Ask any member of our team what sets Diversified Group apart and you’ll likely hear about customer service and our promise to always put our client’s health plan and its members first. Seldom have these qualities been more meaningful than during the uncertainty of the past few months.
Fortunately, self-funding provides the flexibility employers have needed throughout this crisis. By collaborating with our broker partners and other colleagues, we’ve worked to make plan design changes that lower costs while exploring ways to keep coverage in force for as many employees as possible. Unfortunately, we’ve also been involved in many difficult decisions employers have had to make in order to sustain quarantines, stay-at-home orders and extended closures. Our team members have worked tirelessly to help members access non-emergency medical care while avoiding the risks related to the coronavirus.
In addition to addressing health benefit concerns, we have demonstrated great empathy in encounters with employers, members and providers. While the majority of self-funded health plans offer a telehealth benefit, some groups have been slow to engage with this service. With many organizations working remotely during the pandemic, however, the number of virtual visits have increased significantly.
We’ve helped many patients avoid visits to the ER by directing them to alternative care settings. Some in need of treatment for chronic illnesses have been directed to high-quality, lower-cost providers rather than traditional facilities and, in some cases, treatment has been administered in the home. Searching for solutions takes a tremendous amount of time and coordination but being an advocate for members is what we do.
Health benefits are complicated for everyone. In times of disruption, plan sponsors and members need every possible tool at their disposal. Self-funding offers many valuable tools. With expert administration, open communication and compassion, we have strived to help our clients build trust and take great care of their employees.