This article is from an interview of Robyn Tikia, the director of operations and client services for the Central Region at Risk Strategies. Here is the part that is really interesting:
PW: How do you balance meeting employers and employees where they are with also gently moving them toward where you think they need to be?
I think the best thing to do is not introduce too many things at once. You don’t want to shock the plan participants or the employer, so you gradually introduce changes year by year. Maybe the first year we introduce a HDHP; obviously a big key to their success is employee education.
It’s going to take a couple of years to even see the savings. Then maybe we start to talk about direct primary care. You often want to introduce these cost-saving options on a smaller scale and then gradually introduce more. An ongoing conversation is the best way to make them successful.
So, there you have it. Lure them in with a High Deductible Health Plan then reveal to them the magic that is DPC.
These benefits managers know the deal. They know the end game is DPC.
Now it’s time to tell the rest of the country.