Tampa Bay company finds ways to lower health care costs for work - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Tampa Bay company finds ways to lower health care costs for workers

Posted: Updated:
Luanne Reese Luanne Reese

Big health insurance companies are predicting premium increases in 2014  for small employers and people who buy coverage on their own.

Experts say rising health care cost and President Barack Obama's health care reform are the reasons for the spike, but there is help for employers to protect themselves and their workforce.

Mease Manor Senior Living in Dunedin offers its employees a service called Patient Care as part of their benefits package. Patient Care helps Mease employees resolve insurance issues and provide assistance with medical, dental, vision, spending account, health savings account and health reimbursements.

"Patient Care saved me several hundred dollars when I was charged for ambulance service that was not covered by my current insurance plan," said  Luanne Reese, an employee at Mease Manor Retirement.   

There was confusion as to what Reese's insurance covered when she was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Patient Care also helps employees with high deductibles shop non emergency procedure and screening. 

"A lot of people don't understand that doctors can do the same procedure at different facilities or hospitals," said Jane Cooper who is the CEO of Patient Care.

With the changing face of health care, Cooper says most people are already dealing with high deductibles. By shopping doctors and hospitals an individual can save thousands of dollars on any specific procedure.

"These are the kinds of tough conversations that people are going to have to have with their doctors," Cooper said.

She went on to explain that many people feel uncomfortable confronting doctors about performing elective surgeries or screenings at another facility. Patient Care is willing to step in and help convince physicians that it's best for the patients' bottom line.

By helping employees become better patient advocates Patient Care is helping to lower the health care burden for companies like Mease Manor.  

"We typically save companies two to three times more money than they pay for our service," Cooper said. 

This is just one of many methods large and small employers are using to manage skyrocketing health care cost for their businesses and employees.

  • NewsMore>>

  • One dead, one injured on beach after plane crash

    One dead, one injured on beach after plane crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:18:43 GMT
    Man killed and his daughter was critical injured when they were hit by a plane making a crash landing on Caspersen Beach in Venice.Man killed and his daughter was critical injured when they were hit by a plane making a crash landing on Caspersen Beach in Venice.
    An emergency landing by a small plane on Caspersen Beach in Venice claimed the life of a man walking with his young daughter Sunday, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.About 2:45 pm, Venice Airport contacted the sheriff's office regarding a small plane in distress that was unable to make it back to the airport, Sarasota County sheriff's spokeswoman Wendy Rose said in a news release. Instead the pilot was going to try to land on the beach.The 1972 Piper Cherokee airplane hit the man and...
    An emergency landing by a small plane on Caspersen Beach in Venice claimed the life of a man walking with his young daughter Sunday, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.About 2:45 pm, Venice Airport contacted the sheriff's office regarding a small plane in distress that was unable to make it back to the airport, Sarasota County sheriff's spokeswoman Wendy Rose said in a news release. Instead the pilot was going to try to land on the beach.The 1972 Piper Cherokee airplane hit the man and...
  • Woman killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

    Woman killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:29 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:29:44 GMT
    A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where one woman was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.
    A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where one woman was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.
  • Automated car to take Scott for ride

    Automated car to take Scott for ride

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:00 GMT
    An automated car will take Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology.
    An automated car will take Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Savannah Woman Celebrates her 105th Birthday

    PHOTOS: Savannah Woman Celebrates her 105th Birthday

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:11:27 GMT
    On Friday, Mrs. Isabel Hansen Coons, celebrated her 105th birthday with a big bash at Summer Breeze Senior Living on Wilmington Island.Mrs. Coons was born in 1909 and has been a resident of Savannah since 1986. Staff at Summer Breeze Senior Living say she is spirited, competitive and full off insightful advice. They add that Mrs. Coons attributes her longevity to 'moderation.'Happy Birthday Mrs. Coons!
    On Friday, Mrs. Isabel Hansen Coons, celebrated her 105th birthday with a big bash at Summer Breeze Senior Living on Wilmington Island.Mrs. Coons was born in 1909 and has been a resident of Savannah since 1986. Staff at Summer Breeze Senior Living say she is spirited, competitive and full off insightful advice. They add that Mrs. Coons attributes her longevity to 'moderation.'Happy Birthday Mrs. Coons!
  • 16 Old Wives' Tales We've All Heard

    16 Old Wives' Tales We've All Heard

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:11:56 GMT
    Here are some of the common old wives' tales that we still hear today.
    Here are some of the common old wives' tales that we still hear today.
  • VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:56:27 GMT
    YouTube imageYouTube image
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.