Large employers are increasingly using cost controls aimed at providers to curb rising healthcare expenses, according to an annual survey released Monday.
Although the National Business Group on Health's latest survey of large self-insured companies found most of their cost-control measures still focus on employees, provider-focused efforts are increasing.
The survey found the use of on-site health centers increased to 46% of such employers, up from 37% found in last year's survey. Another 9% are considering creating such facilities.
Also, 11% of the large employers are using direct contracting with designated surgical centers of excellence or patient-centered medical homes. Such direct contracting is likely to increase because another roughly 20% of such employers are considering such provider agreements.