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As Healthcare Costs Rise, Large Employers Embrace 'Activist' Role

Large U.S. employers are increasingly willing to take steps to get more directly involved in the country's healthcare delivery system, according to a new survey published by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) Tuesday.

Nearly half of respondents (49%) indicated they are taking a more active role in changing healthcare delivery through a range of actions, including experimenting with new payment and delivery models like accountable care organizations (ACOs), centers of excellence and performance networks. The survey measured 170 large-employer NBGH members whose total covered populations number 19 million persons.

"As companies are taking this broader view of health and well-being, we are seeing employers playing an increasingly activist role in changing healthcare within the delivery system," NBGH president and CEO Brian Marcotte said in a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. "Actually, this is a higher number than we thought it would be."

The full story can be found on HR Dive.

Why does this matter to Bluebook? 

Bluebook was founded on the idea that employers will be driving the needle for healthcare change. Did you know approximately 152 million people in the US have health insurance through their employer? 

The recent announcement from Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase planning to reduce healthcare spend is just one example.

With over 4,500+ enterprise and public sector clients, Bluebook continually sees organizations taking a stand when it comes to their employees financial and physical health. 

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