they have. OurHealth, the leading provider of near-site and onsite clinics, can help your organization realize a significant return on investment in talent retention.

What to Do When Your Company is Too Small for Onsite Healthcare

By Heather Halliburton, SPHR

This article originally appeared in Employee Benefit News.

As HR leaders serving a diverse range of companies and organizations, we all constantly look for new ways to improve the lives of our employees, boost satisfaction rates and establish the company’s reputation as a leader in workforce wellness.

You may have recently researched onsite clinics – an increasing trend among large corporations – and discovered the necessary resources and investment required to successfully implement an onsite clinic are a bit out of reach for many smaller organizations.

However, this doesn’t mean your organization, with its 75, 300 or 500 employees is completely bereft of options when it comes to innovative, employee-first care options. For smaller, self-insured organizations, near-site healthcare is an affordable, scalable option.

Near-site clinics offer the same services as onsite clinics, but with reduced start-up and operating costs. The model fits well with nearly any self-insured employer, regardless of headcount. Whereas an onsite clinic requires organizations to fund, build, and staff a private clinic, near-site clinics allow employers to access a shared clinic network with multiple convenient locations.

The clinics are built and managed by a clinic solution provider, which removes the day-to-day operating logistics from the shoulders of an individual employer. There is also less long-term risk involved as the majority of the operating costs are shared across multiple employer partners.

Employees can use near-site clinics to receive personalized primary care services, expedited and lower cost lab and medication benefits, and wellness coaching — all without running up healthcare costs for self-insured employers.

A flexible, scalable option with little startup time

For smaller self-funded companies that do not have large budgets for additional benefit options, near-site clinics are certainly a more affordable option. Employers leveraging near-site clinics typically pay a per-employee-per-month (PEPM) fee and can even choose which employees are eligible for access to the services provided. As your organization grows, more employees can easily be added to your program, making it simple to scale without sacrificing employee satisfaction.

And instead of spending months (or even years) working with developers to create a usable space, planning a clinic, and staffing and launching the clinic to employees, smaller employers can tap into an out-of-the-box and ready-to-use network with near-site health clinics. Employees can start leveraging near-site clinic services and making healthier decisions right away.

Employee and family utilization

Building an onsite clinic at the workplace does not guarantee your employees or their families will actually utilize the clinic. Typically, it can take months of careful planning, promotion, and internal marketing to drive employee support, and even then there is no way to require employees to use the services provided. Participating in a near-site clinic service mitigates some of this utilization risk for employers because overhead costs are much lower.

And while onsite clinics provide an extremely convenient healthcare option for employees at the workplace, their spouses and other dependents might feel otherwise. If these dependents are covered under your employer health plan, driving lower care costs extends to them as well.

In larger metropolitan areas, near-site clinic partners have access to multiple locations across a city or region, giving both employees and their dependents more options. The multiple locations of near-site clinics also work well for larger organizations that may want to invest in onsite clinics, but also have off-site employees that need more convenient locations.

So, does near-site healthcare sound like it could be the answer for your organization? If, like me, your goals involve improving the lives of employees, boosting satisfaction rates and establishing the company’s reputation as a leader in workforce wellness, it may be time to take advantage of a healthcare model that can help us all get there.

Heather Halliburton, SPHR, is Vice President of People & Culture for Indianapolis-based OurHealth.

My Injury Brought New Perspective

By Stephen Feider, CPA
Controller, OurHealth

Warren Buffet summarizes U.S. healthcare in one word – the economy’s “tapeworm.” This tapeworm, in part, is what motivates our clients to partner with OurHealth. Suppress the tapeworm – that’s our job.

We’ve had rave success, thankfully. With our unique model of employer-sponsored healthcare, patients get healthier, expensive encounters are replaced with high-value encounters, and new faces engage in preventive care.

Measuring the value of this success is an exercise.  I won’t call myself an expert, but as the Financial Controller for OurHealth, I’ve analyzed enough such exercises over the past five years to say, “I get it.” Financial value created by OurHealth is behind only golf and food as my favorite subject of conversation – please call anytime to talk about any or all three (317-559-3688).

