Questions about sponsoring a company team are not uncommon on the Hotline, especially as summer begins. Most of the time the company really wants to say yes, not only because of the boost to employee morale, and perhaps the health benefits to their employees, but also because of the goodwill and relatively inexpensive marketing that comes with it. A win-win for all? It can be, but you have to evaluate your risks.
Enterprise risk management includes hazard risk issues, but takes risk management a step further, into the realm of activities that can have rewards as well as costs. To accomplish this, an effective risk management program must meet a number of international standards. ISO 31000 defines risk as “the effect of uncertainty on objectives.” This definition obviously takes risk management into a new dimension.
The healthcare landscape in the U.S. is in a dynamic period of change because costs are high and our quality outcomes are not where they should be. On-demand healthcare is becoming more popular because of convenient access to care and, more importantly, an ability to get timely and appropriate care at a predictable and transparent cost. Although options are growing, let’s focus on three: the retail clinic market, on-demand house call models, and remote monitoring.
Even though healthcare spending in the United States is greater than in any other country in the world, our healthcare outcomes do not correspond to these costs. Americans are becoming unhealthier regardless of the healthcare dollars spent. One goal of population health management is to reverse this trend.
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