- pay for performance programs such as Bridges to Excellence
- risk sharing arrangements with health care providers
- price transparency tools for members, and
- tiered provider networks (PPO within a PPO)
The FEHBlog notices the same trends developing within the FEHBP.
The National Business Group on Health released a survey of employee attitudes which finds that employees look to their employers and health insurers as health care information resources.
Among the survey's other key findings:Yesterday, OPM issued a benefits administration letter to payroll offices on recent changes to its Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program.
-- 85% of respondents looked for health care information about symptoms [on the internet] before visiting a doctor while 71% of respondents said they brought a list of questions to ask their doctor during a visit. However, 41% indicated they were unsure how to discuss their concerns while 47% felt their doctors were rushed during the visit.
-- Almost four in ten employees (39%) support incentives for using proven treatments versus 16% who support penalties for using treatments that research has shown work less effectively.
OPM is engaged in a major campaign to help employees and annuitants stop smoking -- a campaign that enjoys the support of FEHB plans. The Washington Post reports that the top federal employee, President Obama, has quit smoking. The President deserves congratulations for that accomplishment.