“I get it” took on new meaning via personal experience as an OurHealth patient: I had a semi-serious lower back injury a few months ago. In short, the injury happened during aerobic training (I wasn’t being stupid, I swear). It was debilitating and painful enough to conclude, with 100 percent confidence, that I needed professional care.

Emergency room, urgent care clinic, orthopedic specialist, or OurHealth – these were the four options I considered. I chose OurHealth (no duh), booked a same-day appointment online, and here’s what happened:

  1. The provider diagnosed the injury through a series of polite questioning.
  2. The provider referred physical therapy, explained why, and answered my questions.
  3. Proper medications were prescribed and I left the clinic with sufficient supply.
  4. [hours later] An OurHealth referral specialist sent me a list of physical therapy options that fit the OurHealth provider’s specifications. Each option included price and proximity to work and my home.
  5. I chose an option. [minutes later] The referral specialist made the appointment and sent me the confirmation.

The point? Without OurHealth, my options stunk – expensive, inconvenient, low quality, but probably a combo of all three.

My perspective of OurHealth’s value creation changed once I lived it. Like the moment I met Shaq. I always knew 7’1”, 300 pounds was large. But seeing Shaq in person gave new perspective to “large.” An epiphany, of sorts.

OurHealth will help you remedy the tapeworm, I promise. I’ve lived it through both the spreadsheets and the exam room table.

Drop me a note. I bet we can help.

Stephen Feider, CPA
Controller, OurHealth
sfeider@ourhealth.org
317-559-3688

Trending Wellness Benefits to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Today’s employers are pulling out all the stops to attract and retain top talent.

US job seekers typically weigh an employer’s perks and benefits before deciding to either stay with a company or accept a new job offer. This means that HR teams, hiring managers, and executive teams in general are under pressure to deliver engaging, unique benefits that employees actually want.

Although dog-friendly offices sound fun, most employees tend to value practicality over cuteness when it comes to employer benefits.

Access to substantial healthcare services (such as health, vision, and dental insurance) is the number one most important benefit to employees, according to one 2016 study. Healthcare is currently going through some serious changes and many Americans rely on their employers to provide guidance and security. Delivering this peace of mind is often a top priority for employers, but managing rising healthcare costs is also an important issue. Innovative employers can combine proactive cost-saving efforts with popular employee benefits.

For employees, health and wellness benefits promote activity, engagement, and can keep serious or even chronic conditions in check. For employers, these benefits increase workplace satisfaction and keep employees healthier, thus decreasing the risk of expensive healthcare costs.

Here are some of the top health and wellness benefits employers can implement for healthy returns on workforce investment.

Subsidized and complimentary gym memberships, onsite gyms, or personal trainers

Okay, so not all of us immediately jump to ‘gym membership’ when we think of work benefits. As far as employee perks are concerned, however, complimentary personal training sessions, gym memberships, and onsite workout centers are at the top of the list. Today’s workforce values a work culture that emphasizes physical fitness and healthy living.

Free massages, yoga, meditation, and more

If there is one thing that anyone with a job can agree on, it’s that work can be stressful. Employers can proactively help employees relieve tension, stress, and other worries with free yoga sessions, meditation rooms, and massage therapy. While employees will appreciate the calming effects, employers can look forward to less stressed, more focused team members who are ready to tackle the day’s toughest problems.

Financial wellness workshops

The well-worn adage ‘nothing is certain but death and taxes’ is still going strong, with even more confusion thrown in for good measure. In today’s world of W2s, IRAs, 401(k)s, and HSAs, many employees feel overwhelmed by financial planning (and the gratuitous number of financial abbreviations involved). Financial wellness education is a truly unique workforce benefit that helps employees make better financial decisions. When employees are comfortable with their current and future financial outlook, they are more likely to be invested in their current employer’s success.

PTO for community service and volunteering

In today’s workforce, more and more employers are realizing the need to offer volunteer days. Employees don’t need to put in for PTO to volunteer, and employers can use the increased sense of community involvement as a unique branding spin. As new graduates begin to enter the workforce, companies with paid volunteer time are increasingly appealing.

