What North Texas Businesses are Doing About $20,000 Annual Insurance Premiums

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation report showed that health insurance family premiums rose five percent again this year, topping $20,000 a year for the first time. Healthcare costs have long been increasing by leaps and bounds, putting added pressure on families to afford coverage because wages have only increase 3.4 percent over the same period, but local employers weren’t caught off guard by the increase and are taking action to keep healthcare spending down. The report says the average worker pays around $6,000 of the $20,000 premium cost, with employers covering the difference, so the incentive is shared by both… Full Story

Business Group and Providers Find Millions in Back Pain Savings

An employer group teamed up with local providers to codify treatment for lower back pain that they say could save local employers millions. The course of care for patients was evidence-based and is meant to improve efficiency and bring down costs. The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health created the Innovative Quality Healthcare Collaborative with the help of providers that include┬áBaylor Scott and White Health Texas Provider Network, Catalyst Health Network, Spine Team Texas, and Texas Back Institute to create courses of care for employers to bring down healthcare costs. The course was created after researching what is normally done… Full Story