|By Dr. Chris Cato, DC
Chief Population Health Officer
Chronic muscle and joint pain is one of the leading causes of lost workdays, lost productivity, and absenteeism in the workplace. Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders lead the charge in healthcare expenses costing employers over $213 billion dollars every year in treatment costs and lost wages.
To mitigate these healthcare costs, employers cannot ignore the physical health and well-being of their employees. This focus can help retain a healthy, pain free, and productive workforce.
How Employers Can Improve Accessibility to Care
Currently, one of the most valued benefits in healthcare is convenience and accessibility. For MSK healthcare, this means offering virtual telehealth options in addition to in-office treatment. Employers can also expand access to care by eliminating financial barriers whenever possible by providing a no-cost or low-cost benefit design.
Employers can further empower members to take control of their health by collaborating with healthcare providers to promote employee wellness and implement engaging injury prevention education. By investing in the health of their members, employers will benefit from improved morale and quality of work, reduced absenteeism, and reduction in overall healthcare claims costs.
What to Look for in a Virtual Telehealth and In-Clinic MSK Care Plan
Employers who seek to invest in the health of their team should focus on a comprehensive MSK solution, backed by experienced healthcare providers, exceptional outcomes, and proven cost savings.
Below are a few key elements employers should consider when choosing an MSK solution.
1. Outcomes and Claims Data
Evaluating a healthcare provider’s performance and public perception can reveal its effectiveness. Review third-party case studies and research that can validate any claimed outcomes.
2. Experience and Quality of Care
Choose a healthcare group that employs and trains licensed healthcare providers who have experience in both the virtual and hybrid settings. The direct involvement of licensed professionals can drastically improve outcomes and the overall patient experience.
3. Budgetary Concerns
Businesses should also work with their consultants s and benefit carriers to evaluate their current MSK claims costs and review any related expenses, such as imaging, pharmaceutical, procedures and surgery costs. MSK solutions that offer comprehensive engagement programs focused on education and injury prevention can help improve claims savings and engagement rates while improving absenteeism.
Connect with Airrosti today www.airrosti.com/employers to learn more about their musculoskeletal care programs.