Employer-sponsored health clinics

Even with a healthy benefits package, many adults don’t regularly visit a primary care physician due to inconvenience. Onsite and near-site healthcare clinics take inconvenience out of the equation, bringing healthcare directly to employees where they work and live. Onsite clinics are popular benefit option, thanks in large part to the fact they can deliver high-quality, personal care without any hassle or hidden costs. Onsite and near-site clinics offer huge ROI benefits to employers as well, making this a unique win-win benefit for all involved.

To learn more: Download your FREE copy of the Employer’s Guide to Onsite and Near-site Healthcare Solutions from OurHealth.

Health Behaviors You Must Modify to Reduce Healthcare Costs

When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, it’s hard for anyone—let alone a company—to tell someone how to live their life. This is why healthcare costs in general are traditionally so inconsistent. For employers with self-funded insurance programs, this inconsistency in employee health behaviors can also cause healthcare costs to fluctuate. In fact, a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 79 percent or organizations saw their healthcare costs rise from 2016 to 2017.

While employers can provide significant guidance to make it easier than ever to receive quality care, at the end of the day patients are ultimately responsible for their health outcomes. But employers can take proactive care to the next level by educating employees and other stakeholders about health behaviors and values that directly impact healthcare costs.

Below, we’ll look at three critical health behaviors and how they impact healthcare costs.

Regular primary care visits

Visiting a doctor regularly is the best way to stay healthy and avoid the onset of chronic conditions. Unfortunately, many Americans flat-out avoid going to a primary care physician–around 28 percent of men and 17 percent of women don’t have a regular doctor on call. This lack of interest in preventative health can be attributed to a few factors (rising costs and uncertainty about the healthcare industry as a whole are at the top of the list) and the problem is only getting worse. Over 27 percent of surveyed millennials (aka the new workforce generation) say that they will avoid going to a doctor because of costs. Without these regular visits, however, it is difficult to track and monitor certain conditions or possible illnesses, often until it is too late.

Sometimes, just having improved access to a primary care physician can jumpstart a person’s renewed interest in preventative care. Other times, it can take serious education and affirmation on the ins and outs of healthcare costs and why preventative programs are the answer. Employers must realize that each of their employees are different, and thus will latch on to different reasons why primary care visits are the answer to long-term health.

Healthy eating habits

It might not seem like employers can do much to influence the eating habits of employees, but consider how many times throughout the day people tend to snack. And for many in the workforce, walking into a break room every day to see donuts, sugary treats, and salty snacks is a truly overwhelming test of willpower.

Alarmingly, a majority of chronic conditions are connected to eating habits, including diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. Educating and working with employees to modify eating habits can lead to substantial long-term results, including reducing the risk of these chronic conditions. Employers can also make conscious decisions regarding the types of foods that are stocked in break rooms to encourage employees along the right path. HR and wellness teams should also look into possible partnerships with local organic farms or lifestyle-conscious restaurants when ordering meals for a group or for a team. It may not seem like much, but these small changes can make a big impact for many employees down the road.

Healthy lifestyle values

While it may seem as though employees spend a majority of their time at work, they have lives outside of the office as well. While healthcare may seem like a byproduct of ‘daily life at the office,’ the only way healthy behaviors will actually impact employees is when they seek true commitment to these values outside of the office.

Today’s job force is actively looking to enter into partnerships with healthy lifestyle-conscious organizations. Younger generations have seen how inconsistent the American healthcare system is, and they are now seeking out resources to help develop and maintain healthy lifestyles.

On top of offering improved access to care, employers can also promote healthy lifestyle values to their employee population in the form of benefits or employee perks. These can include things like:

  • A monthly gym stipend or free workout sessions
  • Weekly onsite yoga or in-office meditation
  • Partnerships with lifestyle, fitness, or wellness coaches
  • Involvement with charity events like 5ks, walks, and even outdoor community events

While these lifestyle initiatives offer amazing benefits to employees, they can also help organizations attract and retain talent, making the hiring process more competitive while widening the pool of possible new hires.

Making Healthcare a High Priority is Key

Changing the way employees think about healthcare can help lower healthcare costs for self-funded organizations. Instead of an afterthought in a busy lifestyle, healthy behaviors and choices should be at the forefront of people’s minds.

OurHealth offers a unique approach to employer-sponsored healthcare that focuses on lowering costs while increasing access to primary care and wellness programming.

