Colorado employer launches onsite health clinic to contain costsNews added by Benefits Pro on November 26, 2013

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By Dan Cook

A Colorado health care company has added an onsite clinic to its wellness plan as part of its strategy to improve employee health and control the cost of health coverage.

What’s somewhat unusual about the onsite clinic at AlloSource in Centennial, Colo. is that AlloSource isn’t a giant employer with thousands of employees able to use the clinic. With a staff of 400, it’s just more than a small business, but hardly a behemoth. Its CEO Thomas Cycyota believes even smaller firms that are determined to achieve employee health-related objectives can benefit from onsite clinics.

“Like many companies and individuals, we are concerned about how to pay for healthcare these days,” Cycyota said. “We made the choice to take this bold step that we believe will make a big difference for our employees and will allow us to offer quality, affordable care in a very efficient manner.”

Cycyota told The Denver Post he anticipates that AlloSource’s wellness program, with the addition of the clinic, will reduce the company’s insurance costs within three years by “a couple hundred thousand dollars a year.”

AlloSource, which serves as a clearinghouse for tissue and bone donations, hired Tennessee-based CareHere to manage its clinic. The clinic offers “a broad scope of services, including physical exams, disease management, repetitive motion therapy and personalized health coaching,” AlloSource said in a release.

“The onsite location will save employees time because they will no longer have to leave work or use time off to go to doctor appointments. In addition, providing health care directly allows AlloSource to reduce the costs associated with multiple parties providing care,” the release said.

AlloSource offers employees high-deductible or preferred-provider plan insurance plans. The clinic will provide most wellness check-ins and benchmarks for free, and employees who have selected more expensive preferred-provider plan will get other services free. High-deductible plan members may have to pay part of some services.

Ideally, the onsite clinic’s services will dovetail with employees’ health insurance plan options. AlloSource told the Denver Post that employees will be encouraged to use the clinic for routine checkups and standard wellness services, such as blood pressure, diabetes tests, weight and exercise programs and so on. Meantime, they can continue to see their plan’s specialists and primary care providers as needed.

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