May 2016

New BHCG Subcommittee Formed to Support Members

Since its inception the Business Health Care Group has relied on member employer representatives to provide us with leadership and guidance by serving on various committees and subcommittees. The committees serve as forums where employers can share best practices and learn from industry experts. The newest subcommittee, called the Tier 1 subcommittee, is set to convene in early June. It’s designed to provide member employers with additional resources and education to take full advantage of the BHCG’s exclusive access to UnitedHealthcare’s Premium Designation program.

The UnitedHealthcare Premium Designation program motivates members to utilize Tier 1-designated physicians and free standing facilities. This is an effective method to drive utilization of providers who meet the best standards for both quality and cost efficiency.

The Tier1 subcommittee will meet monthly through the end of 2016 and we anticipate it will transition to quarterly meetings thereafter. The subcommittee focus is to provide education, benefit plan ideas, best practices, and lessons learned by early adopters to accelerate successes of member employers. Our planned topics and events for the next few months include:

  • Meeting #1 – What is Premium Designation? How does it work? Why is it important?
  • Meeting #2 – The financial opportunity of premium designation: quantified local results and opportunities
  • Meeting #3 – The impacts of plan design steerage: options for plan design steerage; hear from member employers on their experiences
  • Meeting #4 – Best practice sharing

BHCG employers using the UnitedHealthcare network should look for a meeting invite in the near future. Please indicate in your RSVP if you would like to invite your broker/agent/consultant to participate.

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