To learn more: Download your FREE copy of the Employer’s Guide to Onsite and Near-site Healthcare Solutions from OurHealth.

Why Employers Should be Worried About the Looming Doctor Shortage

by Jeff Wells, MD, president and co-founder of OurHealth

Today’s healthcare landscape is changing rapidly, and it should come as no surprise that these changes are steadily impacting every single facet of the industry. From diagnostic tests to pharmaceutical costs to post-acute services, prices are steadily rising and skilled workers are hard to come by. Unfortunately, this now includes primary care providers. In fact, there could be a shortage of up to 100,000 physicians by 2025, according to the American Colleges of Medicine. Read more

Opinion: Employers are Key to Improving Healthcare

by Christina Matoski, Nurse Practitioner at OurHealth

It’s no longer news that American healthcare is broken. In the U.S., we spend more than $3 trillion a year on healthcare—more than any other developed nation—yet we are in overall poorer health than similarly developed countries. But dealing with healthcare’s myriad issues isn’t the only challenge facing business owners and employers. They’re also grappling with how to attract and retain a shrinking supply of employees.

Sixty-eight percent of employers say they face difficulties recruiting for the right talent, according to recent research by the Society of Human Resource Management. And when it comes to effective recruiting, employer-sponsored healthcare benefits play a tremendous role: 91 percent of employees rate healthcare benefits as an important aspect of their job.

One approach that addresses both problems is employer-sponsored onsite or near-site healthcare. Indiana is fortunate—as are my patients—to be home to one of the nation’s leading providers of this kind of service: OurHealth. As a nurse practitioner with OurHealth, I’ve seen firsthand how this solution is working here in Northwest Indiana and can work anywhere in America.

I’m very encouraged to see more employers leading the charge to simplify healthcare for their employees and create better wellness outcomes. And they have valid reasons to do so: Onsite and near-site clinics reduce care-delivery costs, simplify access to care, and create healthier outcomes—all of which contribute to decreased overall healthcare spending for employers.

Let’s face it: If you work, you spend more time on the job than you spend with your family. So, when healthcare is in close proximity to where you work, it’s less costly and more convenient. According to a recent study by the American Nursing Association, the cost of a visit to an onsite clinic is less than the same visit would be to an off-site clinic. This is attributed to lower operational costs at a worksite clinic than at other clinics.

Worksite clinics also save time and increase employee productivity. With traditional primary care, you make an appointment that’s days or weeks in advance. On the day of your appointment, you could take up to half a day off to travel to the doctor’s office, wait in a waiting room, and travel back. When you have a dedicated doctor or healthcare provider at your work or nearby, you can seek care more quickly, taking less time away from the job.

Simplifying and increasing access to healthcare for employees also produces better results. Nationwide, 28 percent of men and 17 percent of women don’t have a personal doctor, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. For health issues large and small, an established, healthy relationship with a doctor or healthcare provider has been shown to significantly improve health outcomes.

I’ve noticed this in my time practicing at OurHealth: Because onsite healthcare is typically not a fee-for-service model, doctors and providers like me can spend more time with their patients. Our standard appointment times are 20 and 40 minutes, versus the 13- to 16-minute slots that most doctors report as their average. More time with patients means I have more time to talk, ask, and most importantly listen—and I frequently hear additional details that bolster my diagnosis and treatment plan.

These longer appointment times also create trust and understanding, and they’re one reason why I believe that the preventive care from onsite clinics creates lower overall healthcare costs by preventing the development of conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. When patients have access to care that helps them proactively manage these chronic conditions, including medication consultations, holistic assessments of a patient’s behavioral habits, and other preventive measures, patients are more engaged and more likely to improve their overall health.

Employers today have a choice: They can continue to focus on traditional healthcare benefits and continue to see costs rise without corresponding benefits to health improvements, savings, or talent recruitment and retention, or they can explore new ways of delivering benefits that improve savings, health outcomes, and employee morale. For my money—and experience—the smart move is on the latter.

How to Get Buy-In from the C-Suite for Onsite Healthcare

By Kisha Alexander, PhD, MPH

As healthcare costs increase and patient care becomes more specialized, HR managers and corporate wellness teams are seeking more ways to directly impact employee healthcare costs. According to the Milliman Index, the average organization’s healthcare costs increase by 4.3% every year.

