Case Study : Fall Prevention Program

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Fall Prevention Program Employers are continuing to face rising health benefit costs and are constantly looking for alternatives to control these escalating costs. Health benefit premiums continue to increase at a double digit pace for employers and employees (Poor, Ross & Tollen, 2004). This escalation is putting environmental pressures on all impacted stakeholders, including insurance and health care providers. Companies and insurance providers are squeezing this industry to get a handle on cost while still providing an appropriate level of care. This cycle puts the patient front and center as the ultimate stakeholder who incurs changes in health benefits. The new affordable healthcare reform has been delayed until 2015/2016. This mandate requires employers with 50 or more full time employees to provide health insurance or pay a per month "Employer Shared Responsibility Payment" on their federal tax return (Pyne, 2013). This has employers concerned about continued increases in healthcare cost. This cost increase provides an incentive to create new innovative solutions toward healthcare services. One solution that has been gaining traction is the use of preventive care. Preventive care involves a healthy lifestyle from nutrition, exercise and frequent visit to healthcare facilities for health monitoring. Monitoring provides the means to identify issues early so that less costly health services will be required to resolve. The state of Washington is using
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