Employer-Sponsored Clinic Is New Take On Care
The City of Minden and McInnis Construction have found a new way to ensure their employees are happy and healthy.
Access Health, Inc. has opened an employee-sponsored health clinic with the staff at Stell’s Family Practice.
Paula Walker, Director of Clinical Services with Access Health, Inc. said the service offers cost savings worksite solutions by providing a medical clinic (on-site or near-site) that allows employers to provide for their employees easy access to quality healthcare.
“The employer provides the clinic to their employees and families as a part of their health benefit plan,” Walker said.
“This is a good program that will save the city money,” Mayor Tommy Davis said. “The employee still has health insurance, but with this program, there is no cost of fee to the employee. If they get a runny nose or a sore toe, they just go to Dr. Stell’s office and see him or his physician’s assistance at no cost to the patient.”
Access Health, Inc.’s focus is on providing quality health care with clinicians (nurse practitioners, physician assistants) operating under the supervision of local physicians. This medical supervision ensures high-quality professional care for employers, employees and families.
“Access Health, Inc. does not use outside vendors because our model ‘keeps hometown money at home,’” Walker said.
Philip McInnis, with McInnis Construction, said his company’s membership with Access Health is cost effective.
“We think our employees are more forthcoming about going to the doctor without worrying about a high deductible or co-pay that in the past may have kept them from going to the doctor for something they perceive as small,” McInnis said. “Now they are going to the doctor’s office immediately because there’s no upfront cost to them, and we feel like we’re going to have a lot less absenteeism due to problems being treated earlier.”
Access Health, Inc.’s clinics produce benefits for both the employee and the participating employer. The employees are able to take advantage of primary, preventative and wellness health services, including basic labs and x-rays, without a co-pay, co-insurance or deductibles.
“It doesn’t matter the size of the business,” Walker said. “It can have two employees or hundreds. The membership cost to the company is a per-employee fee.”
Walker said the business pays the monthly fee to Access, which in turn, pays the physician’s office, taking away a large amount of paperwork for the doctor, something Dr. Max Stell said is a problem.
“In today’s healthcare, we face huge challenges providing quality care in a cost-effective manner,” Stell said. “Access Health has presented us with a very innovative idea, and I’m very grateful to be a part of it.”
Walker said Access Health, Inc. has 14 clinics in Louisiana providing methods and models that result in peace of mind health and welfare coverage for employers, their employees and families.
“Once you are a member of Access Health through your employer, if you are traveling and become ill, you have access to any of the Access Health Clinics in the state,” she said.
To contact Walker, call 237-8647, 800-797-9503 or visit www.accesshealthonline.com
Employer-Sponsored Health Clinics Outlined
Mary N. Smith of Access Health
Mary N. Smith, owner of Access Health, Inc., was guest speaker for the regular meeting Thursday of the Winnsboro-Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce. Smith, who started the Louisiana company in 2007, and also owns IMA, Inc., a full-service third party administrator, outlines the services provided by the new clinics.
Employees with several local businesses will be able to take advantage of a new health care service with the opening of employer-sponsored health clinics here.
That was the message from Mary N. Smith, owner of Access Health, Inc., who was guest speaker for the regular meeting Thursday of the Winnsboro-Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce. Smith, who started the Louisiana company in 2007, and also owns IMA, Inc., a full-service third party administrator, outlines the services provided by the new clinics.
Smith also noted that three local employers have signed on to take advantage of the new program, which is expected to lower health care costs while at the same time helping to provide a healthier workforce. Local employers participating in the program include Teddy Ray Price, president of Central Management; Bill Walker, president and CEO of Franklin State Bank, and Blake Kramer, administrator, and the Franklin Medical Center Board of Commissioners. The services will be provided at clinic locations operated by Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro, Crowville, St. Joseph and Newellton.
The clinics will provide easy access to quality healthcare for employees of participating businesses and for the employees’ families. According to Smith, Access Health, Inc.’s focus is on providing the service with clinicians (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) operating under the supervision of local physicians.
“This medical supervision ensures high-quality professional care for employers, employees and families. Access Health, Inc., does not use outside vendors because our model keeps hometown money at home”, Smith stated.
Access Health, Inc. offers cost savings worksite solutions by providing a medical clinic on site or near site that allows employers to provide their employees with easy access to quality health care. The service is provided to employees and their families as part of their health benefits plan. Employees are able to take advantage of primary, preventative and wellness health services including basic labs and x-rays without paying a co-pay, co-insurance or deductibles.