Because of this, many organization are turning to proactive wellness initiatives to drive down these costs. From corporate-sponsored employee assistance programs to subsidized employee gym memberships, many employers are pulling out all the stops when it comes to keeping employees healthy. One of the newer and lesser-known additions to this list are onsite or near-site clinics, which give employees immediate access to primary care services, strategic wellness programming, and even conveniences such as no-cost medications and labs.

One of the biggest hurdles standing between HR teams and the ability to implement these types of large-scale, long-term wellness initiatives is gaining executive buy-in. Because onsite and near-site clinics require a sizeable investment in capital and organizational effort, it’s critical for benefits leaders to understand the advantages, the impact, and the return on investment (ROI) before pitching the project to decision-makers. Below, we’ll look at a quick overview of onsite and near-site clinic ROI and then dig into the five steps to keep in mind when pitching corporate wellness initiatives to organizational executives.

Measuring the impact of an onsite or near-site clinic

When it comes time to gather executive support for an onsite or near-site clinic project, one of the biggest questions HR managers face will most likely have to do with ROI, or return on investment. Luckily, when it comes to these types of clinics, both ROI and VOI (Value of Investment) are incredibly measurable and tangible.

Onsite and near-site clinics can impact healthcare spending and overall costs by:

Reducing overall healthcare spend

For employers, high-cost health services such as specialty care, emergency visits, and referrals can steadily build up across an employee population. With access to primary care services onsite, employees can skip over costly health engagements all together, which will directly impact an organization’s annual insurance premiums. Employees can enjoy personal, accessible care without incurring excess costs on behalf of their employer.

Making employee access to health care services more affordable

Oftentimes, primary care isn’t even the most expensive part of an individual’s daily interactions with health services. Prescriptions, diagnostic tests, and other direct expenses are out-of-pocket costs that can quickly become exorbitant. With onsite and near-site clinics, employees can fill generic prescriptions for up to 20% less than market prices and obtain lab results for up to 70% lower than market prices.

Creating a culture of wellness to impact chronic care

One of the biggest influencers on an organization’s healthcare costs is employees’ chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. Implementing an onsite or near-site clinic is a direct acknowledgement of these conditions, and sends a clear message to employees that the organization cares about preventive care and is ready to help in any way necessary. Creating a culture of wellness starts at the top of any organization, and investing in a clinic initiative is a great indicator to employees that the company is engaged.

Attracting and retaining new talent

As part of this culture of wellness, onsite and near-site clinics are also a great tool for HR teams looking to attract and retain top talent. Employees want to know their employers are dedicated to healthy lifestyles, and a proactive approach such as onsite clinics is an A+ branding tool. Today’s job seekers are more likely to take a position with a company that values health and wellness than one that doesn’t, which will definitely resonate with any executive team.

5 Tips for Pitching an Onsite or Near-Site Clinic to an Executive Team

With these ROI metrics in hand, it’s now time for an HR Director or team to make a case to the rest of the executive leadership. Here is a foolproof 5-step plan for pitching an onsite or near-site clinic initiative to an executive team:

 1. Map out ROI and VOI

Once the most important ROI and VOI metrics have been determined (i.e. reducing costs, impacting chronic conditions, increasing retention, etc.), it’s time to start gathering numbers. Using placeholder values at first, calculate the overall employer and employee cost savings year-over-year to demonstrate the long-term impact of a clinic. HR teams can take advantage of free ROI calculators such as this one to visualize how much cost savings is actually on the table.

2. Calculate a budget

How much an organization is willing to invest in an onsite or near-site clinic project will directly impact the project’s outcomes. A budget should not only cover construction costs of a new clinic (if applicable), but should also include furnishings, staff, and operation needs of the clinic. Be sure to calculate multiple options at various price points to use in discussion with executives to influence decisions and mitigate any risk.

3. Understand logistics

The actual logistics behind an onsite clinic are an important part of the planning process in which executive teams will be interested. Does the organization have space onsite to construct an onsite clinic, or will it have to build an offsite (or near-site) care center? Can only full-time employees receive care from the clinic, or will contract employees or interns also benefit? Will the clinic have a full-time primary care provider on duty at all times, or only on certain days? These are some things to think about before presenting the plan to other decision makers.

