Employers favor ACO’s and Medical Home development

A survey by the Midwest Business Group on Health has found that 45 percent of all and 52 percent of large employers support the development of accountable care organizations.  The findings also show that employers believe the health care reform law will increase their benefit costs and that changes are needed in the law to improve quality, reduce expenses and reward health system performance.

Other key findings from the survey:

  • Fifty-three percent of all employers and 67 percent of large employers say they do not plan to drop health benefits
  • More than half of survey respondents want to continue developing the medical home concept
  • Nearly 60 percent of all employers stated that they will expand wellness programs in light of increased incentives allowed
  • Sixty percent of all employers and 50 percent of large employers believe the intention of health reform is to eliminate the employer-based system and move to a single-payer system 

(Sources: Midwest Business Group on Health Press Release, http://www.prnewswire.com, January 3, 2011; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, January 6, 2011)