The company has opened 14 clinics in Louisiana. Members who are traveling in the state and if they become ill, have access to any of the company’s clinics located in the state.
Clinic Offers Medical Break For
Employees, General Public
The opening of an employer based health clinic to serve City employees is a project that has been in the planning stages for at least 4 years.
City Human Resources Director Edd Lee said, “We have been working trying to find more value for the City employees without adding cost to the health plan. With the help of Access Health, Inc. we found both premium savings and tremendous value for City employees. We will accomplish this by providing, together with Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, an employer sponsored primary care clinic here in Natchitoches.”
Lee said projections show that it will result in cost savings. However, it is difficult to get hard numbers on the savings from major health claims that didn’t happen because of the clinic’s preventative care.
“It will save the City in premium dollars on our reinsurance coverage because it will be more likely for employees and their dependents to seek medical treatment early instead of waiting until their health conditions worsens.
The clinic will focus strongly on wellness and hopefully prevent large health claims from occurring by being proactive instead of reactive, therefore reducing the likelihood of the City’s self insured plan taking a big hit on a major illness. This will help keep the medical needs local by negotiating discounts with Natchitoches Regional Medical Center which will also reduce cost to the health plan,” Lee said.
The clinic will be staffed with physician extenders and opened from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week. City-covered employees and their covered dependents will be able to attend the clinic for no copay, deductible or out of pocket expenses. Easy access and no cost to attend the clinic for employees and dependents will promote better health and reduce costs to the City health plan.
Workers whose employers have sponsored a “Walk in Clinic” are better positioned to access low-cost preventive care. It’s a win-win for employees and businesses as a healthy workforce leads to higher productivity and less missed time.
Offering fast and friendly service to the community, the employer-sponsored “Walk in Clinic” operates through Access Health. Access Health partners with employers to implement cost savings worksite solutions by providing a medical clinic that allows employees easy access to quality primary healthcare. Access Health’s Medical Clinics perform many of the federally mandated preventative care services of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); services that are invaluable tools for creating a healthy workforce. Under the ACA, companies must offer insurance plans that cover 10 essential health benefits. In addition to preventative care like that offered by Access Health, the ACA mandates that insurances include teeth and eye care for children, prescription coverage, emergency services and other benefits.
The employer-sponsored health clinic is a new model for Natchitoches, but it has an established success rate. Working on adding five more clinics, Access Health has opened 14 throughout the state.
Participants in the new venture spoke at a press conference Tuesday, June 24. Employer sponsors include the City of Natchitoches, Central Management Co., Moore’s Retread and Tire of the Ark-La-Tex and Kay Radio and Electronics.
Mayor Lee Posey spoke on the clinic’s development and the design of a package to best-fit Natchitoches with benefits for the betterment of employees and the community.
“We want to see more money stay in town. If people are comfortable with the clinic here it will keep their business here. We’re trying to make Natchitoches the best we can. We want to help our employees save money and keep them and their families healthier. It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” Posey said.
Dr. Chris Rich operates a clinic is Alexandria and helped develop a business model operation standards and procedures. “We developed a model to provide simple and somewhat immediate access to health care,” he said.
With convenient hours, open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., the clinic bolsters the community’s wellness by treating illnesses and focusing on prevention.
The general public, both with and without insurance, may attend the “Walk in Clinic” for a fee. It accepts insurance plans, including government-sponsored insurance like Medicaid. Appointments are not required. It’s hoped that extended operating hours and flexible scheduling will allow with tight schedules to access affordable, preventative care.
“We really, truly want to help,” said office director Charlotte Rhodes.
Kirk Soileau, CEO for Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, described the clinic as a way to address the “out migration” for medical care that the hospital notices in the city. Soileau sees this business venture as an opportunity to respond to the Affordable Care Act, and reduce the number of patients using the ER as a “clinic.” It’s important to take care of patients while they’re well,” said Soileau. “We need to focus more on preventative care and keep them out of the hospital.”
Employees of companies that sponsor the clinic, including City of Natchitoches, Central Management Company, Moore’s Retread and Tire of the Ark-La-Tex and Kay Radio and Electronics, will be able to attend the clinic for no copay, deductible or out of pocket expenses. Easy access and no cost to attend the clinic will promote better health and reduce costs to the City health plan.
For information call 318-238-5300 or stop by the clinic, located at 740 Keyser Ave., Suite E.