4. Present a timeline

If the organization has to build a new clinic or rehab existing square footage, the executive team will need to understand the timeline. It’s also a good idea to include a projected ROI timeline to show exactly when the organization will begin recouping returns and seeing a positive impact.

5. Promote internally and externally

Last, but certainly not least, leave the executive team with a detailed plan on how it will promote this new healthcare offering. How will it increase employee utilization and ensure employees (and possibly their dependents) are using the new clinic? How will the organization get the word out to potential new hires? For HR teams, an onsite or near-site clinic is a project that can continue to grow and build ROI, but only with the right promotion and branding.

About Kisha Alexander

Kisha Alexander is the Director of Wellness and Account Engagement for OurHealth. She began her work in the wellness field as a Health Coach 13 years ago and has a strong passion for health promotion and behavior change. Kisha has her Master’s in Public Health and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Want to see how you can get a better return on your organization’s healthcare investment? Get a custom ROI analysis from OurHealth.

What is Near-Site Healthcare?

Healthcare is a topic at the forefront of many conversations these days, but it may surprise you that employersnot politiciansare increasingly the vanguard to effectively changing the healthcare landscape. How are they affecting this change? By creating cost-effective yet meaningful healthcare offerings for their employees.  

Unfortunately, many large-impact solutions require significant resources and an investment that might not be feasible for every organization’s budget. While making a large monetary investment in employee healthcare might not be an immediate priority, it’s still possible for employers to directly address personal employee carewithout a hefty price tag.

Near-site clinicslike their counterparts onsite clinicscan help employers combat common issues and streamline unnecessary complexities when it comes to delivering exceptional health services to employees. Unlike onsite clinics, which are typically located at the worksite and created specifically for one company only, near-site clinics offer shared costs among many employers and are frequently built, operated, and wholly maintained by a solution provider, which also reduces cost.  

Investing in an Onsite or Near-site Clinic Solution Directly addresses: 

Rising employer healthcare costs: Giving employees easy access to care can increase the likelihood of employees actually receiving appropriate and timely care, resulting in healthier employees. Offering a near-site clinic option can also reduce the risk of costly care episodes, such as emergency department visits, which can drive employer healthcare costs rates up, especially for self-insured employers.

Employee chronic conditions: Chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol create significant costs for many employer healthcare plans, but these conditions are preventable and manageable. Having a one-stop clinic nearby can help employees detect early signs of chronic conditions as well as combat onset issues.

Wasted employee time: Employees can spend up to half a day traveling back and forth between a traditional doctor’s office and their jobsite. With an onsite clinic (or even a near-site clinic), employees can cut this time down significantly, or even eliminate this wasted time all together.

If your organization’s goal is to deliver proactive care to employees without increasing care costs, a near-site clinic could be the answer you’re looking for.

Advantages of Using a Near-Site Clinic Network

When an employer becomes involved in a near-site clinic, they are essentially buying into a closed network that is only open to activated organizations. While onsite clinics require development, construction, and furnishings, near-site clinics usually just require a one-time or repeating fee. Near-site clinics are typically sited in close proximity to an employer’s worksite or worksites so that it’s easy for employees to receive primary care, fill prescriptions, have diagnostic tests run, and even address workplace injuries in a timely manner. Many near-site clinics also offer health coaching services to help employees work on fitness goals or address chronic conditions.

OurHealth currently has a network of near-site clinics in Indianapolis and Charlotte.

Near-site clinics also offer extensive employer benefits on top of employee health services, even outside of the decreased investment required to participate. Newer and smaller companies can easily join a near-site clinic network, which can serve to attract new employees while retaining current ones. Some clinic networks even have multiple locations, meaning employees can visit any clinic in the network, depending on their location.

Differences Between Near-Site and Onsite Clinics

The biggest difference between a near-site clinic and an onsite clinicoutside of locationis cost. Onsite clinics require significant employer investment and resources, with dedicated time being a major factor. Near-site clinics are developed, built, and even managed by outside organizations, reducing internal involvement significantly. Near-site networks are often more convenient to employees because of their multiple location offerings, making it easier for them to receive care on a regular basis.

