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        Connecting Employees to the Most Affordable and High-Value Healthcare

        Connecting Employees to the Most Affordable and High-Value Healthcare

        A crucial part of a high-quality benefits experience is ensuring that employees can access the high-quality care they need, without breaking the bank (for themselves or their employers). But when employees don’t have the knowledge or proper tools to find highly-rated, in-network providers – along with cost comparisons – it’s difficult to make informed decisions about their healthcare. 

        The benefits experience can be confusing for employees. To address rising costs, benefits programs are becoming broader. “On average, large employers and plan sponsors have nine or more point solutions as part of health and wellness benefits.”

        There are pros and cons to this marketplace (point solution) boom. While these solutions can lead to cost containment when appropriately utilized, having all of these programs can create a fragmented experience — causing confusion for employees.

        At HealthJoy, we set out to address the complexity by bundling an unbundled benefits experience and eliminating the confusion that comes with it. 

        Another important piece of the experience is ensuring employees receive the best care, at the most affordable price. 

        Employers Need More Support to Help Employees Make Cost-Effective Decisions

        In 2024, employers are bracing for the largest increase in healthcare costs in a decade, with estimates as high as 8.5%. To prepare for this increase, many employers have rolled out various cost containment strategies. However, the problem is, many of these initiatives prove to be ineffective. 

        While these strategies are rolled out with the best intentions, it’s not uncommon for them to add a layer of complexity to already confusing benefits programs. When employees feel confused about what benefits are available to them or how to access them, it leads to low utilization, and a cost containment strategy is only effective if it’s being used. 

        Another issue with some cost containment strategies is that they are not personalized to employees’ unique wants and needs. Employees aren’t one size fits all, so their benefits experience shouldn’t be either. In fact, fewer than 20% of adults in the United States know the cost of their healthcare products or services before receiving them, and almost all of them believe health care organizations need to make costs more transparent.

        In the following sections, we’ll tell you how we’re reducing healthcare spend for employers and employees through our recent enhancement to HealthJoy’s Find Care search tool.

        How HealthJoy Helps: Smart Navigation Technology + Human-Guided Support

        We help employees locate in-network providers and facilities across their medical, dental and vision plans – including other relevant benefit programs – in a matter of minutes. 

        Our Find Care search tool brings cost and quality information directly to employees through a seamless, self-service experience by:

        Utilizing Market-Leading Cost + Quality Data to Inform Employee Decisions 

        We’ve partnered with Ribbon Health, a leading healthcare data platform, to incorporate cost and quality data into provider and facility searches. This data integration enhances the employee experience by providing upfront cost and quality data for providers and facilities across the entire benefits package – and specifically highlights upfront costs from the member’s healthcare network. 

        Our Find Care feature also reduces the number of touchpoints employees need to identify and reach the right provider and facility to meet their needs – simplifying the experience and saving them time. 

        Employees are less likely to delay care when they’re able to easily find high-quality, in-network providers when and where they need them. By seamlessly connecting employees to high-value care, we help employers mitigate catastrophic claims and reduce healthcare spend by 21% for high-cost claimants. 

        Providing Personalized Support To Meet Employee Wants and Needs

        We put employee preferences at the center of our Find Care experience. Employees can use this comprehensive provider and facility search tool as a self-service option or connect directly with our healthcare concierge team for human-guided support.

        Our healthcare concierges continue to provide support for members even after the initial appointment has occurred. They help employees by scheduling follow-up appointments, identifying prescription savings options and even reviewing medical bills before payment due dates.

        The combination of a trustworthy, self-service provider and facility search experience, coupled with the personalized support from our healthcare concierges, improves the employee benefits experience and increases point solution utilization 2-3x

        Directing Employees to Care Across the Entire Benefits Package

        Benefits engagement is an issue many employers struggle with. Employees often don’t know exactly what benefits are available to them, let alone where and how to access them. With HealthJoy’s Find Care search tool, employees are seamlessly guided to the optimal benefits and care to meet their needs – whether that’s finding a specialist, utilizing their dental or vision plans or accessing virtual care programs or onsite clinics. 

        This personalized steerage increases benefits engagement and helps employers achieve increased utilization rates. And by steering employees towards cost-saving care options like telemedicine, not only do employees end up spending less out of pocket, but employers can reduce their healthcare spend as well.

        Alleviating Administrative Burden for HR Teams

        Sometimes, an unintended consequence of rolling out new benefits strategies is the administrative burden that is placed on the HR team. HR professionals have a lot on their plates already, and when employees misunderstand their benefits, they use the HR function as their go-to source for help. 

        HealthJoy relieves some of that administrative burden. Our solution is proven to save HR teams 142 hours annually per 100 employees. When the employee benefits experience becomes simplified, and employees are given both self-service options and dedicated support from our healthcare concierges, the burden on HR is reduced significantly. 

        A key part of HealthJoy’s mission has always been to guide employees to the highest-quality, most affordable healthcare. We work every day to help our members locate in-network providers and facilities across their health plan and other benefit programs. 

        Our enriched Find Care experience takes the guesswork out of healthcare decisions, by surfacing the most affordable care options – to optimize savings for the employer and employee, and by recommending the most highly-rated providers to improve health outcomes.

        Learn more about our enriched Find Care experience. 

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