Steerage programs aim to motivate employees and their dependents to choose better value health care providers. The challenge for employers is finding the right mix of health care services, communications and rewards to shift patients to health care providers that deliver higher value.
How does The Alliance Help Employers with Steerage?
From data on costs and quality, to presentations at employee meetings, The Alliance offers resources that help employers introduce steerage programs.
- QualityPath is an initiative that identifies doctors and hospitals that – when working together – meet or exceed national standards for delivering quality care for total hip replacement, knee replacement and coronary artery bypass graft. QualityPath helps employers build steerage tactics into health benefit plans to encourage employers and family members to choose high-quality, fairly priced doctors and hospitals for selected procedures.
Providing resources for plan design and analysis.
- Member-specific and customizable reporting is offered to all members. Data includes claims history, provider utilization and cost trends. The Alliance can use this information to show you where you can save money by steering employees to use low cost, high value providers. Read more about Reports on Request.
Offering employee education.
- A consumer toolkit and presentation can help employees learn How to be a Better Health Care Consumer.
- Employee meeting support and assistance ranges from sharing ideas to attending meetings to provide information to employees. Learn more about our Brown Bag Lunch Sessions.
Supporting member networking and holding one-on-one meetings.
- The Alliance is available to meet with employers and, if desired, their brokers to offer information about incorporating steerage into your benefit strategy. Request a member service visit.
- The Alliance helps you connect with peers and the latest ideas about tools and tactics, both one-on-one and at Alliance Learning Circles and other events.
Steerage Works for Big Employers Around the Country
Who has benefited from steerage? Companies like Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, The Boeing Company, Pepsi, Safeway, and California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) have implemented changes that steered employees to higher value care that saved money.
You might want to read this whitepaper produced by the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, and Catalyst for Payment Reform:
- A Potent Recipe for Higher-Value Health Care: Aligning quality, price transparency, clinical appropriateness and consumer incentives
The creation of benefit designs that explicitly encourage consumers to act on price and quality information, including reference pricing, tiered networks, centers of excellence contracting and V-BID, is a step… toward a system that provides and rewards high-value care, while simultaneously driving waste from the health care system.