How to Get the Best of Both Worlds

Onsite clinics are a popular option for employers who want to deliver maximum long-term care to employees. If your organization is looking to deliver long-term benefits as well as widespread care, onsite and near-site clinics can be used in tandem. Delivering the ‘best of both worlds’ to employees provides the convenience of onsite care alongside the flexibility of near-site locations.

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Both onsite and near-site clinics deliver primary health care to employees and eligible dependents with little to no cost passed along to the employee. While employees may take advantage of an onsite clinic for the convenience of location, their dependents may find it easier to rely on a near-site network location that proves easier to access. Either way, the health services provided are easy to engage with for all parties involved. As employers, this approach represents an incredible opportunity to set your company apart from competitors when recruiting new talent or looking to keep retail current talent.

Get Started with a Near-Site Clinic Today

Ready to jump-start your employee healthcare offerings without increasing overhead costs? Onsite and near-site clinic networks, like the ones offered by OurHealth, can help increase both healthcare ROI and employee wellness. You can learn more about near-site clinics at www.ourhealth.org.

4 Reasons to Say “Yes” to Onsite Healthcare

BY BEN EVANS, CEO & CO-FOUNDER, OURHEALTH

Scheduling a doctor’s appointment is hard. Leave work early. Come in late. Work through lunch. Finally get there only to have to fill out a mountain of paperwork and wait 30 minutes for a 5-minute appointment. And that’s not even the worst part. The worst part is that the system is reactive and does a horrible job of keeping people healthy.

Face it, the American healthcare model has broken down into this tangled, complicated system with soaring costs, long wait times and a complex system that is nearly impossible for employers, consumers and health providers to navigate. OurHealth, an Indianapolis-based provider of onsite and near-site clinics, is working hard to flip that model. If we make healthy, happy employees the No. 1 priority, healthy outcomes, decreased costs, and increased productivity will most certainly follow.

And leading employers are playing a huge part in the transformation. More than 40 companies on Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2016 offer an onsite clinic in order to control the rising cost of healthcare, including USAA, Goldman Sachs, CustomInk and Capital One Financial.

But onsite clinics are not just for the Fortune 100. OurHealth has clients that run the gamut from local start-ups with a few hundred employees to major school systems and municipalities with several thousand. The enterprise wellness industry is growing at nearly double the rate of the overall economy according to an IBIS World Industry Report about corporate wellness services in the U.S.

And uncertainties in the healthcare industry aren’t slowing the trend. According to a 2015 Towers Watson survey, two-thirds of large employers with onsite health facilities say they’re planning to expand them, further validating the idea the clinics are truly reducing costs for companies and providing exceptional care for the employees that use them.

Here are the four biggest reasons these companies are saying “yes.”

1. Convenience

With onsite and near-site healthcare clinics, your doctor is just steps—or a short car ride—away. The idea behind the clinics is to provide easy access and immediate attention, at little or no cost, for a host of health services employees would normally have to leave work to receive. Because off-site medical appointments can legitimately consume a half day or more of an employee’s time, giving employees convenient clinic access that’s nearby keeps them physically and mentally present and reduces lost productivity.

Onsite clinics also effectively deliver healthcare to everyone in your company, including those who otherwise wouldn’t have a primary care provider. For workers who already have a regular provider, clinic services can complement, rather than replace, their preferred primary care providers.

If your company doesn’t have the headcount, budget or physical space for an onsite clinic, consider a network of near-site clinics that multiple companies share. OurHealth has pioneered this model with its MyClinic and has greatly reduced the barrier to entry as a result. Access is immediate because the network is already built out and convenience is unrivaled because we strategically place them where the hot spots of the local population live. Moreover, the MyClinics will change your mental model of what a clinic looks like. Half spa, half coffee shop, modern furniture, Spotify playlists in the background in addition to friendly, high quality health providers that want to deliver medicine in a personalized way which they simply can’t do when they’re part of a major healthcare system.

