What Are Others Doing?

What other employers are doing to offset rising health care costs:

Percentage of respondents pursuing the changes
Changes Colleges and Universities 500+ Nonprofit 500+ Southwest 500+ National 500+
Increased deductibles, copays, Out of Pocket max 37% 42% 37% 42%
Renegotiate vendor Administrative Services Only (ASO) fees (self funded plans) 37% 36% 32% 40%
Add/renegotiate performance guarantees for ASO Vendors 24% 25% 26% 25%
Audit plans – confirm accuracy of claims  based on plan design 51% 50% 41% 46%
Put medical plan out to bid to other carriers 34% 37% 33% 42%
Put components of plan out to bid (such as pharmacy or behavioral health) 20% 21% 26% 24%
Eliminate high-cost or more generous medical plan(s) 6% 12% 11% 15%

Above information gathered through Mercer’s national survey, with the below participants

Employers Number of Respondents
Colleges and Universities 500+ employees 85
Nonprofit 500+ employees 398
Southwest 500+ employees 104
National 500+ employees 1791