Chronic care programs help employers cut health costs

07/26/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Some major companies are offering chronic care programs not only to keep their workers healthy and productive but also to help reduce their health care costs. Boeing, for instance, implemented a medical home program that allows its employees to consult directly with specially trained nurses and saw a 20% cut in health care costs per member enrolled in the program. The success of such programs, however, hinges on employee participation and coordination with the employees' own physicians.

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