2. Affordability

Onsite and near-site clinics give both employees and companies healthy returns on their productivity and bottom lines. Clinics at or close to work are much better than implementing another costly, off-site program that doesn’t get adopted and quickly eliminates the cost savings you sought to begin with. Although much of the cost saving data that comes from companies using onsite or near-site clinics is anecdotal by each business’ experience, one study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows this type of well-designed, convenient health program can have a return on investment of $1.50–$3 per dollar spent over a two- to nine-year timeframe. That return on investment can benefit your company’s bottom line for years to come, as affordable, quality care helps keep medical leave down and employee productivity up.

It’s important to realize healthier employees are better for your health insurance budget. As more and more make the shift to high deductible health plans its critical to give your employees the tools to make more thoughtful decisions around how they spend their healthcare dollars.

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Making preventive and first aid services available on or close to your worksite will reduce the use and cost of hospital emergency rooms visits – the highest place to get medical services – for non-emergency or otherwise avoidable conditions. On-site or near-site clinics can be specifically designed to make sure all employees participate in services and are tailored to the services your employees use most.

Preventive services made available through onsite and near-site clinics also encourage better long-term employee health. Providing low- or no-cost resources and treatment close to work will increase use of preventive and wellness programs, therefore lessening the severity of common illnesses, managing chronic conditions with regular checkups, improving and correcting prescription use and boosting employee patient health outcomes overall.

Additionally, clinics can help your company focus on population-specific health goals like reducing blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, which can potentially eliminate reliance on medications or future health issues caused by those health issues.

Giving access to onsite and near-site healthcare clinics builds a continually healthy, cared-for workforce over time, creating a “health equity” with returning value year after year.

3. Increased productivity

A healthy workforce is more productive. Implementing an onsite or near-site clinic for your company has a return on talent for your employee productivity, and it’s no secret human talent is at the heart of business performance and success.

The idea that healthy people are generally happier and more productive isn’t new. Workplace clinics were developed decades ago for companies in industries with high occupational injury rates. Those companies, which employed doctors and nurses to treat workers, were some of the first employer-sponsored clinics to provide care for workers in shipyards and steel mills before World War II. In recent years, the model has seen a resurgence because of rising healthcare costs, which have prompted employers to look beyond traditional occupational health to offer broader primary care for all types of workers in all types of industries.

OurHealth nurse and patient

Onsite and near-site clinics also hold value for recruiting new talent and retaining the talented employees you already have. Nearby, high-quality healthcare and wellness programs from these clinics will give your company an edge in the recruitment marketplace and make talent attraction and retention easier – especially for millennials, who are seeking well-rounded, nontraditional workplaces with a wide range of benefits.

4. Empowered employee health decisions

Above all else, convenient care close to work gives employees peace of mind.

Onsite and near-site clinics have a return on well-being for workers and shows you are actively listening and that you’re willing to create a culture where wellness comes first. By providing workplace clinics, you are empowering your employees them to make active, informed choices in their health care and lifestyle.

Many clinics even offer hour-long appointments with plenty of time for personal attention, questions and health coaching. Many clinics also provide out-of-office referrals and recommendations for employees who need other types of doctors for more specialized care outside of what the office can provide. Some clinic providers even offer follow-up calls and assistance with appointments to ensure patients are using all resources available. The payoff from these resources and touchpoints for employees during and after appointments often have a wellness value that can’t be calculated.

In addition to serving employees, employers can choose to support dependents on the specific healthcare insurance plan they decide on, adding to the idea that these clinics are a well-rounded and modern approach to health for companies that seek to ease employee work-life balance strains and costs. In short, the clinics prove your company cares about your employee’s individual and family quality of life.

Launching a close-to-work clinic gives everyone, from the CEO on down, the opportunity to get and stay healthy while also being productive and empowered. Establishing an onsite or near-site clinic for your employees goes beyond your company. It shows your company is willing to move toward a new global business culture where companies put employee health and benefits first.

About OurHealth

Indianapolis-based OurHealth is a provider of onsite and near-site primary care clinics and services focused on enhancing the patient experience and lowering healthcare costs for businesses of all sizes. OurHealth offers a comprehensive healthcare approach to its clients and their employees, which includes primary and urgent care services, wellness services, onsite laboratory and medication dispensing services and referral guidance. OurHealth has healthcare clinics in Indiana, North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

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